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Old 07-05-2019, 03:07 PM   #1
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Any Oregon/Washington Members?

My wife, my son and I are moving to the area in October and we don't know what to expect or what different areas are really like.

I'm looking for recommendations on nice areas with forests/sites nearby. I'm trying to avoid bad towns/areas, but would like to be close enough to a bigger town for shopping, etc.
We like the forest and cooler weather, and I want to get into paragliding, so something within an hour or so of the coast would be ideal.

My wife has had job opportunities spanning both states, but some of the areas we are looking at include;
Longview, WA (the town doesn't look great, but considering a smaller town out west within 30 minute commute);
Newport or Florence, OR (pays well enough to offset the tax difference in Oregon);
Salem, OR (again, better pay than WA);
Astoria, OR.

Thanks for any advice!
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How About Southern Oregon?

We live in Ashland, which is off I-5 and about 20 miles north of the California border in the Rogue Valley. The valley has the Cascades on one side and the Siskiyous on the other. Ashland is a small (20,000) town and home to the Oregon Shakespeare festival, so lots of culture, restaurants, wineries, micro-breweries, etc. The metro area is around 200,000, with nearby Medford home to the big box stores.

The Rogue Valley is at 1,000' to 2,500' feet with nearby peaks to 7,500' (local ski area is Mt. Ashland). The nearby Applegate Valley is home to vineyards, marijuana and hemp grows and paragliding. We are about 2 1/2 hours from the coast through the redwoods.

Lots of outdoor stuff to do. I manage a web site for a hiking group, Ashland Hiking Group. Rafting and fishing on the Rogue, Umpqua and Klamath rivers. Mountain biking is also popular, with lots of single track.

Don't know about local job opportunities. Ashland is mainly a retiree destination. Weather is warm, dry (low RH) summers and winters above freezing.
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Old 07-06-2019, 09:42 AM   #3
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My wife, my son and I are moving to the area in October and we don't know what to expect or what different areas are really like.

I'm looking for recommendations on nice areas with forests/sites nearby. I'm trying to avoid bad towns/areas, but would like to be close enough to a bigger town for shopping, etc.
We like the forest and cooler weather, and I want to get into paragliding, so something within an hour or so of the coast would be ideal.

My wife has had job opportunities spanning both states, but some of the areas we are looking at include;
Longview, WA (the town doesn't look great, but considering a smaller town out west within 30 minute commute);
Newport or Florence, OR (pays well enough to offset the tax difference in Oregon);
Salem, OR (again, better pay than WA);
Astoria, OR.

Thanks for any advice!
I was raised in the PNW. These are just my opinions...

Longview. Puts you across the water from Portland. Could be doable.

Newport? Meh.

Florence? Meh.

Astoria? I'd be all in. Portland 100 miles away... Seaside... Cannon Beach... Tillamook... forest right next door... fishing... and lots of windies. Definitely paragliding on the coast.

If you like forests (Read: Green), and cooler weather, you'll love it.
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Old 07-06-2019, 08:45 PM   #4
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Can't speak much for Washington side, but you could check out McMinnville or Forest Grove if you want to be closer to the coast. If you prefer Mt Hood area, you could check out Sandy or maybe Mollala. All semi small towns about the size of Longview just not quite as industrial based. All are about the same distance from Portland if that's what you are aiming for.
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Hillsboro is a nice area. Close to Portland, but you can choose suburbia/shopping or more rural in this town. Canon Beach, Manzanita, etc. all easily accessible and stunningly beautiful.


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Old 07-08-2019, 03:39 PM   #6
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Thanks for the pointers, guys. We're still a few months out, but getting an idea of what to expect.
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