Nice. I like Boone. I’ve done a bit of motorcycle riding there. It’s actually what convinced me to pull up 300 year old roots and look to move.
We’re looking closer to Asheville (hospitals, care facilities, etc) so when we get to that point we know the services will be close by. But we have looked as far north as Burnsville (Mt Mitchell) and south to Murphy (mostly because of the Campbell school and they have a Possum Drop on New Years Eve…a place with a sense of humor).
The western side of NC is nice for the mountains and lacks the humidity of the central region (Raleigh down to Charlotte). Still have 4 seasons but winter isn’t 6 months long and 10 feet of snow deep