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Old 08-29-2010, 08:52 AM
 
Location: New England
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I know western NC is beautiful with the mountains, lakes and views. I'm wondering which towns have cool summers with LOW humidity. I guess what I'm looking for is a quaint, quiet, small, safe and pleasing summer weather town. I'm not bothered by the fact that in the mountains there could be some harsh winter weather. I'm also looking for a spot where you can be a drive away from the big box stores but you can live in surroundings where there aren't too many close neighbors. Know of any place like that?
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Old 08-29-2010, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains
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Blowing Rock, it is 70 degrees right now. Although, we have had an unusually hot summer for us.
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Old 08-29-2010, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Waynesville...here at 5,000 ft, we have 68.8 degs right now, at high noon.
Agree with Catbirds: hottest and muggiest summer we have experienced in
our 9 years here.

To the OP: there are a couple dozens towns/areas that fill your request, here
in western NC, imo. More specifics would help as opposed to any of us pumping our
own home place or, writing term papers with a couple dozen ideas...
GL, mD
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:38 PM
 
Location: New England
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I guess my specifics are small(5000 or less), safe( to go for a walk in the evening), quiet(neighbors not too close--would like a couple of acres--like people, but not on top of us) and quaint(just has a nice old fashioned feel to it). Thanks for taking the time to respond.
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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I guess my specifics are small(5000 or less), safe( to go for a walk in the evening), quiet(neighbors not too close--would like a couple of acres--like people, but not on top of us) and quaint(just has a nice old fashioned feel to it). Thanks for taking the time to respond.
If you include ~3500 feet to slightly less than 5,000 ft elevation, and those things you listed, that narrows it down to about every plateau and
ridge line in western NC, elevation-wise, and maybe 3-4 dozen+ towns/"areas".

For starters, listing my home area first:
Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Sylva, Bryson City, Clyde, Canton, parts of Madison county, maybe areas of greater Asheville, Black Mtn, Blowing Rock,
Boone, etc. I am sure I missed some, at least based on elevation and "good places" to live; that list is simply off the top of my head.
GL, mD

PS: Probably not the 3 or 4 easy recommendations you want, but if you haven't done so, you might spend an hourish reading through several similar
threads to yours, on this forum.
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains
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and then there is the West Jefferson area and north to Mouth of Wilson that borders Va. or around Trade or Mountain City, Tenn. just across the line in N.C. Besides hiking, tell us what interest you. Are you an artist or writer, would be farmer, someone that can work at home. How much can you spend would make a big difference in where you may find your little piece of heaven. Prices are coming down some but some places much higher than others. Most of the places listed have charming little downtown areas.
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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I guess my specifics are small(5000 or less), safe( to go for a walk in the evening), quiet(neighbors not too close--would like a couple of acres--like people, but not on top of us) and quaint(just has a nice old fashioned feel to it). Thanks for taking the time to respond.
Have you looked at Abingdon, VA? (not too far from Boone)
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Old 08-29-2010, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Broward County
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Connesstee Falls
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:43 AM
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Cashiers / Highlands.
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Old 08-30-2010, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Some great recommendations already, and I personally really like the West Jefferson area for year-round living since it doesn't swell with tourists like Blowing Rock and doesn't swell with college students like Boone.

One point that hasn't been made is that you will not find anywhere in the mountains of NC with low humidity...humidity is high throughout the state of NC. The difference is that in the mid-high elevations of the mountains the temperature is usually low enough that the effects of the humidity are not as apparent and the overall comfort level is quite nice.

If you are truly looking for a mountain environment with LOW humidity, you'll have to head to the Rockies.
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