Mountain communities offer their residents a refuge that’s hard to get in other more city-like areas. From their excellent forest trails to top-notch beers ala the local microbrewery, the best mountain communities have it all. If you and yours have ever been tempted to pick up and set down roots in a mountain town, it’s likely that the four towns on this list are familiar to you. And if it’s the first time you’re thinking about heading for the peeks, you can’t go wrong by starting your search for the perfect mountain town with these four cities.
1. Colorado Springs, Colorado
Visitors to Colorado Springs might be tempted to ask about gyms that they can work out in while they’re in town. These inquiring folks shouldn’t be surprised to hear something to the effect of “The whole City of Colorado Springs is a gym more or less.” Or something to that effect. As the home of the United State Olympic Committee Headquarters, Colorado Springs is the adventure sport’s enthusiast’s dream community.
Aside from having an abundance of trails to ride and hike on, there’s an outdoor skating rink in the middle of town, according to the city’s official site. In the wintertime, a perfect day might consist of a skate in the morning followed by hot coca with the kids in the afternoon. In the summertime, it’s time to take the bikes out and hit the trails. And given that the town is filled with friendly people, it’s unlikely that you and yours will ever experience this beauty alone. So just think about what you want out of a town like this and then ask a realtor from the Dave Kaercher Team (RE/MAX Real Estate Group) or a similar organization about homes located in areas that are great for the activities that you’d like to participate in.
2. Stowe, Vermont
According to Travel and Leisure, Stowe, Vermont is the place that eastern city-dwellers go to cool off in the heat of the summer. With a Fourth of July Parade, plenty of lush green hills, and eleven wooden bridges that cross the West Branch River, this place has a flavor all its own. And for those who can’t bear the thought of not heading out for a little winter fun, Stowe has plenty to offer during the colder months, too, including a cross-country ski trail that meanders in and out of town.
3. Park City, Utah
Chances are that if you love Indie film, you know all about Park City, Utah. It is the home of the Sundance Film Festival, started by the Sundance Kid himself, Robert Redford. But Park City is more than just a great place to rub elbows with film fans from around the world. Like Colorado Springs, it’s also an Olympic City. The city hosted the 2002 Winter Games. This mining-town-turned-resort boasts cultural events, outdoor fun, and an excellent way of life for its residents. And there’s no need to try extra hard to get in a little exercise here. It’s a first-rate bike, walk, ride city care of its free transit system.
4. Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville was likened to Portland, Oregon by Travel and Leisure. Indeed, it’s hard to miss the similarities. With microbreweries, a Friday-night drum circle, funky art, and a plethora of coffeehouses in which to sit in and dissect the town’s coolness factor, it’s pretty much got it all. And if the city vibe gets to be a bit too much, no problem. Asheville residents know that the best way to unwind is to set out for a canoe ride on the French Broad River or to take a walk through the edible park in the middle of town to gather berries and fruit for tomorrow’s breakfast.
Life in a mountain town is usually filled with plenty of outdoor fun, cultural attractions, and clean living. But that doesn’t mean they’re all alike. The best mountain towns have a unique vibe all their own. The best way to determine which mountain town might fit the life that you want for you and yours is to take a visit. One thing is certain, however, no matter whether you land in Asheville or Colorado Springs, you’re sure to find a friendly town that is as welcoming as it is beautiful.