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Old 08-23-2016, 05:25 PM
 
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This is probably a long shot but I`m looking for a small town in the west that is "green," not desert. More sunny days than cloudy. I don`t mind cool temps and a little snow, but not tons of it and not single digits.
Idyllwild, CA....LOVE IT HERE!!! Check it out online. In the mountains above Palm Springs, CA
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Old 08-25-2016, 02:19 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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That's about impossible to find, especially when someone like me also doesn't want summer temps above
mid 80's and hates humidity!
Scandinavia should work, and they even have healthcare!
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Old 08-25-2016, 03:10 PM
 
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Idyllwild, CA....LOVE IT HERE!!! Check it out online. In the mountains above Palm Springs, CA
Until it burns, or the bark beatles kill all the trees.
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Old 08-26-2016, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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"Green" and "desert" are relative terms. Most places in the "west" (which is also a bit relative) are going to be:
1) dry and sunny (brown)
2) green because they are near the coast and wet (lacking sunshine days)
3) green because they are higher elevation (cold and snowy or in valleys surrounded by cold and snowy)

Some of these 3 types are in very close proximity to the others.

There are numerous towns on the fringes of these 3 types that will fit your requirements and many of those have been listed above. However, many of these smaller "fringe" towns come with their own problems such as high unemployment, homelessness, etc. Many are also very beautiful places to live.

I would also like to mention that if the OP is from the East, then some of the green in the west will feel like it is at the wrong time of the year. The Mediterranean climates have hot, dry (brown) summers and mild, wet (green) winters which seems reversed to most eastern residents.

I have lived in: eastern Texas ...very green, very humid, very wet and uncomfortable.
West Texas... very dry, brown at times, green at times, windy and dusty, surprisingly cold winters.
Western Washington (Gorge area)... very wet, very green, mild temperatures, stunningly beautiful.
Black Hills, South Dakota ... very pretty, green summers, cold snowy winters, lots of summer tourists.
Western Colorado ... valleys are irrigated deserts, mountains have cold snowy winters and short summers, very pretty.
Redding, CA ... Damn hot and dry (brown) in the summers, wonderful mild winters, mountains on 3 sides, poor air quality because of the valley environment (inversions).

My favorites would be coastal northern California or Oregon but a few miles inland to get out of the fog, or the valleys of Oregon west of the Cascades (Rogue, Umpqua and Willamette Valleys).
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