Even with the election year economy I am still planning ahead. I'd like to retire in 10 to 12 years. I'm 46 now and have 20 years in at a first job and am now almost three years into my current public servant gig (I am a forensic examiner). I have always wanted to be a full time farmer, ever notice there are lot of old farmers? Yeah, they live long lives. So Anyway, I need to find a suitable place to retire and I am looking for your input. I already know I don't want to retire where I am, Vermont. While I like four seasons winter is just too long and too harsh here. Last winter I had to plow and find places for 12 feet of snow, the year before 9 feet. Yuck. I'm not a skier and so not particularly interested in winter sports though I do snow shoe. I will say it is very beautiful here, mountains, streams, low population but a lot of hippies and a large social misfit factor. The good thing is in Vermont you CAN be what ever you want and no one pretty much cares (hence the social misfit enigma). I do have very good neighbors here too. Other negatives: The hunting is poor, too much snow and too much forest, low deer population. Vermont is also very high in property taxes. The schools kill the average person's budget here. I think this state is #2 in the nation for high cost of living. My public servant salary is barely keeping me above water. The major drawbacks here are cost of living and terrible winters. So what I am looking for: Shorter, milder winters. Good hunting Good gardening Good for livestock Nice people Mountains, lakes, streams and good fishing Reasonably priced. I'm originally from Michigan (born, raised and educated) and do not want to go back there. So tell me about your state and why you like it compared to my list of 'wants'! Post photos if you like too!