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Old 07-23-2009, 04:03 PM
 
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A few others you might consider:

I'll second Verseau's suggestion of Portsmouth. It has the colonial seaport feel of Portland, but is smaller, so, as with Northampton, it depends how small you want to go. Portsmouth is just upstream from a river mouth, next to a picturesque wide stretch in the river. With the river right there, and the coast just a few miles away, Portsmouth's outdoor scenery and recreation is oriented toward water, but the mountains are no more than a two-hour drive away.

Providence goes in the other direction in terms of size. It's bigger than Portland or Burlington, so it depends on how large a city you can deal with. It's still not a really big city, though. Providence is probably what I would call medium-sized, maybe smaller medium-sized, but someone else's definition of these terms could be different, so it's hard to say whether it would suit your needs. It's a nice city, though, with some good restaurants and some quaint neighborhoods. About an hour from Boston. Providence is at the head of a long bay, so there is some water recreation right there, but being all the way up at the head of the bay does make for a bit of a drive to get to the beach. Kind of far from most mountains. Might take about 3-1/2 hours to drive into the heart of the Whites in NH.

Another city in Rhode Island that you might take a look at is Newport. It's kind of a fun smaller city right on the coast, with some really nice beaches nearby. Very ocean-oriented when it comes to outdoor recreation. You're probably 3-1/2 to four hours from the mountains. Newport is very touristy during the summer, so how well Newport might work for you would depend on how you would feel about living in a place that's kind of crowded with tourists for three months each year, and has a presence of the kinds of sometimes cheap sometimes faux-upscale businesses that cater to summer tourists. Not that there aren't some decent dining and shopping possibilities in Newport. There are, and there are also some nice neighborhoods outside of the touristy areas, so whether Newport might work for you depends mostly on whether you could live with a general atmosphere that has a definite tourist presence, or you'd prefer to avoid that.
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:09 PM
 
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Couldn't choose because I like both.
This. And along with Manchester,NH and Newport/Providence,RI are all AMAZING cities in New England. (Among many others..)
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Old 07-28-2009, 02:12 PM
 
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Thanks again Ogre. I would rather stay away from Rhode Island, just because of the fact that my wife's family is from there, and we don't want to be that close from them. As you know Rhode Island is so small, that no matter were we go, we will always be no farther than 25 mins away from them.
I will do some more research on Portsmouth, NH.

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A few others you might consider:

I'll second Verseau's suggestion of Portsmouth. It has the colonial seaport feel of Portland, but is smaller, so, as with Northampton, it depends how small you want to go. Portsmouth is just upstream from a river mouth, next to a picturesque wide stretch in the river. With the river right there, and the coast just a few miles away, Portsmouth's outdoor scenery and recreation is oriented toward water, but the mountains are no more than a two-hour drive away.

Providence goes in the other direction in terms of size. It's bigger than Portland or Burlington, so it depends on how large a city you can deal with. It's still not a really big city, though. Providence is probably what I would call medium-sized, maybe smaller medium-sized, but someone else's definition of these terms could be different, so it's hard to say whether it would suit your needs. It's a nice city, though, with some good restaurants and some quaint neighborhoods. About an hour from Boston. Providence is at the head of a long bay, so there is some water recreation right there, but being all the way up at the head of the bay does make for a bit of a drive to get to the beach. Kind of far from most mountains. Might take about 3-1/2 hours to drive into the heart of the Whites in NH.

Another city in Rhode Island that you might take a look at is Newport. It's kind of a fun smaller city right on the coast, with some really nice beaches nearby. Very ocean-oriented when it comes to outdoor recreation. You're probably 3-1/2 to four hours from the mountains. Newport is very touristy during the summer, so how well Newport might work for you would depend on how you would feel about living in a place that's kind of crowded with tourists for three months each year, and has a presence of the kinds of sometimes cheap sometimes faux-upscale businesses that cater to summer tourists. Not that there aren't some decent dining and shopping possibilities in Newport. There are, and there are also some nice neighborhoods outside of the touristy areas, so whether Newport might work for you depends mostly on whether you could live with a general atmosphere that has a definite tourist presence, or you'd prefer to avoid that.
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