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Old 04-10-2012, 03:31 PM
 
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Hi there.
I've read many previous posts about moving to the Harrisburg area, but was hoping for some more specific advice for our case. Any input is greatly appreciated!

My husband will be working in Harrisburg, but Im not a city girl so we wanna live outside the city. No kids, we are 28 years old. He will be working for US Marine corps. I teach dance classes...

Looking for a town that is...
cute, young, artistic, some nightlife, walking streets w/ shops and restaurants, close to nature (parks, hiking, trails), safe, organic veggies and shops (if any).

Thanks!
Daniela
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:56 PM
 
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Carlisle Borough (south side), Mechanicsburg Borough and Newport Borough might be the best bets, although no place in the area is really ideal on all those criteria.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Newport, NC
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Elizabethtown, south of Harrisburg has the college so there are young people there. There are parks in the city and Masonic Homes is on the outskirts. Downtown itself isn't much though.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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Carlisle is a nice town with about 20,000 people, the County Seat of Cumberland County. Dickinson College is in the western part of town, and brings a youthful vibrancy. I think there's a natural food store in town, a few coffee shops, bars, restaurants, etc. Wegman's has a lot of organic food options, that's about 10 mins away in Mechanicsburg. Most military operations in the area are in Cumberland County, so you'd be close to that. About 10 minutes south of Carlisle, there's a small artsy town called Boiling Springs (about 3,000 population). There are some nice newer developments along the corridor that connects the two towns, as well as some more historic properties within the town centers. Elizabethtown would also be worth looking into, as would Hershey, but I think there's much more to do in Carlisle.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:39 PM
 
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Hershey has no nightlife (other than the theater sometimes), and no shopping (it's in adjacent Hummelstown, at the outlet mall, or in power centers closer to Harrisburg). More suitable for families with kids with a stay at home parent.

Middletown is more overlooked than bad, it is one of the more conveniently located communities, with some walkable basic services shopping, not especially artistic.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Hi there.
I've read many previous posts about moving to the Harrisburg area, but was hoping for some more specific advice for our case. Any input is greatly appreciated!

My husband will be working in Harrisburg, but Im not a city girl so we wanna live outside the city. No kids, we are 28 years old. He will be working for US Marine corps. I teach dance classes...

Looking for a town that is...
cute, young, artistic, some nightlife, walking streets w/ shops and restaurants, close to nature (parks, hiking, trails), safe, organic veggies and shops (if any).

Thanks!
Daniela
The only place that I believe even comes close is Hummelstown. Good luck finding organic veggies. While agriculturally abundant, this area is slow to catch on to organic. Major grocery stores, like Giant, will have a few things (celery, carrots, bananas...) but here are not many health food stores. Whole foods in an hour away in MD. Healthy Grocer is alright, located in Camp Hill. Walking towns are not big around here, but Hummelstown has a charming downtown. Good shopping in independently owned, trendy apparel stores is scarce. There are some trails around for hiking & biking. There are numerous pubs if you like good craft beer. Not many wine bars (or any that I have seen for that matter). Very select few non-chain, good restaraunts. But there are a handful around. Good luck!
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Mechanicsburg
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There are many CSAs including Strite's Orchard which has many drop off points in the area.
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