johnmnichols wrote:Definitely Asheville. Decent sized city. Tons of nearby mountain options. Lots of like minded outdoor folks.
Florida Frank wrote:Not wishing to offend any readers from the DC metro area, the traffic is horrendous and the cost of living is very high...OK, not unlike Boston. In my limited experience, both Charlottesville and Roanoke have more of a mountain "feel" to them than Richmond. They're also closer to WVA, which has a lot of amazing outdoor opportunities.
ForeignTraveller wrote:Since your coming from Boston, you may want to consider the Washington DC metro area. That way you won't have to give up the advantages of city living and you can still be relatively close to good climbing and hiking. The proximity of National and Dulles airports also provide you with very flexible flight options for business travel. Otherwise, based on your criteria, Richmond would be your next best bet.
Don't get me wrong, I really like Charlottesville as well as Asheville but.....they're very different from Boston.
theBecca wrote:I think I'm still trying to find out more of the differences between Charlottesville and Roanoke...as far as ease of meeting people, flavor and feel of the towns, etc. I expect it to be a BIG change from Boston, which actually relieves me a little!
Alpinist wrote:I've lived in Boston, San Francisco, Chicago and Greensboro. I've been to both Roanoke and Charlottesville and both felt very rural to me. They are obviously smaller cities so that is not surprising. If you like rural living, then you might enjoy living there. However, if you are looking for better nightlife, restaurants, diversity, etc., then you should consider either Greensboro or Chapel Hill, NC. Both are fantastic areas to live.
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