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Old 01-14-2010, 01:24 PM
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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Coronado Island, next to San Diego, would definitely be a place to look into. La Jolla as well. These are not easily affordable places, but they are top drawer.
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:28 PM
Location: Chicago, Il
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Easygoing lifestyle with a less work, more living attitude sounds like the South to me. I don't know how refined you want to stay, but a town outside New Orleans might be alright. Otherwise, Hawaii might be the ticket, followed by rural Cali....
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Old 01-14-2010, 04:04 PM
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Maybe Oswego NY: The Official Web Site of the City of Oswego , Greater Oswego - Fulton Chamber of Commerce

Geneva NY: City of Geneva, New York -- Welcome to the City of Geneva! , Home & Geneva Chamber of Commerce

Canandaigua NY: Canandaigua, NY -- The City of Canandaigua Government's Official Website , Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce : Supporting tourism, a healthy business climate and responsible economic growth.

Sackets Harbor NY: The Village of Sackets Harbor NY - Experience the Treasures! , VISIT THE 1000 ISLANDS Sackets Harbor, NY

Penn Yan NY: Penn Yan Village - New York , Welcome to Yates County

Mayville NY: mayville events.com , MayvilleSentinelNews.com | News and information on Mayville and Chautauqua County region of New York. - Mayville Sentinel-News

Youngstown and Lewiston NY: Welcome To The Village of Youngstown, New York , Chamber of Commerce - Lewiston NY, Youngstown NY, Porter, Ransomville, & Sanborn ..::.. Lower Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce , Historic Lewiston, NY

Sodus and Sodus Point, NY: Sodus NY 14551 - home page , Welcome to Sodus, NY , Village Of Sodus Point

Plattsburgh, NY: http://www.cityofplattsburgh.com/, http://www.northcountrychamber.com/

Can't forget these beautiful communities as well:
Cazenovia, NY: http://dcrossman.info/cazchamber/ (broken link) , http://www.villageofcazenovia.com/ , http://townofcazenovia.org/content

Skaneateles, NY: http://www.skaneateles.com/ , http://www.townofskaneateles.com/index.shtml , http://wikitravel.org/en/Skaneateles

Lake George, NY: http://www.lakegeorge.com/, http://www.lakegeorgechamber.com/ , http://www.visitlakegeorge.com/

Cooperstown, NY: http://www.cooperstownchamber.org/, http://www.thisiscooperstown.com/, http://www.cooperstown.net/

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Old 01-14-2010, 06:28 PM
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Well, if you want to try the East Coast, there are several "Americana" cities in North Jersey where you can hop the train into New York City. Hacketstown might work for you.

However, personally, South Jersey will forever be the perfect home fore me. The summers are usually breezy, although they get very humid in August. Winters tend to vary on how close you are to the Ocean. The closer you are to the Ocean, the less snow and the less eratic the temperature changes (we've had weeks where one day I was in shorts, the next day it was snowing). Try looking at Haddonfield, NJ. It's a small town with many quaint Victorians and is quite walkable. The downtown (if I remember correctly) has several cafe's and the like as well as a museam (I think). You can hop the Pato High Speedline to Philly. Collignswood (which I could be confusing with Haddonfield, they're very simmiler and very close) is another simmiler town.

Hammaton another nice small town. It has a very Italain population. It's situated in the Pine Barrens and surrounded by farms (mostly Blueberry farms, there's a few vinyards too) It too has a walkable downtown, albeit a little less classy than Haddonfield/Collingswood and you'll probably wind up driving there from your home. There is train service to Philly and Atlantic City via NJ Transit. The only problem I have with Hammaton, is that it tends to get very clickish. However, I find that this comes with all small towns, and I'm sure you'll find friends quickly.

Anywho, if your looking for a small town in the country that's near a big city, you might want to look at the North East. You get all four season, it's not hard to find a quaint "americana" type town.

Feel free to message me about Jersey (North and South) I've lived my whole life in South Jersey exploring every chance I get, and now go to college in North Jersey (exploring every chance I get)
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:35 PM
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Sonoma/Marin/Napa counties all seem pretty perfect for you,imho.
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:21 PM
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It's nice that you are getting tons of opinions for research but we really know little about you despite your love of "old world charm". Your political views, education/job eligibility, budget and lifestyle are all important factors in your quest to "start over". These all impact areas that you may decide to live in, no matter how charming they appear.
I congratulate you for recognizing that you need to make a positive change, just be sure you don't go looking for your hearts desire before checking you own backyard first. My visit to San Diego made me feel it was the nicest city in the US...for my tastes. Because of our jobs, family and lifestyle, we just can't go there. You may need to road trip some and see for yourself what climate and area suits you best. Stay focused on a a goal but don't just pack up and leave without knowing where...and why.
Best of luck.
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:34 AM
Location: Southeast Missouri
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:54 AM
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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What about Charleston SC or Savannah GA?
For the atmosphere you described, these two do sound like what you're looking for.
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:09 PM
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Saratoga Springs, NY

Middlebury, VT

I agree with DelRay Beach, FL

and believe it or not, Amarillo TX.....my sister moved there four years ago and she loves it
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:38 PM
Location: Louisville, KY
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Does Louisiana have any nice towns? I'm thinking it might have the food and old European influence you like, but be more conservative. (I think their famous artists often do paintings that look like things and even the Democratic areas I think aren't usually hippyish) Thing is it's a pretty poor state and somewhat crime-ridden. Still there's bound to be parts of it that are okay.

Hattiesburg, Mississippi I think was listed as a good college town for older people. It's in a county that's went for the Republican in all but one Presidential election from 1960 to 2008. (The one exception is when it was won by segregationist George Wallace) The Amendment to ban same-sex marriage received an 83% "Yes" in Forrest County. Granted those refer to the county as a whole, but I'm guessing that as the largest town in the county it wouldn't be extremely liberal or hippy or the county's overall voting pattern would be different. (It might be more liberal than the rest of its county, but these things indicate that might just mean it's moderate or mixed. Although I've never been there so what do I know?)
I have been to Hatitesburg a few times. My husband graduated from college there and my husband's cousin is an artist there. Very friendly and hospitable--you'll easily get to know people there. As far as being an artisitic town, not really. Hattiesburg and the whole state of MS leans more to the right than left politically.

Now Oxford, MS is a wonderful artistic town, filled with quaint little eateries, tree lined streets, wonderful little coffee shops. It is a college town as well--but it has EVERYTHING you're looking for! Very friendly and hospitable place. That's my pick!
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