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Bob May 31st 2012 6:46 pm

Your favourite city in your state?
 
If you had to pick a favourite city in your state, bonus if it is one you don't live in it, what would it be?

I'd think Concord, MA is my favourite just because it has a lovely down town, plenty of fun indie shops to walk around, great parks, lovely location.

Honourable mentions would have to be the neighbouring Acton and Lincoln, as they're very similar.

If heading a bit further out, I'd say Northampton, MA for similar reasons, just a lovely town, with a bunch of fun breweries near by and a great launch pad for other fun visits towards western Mass.

Andover and Newburyport as possible northern contenders and Plymouth for the south.

For up in Maine, I'd go with Belfast, because it's on the coast, lot of fun indie shops, great places to eat and really well located to get to other fun areas like Camden, also close enough to the big "cities" like Waterville, Augusta and Bangor.

Freeport would also have to get a honourary mention, great little town for shopping, eating and drinks and also very close to Portland, which is a cool "big" city.

Macca67 May 31st 2012 7:28 pm

Re: Your favourite city in your state?
 
Madison, WI. Great vibe about the place and until very recently had the fantastic Mr. Clyde Stubblefield and his Funky Monday sessions.

Green Bay's not bad either. The rest's a bit like Devon but with guns.

I don't live in either. What's my bonus?

rpjs May 31st 2012 8:06 pm

Re: Your favourite city in your state?
 
Well I live in New York, so at the risk of sounding snobbishly metropolitan, its a bit of a no brainer: NYC, just for all the stuff it has.

However, we do live out in the 'burbs, and in fact the town we live in, Tarrytown, NY, is pretty amazing. We have a great Main Street with good shops, lots of excellent independent restaurants, and we have a live music venue in the shape of the Tarrytown Music hall (although admittedly the acts they book tend to be all aimed at the over-40s audiences). We live just a few minutes from the Metro-North station, and the rail service to Manhattan (35-50 mins) is so good that we still haven't got around to getting a car.

Having said that, we also really like Cold Spring, NY for its antique shops and eating places and its fantastic setting. If it wasn't so far out for commuting I'd consider moving up there as well.

Rete May 31st 2012 8:14 pm

Re: Your favourite city in your state?
 
Like Roy, I'm in the burbs and will be going to the Strawberry Festival in his city this Sunday with my granddaughter and daughter.

For me, however, it is also New York City, the 'boro of Manhattan, as my favorite city. It has everything you need to enjoy your free time such as theater, concerts, water excursions, historical places, botantial gardens, shopping, sports, a world class zoo not 20 minutes north of the city, river walks, street vendors, diversified restaurants, night clubs, pubs. You can sit in a park on a bench or on the grass (Central Park) or play chess in Washington Square Park. There's a famed broadwalk and beach only a subway ride away at Coney Island. For me, it has it all.

kimilseung May 31st 2012 8:16 pm

Re: Your favourite city in your state?
 
Washington only has one city worthy of the name, maybe Olympia (have not visited Spokane, but that's another Washington out that way anyway)

So it has to be Seattle, no competition.

Port Townsend gets my vote for town.

rpjs May 31st 2012 8:31 pm

Re: Your favourite city in your state?
 

Originally Posted by Rete (Post 10093511)
Like Roy, I'm in the burbs and will be going to the Strawberry Festival in his city this Sunday with my granddaughter and daughter.

At Lyndhurst? We're thinking of going too. I'll wear my ATV logo t-shirt, so if you spot us, say hello!

donna1971 May 31st 2012 8:32 pm

Re: Your favourite city in your state?
 
Seattle. It looks so pretty at night :)

Bob May 31st 2012 8:40 pm

Re: Your favourite city in your state?
 

Originally Posted by Rete (Post 10093511)
Like Roy, I'm in the burbs and will be going to the Strawberry Festival in his city this Sunday with my granddaughter and daughter.

Which reminds me, mustn't forget...there's one happening in Concord next month, which was a lot of fun last year and the weather was poo then, so hopefully be better with decent weather this year :)

Bob May 31st 2012 8:41 pm

Re: Your favourite city in your state?
 

Originally Posted by kimilseung (Post 10093514)
Washington only has one city worthy of the name, maybe Olympia (have not visited Spokane, but that's another Washington out that way anyway)

So it has to be Seattle, no competition.

Port Townsend gets my vote for town.

Well this is the US, so "city" can be flexible, Belfast, ME with a 3K population is a city and all that :lol:

SultanOfSwing May 31st 2012 8:47 pm

Re: Your favourite city in your state?
 
Oh God, in Illinois? Bloody hell :lol:

Libertyville, then. That's where I do the majority of my gigs and it also has a pub that so far has come the closest to one from back home for me. Close second is Crystal Lake, where my wife works, as it has the best music shop I have gone to here.

I don't live in either as well, so where's my bonus too? Do I get an extra bonus for not picking Chicago? You couldn't pay me enough to waste my time travelling down there :lol:

robin1234 May 31st 2012 8:50 pm

Re: Your favourite city in your state?
 
I'll give a third vote for New York City. Dr. Johnson said of London, "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Same can be said for New York.

kimilseung May 31st 2012 8:54 pm

Re: Your favourite city in your state?
 

Originally Posted by robin1234 (Post 10093572)
I'll give a third vote for New York City. Dr. Johnson said of London, "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Same can be said for New York.

New York seems to easy, I feel confident that I could say New York for New York and I have only ever visited New York in New York. Come on Robin, what's the next best in New York after New York?

Noorah101 May 31st 2012 9:02 pm

Re: Your favourite city in your state?
 

Originally Posted by Bob (Post 10093554)
Which reminds me, mustn't forget...there's one happening in Concord next month, which was a lot of fun last year and the weather was poo then, so hopefully be better with decent weather this year :)

My favorite city in Arizona is Sedona. Lovely and unique scenery, relaxing atmosphere, lots of good hiking and swimming there. Perfect for an overnight getaway.

I get the bonus for not living there, too!

Rene

Sally Redux May 31st 2012 9:07 pm

Re: Your favourite city in your state?
 
Santa Barbara - has some character from the mission era and is on the coast.

helwardman May 31st 2012 9:11 pm

Re: Your favourite city in your state?
 
Lafayette, Louisiana.


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