My wife and I moved to Colorado Springs 27 years ago after looking into the Raleigh/Durham area, Phoenix, Portand and Seattle areas. I have to admit the comment about Asheville NC is very valid. I loved North Carolina, great people, beautiful country, etc. Drinking Made Easy had a great episode on the beer scene there. But Colorado won hands down. There are over 120 microbreweries in CO with more coming every month. Fort Collins would be a great place especially if you want a good garden and chickens, housing prices are right also. It gets a little harder to grow and raise things in the Springs area unless you want to move out east into the prairie. But then you get away from all the amenities. Anywhere along the Front Range is nice. Lots of churches, great water, lakes, streams, rivers, mountains, skiing, rafting, kayaking, hiking, biking, you get the picture. We still talk about where we could move to now that the boys are out on their own, but we are still here! I can do my job from anywhere I have internet access so work is not an issue. Location is!