There is no substitute for extended visits to the areas you are considering. What suits one person may not suit you. Visit at different times of the year, rent or sublet in different areas to check them out. I have friends in NC and they love those mountains, even though they're always jazzed to visit the coast here and see the Pacific.
When considering relocation, it's always best to go slowly and thoughtfully. Several retired couples we know made quick decisions on downsizing, thought the numbers worked, moved away but then found it much harder than they thought it would be, to be in a totally different area with its own local culture and traditions.
Good luck! They are both beautiful areas to live in.
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