Men’s Journal Up and Coming Places to Live – Homer, Alaska

I can’t wait until July.  Amy and I spend a big chunk of the summer at our house in Homer, Alaska.  We only have about 5,000 other people hanging around (it surges to about 10,000 at the high point of summer.)  Up until now, most people that I mention Homer to say “huh?”  Men’s Journal just determined that Homer, Alaska is the #1 Up and Coming city in the US (runners up are Newport, VT; Logan, UT; Walla Walla, WA; and Gualala, CA.)  Now – I’m not sure this is a good thing – Amy’s immediate reaction to hearing this was  “well, I guess we need to move to Cordova or Kotzebue now to get away from the coming hordes.”

My favorite quote from the article follows:

“It just doesn’t feel like the lower 48,” says Katie Bennett, a local sea-kayaking guide and drop-dead gorgeous, unmarried blonde. “You can still work hard and get a piece of the American dream.” Campbell, meanwhile, points out a different sense of possibility: the weird abundance of smart, beautiful women like Bennett. “There aren’t a lot of great guys here,” he says. “If you can hold a conversation and not just stare at their boobs, you do pretty well.”

That kind of says it all.  Do me a favor – ignore this article and go visit the California place instead.

  • Craig Wilcox

    Since I don’t have the magazine, I couldn’t check what they had to say about Walla Walla. But the difference between going to college there and the scene 10 (OK, almost 15) years later was astounding. Great place to be. It seems like there’s about 1 winery for every 10 residents now. Not a bad ratio, and I understand the grapes from there are better than Homer’s.

  • i’m with you on the ignore the article and check out calif part… but then again i have been promoting ak as well… can’t help sharing it, besides i find most people think it sounds cool but don’t want to leave the comforts of the lower 48 in reality

  • Aaron Woodin

    I also admire Alaska for their nearly unrestricted open carry, and an easily obtainable concealed carry permit.

  • Who owns the app 105 foot yacht berthed on the north side of the harbor with the glorious hardwood, winding stair cases on the port and starboard sides and the Bll Jet Ranger tethered on the deck?
    Yours in tight lines and giant cold water halibut,
    jim Forbes

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