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Tuesday, February 7, 2012


In my never-ending quest to find the perfect place to live, I decided to check out the happiest place in America, San Luis Obispo, CA.  With hiking and biking trails all over town, the beautiful Pacific Ocean just a few minutes away, an estuary and a deepwater harbor before that, and a quiet, quaint, and pedestrian friendly downtown, this place comes pretty close.  But unless you like cold water, and you are either independently wealthy (jobs are scarce and real estate is expensive), or a college student looking to have a good time, keep searching.  Trip tip: take a break from all the nearby outdoor activity at one of the coolest coffee shops in the country, Kreuzberg, on Higuera street.  NPR article/story on finding happiness