The story is set in present time, in America. It has to be on the coast, but can be anywhere, be it pacific or atlantic coast. But I need it to be a small village ( perhaps fishing village ), with a seashore around, and there must be storms, rain and fog. Something mysterious and very irish. Or Newfoundland-ish.
There must be a big town nearby, with a university.
I've done researches, but as I know close to nothing about american landscapes ( only what I saw in the movies and on Tv ) it was really short. I found that New England or Maine could provide me with that kind of landscape, but would there be any college town nearby the coast ? Nothing too big.
Also, it would be awesome if there was a dark past about the village. Like, violent deaths, murders, ... If not, it's fine, I'll make something up, but it could increase my story's credibility.
I already found a few legends about lighthouse ghosts over at hauntedlights.com but nothing violent enough to suggest recent murders that would require investigating.
Thank you for your help.
ETA : I'm gonna go for Isle au Haut, Maine ( Knox County ). It has everything I was looking for, including The B&B at the Lighthouse's Keeper's house I was so dreaming about but thought I would have to make up. Thank you everyone for your help, you've been awesome.