I’ve been thinking about a job and location change for several years now, and especially looking for a way to move to a climate that would allow year round, or at least close to year round, motorcycle riding. A possibility popped up recently down south, something a little farther away away than I wanted but definitely doable. The one “drawback” is I’d be taking care of two markets, Atlanta and Greenville, SC; right now I take care of 5 in a northern climate with the farthest being 4 1/2 hours away in good weather which means this is a step up.
So I’m looking for some info on the Atlanta area: what’s the vibe, is it a good riding area, hows the city and outlying area, would you recommend it to someone, how are they with northerners, etc.? It’s important that my wife and I “fit in” and while I can read a ton about the culture and area, it’s nice to hear from others who live and maybe have moved there.
Before moving to Minneapolis almost 15 years ago, we lived in a city that HATED outsiders and the 9 months we lived there were the worst time in our lives and we don’t want to make that mistake again. I like the idea of seasons, one of the reasons I like the Knoxville area, but I want to get away from the 6 month hibernation I currently experience.
Anyone with experience there?
I can help you with this. I moved from the western suburbs of Chicago (grew up there) to Milton GA in 2000 primarily due the weather up north. While I love Chicago, after 40 some years I had enough. Milton is a semi-rural town on the northern edge of the suburbs, rolling hills, horse country, very nice. Its adjacent to Alpharetta, an up-scale hi-tech suburb of Atlanta, sort like Naperville for those who know Chicago. Good mix of locals and people from up North, very friendly down here, no worries fitting in. The original idea was to come to GA for 5 years, then off to AZ, but that was 20 years ago and I can't imagine leaving. I've lived and traveled for work around the US, all things considered, N GA is a really nice place to live. The weather is good (not CA by any stretch), I'd like it a bit warmer in the winter, but I can play golf and ride year around. Spring comes early (sometimes mid-Feb) and the Fall lasts forever (it's going to be 67 and sunny today). Downtown ATL is around 40 mins from my house and while it's nothing compared to Chicago, it does have most everything you'd want, entertainment, sports, food, and a major airport. Schools are great in my area, but not everywhere so you need to be aware of that. If you like water, the lakes are HUGE, deep, and clean. If you like to hike, great trails everywhere, the mountains are an hour away. The ocean/beach is about 5-6 hours away. And of course to the main point, if you like to ride, it doesn't get much better, starts when I roll out of my driveway, and you already know about the N GA/NC/TN area. I'm fortunate that I found a great town and made close friends with my neighbors who also ride, golf, and love the water. Can't go wrong with Milton/Alpharetta but there are other towns around the area I can recommend or steer you away from as the case may be. BTW, Greenville is fun, about 2 hrs from my house up I85. It has a great downtown and has many of the things that ATL offers, just not a big city. Good luck, contact me if you want more details.