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Old 02-11-2014, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Durango, CO
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Hello!

I moved to Eugene a few months ago and find that I really don't need to be in a city of this size and do miss living in a more "wild" setting. I have lived in Durango, CO, Traverse City, MI and in Northern MN, so I am used to smaller towns.

My husband and I are in our early 40's, love to hike, swim, garden - we are not into any "night life," but more homebodies. I am a telecommuting computer programmer, so can live anywhere where there is high-speed internet access.

What we love about Eugene is the incredible friendliness of the people. Of all the places I have lived the people here are, seriously, the most outgoing we have encountered. That is the something that does make us nervous - sometimes smaller towns are not all that welcoming. Another great thing about Eugene is the availability of organic food, restaurants that use local produce, meats, etc.

We do plan on many coastal visits in the next year, but would love some insider information.

The places we would love info on are:
- North Bend
- Coos Bay
- Bandon
- Port Orford
- Gold Beach
- Brookings

How is the gardening in various areas? My husband is wanting to go to the warmer areas of the coast due to the long growing season...but how is the soil?

Are the local people welcoming to newcomers?

What is the availability of organic produce, meats? However, we hope to have a huge garden for produce, but it would be nice to have other options and a few good restaurants to go to.

I am also a big user of the library here (and everywhere I have been); I assume that each of the cities has a decent system, interlibrary loan?

I do fly a couple times a year for work and to see family, so Coos Bay/North Bend may be nice for that, but I hear that Brookings is not so far from Crescent City, CA airport.

Any info would be appreciated. I did start reading the other thread about Newport (which is a place I am interested in, though my husband would like to be in the warmer coastal areas), but I did not want to hijack that post.

Also, I have been reading this forum for about a year now and have gathered a lot of helpful information, so thank you all for your great posts.

Best,
Mary Alice
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:01 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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If you use the Search feature at the top of this page under "Search Forums" and type in each of those city names you will find a plethora of information about each city. In fact almost every one of those questions has been answered a dozen times.
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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All of those have been commented on repeatedly.


All also are great choices for those who bring their job with them, but don't even think about seeking employment in those areas. Also not for those with medical needs. Forget farming even a small scale garden. You can get books from anywhere with the regional library system on the coast. I doubt there is anywhere without high-speed internet.


North Bend is too windy for me. You won't feel the wind in most of Coos Bay, but the residential and business area of North Bend blows and blowshard.

Also if you like Socialist Eugene, you may not like Conservative Coastal Blue Coller Oregon
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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This might help.


Over 385 results for Coos Bay //www.city-data.com/forum/searc...archid=9374156

And 530 for North Bend //www.city-data.com/forum/searc...archid=9374181

With 192 for Bandon //www.city-data.com/forum/searc...archid=9374205

And 493 for Brookings //www.city-data.com/forum/searc...archid=9374221

I am sure you will find an equal amount of mentions for Port Orford and Gold Beach.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Durango, CO
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Default Gardening

Thank you, Steve!

You are somewhat of a legend in my mind as I have been reading Oregon forums for quite awhile now.

I'll check out those links, but why no gardening? Sandy soil? Too much wind? We did manage to have a large greenhouse in N MN where you get maybe a month of good sun/heat and had amazing success with tomatoes, no less, but we did have decent soil, albeit a very short growing season.

Politics - I would have loved to vote for a Ron Paul/Dennis Kucinich ticket if that gives you any idea.

If warm coastal Oregon doesn't fit the bill, then maybe we end up just renting in Eugene until we move to Hawaii.

Thank you again for your input.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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Tomatoes will be stunted and will not rippen. Too warm for root production (Potato's Carrots, Beets) too cold for Lettuce, Spinich, and even radishes. And everything is built on sand dunes new or anciant. Also with all the rain, water is in short supply on most of the coast. Wind does take a toll.

Some will tell you I am a legand in my own mind.

And move here. I am running for County Commissioner.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Durango, CO
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Oh, I don't know - I think the gardening info is a deal breaker. But best of luck in your run!
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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Give Dallas Oregon a try. It will be a perfect fit and here is our Garden Last Year .......

This is two weeks after planting. We were overrun with tomatos and the root crops filled several baskets
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Durango, CO
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Ah, Dallas, OR!!! I always thought Dallas was TX for you for the past year or so! I figured that you lived in three places.

Yeah, that would be doable. Nothing like bushels of homegrown tomatoes. We specialized in some wonderful heirlooms - Hungarian Hearts - the sushi tomato, one of my favorites.

You never know - will spend the next year or so checking out the area...most likely not too far from I-5 because the gardening is a top priority.

Thanks for sharing the picture!
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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Dallas is an easy drive north on Hwy 99 through Corvallis and left on the cutoff two miles north of Monmouth.


I'll buy the coffee.
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