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Gainesville, GA | North Conway, NH
Median Home Price: $275,000
Nearby Activities: Hiking, kayaking, biking, fishing, sailing
The Scene: A friendly micropolitan town on Lake Lanier, 45 minutes northeast of Atlanta, Gainesville's city hall hands out free peach pies every spring. The Chattooga River's Class IIV rapids are an hour away, as is the Chattahoochee National Forest.
OPTIONS: In 1996, Olympians competed on the waters of Lake Lanier. The 3,800 acre (38 hectares) man-made reservoir draws seven million tourists each year.
OUTFITTER: Lessons at the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club (www.lckc.org) will help get you up to speed.
GOOD EATS: Have chicken fried steak and a glass of local Chateau Elan Merlot at Long Street Café (www.longstreetcafe.com).
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