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Looking for a new deciduous home

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I've been taking vacation after vacation looking for a place to homestead. And I'm looking for suggestions for my next one.

I grew up in a tiny California mountain town with a national forest in my backyard. So I am accustomed to small town living with super friendly (slightly crazy) people. But I cant stay there, turns out I'm horribly allergic to pine trees and many of my childhood illnesses magically cleared up when I left to go to college.

Since then I've been trying to think of a place to buy land and settle down. I'll visit a state and spend a few weeks driving all over it. But I haven't had luck so far. Hawaii taught me I'm not keen on islands. South Cali is too full of pollution and brown. North Cali is nice and green yes, but not enough trees. Texas has the trees but it's all flat and hot. Florida is too wet. Colorado is a lot less green than I expected. Alabama was too mean (I'm not saying everyone from Alabama is mean, I'm just not eager to repeat my experiences there). I'm thinking of visiting North Carolina or Oregon next. But at this rate I'm worried I'm going to have to visit all the states one at a time to find anything.

So any suggestions for my next vacation drive?

I need an area that has:
-Deciduous forest (fewer pines) all over some hills or mountains
-Within 30 minutes drive of a grocery
-within 1 hours drive of a town with a university

I would like an area that has:
-a winter (with snow) and a summer
-open-minded people (i hate getting the stinkeye if i go to church in pants...with Jamal)
-within 2-3 hours drive of a major city with a mall and airport.
-within a days drive of the ocean.

I hate:
-meth-heads (because what else is there to do in a small mountain town)
-prolonged periods of extreme temperatures and/or humidity

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