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Old 08-01-2008, 10:20 AM
 
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I've lived in Roanoke before and loved it - except for the lack of easy transportation in and out without driving.

Now I'm considering a move to the Winston-Salem/Greensboro a area, and wonder if anyone can help me decide.

I love the hills surrounding Roanoke, the fact that it has a symphony orchestra and art museum, pretty good shopping and nothing is more than a 15-minute drive. The people are nice, welcoming and don't proselytize. Good restaurants. I'm not into night-life since I'm a 70+-year-old but I do like college-related lifelong learning, which Roanoke doesn't offer..

The airport is beautiful but it's horrendously expensive to fly in/out. No Amtrak closer than a 1 1/2-hr drive. I-81 is jammed with flying big rigs. Greyhound is it for long-distance travel other than driving.

So considering what I've outlined, do you think W-S and surrounds would be a good fit? Is it humid in the summer? Hilly? Pretty?

I'd love to hear from anyone with opinions for me, and thank you.
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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From how you describe Roanoke, it seems to me that W-S is very similar in all of the positive aspects without the negative ones. Piedmont-Triad International airport has rates that are currently lower than both Charlotte-Douglas and RDU. It's a very nice airport that will get you pretty much anywhere you want to go. There's an Amtrak station in Greensboro and High Point, but not one in W-S. All three cities share their transit systems via the PART (Piedmont Area Rapid Transit), so you can use PART as needed.

W-S has a topography of gently rolling hills, lots of beautiful trees, flowers, and landscaping all over. Most of the truck traffic seems to go with I-85, so I-40 is usually not so bad.

Yes, NC has humidity in the summer months.
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Old 08-02-2008, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem
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Add in Wake Forest and Salem College that offer wonderful classes for life-long learning. The Reynolda House (fantastic American art collection) also offers terrific classes and field trips. The performing and visual arts are well represented in W-S. There is a local symphony and opera company. Check out the local Arts Council (http://www.intothearts.org/default.asp - broken link). In addition to WFU and Salem, the NC School of the Arts (http://www.ncarts.edu/ - broken link) offers a broad range of music, dance and drama at reasonable prices, especially the high quality student productions.

Winston-Salem is less than 2 hours drive to the High Country of NC (Boone-Blowing Rock-Banner Elk). It's a great place to live.
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:48 AM
 
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Thanks for both your replies and all that good information. The area really sounds like just what I'm looking for, and I'm looking forward to going down in a few weeks to see the area, and help my grandson get installed at Wake Forest. Thanks again, superk and roadpony, for your help.
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem
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Don't miss the Downtown Arts District. It's full of funky shops and galleries, coffee shops and wine bars. Sweet Potatoes (on Trade Street) is one of my favorite restaurants in W-S. Go early (by or before 6:00) to avoid the lines; they don't take reservations. Also be sure to check out Piedmont Craftsmen and the Fiber Company (a weavers' cooperative), across the street from each other at the corner of Sixth and Trade. Piedmont Craftsmen is a juried guild with members throughout the Southeast. It's one of the oldest and most distinquished fine craft guilds in the country.

There's also a downtown farmers' market on the edge of the Arts District, but not as big as the market in downtown Roanoke.
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Old 08-02-2008, 01:04 PM
 
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I lived in Roanoke from 2003 - 2006. I miss it dearly. Getting ready to relocate to Winston-Salem, and it reminds me a lot of Roanoke, just a bigger scale.
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