I'm planning a driving trip there within the next few months, to take challenging day hikes and also to figure out whether to buy a house there - somewhere convenient to great hiking in the mountains.
My question is, what are the best towns for good food, fun night life (live music + dancing), great places to live, that are within 30 - 40 minutes of varied and moderate to challenging day hikes and backpacking, with bonus points for those hikes being closer, within bicycling distance (10 - 20 miles).
Thanks, everyone. ;o)
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