If you're looking for a quaint town feel-but still want to stay in reach of big city amenities, the "nearby east" might be your ideal match. With a more relaxed, rural vibe, it's a more affordable pace of living. You'll definitely want to invest in a car to take in all the wide-open spaces (and you might want to consider a small boat, too - East Fork Lake is beautiful). But don't think there aren't a fair share of walkable areas with trendy restaurants, small shops, and craft breweries. There are. Farmers markets abound all through the week (after all, they are quite close to the farm), and it's true: those quintessential Mom & Pop stores really do give you that extra love.