LR, I highly recommend that you research Burlington, VT (and the surrounding area). The cost of living is not prohibitive, there is an airport, Lake Champlain, and it IS a "big city" by Vermont standards, but it is also a couple hours from Montreal, and about 5 hours from Boston. If you can find jobs there, I think you'd like it. That's a BIG "IF" though, in this economy.
BTW I don't live there - I live in Massachusetts, but I love Vermont.
Last edited by NeonKaos; 12-02-2010 at 01:40 AM.