I'm also a recent transplant, and I guess my two cents might be helpful to anyone either considering or planning on moving here... I believe that you can probably find just about any lifestyle that you're looking for up here; you can live in the middle of a city, go to malls and movies, find great restaurants, and never stray from a frequently plowed road. But I'm going to write about doing things the hard way.
We left a downtown DC apartment building, and moved into a town of less than 1,000 people. We have a house and a barn, both in need of a lot of work, and I spend more time than I can describe carrying wood--wood to build with and wood to burn. I have callouses, cuts, bruises, and scars. And I do not remember how it feels to be unwilling to get my hands dirty.
In short, I have never been happier. Our work on our house has been noticed by our neighbors, and they have welcomed us warmly--in no small part, I'm sure, because they can see that we're willing to do. We are being accepted as a part of our community--invited to participate in discussions and asked to help. I can think of no better way to put down roots in this state.
We have been very lucky to land in this spot; a place where, when I rant about legalizing private stills at the local bar, I get the whole room nodding. That's my way and this is my place; if you look around, you will find yours.