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...how often do you visit/participate in it?  If you live near a ski resort, how often do you go?  If you live near the mountains, how often do you visit?  If you live near the water, how often to you go?  If your area is know for ethnic food markets, how often do you shop there?  Or if your area is know for it's culture, how often do you see a show/go to a museum/etc?

 

DH and I move a lot and haven't really lived in an area long enough to get bored with what it has to offer, but it seems like "born and raised" people might not take advantage of the local stuff as often as transplants do.  We recently moved to coastal Maine and go to the coast every few days at least, in all seasons.  But it doesn't seem like our neighbors ever go, or any one else we really know.  We recently moved from Colorado, the Pikes Peak region, and we went in the mountains often, but know locals who have never been on top of Pikes Peak, or haven't even been to the Garden of the Gods.  

 

If these things got old for you, how long did it take?  If not, how did you "keep the magic alive"?


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I don't know what my area is known for really... not much I think...

We are on the coast. We go to the beach rarely though... not because I don't like it (I *love* it!!) but because it can take almost an hour to get there... much of the nearest coast is occupied by industry. The good beaches are over the expensive toll bridge, plus parking is expensive!! We probably go 1-2 times a month (off-peak hours) in the summer and hardly at all the rest of the year. I like to think that I'd go down to the water daily if it was in walking distance.

There's a lot of agriculture here too, and that we 'take advantage of' -- we eat the local food, pick our own berries/apples/etc., and visit farms 1-3 times a month to see the animals...

I've lived in this area my entire life and I think I've visited every "big attraction" multiple times -- all the parks, museums, historical sites, boat tours, etc. I don't get bored of them, but it's not like I'm visiting them frequently either. A lot of these things are expensive, and we opt for free activities most of the time... and I'm not going to drive more than 10-15mins for everyday activities...

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IME, yes, it does seem like some folks don't take advantage of what they're close to. This can seem especially true of outdoorsy places. I grew up in a town about twenty minutes from the ocean, and my family went to the beach daily during the summer. But we had neighbors and friends who never went to the beach. Where I live now, we are about five miles from the Appalachian Trail and hike it often. Living this close to hiking was a big factor in our choosing to move here. But my cousin and uncle (a different uncle, not the cousin's father), who both live less than a mile from the trailhead, have never been hiking on it (and they grew up or have lived in this town a long time, vs. my being a newbie). We live in a lake community and it's pretty startling how deserted the swimming beaches can be in the summer; the lake is clean, so that's not the issue. How much you take advantage of the local amenities may be a matter of whether you chose to live in that place vs. your living there still because you grew up there and just never moved away. 
 

That said, there are three ski resorts within ten miles of my house and I've never been to any of them. We've lived here only three years and have young babes, though, so factor that in. We plan to get them at least acquainted with skiing if our budget allows.

 

I hope we'll always find a way to keep the magic alive since we plan to be here for a long time!

 

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, but it seems like "born and raised" people might not take advantage of the local stuff as often as transplants do.  We recently moved to coastal Maine and go to the coast every few days at least, in all seasons.  But it doesn't seem like our neighbors ever go, or any one else we really know.  We recently moved from Colorado, the Pikes Peak region, and we went in the mountains often, but know locals who have never been on top of Pikes Peak, or haven't even been to the Garden of the Gods.  

 

If these things got old for you, how long did it take?  If not, how did you "keep the magic alive"?



 

 


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Our town has a world-famous public gardens (and, like, nothing else - heh). Last year one of my New Year's Resolutions was to go once a month, and I think we mostly managed it; I've been slacking off this year, but only because I've been sick with a rough pregnancy. The gardens really are lovely - they're the place we always take overseas guests.

 

On the other hand, we live in New Zealand, which is almost entirely coastline, and we go to the beach extremely rarely. We're just not very beachy people. Should probably go more often though, DD does love it...


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I live in a small mountain community/university town. We have a beautiful canyon with lots of hiking and camping. There is a ski resort close, but I don't like winter sports so I don't do that. I participate in lots of university cultural events, and enjoy the trails & mountains whenever possible.


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I actually live an hour from Niagara falls.  I used to go with my summer camp every couple of years to ride the maid of the mist.  When my friends from TX came two summers ago, we went.  It had been the first time in years since I had visited.  However, my company is Canadian based, and Ive had to travel over the border several times in the last 9 years.  You must cross 3 bridges to get there, and the falls are visible the whole time.  I take it for granted, I know. 

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I am located miles from Cape Cod/Nantucket/MVI and we go all the time and take full advantage of the beaches. We are minutes away from Plimoth Plantation and we go every year the day before Thanksgiving. Boston is full of both cultural and historical stuff and we try to take advantage of those both on our own and related to whatever my son is studying.  Oh and we have tons Trustees of the Reservation parks nearby and we try to take advantage of those too not not nearly enough.

 

I think it helps that we are cheap and don't do lots of big vacations. We do lots of day trips and long weekends.


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I live N of CO Springs and we probably go hiking in the Rockies monthly in the Spring/Summer/Fall, we've been to Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods twice this year even though it's 2 hours away, all the major breweries (there's 5 main ones in town) at least once a year, we do 3 major festivals and we spend time at the University if it's something we are interested in.  We've also done Mt Rushmore (5 ish hours North) and Devils tower (6ish?).  We've been known to go to WY for lunch.  We love where we live!

 

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We're the home of the Little League World Series and every year we go to the games ad eat lots of junk food and the kids slide down the giant hill on flattened boxes. We also generally visit the museum once a year, usually on Kids' Day when it's free.

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I live less than an hour from Acadia National Park, and I think I go there 2-3 times a year. Every time I go, I am reminded why it is such an attraction and swear I'll go more often, even if I have to deal with summer traffic. But it doesn't happen. I do live on a peninsula that has ocean access EVERYWHERE, so I do try to visit a beach, even if for just 10 minutes, whenever I can. We also have a really nice big hill/small mountain nearby that is fun to climb, and every once in a while I think I should make an effort to climb it weekly, but that doesn't happen either.

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Depends on how much of a pain it is to get there.

 

Right now, we live within a 90 minute drive of the mountains and an equal distance from the coast. We go to each 3-4 times a year. It's a fairly big production to get 2 kids + gear to either place, plus finding the time when the weather is good. Actually, I'll confess that we don't go to the coast that often anymore, since we got hit by a sneaker wave 2 years ago and dd had a major phobia about the beach last year. I don't know if it's better yet or not....

 

When the kids were little, we had memberships to the zoo and children's museum and would do those regularly. Now that they're older, we don't go as often.

 

When I lived in Minnesota, we lived within walking distance of a lake. I used to walk around the lake 3-4 times a week. We'd go camping in the north woods 3-4 times a summer. We didn't do some of the other touristy things (art museums, etc. very often).


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I never go skiing, and I feel bad that my kids aren't going to learn.  Before I moved here, I thought they would, but it just doesn't seem that practical to me, for whatever reason.  

 

 

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We live in the Washington DC area, so there are all the museums and monuments. We have been to all the monuments but only go now if we have visitors. We do the museums several times per year with DD.

There are mountains and stuff not far away and we that several times per year to experience the different seasons and hiking. Same goes for the Chesapeake Bay, for day trips and the like.

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Our area is known for riverboat casinos.  I've been to eat at one like four times and actually gambled twice in my 28 years of living in this general area.

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I live N of CO Springs and we probably go hiking in the Rockies monthly in the Spring/Summer/Fall, we've been to Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods twice this year even though it's 2 hours away, all the major breweries (there's 5 main ones in town) at least once a year, we do 3 major festivals and we spend time at the University if it's something we are interested in.  We've also done Mt Rushmore (5 ish hours North) and Devils tower (6ish?).  We've been known to go to WY for lunch.  We love where we live!

 

I grew up on Long Island and my next door neighbor had never been to NYC until we went in 6th grade.  And my dad worked in the Empire State building for a bit on like the 52nd floor and never went all the way up.  How crazy is that?!

 I think we used to live in the area you live in.  We moved to Ft. Collins, CO shortly before getting married and used to hike in Rocky Mountain National Park nearly every weekend or spend the weekend camping or in a cabin in Estes Park, take weekend trips to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, go hiking in Horsetooth, make little day trips into Wyoming, even went to CO Springs like you do.  That was pre-kids, though, but that stuff is why we moved there and of all the places I miss, that area is the top of the list.  I don't even remember really why we moved from there, but we moved on to Missoula Montana LOL.
 

 


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We are on the coast. We go to the beach rarely though... not because I don't like it (I *love* it!!) but because it can take almost an hour to get there... much of the nearest coast is occupied by industry. The good beaches are over the expensive toll bridge, plus parking is expensive!! We probably go 1-2 times a month (off-peak hours) in the summer and hardly at all the rest of the year. I like to think that I'd go down to the water daily if it was in walking distance.
 


I totally hear ya!  I grew up in Maryland, and although it's a coastal state, the beach was about 2.5-3 hours away (depending on traffic or how fast you drive, it can also take 5 or 6 hours) and it so touristy that we really couldn't afford to go there as kids (especially once there were four of us kids).  Hotels are like $400 a night, and parking doesn't exist and food is expensive and on and on on.  You can make a loooooong day trip out of it, but then if the weather turns you're SOL, and it kind of feels like you're homeless for a day.  No one will let you use their restrooms, so you have to scope out the two public restrooms on the boardwalk and hope your kid doesn't pee her pants while waiting in line.  Ugh.  Once we did make a day trip of it and my little brother got sick as soon as we got there.  We tried to find a hotel for the night so that we could salvage just a bit of the trip, but no one would give us a room for just one night even though they had vacancies.  Heartless rat bastards :)

 

Now we live, literally, 1.5 miles from the coast (some is bay, some ocean), so that's why we can get there so often.  Plus, they are just little stretches of beach, so no vendors, no t-shirt, french fries, or other crap to buy.  Just getting wet, building sandcastles, and beachcombing.  Simple fun.  If we want a touristy beach, we go about 12 miles to find one.  No biggie.  But the fact that we are so close to the coast is why it boggles my mind that more locals don't go on a regular basis.  I mean, it's a couple of miles!  Oh, and we looooove going to the port and boat-watching.  I can see how that might get old for locals (especially one the kids are older), but we sure love watching the fishing boats come in!


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lake superior, all the time.  uh.  when it's above freezing, i mean.

 

all the other "must see" tourist stuff?  rarely to never.  i should totally do a stay'cation.

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Not so much in the past, no. I lived in the DC 'burbs for years when I got out of college and then when the kids were little but I hardly ever went in to the museums and monuments unless I had a family member visiting. And then we lived roughly 10 years on Long Island and went into NYC at most a couple of times a year (mostly due to the expense, but also because of that "oh, it'll always be there" kind of feeling).

But now we live in a suburb of Raleigh NC and we go pretty often to local attractions, including into downtown Raleigh. The drive is really easy and there are some free museums and parks and the city feels like a manageable size for a short outing (as opposed to when we lived in NY and a Manhattan trip was a whole day affair, travelling in or parking was $50-100 and I would need a day to recover afterward).

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We grew up/lived in Denver for 27 years and it wasn't like we spent every weekend in the mountains skiing.  Now we live in NM, and I guess maybe we are known for the Balloon Fiesta?  We have gone the past two years since moving here. 

 

I think when you live somewhere you don't necessarily take advantage of all the area has to offer, at least not as often as one might think.  When we first moved here, we were all about exploring and doing tourist-y things.  We'd ask DH's cousin about certain places b/c he had lived here for a few years by then, and he was like, gee, you guys have done more in a couple months that I've ever done living here.  It was just b/c it was all new to us, I guess. 

 

Now, if I lived near the beach, I assume I would visit it frequently.  But who knows, maybe the rest of life would keep us busy enough to only go a handful of times per year. 


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