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Old 01-08-2015, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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How isolated do you want to get? I'm excited to be moving to Madison, WI - I need the intellectual stimulation of city life and love how Madison has that without the density of a larger city like the Twin Cities in MN.

That said, I've developed a fondness for far northern WI / the UP of MI. I joke with my boyfriend I'd go nuts and be sitting in a shed with a shotgun within months if we lived where his family lives (Kingsford, MI / Iron Mountain, MI / Aurora, WI), as much as I enjoy going up to visit them, due to the isolation there and lack of much to do other than drink and snowmobile / hunt / kayak / ski / tube. Perfect for some folks but I need a rock show and a museum lecture too every now and then. It's beautiful with tons of different outdoor activities year-round. Different idea of cold up there than in the UK (UK is at a higher latitude but gets the moderating effect of the Atlantic; there's a reason there's a lot of folks with Scandinavian heritage in northern WI / MN / MI).

I haven't personally been there yet, but I've heard a lot of good things about Marquette in the UP (MI) and can't wait to visit. Small, hip college town surrounded by natural beauty with cutting edge breweries and tons of outdoors activities but also with intellectual stimulation (college campus and museum). Super cold and snowy though.

Duluth, MN and Superior, WI are interesting spots too, but with some urban decay, despondency, and economic issues that I imagine would weigh on the psyche if living there (for whatever reason, Superior is worse off than Duluth, in theory due to the different politics of their home states but I suspect there's more to it than that). Again, though - awesome breweries and outdoor scenes, some culture too. Duluth has some mind-blowing vistas and a lot of its residences are at a higher elevation than downtown to breathtaking effect. Not sure if Superior has the same, seem to recall the parts I passed through were all at a lower elevation.
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Old 01-10-2015, 01:15 PM
 
Location: The house on the hill
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You might also want to consider Wausau, WI.
It's big enough to have all the major services you would need (good hospitals, shopping, restaurants, YMCA) but also small enough to have a bit of a rural, hometown feel.
It can be dull and that's okay for me too. But if you enjoying skiing, Granite Peak is great. There are rapids for kayaking, trails for hiking or snowmobiling, parks, curling facilities, ice skating, etc). Wausau has the most spectacular Autumn season I have ever experienced in my life. Truly a site to see.
~K~
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