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post #61 of 97
Went thru the whole quiz and suddenly they wanted ask kind of personal info to see the results. Just a warning. I exited, realizing I've done this thing before and exited.
post #62 of 97

Just an email address and a load of fake personal info.  You don't even have to bother making up your fake 20 kids as you can skip that.

post #63 of 97
If you put in a fake email will you get the results online? Although I've created email addresses frequently for stuff like this and then erased them, doesn't mean I want to go to the trouble for this.
post #64 of 97
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Went thru the whole quiz and suddenly they wanted ask kind of personal info to see the results. Just a warning. I exited, realizing I've done this thing before and exited.

 

Sib, I've used the site before for both practical reasons...when I was wanting to relocate...and just for giggles.  I don't recall getting any spam from them at all.

 

If I remember correctly, there's a section that asks if you're interested in receiving info on a variety of topics.  Just don't check any of them, and you'll be good!

post #65 of 97
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I just filled out the find your spot quiz.  Interesting site, I did not know it existed.  

 

I have been to Taos once and loved it.  Very interesting part of the world with the Native America, Spanish and American pioneer cultures all coming together.  I was there for a work project with Michael Martin Murphy (Wildfire) who had, probably still has, a small ranch there.  I was able to stay and ski for a few days as well.  I am not sure if the desert is right for us but it is a wonderful place and I want to go back.

 

MMM did a concert at the Taos Mesa Brewery a week or so ago.  We didn't go but I bet it was packed.  The high desert isn't like what you see in the movies.  With water, you can grow pretty much anything in our area.  We have a water well with sweet Rocky Mountain water from the snow melt in the Sangres.  Before the sage, the area was grassland.  Then it was over grazed by sheep, which allowed the aggressive sage to move in.  I'm removing the sage from our land and replacing it with native grasses.  The process is slow but it will be well worth it.  The monsoon season starts in early July and goes until September.  My least favorite months are April, May and June because they can be windy.  Fall is drop dead gorgeous.    

post #66 of 97

A sleeper area that never gets brought up for ski towns on a budget is the Silver Valley Idaho.  Kellogg and Wallace are just up I-90 from Coeur d'Alene, and a major source of the areas historic wealth.  Mountains out your door, 2 ski areas Silver Mountain and Lookout Pass, golf, biking,  fishing, close to cities.  Not too hot of weather in the summer, or too much rain about 24"/year.  Cheap housing grocery stores and a big box or 2.  

 

It will never be on any magazine's hot lists, but I could easily do that place.

post #67 of 97

I used an alternate email address to take the survey this time and then out of curiosity logged back in with the email address I had used eight years ago.  The results were remarkably similar although at the end of the list back then were three towns in Vermont plus one in West Virginia.  My wife took the survey and the #1 pick was Boston!  When I told her my #1 pick back then was Durango she told me that she had spent a summer as a desk clerk at a hotel in Durango before she went to law school.   I've still never been there.

 

The "personal" questions the survey asks are innocuous and they hope you'll click areas of interest but I left them all blank and just finished the survey.  You do need to give them a viable email address to retrieve your list.

post #68 of 97

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Originally Posted by patmoore View Post
 

About eight years ago my wife and I started looking at places to retire.  I stumbled across a website called findyourspot.com.  Unlike most retirement planners this one went into a great deal of detail asking my preferences.  When I finished the survey it brought up about a dozen suggestions with Durango at the top of the list.  Sandpoint, ID also ranked very high. 

 

 

 

Well, that was interesting. Very thorough but it makes me wonder how much my spam email is going to increase....

 

Here's my list; I have to admit being a bit surprised by some of the choices and don't necessarily agree with all of it. Could be user input but Durango wouldn't be a top choice for me but, it's #1:

 

Durango, CO - Not a bad place but I don't know that I would think of it as #1

Bozeman, MT - Yeah, I could live there.

Dillon, MT - If I went to Dillon, I would go to Missoula or, better yet, Bozeman or Whitefish instead.

Helena, MT - No

Provo-Orem, UT - No

Springville, UT - No

Fort Collins, CO - hmmm...likely not

Coeur d'Alene, ID - Well, YEAH but I'm already essentially here

Missoula, MT - yeah....

Ogden, UT - In Utah, probably my only consideration (friends there)

Spokane, WA - DOH! Why move?

Wenatchee, WA - Nah

Palmer, AK - No

Glenwood Springs, CO - hmmm, don't know

Salida, CO - Not likely

Moscow, ID - No

Bigfork, MT - hmmm....maybe

Whitefish, MT - Definitely a contender

Billings, MT - No

 

Surprised that Sandpoint didn't make this list. As it is, Sandpoint is where I'd like to live but they lack on golf choices. Could be what kicked it out. But, Pat stated that Sandpoint was high on his list a few years ago but it's not there this time. Wonder what's going on with the algorithm that excludes it.

post #69 of 97
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Well, that was interesting. Very thorough but it makes me wonder how much my spam email is going to increase....

 

I took the survey just a few minutes ago, and when I put in my name and E-Mail, it said I already had an account...the one from 4-5 years ago!

 

I've never received any spam related to that site in all that time.  I think the key is that after you enter your name and E-Mail, do NOT check any of the boxes on the next page that ask what areas of interest you would like more info or special offers about.

 

As long as you don't check any of the boxes on the page after the name and E-Mail page, it doesn't appear that you'll get any spam at all.....at least if my experience over the last several years is any indication.

 

I'm also not sure the places that come are in any order of match or not.  So, the the place listed first may not technically be a true #1...but I'm not sure.

post #70 of 97

CNN just published America's Best Small Towns and Telluride made the list.

 

Re: golf in Sandpoint.  I had dinner at the course in 2006.  Wish I had had time to play it as it looked beautiful.  It's a Jack Nicklaus redesign.  Unfortunately it went private and became the Idaho Club.  As of a few days ago it's on the auction block.

post #71 of 97
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CNN just published America's Best Small Towns and Telluride made the list.

 

Re: golf in Sandpoint.  I had dinner at the course in 2006.  Wish I had had time to play it as it looked beautiful.  It's a Jack Nicklaus redesign.  Unfortunately it went private and became the Idaho Club.  As of a few days ago it's on the auction block.

 

Yes, very familiar with the Idaho Club. I liked it much better as Hidden Lakes, prior to the re-design. The future of the course looks a little bleak at the moment. We'll find out more once the auction proceeds. The problem with it is, as with Silver Mountain, it likely won't attract much in the way of legitimate bids. Silver has been on the block a couple of times and has yet to sell.

 

Living in Spokane, I'm pretty spoiled when it comes to golf; four city courses, three County courses, and two or three privately owned public courses within a short drive. I belong to a private club and live 30 seconds away. Our cost to belong is held down by the competition from the public courses so it's a great deal for me. I play well over 100 rounds per year and my wife isn't far behind so paying to play Idaho Club as much as I play, it would be cost prohibitive. 

post #72 of 97

I don't remember what my results were from several years ago, although Sandpoint was in there somewhere.  Having lived in a big city and now a small town also, I took it again just now and got this:

 

Bend, OR  -  Yeah, I could do that; a little dry for me, but doable

Corvallis, OR  -  O-K, but far from skiing

Eugene, OR  -  Meh, same...

Medford, OR  -  Again, too far from skiing

Portland, OR  -  Yeah, doable...one of my top choices for a bigger city

Salem, OR  -  Again with the faraway skiing

Danbury, CT  -  Huh?

Providence, RI  -  Same as above.

Bellingham, WA  -  Yeah, doable

Kent, WA  -  Don't know much about it except where it is

Olympia, WA  -  Nice, but kinda far from skiing

Tacoma, WA  -  Meh...

Anchorage, AK  -  Prefer Continental US

Fayetteville, AR  -  Wha-Wha-What!?!?

Ft. Collins, CO  -  Nah

Carson City, NV  -  Too deserty

Charleston, WV  -  Wha-Wha-What!?!?

Sheboygan, WI  -  No

New Haven, CT  -  What is with these CT/RI suggestions???

Baltimore, MD  -  What is with these upcoming MD/MA suggestions???

Frederick, MD  -  See above...

Worchester, MA  -  Again above...

Provo-Orem, UT  -  Maybe, in a pinch...too dry and deserty, tho.

Seattle, WA  -  Maybe, if big city needed...AtomicMan's vindication!

 

No Sandpoint, or even CDA this time.  Hmmm, I guess I gotta move.  The top 6 suggest I clearly like Oregon, so Portland it is!  

Of that list, tho, I'd probably actually go with Bellingham.

post #73 of 97

Sheboygan, WI is a great place and it has surfing year around.

 

Skiing is a bit of a drive.

post #74 of 97

Aspen, Colorado

Jackson, Wyoming
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Vail-Minturn-Red Cliff (Vail Valley), Colorado
Blaine County, Idaho
Hailey, Idaho
Durango, Colorado
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Bigfork, Montana
Sun Valley, Idaho
Ketchum, Idaho
Whitefish, Montana
Springville, Utah
Estes Park, Colorado
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Divide, Colorado
Heber, Utah
Helena, Montana
Sandpoint, Idaho
Livingston, Montana
Kalispell, Montana
Bozeman, Montana
Salida, Colorado
Dillon, Montana

 

It is nice that Aspen came in #1,  since I've pretty much committed, but I could probably live in any of the places listed.

post #75 of 97

I have a separate email account I use for stuff that will likely get me on lots of spam lists.

 

Danbury

Hartford

Albuquerque

Corvallis, OR?

Eugene, OR

Medford, OR

New Haven

Carson City

Bend

Portland

Salem, MA

Providence, RI

 

I put ocean beaches and ski resorts highest priority.  However, I don't like the northern pacific beaches nearly as much as the gulf stream south or mid Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, or southern California beaches.  I think I'm best right where I am three hours from the NC Outer Banks and 5400 elevation mountain skiing.  I'd take the Rockies with a really good lake near by too though. 

post #76 of 97
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I put ocean beaches and ski resorts highest priority.  However, I don't like the northern pacific beaches nearly as much as the gulf stream south or mid Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, or southern California beaches.  I think I'm best right where I am three hours from the NC Outer Banks and 5400 elevation mountain skiing.  I'd take the Rockies with a really good lake near by too though. 

5400 elevation mountain skiing? :rotflmao:Where do I sign up!

post #77 of 97
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

I put ocean beaches and ski resorts highest priority.  However, I don't like the northern pacific beaches nearly as much as the gulf stream south or mid Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, or southern California beaches.  I think I'm best right where I am three hours from the NC Outer Banks and 5400 elevation mountain skiing.  I'd take the Rockies with a really good lake near by too though. 
5400 elevation mountain skiing? roflmao.gif Where do I sign up!

That's high? Low? Not getting the joke. Sounds like mid mountain here.
post #78 of 97
Is it cm of vert?
post #79 of 97
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Is it cm of vert?


It's the highest lift served skiing east of the Rockies and also same distance from white sand, warm water, ocean beauty from my house. Pretty sure only places in CA have three hours or less to warm ocean and three hours or less to higher elevation skiing. DC is close though with nice Atlantic beaches and some 4K elevation skiing within a couple hours as well.

post #80 of 97
Oh, x10000q was reading that as the VERTICAL DROP, not as the elevation of the ski area. No wonder he had an issue.
post #81 of 97
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Hey, Crank. Have you thought at all about Bend, Oregon?

We have friends who have moved from here in Jackson Hole to Bend and they love it.

Bend would be my call!

 

Love that place! I could live there!

 

 Mt. Bachelor has 3k Vert. (6k Ft. base to 9K at the summit) 17 miles from town!  Lots of highspeed lifts, and tons of fun fast cruising and plenty of pow! Not much steep and ultra challenging.

Plenty of Golf, a river, and 165 miles from Portland, if you need a bigger city fix!

post #82 of 97
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It's the highest lift served skiing east of the Rockies and also same distance from white sand, warm water, ocean beauty from my house. Pretty sure only places in CA have three hours or less to warm ocean and three hours or less to higher elevation skiing. DC is close though with nice Atlantic beaches and some 4K elevation skiing within a couple hours as well.

Crowing about elevation while neglecting to mention the marginal skiing is hilarious.  I don't think you put enough weight on skiing in your survey.

 

In north NJ we are 1:15 from beaches and 1:30 from skiing that includes 1600 vertical feet, 125 inches/yr and  240 acres.

 

If I use your 3 hour limit I can reach any beach from Montauk Point, LI, to Cape May, NJ, and for skiing all of the Catskills and Gore Mtn in the Adirondacks .

 

You can keep your 3 hour drive for reaching the beach and  "skiing at elevation".:D

post #83 of 97
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Originally Posted by x10003q View Post
 

Crowing about elevation while neglecting to mention the marginal skiing is hilarious.  I don't think you put enough weight on skiing in your survey.

 

In north NJ we are 1:15 from beaches and 1:30 from skiing that includes 1600 vertical feet, 125 inches/yr and  240 acres.

 

If I use your 3 hour limit I can reach any beach from Montauk Point, LI, to Cape May, NJ, and for skiing all of the Catskills and Gore Mtn in the Adirondacks .

 

You can keep your 3 hour drive for reaching the beach and  "skiing at elevation".:D

 

I had that on Long Island through the 80s. Got free beach parking in The Hamptons yet?  By they way, the beaches here are actually better.  I'll pass on the medical waste and hypodermic needles LOL!  I'll pass on the crowds at Huntahhhh, Kton, Mt Snow, etc too.  Gore, on the other hand is Thumbs Up

 

One thing that elevation does deliver is better snow when we get it.  There is just something magic about the air higher up regardless of the other variables.  New York was quite nice, I agree, but I do like this a lot better.  The cost of living is a big factor in my retirement location choices.  How's NY/NJ doing in that regard?:p

post #84 of 97
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I had that on Long Island through the 80s. Got free beach parking in The Hamptons yet?  By they way, the beaches here are actually better.  I'll pass on the medical waste and hypodermic needles LOL!  I'll pass on the crowds at Huntahhhh, Kton, Mt Snow, etc too.  Gore, on the other hand is Thumbs Up

 

One thing that elevation does deliver is better snow when we get it.  There is just something magic about the air higher up regardless of the other variables.  New York was quite nice, I agree, but I do like this a lot better.  The cost of living is a big factor in my retirement location choices.  How's NY/NJ doing in that regard?:p


I always got free beach parking in the Hamptons - I had a resident pass. The beaches are pretty clean up here now. Weekend Hunter is no longer as crowded as it used to be and midweek Hunter is a dream.

The cost of living is ugly, but easy access to so much entertainment is worth it right now.

 

I would like to try NC skiing, but unless business gets me down there, it is not happening.

post #85 of 97

I had forgotten about the town parking at the beach.  I remember that Jones Beach cost $25 a day (in :eek 1985) if you didn't have a town of Babylon sticker.  Kure Beach down at the south OBX has free parking all over the place but you need to be there by about 10:30 am to get a spot on a Saturday or holiday.  We went to Atlantic Beach on the mid north end last weekend.  Took a paid parking spot front row right against the sand because it was our first time there but it did appear they have plenty of free spots as well.  The water is already in the upper 70s here (78 today). Looks like yours is 65 today.   I still have my wetsuit from the NY beach days.  IIRC the wet suit was nice to have through May in to early June.  Water got pretty warm by mid to late July though.  We get about 6 more weeks of those warm water temps down here.


Edited by crgildart - 6/18/14 at 2:29pm
post #86 of 97
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It's the highest lift served skiing east of the Rockies and also same distance from white sand, warm water, ocean beauty from my house. Pretty sure only places in CA have three hours or less to warm ocean and three hours or less to higher elevation skiing. DC is close though with nice Atlantic beaches and some 4K elevation skiing within a couple hours as well.

Not in Northern California, ocean is COLD and base elevation for many Tahoe resorts is 6500 ~ 7000

 

Maybe in So Cal, calling @Tony Crocker for the So Cal Report

post #87 of 97

No beaches in North Idaho towns, so take them right off your lists people.  Well actually there are a few like these 2.  

 

NIC Beach Club is where I would have spent the summer in an earlier life. :cool

 

Sandpoint has some too. What a funny name for a town.

Both of these lakes have MILES of beach often available only by boat, and you have views of surrounding mountains pretty much anywhere if it is light.


Edited by Stranger - 6/18/14 at 3:27pm
post #88 of 97
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...[Taos]t has a good music scene led by KTAO solar radio.

 

yes! And KTAO still hosts Josseph (sic) the Starwatcher twice a day, The silvery voice of the cosmos :)

 

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I have been to Taos once and loved it.  

 

I love it too, but it's hard for me to stomach the smelly turd that Taos Pueblo dropped not all that far from Pueblo Peak:

 

post #89 of 97
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Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
 

No beaches in North Idaho towns, so take them right off your lists people.  Well actually there are a few like these 2.  

 

NIC Beach Club is where I would have spent the summer in an earlier life. :cool

 

Sandpoint has some too. What a funny name for a town.

Both of these lakes have MILES of beach often available only by boat, and you have views of surrounding mountains pretty much anywhere if it is light.

 

Dude, what the hell? Don't give away ALL the secrets.... ;)

post #90 of 97
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Dude, what the hell? Don't give away ALL the secrets.... ;)

I did not tell them about any of the good places, just the touristy stuff.  Same rules as powder stashes on the home hill.  

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