Best place to live in the US for four seasons?

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Posted 4/17/2014 by Lesley/ish in NSBR Board
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PeaNut 183,117
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Posted: 4/17/2014 4:32:36 PM
Kansas!!! We sometimes get all four in the same day. LOL

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Posted: 4/17/2014 4:34:40 PM
Asheville, NC has all that and more. If she will do some research she will see that this is the place.

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PeaNut 471,633
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Posted: 4/17/2014 4:47:25 PM
I would suggest southeastern PA as a place to consider - the Philadelphia suburban area. It has 4 seasons, is close to NY and Washington DC with easy access to shore points.

Philadelphia is rich with history, culture, sports and restaurants.


PeaNut 25,268
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Posted: 4/17/2014 4:52:12 PM
I can't recommend Chicago or Cleveland (both places I've lived) because the winters can be brutal, and spring is too unpredictable.

I'd definitely consider southern Ohio, Cincinnati area. I have an even stronger preference for Tennessee. I love Nashville and think it would be a great place to live. You get a little of everything there and the winters aren't extreme.



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Posted: 4/17/2014 4:55:38 PM
WE have four seasons here in Southern Oregon. I love it here. We get cold and snowy in the winter, wet and warmer in the spring, Hot and bright in the summer, Warm and cooler in the fall....

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PeaNut 66,991
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Posted: 4/17/2014 5:20:06 PM
I have lived my whole life in Ohio and it sounds like just what she's looking for. Like some of the others, I recommend central Ohio. I grew up near Cleveland and winter can be harsh on people who aren't used to it but Columbus gets snow too. There are all kinds of things to do, lots of parks, shopping, food, arts, everything. Tell your friend to have fun wherever she ends up.

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Posted: 4/17/2014 6:11:42 PM
North Carolina, the variety vacationland! We have 4 seasons, mountains, beaches, culture, friendly people, good house prices. I will never leave!


PeaNut 87,306
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Posted: 4/17/2014 6:43:56 PM
Another vote for Philadelphia. We have all the seasons and they are all fairly equal in length. We are 2 hours from the ocean, 2 1/2 hours from New York or DC, have terrific restaurants and a lot of history all around. And also the mountains are 1 1/2 hours also away if that is your thing.


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Posted: 4/17/2014 7:49:22 PM
The Eastern Panhandle of WV definitely has four seasons, and they are beautiful! For fall you can see gorgeous foliage everywhere you go. In the winter you have easy access to some great winter sports venues. In the spring you can pop into DC for the cherry blossoms. And summer gives you lots of great outdoor activities such as rafting and hiking. There a lot of state parks within easy drives and so much history! It isn't that far to the beach if you want to go for a weekend either. It is also within an hour or so of DC and Baltimore.

Dani mentioned Richmond, and it is a great place to live, but the seasons aren't very balanced. Spring seemed to last two weeks before you were into the heat of summer LOL.

Pittsburgh also has great seasons and a lot to do. We live about an hour south of there in Morgantown WV, and our seasons really do usually last about 3 months each.


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Posted: 4/17/2014 7:56:07 PM
Oh, and I forgot to add . . .

Pittsburgh/Northern WV will definitely give you plenty of options for a house with a yard vs. a city apartment. Housing is very affordable. Pennsylvania is more expensive than WV, especially when it comes to property taxes, but it is dramatically less expensive than someplace like DC or Chicago.


PeaNut 179,066
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Posted: 4/17/2014 8:16:53 PM
In Texas, we often get all four in the same week.

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PeaNut 161,999
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Posted: 4/17/2014 9:45:38 PM
The North Georgia mountains!

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PeaNut 144,153
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Posted: 4/17/2014 10:15:49 PM
I would suggest finding a place with four distinct seasons in the central time zone. The CST rocks, and it won't add much flight time when traveling east.

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Posted: 4/17/2014 10:23:39 PM
Another vote for Columbus, Ohio! Fabulous place to live ~ manageable cost of living, lots of cultural opportunities, professional sports, universities, natural beauty. Definitely the heart of it all!


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Posted: 4/17/2014 10:27:54 PM
Eh, Richmond definitely has four distinct seasons so I'm not sure what twinmom is referring to.

I would think many if the places listed will differ each year

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Posted: 4/17/2014 10:36:16 PM
Well...not's either spring/warm fall or summer. but that's what I like. However, Flagstaff gets all 4 seasons....beautiful springs with sunny days...blooming flowers. Nice summers comfortable yet warm....lovely falls with leaf changes and a crispness in the air and an winter with snow and down right cold. can drive just a half an hour south and it's warmer in Sedona and BEAUTIFUL and 2 hours further to Phoenix and it's totally different. This is why I love AZ.

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PeaNut 76,877
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Posted: 4/17/2014 10:47:37 PM
I'm partial to Grand Rapids, Michigan. It's a big small town. Plenty of cultural things to do, relatively low cost of living (taxes are reasonable, housing prices are low), four seasons, family friendly, a half hour to Lake Michigan (great beaches), a couple of hours to Chicago or Detroit for when one has a craving for the big city.


PeaNut 325,797
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Posted: 4/17/2014 11:40:32 PM
Tehachapi, Ca. The Town of Four Seasons. An hour from Bakersfield for basic shopping, two hours from the L.A. life and culture, and lots of space and easy going lifestyles.


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Posted: 4/17/2014 11:55:34 PM
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PeaNut 66,686
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Posted: 4/18/2014 12:28:28 AM
Well its not East or West its the good ol' Midwest - Omaha, Nebraska. We definitely have all 4 seasons - some longer than others and varies year to year. For example last Friday it was 80 degrees and Monday morning we had 1 inch of snow cover!



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Posted: 4/18/2014 1:13:40 AM

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PeaNut 222,672
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Posted: 4/18/2014 7:00:50 AM
Wow, almost as many different suggestions as there are states! Thank you all so much. I have sent her a link to the thread, so she'll know that New England is not just my idea. There are definitely places we hadn't considered, so I'm sure she and her DH will be doing lots of research this weekend. Yay for the Peas!
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Posted: 4/18/2014 7:24:18 AM
Sun prairie, Wisconsin. Fastest growing community in who for a few years (not sure now). Beautiful area, very close to Madison, couple if hours from Milwaukee, rural meets city, best of both worlds, and most definitely four seasons. I loved it when we lived there.

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PeaNut 592,332
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Posted: 4/18/2014 7:33:01 AM
I would say northeastern seaboard to Chicago Illinois.

I am also wondering what exactly 4 seasons is for those who live in the Carolina's!!!
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PeaNut 105,398
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Posted: 4/18/2014 7:43:21 AM
Kansas City experiences all four seasons. In winter, it can be 70 one day, and 30 degrees and snowing the next day. Spring and fall are beautiful, and summers are hot. We also get touring Broadway shows. I've seen Wicked and War Horse in the past year. The cost of living isn't very high. And it's in the center of the US, so flights to NYC or LA are only 2 to 3 hours.


PeaNut 66,991
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Posted: 4/18/2014 7:50:24 AM
Let us know what she decides!

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PeaNut 112,555
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Posted: 4/18/2014 9:52:00 AM
Another one for Colorado
Denver is a beautiful city and the air is clear and surroundings clean and beautiful.

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