Yes it is an airport in Palanga, not so many destinations, but still good. Not so many ferries like from Riga, but still something. You can get a train from Klaipėda to Vilnius via Šiauliai, it is very handy. 🙂
For sure these are amazing places, just it depends what you are going to do in the daily basis. I love this area, but I would not chose to live around, because simple I don't have finances for it and I prefer to have some land.
I don't know why it was suggested to avoid Kaunas or Vilnius in general these two cities are nice and green, there are a lot of action going on as well. I prefer Vilnius, but I lived in Kaunas for some time. I guess we all recommend and choose the places we liked while visiting, but to live and visit is different.
I would love to live next to the sea, but it is too expensive for me, so looking fo the place surrounded by lakes and forests (Ignalina and Zarasai) I believe that my husband would like to live closer to Vilnius ir Kaunas. As well we are kind of self employed so it is easier.