Current city: South Hadley, MA
Having finally escaped the grind of urban life after 20-plus years in big cities, I can’t even fathom trading the quiet solitude of small-town Western Mass for another major metropolitan area. Which is why, if forced to relocate -- by either zombie apocalypse and/or this assignment -- I’m still keeping it small with Whitefish, Montana.
Not only is it a quaint Western town close to my wife’s family (did somebody say free babysitting?), but it’s steps from Glacier (one of, if not, the country’s most gorgeous national parks), Big Mountain, and Flathead Lake. Outdoor fun: all. the. time. Plus there’s tasty beer (The Great Northern Brewing Company), delicious breakfast (Buffalo Cafe), and, even though I swear nobody believes me, the fastest Internet I’ve ever used anywhere in the country. Ever. Also, if small-town Montana is good enough for NBA-coaching legend Phil Jackson, then it’s good enough for my kid. - Dave Baldwin, senior editor