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Old 01-11-2010, 04:33 PM
 
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I am a traveler that has located in Raleigh NC and have done extensive travel in this beautiful state. I'm not trying to start a big thing here, but I am not a religious person, at all, and find if you stay closer to any college town, you are surrounded with people who have made the jump away from organised religion. You have all kinds of people with different beliefs anywhere and I enjoy that.
The difference is in the basic education and that difference between SC and NC is HUGE! The poverty level in SC is stunning and it has gone on so long its generational . You have folks all along the appalachian Mt's that are as poor and under-educated as can be. It's way worse in Tenn and SC but you can get away from it in NC again, by staying near college areas and county with higher tax brackets.
this is not a knock on anyone, just stating facts, that's all. Folks religious bent, and choices in life are all fine with me as long as they remember the line between church and state is not to be crossed. That all people deserve the right to life , liberty and the pursuit of whatever they call happiness as long as it doesn't impose their views on others , or hurt them.
I think the problem comes from defining, 'keeping it real,' as that is different for each of us and thank whoever for it! Y'all have a nice evening, and try to keep a positive attitude.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:42 PM
 
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I know people said what you're looking for doesn't exist, but I think Asheville and the surrounding area is about as close as you can get. I don't know of anywhere that is both rural AND bohemian, but they are both within spitting distance of each other in WNC. Black Mountain is pricey - well really all of WNC is, but Black Mountain definitely sounds like something you'd like. Marshall or Hot Springs as well, and all within a short drive to Asheville. Weaverville is also a cute town, and the area in between Weaverville and Asheville is a nice mix. Good luck!
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Livingston, Montana
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Two words: West Jefferson!! Just north of Boone (abt 20 minutes), everything you want, including the snow . . . And no college kids! :-)

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