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Old 12-22-2009, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Hellertown, Pa
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** Posted originally in Pa, but looking for wider response ***
Hi - I am looking to relocate from the Bethlehem, Pa area to a "New Hope of the South". For those you are familiar with the New Hope PA area, is there any city in Va, NC, SC that you think resembles New Hope, Pa.?

Things I like about New Hope:
> that unique combination of small art town with beautiful surrounding countryside
> can just hang out downtown
> other things to do in surrounding area - not an isolated pocket by itself
> I love the surrounding area- Buckingham, Solebury, Peddlers Village, etc.

Things holding me back from just moving to New Hope, Pa:
> long winters - I like the 4 seasons, but winter is too long for my tastes - want mild winter
> real estate prices

Just a couple of examples of towns I've visited:
1) Berkeley Springs, VA was touted as a nice small art town. It does have a pretty Main Street, but from what I could tell it is basically a few blocks long - that seems to be it.
2) Just got back from Roanoke, Va - loved the mountains and everyone very very friendly, but downtown felt very depressing - and not an arts town.
2) Asheville, NC - planning another visit

I am single female in early 50s (who thinks she is still 35) with golden retriever, so need pet friendly area.

All insight would be appreciated.
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Old 12-22-2009, 10:48 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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Maybe Charlottsville VA (except it still gets a little cold) or Savanah, GA (but neither is on the outskirts of a big city the way New Hope is).
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Old 12-24-2009, 07:57 AM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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Maybe Charlottsville VA (except it still gets a little cold) or Savanah, GA (but neither is on the outskirts of a big city the way New Hope is).
I forgot about Laguna Beach south of Los Angeles in Orange County. It is very much like New Hope except a little more upscale and probably more expensive with a perfect, mediteranian climate. It has shops and gallerys that attract tourists and day trippers and has a large artist communuty. Instead of the river there is the ocean with a beautiful beach. It is even an hour away from a big city.
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Old 12-24-2009, 10:00 AM
 
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Decatur GA is an independent city just outside of Atlanta that might be worth looking into...
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Old 12-24-2009, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Charleston, SC
Virginia Beach, VA
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Old 12-24-2009, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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If climate is a concern, places like Berkeley Springs, Charlottesville, and Asheville aren't going to be any warmer or less snowy than New Hope. Perhaps the coastal south is a better region to focus on.
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Old 12-27-2009, 06:44 AM
 
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** Posted originally in Pa, but looking for wider response ***
Hi - I am looking to relocate from the Bethlehem, Pa area to a "New Hope of the South". For those you are familiar with the New Hope PA area, is there any city in Va, NC, SC that you think resembles New Hope, Pa.?

Things I like about New Hope:
> that unique combination of small art town with beautiful surrounding countryside
> can just hang out downtown
> other things to do in surrounding area - not an isolated pocket by itself
> I love the surrounding area- Buckingham, Solebury, Peddlers Village, etc.

Things holding me back from just moving to New Hope, Pa:
> long winters - I like the 4 seasons, but winter is too long for my tastes - want mild winter
> real estate prices

Just a couple of examples of towns I've visited:
1) Berkeley Springs, VA was touted as a nice small art town. It does have a pretty Main Street, but from what I could tell it is basically a few blocks long - that seems to be it.
2) Just got back from Roanoke, Va - loved the mountains and everyone very very friendly, but downtown felt very depressing - and not an arts town.
2) Asheville, NC - planning another visit

I am single female in early 50s (who thinks she is still 35) with golden retriever, so need pet friendly area.

All insight would be appreciated.


I love New Hope/Lambertville and live in Philadelphia, so I know where you're coming from.

National rankings of "art destinations" from American Style magazine:
Category 3: Small Cities and Towns
(Populations under 100,000)
1. Santa Fe, N.M.
2. Asheville, N.C.
3. Corning, N.Y.
4. Charleston, S.C.
5. Sedona, Ariz.
6. Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
7. Taos, N.M.
8. Key West, Fla.
9. Burlington, Vt.
10. Boulder, Colo.
11. Carmel, Calif.
12. Laguna Beach, Calif.
13. Eureka Springs, Ark.
14. Aspen, Colo.
15. Cumberland, Md.
16. Sarasota, Fla.
17. Chapel Hill, N.C.
18. Saugatuck, Mich.
19. Naples, Fla.
20. New Hope/Lahaska, Pa.
21. Annapolis, Md.
22. Brattleboro, Vt.
23. Portsmouth, N.H.
24. Benicia, Calif.
25. Tubac, Ariz.

I'd recommend Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It has a WONDERFUL quality of life, a walkable downtown, culture/arts, a major university (the University of North Carolina), a lower cost of living than the Northeast, a milder climate, friendly people, beautiful surroundings in terms of topography and surrounding area (lots of trees), its dog friendly and close to the other amenities of the Raleigh/Durham metro area.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 2ndFriday Artwalk
Chapel Hill and Orange County Visitors Bureau
Chapel Hill–Carrboro Chamber of Commerce | Community Profile
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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I'd say Asheville. The Asheville Metro is home to over 400,000 people, so it's not like you're in the middle of nowhere. Asheville has a beautiful downtown area. When I went there in July, there were a lot of people out walking around. There are a lot of other things to do near Asheville, such as white-water rafting, hiking, and skiing in the winter, but I don't know if you'd be interested in those things.

Winters in Asheville: You can have cold days, but I'm not sure if it's as cold as Pennsylvania. Just last weekend, Asheville got a foot of snow, and some surrounding areas received as much as two feet. The average high in January is 45 and the average low is 25. The temperature can fall as low as 0F, and the record low is -17F. The record high is only 99F, so the summers aren't too bad. Usually days are comfortable, only in the upper 70s or lower 80s.
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Hellertown, Pa
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Hi everyone - thank you for all of your input. I'm using it to refine another trip in early spring. Current list:

> Greenville, SC
> Back to Asheville for a second look
> Carrboro/Chapel Hill, NC
> and Williamsburg, Va (just because)

I have visited Charlottesville, may look at a second time.
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:45 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Madison, GA
Oxford, MS
Fairhope, AL
St Simons Island, GA
Franklin, TN
Highlands, NC
Beaufort, SC
Fernandina Beach, FL
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