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Budget Travel's Coolest Small Towns 2015 contest is looking for American towns with a population under 10,000 and a certain something that no place else has: great shops, food, a unique history, a breathtaking location, peerless music scene, art galleries, or maybe something cool we haven't even thought of yet!

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  • Abingdon, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Home to the Barter Theatre, the Virginia Creeper Trail that was just inducted into the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Hall Of Fame, the Martha Washington Inn and Spa, Wolf Hills Brewery, and so much more...
    Favorite things to do
    Walking to the Farmers Market with the family on Saturday mornings to find breakfast and see all our friends and visitors enjoying the day.
    Favorite restaurants
    128 Pecan
    Favorite places to stay
    The Martha Washington Inn and Spa
    - Michael
  • Acworth, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Historic downtown and Lake Allatoona
    Favorite things to do
    Shop along Main Street and stop for dinner at any of the fantastic restaurants
    Favorite restaurants
    Henrys, Fuscos
    Favorite places to stay
    Stay on a houseboat on Lake Allatoona
    - Matt Rooso
  • Akron, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    It still has that "it takes a village" concept. The building for the Boys and Girls Club was listed as one of the greatest architectural structure in the world by Conde Nast.
    Favorite things to do
    Fishing at Lock 8 Park on the Black Warrior River. High School tailgating is almost as big as college tailgating.
    Favorite restaurants
    Hunter's Restaurant
    Favorite places to stay
    There are know hotels. Local families will house the overflow of your visitors.
    - Barbara Jeffery
  • Allegan, MI
    Why it's the coolest

    Charming and quaint; visiting is like taking a trip back in time to a simpler era. People are down to earth and friendly, Allegan is a bit like a modern day Mayberry.

    Favorite things to do

    It's located near Lake Michigan and several other inland lakes so water sports and boating are popular in the summertime. Bittersweet Ski Resort is ten miles away so skiing and snowboarding are good ways to spend the snowy winter days. Lots of good fishing during the summer and ice fishing in the winter. Allegan State Forest is there with much natural beauty abounding. The Regent Theater is a restored 1920s movie theater that shows popular movies on the big screen.

    Favorite restaurants

    The Grill House is #1 and was featured on the Travel Channel due to it's innovative way of preparing steaks. Minnie's is a great local hangout in downtown Allegan and Corky's Drive In has the best burgers in Southwest Michigan according to a recent vote! Their mushroom burger is to die for.

    Favorite places to stay

    The Delano House is a gorgeous Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn right downtown and The Castle in the Country is another lovely Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a rural area of Allegan.

    - Leslie Dixon
  • Anacortes, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    No box stores. Greay location surrounded by the Salish Sea. Community activities all year. Thousands of squate milesof city forest land with miles and miles ofarked trails with many beautiful viewpoints. Boating headquaryets for the San Juan Islands and inside passage of Canada and Alaska.
    Favorite things to do
    crabbing, hiking, music, all the festivals in town.
    Favorite restaurants
    Rockfish Grill, H2O, ciao Bella
    Favorite places to stay
    home
    - phil tribuzio
  • Apalachicola, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Fishing village caught in time with quaint historic downtown. Also is where gulf meets Apalachicola river so the estuary and nature is incredible with fresh oysters and wildlife.
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking on trails in Apalachicola forest, shopping downtown,fishing and going to neighbor island st George island.
    Favorite restaurants
    UP THE CREEK raw bar. There's alligator and oysters.. even Emerill Lagasse visited!
    Favorite places to stay
    THE CONSULATE SUITES or beach house
    - debbie macbean
  • Arcola, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    World Famous Lawn Rangers, Broomcorn Festival, Amish,
    Favorite things to do
    Broomcorn Festival. 1st weekend after Labor day in September. This town of 2700 used to be the Broomcorn capital of the world. Generating the majority of the worlds Broomcorn. This festival celebrates the heritage of the industry (5 Broomcorn manufacturing companies started here). Beer tent, parade, 5k&10K race, sweep races, arts & crafts, etc
    Favorite restaurants
    Dutch Kitchen
    Favorite places to stay
    Flower Patch Bed & Breakfast
    - Cathy DeHaven
  • Arlington, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's Retro!
    Favorite things to do
    Hike, fish, shop, enjoy fine dining, bowl, etc
    Favorite restaurants
    Bistro San Martin
    Favorite places to stay
    Medallion Hotel
    - Judy
  • Asheville, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    food, beer and music
    Favorite things to do
    listen to street music
    Favorite restaurants
    local farm to table restaurants Early girl
    Favorite places to stay
    Battery Park Hotel
    - Elizabeth Weinschel
  • Ashland, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful, small mountain town nestled in Siskiyous. Shakespeare Festival 10 months out of year. World-class recreational opportunities. Warm climate.
    Favorite things to do
    Trail run and hike in the watershed. Road cycle in the mountains. Explore downtown/plaza. Dine out at one of Ashland's numerous gourmet restaurants.
    Favorite restaurants
    Kobe, Creekside Pizza, Taj Indian, Greenleaf, Sauce, etc.
    Favorite places to stay
    Ashland Springs Hotel
    - Ryan Lamanna
  • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Quaint, picturesque town on the Raritan Bay, with the best harbor on the Jersey shore. Great restaurants and shops, minutes from the ocean. All the charm of a small town, a short ferry ride from NYC.
    Favorite things to do
    Restaurants and shops along First Avenue. Bike rides along the Henry Hudson trail, from the AH harbor into nearby Highlands. Fishing and swimming at the harbor and at nearby Sandy Hook.
    Favorite restaurants
    Harborside. Cissy's. Memphis Pigout. Copper Canyon.
    Favorite places to stay
    Blue Bay Inn.
    - Mar Fleitz
  • Auburn, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Hiking, sking, Food and galleries
    Favorite things to do
    outdoor activities
    Favorite restaurants
    Joe Caribe, Monkey Cat, Tre Patsi
    Favorite places to stay
    my back deck over looking the Amenican River canyon
    - Ron Birkhead
  • Aurora, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    It's quite, It's had a lot of improvement!
    Favorite things to do
    Look for Fossils!
    Favorite restaurants
    lyle and Shirlys
    Favorite places to stay
    Place to stay! Everyone in Aurora Are family! We run together and stay together we help each other out!
    - Ashlayy
  • Avalon, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Less than an hour from the Los Angeles area by ferry, Avalon on Catalina Island feels like a world away. Beautiful views, hiking, adventure sports, and relaxing all make a trip to Avalon unforgettable - and 4,000 people are lucky enough to live there!
    Favorite places to stay
    El Terado Terrace
    - Amie Barnes
  • Babylon Village, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    This town of 3,000 residents is located an hour east of NYC on Long Island south shore. Babylon Village hugs the Great South Bay which is perfect for enjoying kayaking, paddle-boarding, fishing and boating. In addition it is 10 minutes to the beaches where you can catch the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. The village itself is charming with 30 restaurants, nightlife, shopping and shops that offer activities, like Bubble for Children and Art Sea for all ages. The history oozes every where and you can visit Nathaniel Conklin's home, visit the Historical Society Museum where you can reminice about Captain Kangaroo who was from Babylon. Another museum to visit is Babylon Town Museum. Shopping is great with very few chain stores. Favorites are Ohh La La, Pandemonium. House to Home. Finally, the village host annual events where they close down main street to gather at Old Time Christmas, Fall Festival and County Fair.

    Favorite things to do

    Visit Argyle Park. It is beautiful with waterfalls that lead to the River that flows into the Great South Bay. Walk or bike on the trails of Southard Pond. Kayak up and down the canals off the bay Rent a paddle board from South Shore Paddle Boards. Eat out. Shop at Ohh La La, House to Home or Pandemonium Surf at Gilgo (lessons by Bunger) Hit Roe's Sweet Shop or Kilians Chocolate Go to the Farmer's Market

    Favorite restaurants

    Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar Argyle Grill Swell Taco Kotobuki

    Favorite places to stay

    Closest and nicest place to stay is the Marriott Courtyard in Farmingdale.

    - Sherri May
  • Bahama, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    Great restaurants and friendly people

    Favorite things to do

    walk on Riverwalk

    - Gwen Habenicht
  • Balboa Island, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    You can walk it end-to-end; quaint yet elegant shops and houses; wherever you go on the little island, you're about a 2 minute walk to the waterfront in any direction
    Favorite things to do
    Wander around; check out the cool houses; stop in and get lunch at a random restaurant
    - Danny
  • Baraboo, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    Home of the Ringling Brothers, beautiful Devils Lake state park, Historic Al Ringling theater, small, Midwest friendliness, Circus World Museum
    Favorite things to do
    art galleries, antique stores, Sky High apple orchard, Circus World Museum, Devils Lake
    Favorite restaurants
    Village Inn
    Favorite places to stay
    Camping at Devils Lake
    - Beth Douglas
  • Bar Harbor, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    It's on an island which is home to Acadia National Park. The people are friendly. There day sails and whale/puffin watching tours. The town is full of amazing restaurants and shops. The sunrise is spectacular from either the town pier or the summit of Cadillac Mountain.
    Favorite things to do
    Hike and bike the Rockefeller carriage roads. Sea Kayaking. Whale watching. Sunbathing on the beach.
    Favorite restaurants
    Havana, Blaze, Side Street Cafe, Burning Tree, Mainely Meat, McKay's Public House
    Favorite places to stay
    Private cottages
    - Lyana
  • Bath, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Full of history and fun festivals all summer long in all of Beaufort County
    Favorite things to do
    Relax by the river
    Favorite restaurants
    Blackbeard's Ices and Slices
    - Jessy
  • Bay View, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Must see
    - Lee Mowery
  • Beaufort, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Wild horses beaches cool people
    Favorite things to do
    Boating
    Favorite restaurants
    Beaufort Grocery
    Favorite places to stay
    Cousin Marthas
    - carolyn morris
  • Bedford, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Home of National D-Day Memorial
    Favorite things to do
    Hike. Bike. Drive Blue Ridge Parkway. Smith Mountain Lake
    Favorite restaurants
    Bedford Station Millstone Tea room
    Favorite places to stay
    Peaks of Otter Lodge.
    - Allen Persinger
  • Belhaven, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful, on the pamlico river, lots of local places
    Favorite things to do
    Hang out on the river, eat fresh seafood
    Favorite restaurants
    Spoon River, Farm Boys, Georgie's oyster bar
    Favorite places to stay
    Beloit b&b, belhaven waterfront inn! river forest manor (soon to be reopened)
    - Elise Manning
  • Beloit, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    Beloit is very eclectic and all inclusive. We feature an out standing Libral Arts College: Beloit College, which provides the community with a variety of entertainment and educational programs. Our downtown is very historic and vibrant. Beloit has a beautiful River walk (Rock River) that meanders through the downtown. Beloit is a city with many reasonably priced restraunts and accommodations. In fact it's standard of living is very enticing.
    Favorite things to do
    Our International Film Festival is outstanding! I love Holidazzle with its mix of music and artists through out our downtown. Music at Harry's Place every Friday in the summer. Farmers Market: second to Madison.
    Favorite restaurants
    Merril and Houstons for steak. The Gatsby for its wine bar and Hors d'oevres, Cafe Fromage for its coffee and bake goods.
    Favorite places to stay
    My home of course, but I love the Iron Horse Hotel. It's right downtown and overlooks the river.
    - Becky Moffett
  • Berkeley Springs, WV
    Why it's the coolest

    One of a kind -- there is only one Berkeley Springs on planet earth. It is the country's first spa (1740s) -- and one of the few spa towns today. There are three times as many massage therapists as lawyers -- and a whole slew of artists, musicians, chefs and creative shopkeepers. It's a historic town -- incorporated in 1776 to encourage support of those folks who came to "take the waters." Surrounded by WV wilderness and less than 2 hours from the DC/Metro area, it is a magnet for travelers young and old and especially female as well as creative-seeking retirees.

    Favorite things to do

    Take a bath. Get a massage. Splash 24/7 in the largest public display of mineral waters in the Blue Ridge. See a gallery show. Have your fortune told. Listen to live music. See a first-run movie at a vintage movie house with vintage prices. Hike, bike and golf at Cacapon State Park and the C&O Canal towpath. Buy local art. Drink the water. Celebrate at local festivals including the worlds largest and longest running international water tasting competition; more than 40 years of Apple Butter Festival; George Washington's Bathtub Celebration devoted to shopping and local history; Hey Girlfriend weekend filled with girlie fun; the region's largest psychic fair and alternative healing expo.

    Favorite restaurants

    Three exceptional fine dining restaurants including Lot 12 with chef/owner Damien Heath, WV's ONLY James Beard rated chef. Tari's Cafe has a young chef with an impressive repertoire of daily specials. Panorama at the Peak has one of the best views in the east plus award-winning farm to table cuisine by another chef. Finally, the vintage Star Theatre boasts the best popcorn in 4 states!

    Favorite places to stay

    The Country Inn -- historic lodging in the heart of town adjacent to Berkeley Springs State Park and the warm mineral springs; Highlawn Inn and the Manor B&B -- elegant in town lodging; dozens of cabins and vacation homes from Berkeley Springs Cottage Rentals.

    - Jeanne Mozier
  • Berlin, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    We are home to the largest amish population! Located on main street are some of most eclectic, unique shops where you can find an array of hand made gifts from all walks of artisan life. In the rural part of the town you will find amish living and working amongst the land. There are several tours offered to experience their way of life. Also, you will find many farmers markets, bed and breakfast inns, and we are home to the behalt museum (the largest mural painted of the history of amish.)
    Favorite things to do
    I love visiting the shop called catalpa. Inside you will find toys, games, pranks, and collector memoribilia from decades past. I love to walk uptown after hours and window shop.
    Favorite restaurants
    Der bake oven is a quaint little bakery that offers homemade cafe style food. Its amazing. Cindys diner is phenomenal for your bbq needs. For a local feel, stop by boyd and wurthmanns for breakfast as early as 530 am.
    Favorite places to stay
    Berlin resort is gorgeous and offers an areay oglf activities from movie theartre to pools, spas, golf, etc.
    - carrie weekly
  • Big Bear Lake, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Has a 4 season climate with great activities at each turn of the weather. Has fascinating history of gold mining, Indians, Fox farming and pioneers. ' 'Ski here in the morning and Surf the Pacific in the afternoon'
    Favorite things to do
    Summer: boating,fishing,camping Fall: Mountain biking, hiking trails Spring: Skate board park, Jeep rallies Winter: Snow boarding, skiing, sledding. Enjoy the views year round.
    Favorite restaurants
    Selection of Mexican, Fun beer bars, fine dining and old favorites.
    Favorite places to stay
    Individual cabins high with a view, or on the lake front--resort hotels in the center of parks, marinas and shopping.
    - Marilyn Gallagher
  • Birmingham, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    Has many of the area attractions - Henry Ford Museum, Belle Island, Comerica Park, Palace of Auburn Hills, downtown historic Detroit, Ford Mansion, The Whitney within quick driving distance
    Favorite things to do
    Great shopping, trending/reasonably priced/foodie restaurants; 25 minute north of Detroit.
    Favorite restaurants
    Streetside Seafood, Social Kitchen, Sy Thai, Flemings Steakhouse, Big Rock Chop Shop, Griffin Claw Brewery, Greek Island Coney Island, Commonwealth Coffee shop, Brooklyn Pizza, Cafe Via, Hyde Park Steakhouse, Luxe Bar...so many more!!
    Favorite places to stay
    The Townsend Hotel
    - Katie Cable
  • Black Mountain, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    The Front porch of Western North Carolina is the coolest small town in America because it has a unique history in that it hosted much in the way of education and is endearing to many who have went out into the world and made their mark to better the world such as Rev. Billy Graham and hosts a wonderful small downtown full of many stores and many wonderful restaurants as well! Many residents are native and generations old natives at that but still welcomes the diversity that it holds within its town limits! A community that helps one another in good and bad and holds its history up for all to enjoy by having many differing events that draws in tourists from all over the world and USA each year! The sourwood festival is the best and we celebrate the honey bee and the sourwood tree as one of our many prizes in Western North Carolina! Sourwood honey is the best! Black Mountain NC is the coolest small town anywhere!
    Favorite things to do
    Hike in these picturesque mountains.
    Favorite restaurants
    Ole'Guacomole and Fresh for oven fired pizza and the Bistro for some great home cooked with a flare of elegance on the side!
    Favorite places to stay
    Monte Vista Hotel and Red Rocker Inn!
    - Cynthia Carter
  • Blackshear, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is like stepping back in time to a life when things were slower, and easier and everybody spoke to everybody. The weather is always beautiful so come and visit anytime of year.
    Favorite things to do
    Kyaking, fishing, golfing, Antique shops everywhere, parks, History at every corner
    Favorite restaurants
    Family owned restaurant's, and for such a small town quite a variety of flavors to choose from
    Favorite places to stay
    Plenty of motels near by and
    - Teresa Grant
  • Blanco, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Situated on the banks of the Blanco River, the city includes a State Park, numerous shops and restaurants, and the original county courthouse for events on the square. Also has an original 9 pin bowling alley where the pins are still set by hand.
    Favorite things to do
    Uptown Blanco, Shopping, Day trips at the State Park
    Favorite restaurants
    Oak Creek, Hacienda El Charro, Blanco Bowling Alley
    Favorite places to stay
    Best Western, Blanco County Inn
    - John Jackson
  • Borrego Springs, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Surrounded by the State Park, it's a Dark Sky Community with an art focus.
    Favorite things to do
    Stargazing, hiking, art viewing
    Favorite restaurants
    Carlee's Place, Carmelita's, Kendall's Cafe, Calico's
    Favorite places to stay
    Borrego Valley Inn, La Casa Del Zorro
    - Marlie Whiteman
  • Boulder Creek, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    This town is were hippies go to die, a historic logging town in the heart of the Redwood forest. We are close to silicon valley but the best way to get information is walking downtown and reading the bulletin boards in the business windows. Yeah we are old school like that. Very family oriented and close nit.
    Favorite things to do
    Take a hike in Big Basin Redwood State Park, the park that started the California park system.
    Favorite restaurants
    Boulder Creek Brewery 13040 Hwy 9 Boulder Creek, CA 95006 Favorite Item: Fired Avocado Fries
    Favorite places to stay
    The Hartman House 13025 Pine Street Boulder Creek, CA 95006 http://hartmaninn.com One of the many historic parts of our town, built in 1895
    - Rachel Wooster
  • Bovina, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful mountains, farms & people!
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking, sightseeing, farmers markets, skiing, breathing fresh mountain air
    Favorite restaurants
    Russell's
    Favorite places to stay
    Sunset view Farm
    - Erin Hofsdal Craig
  • Brevard NC, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    A Mayberry kind of town.
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking waterfalls everywhere mountains rain forest beautiful place
    Favorite restaurants
    All of them are fantastic
    Favorite places to stay
    IN THE WOODS
    - cass king
  • Brian Head, UT
    Why it's the coolest

    1. Beautiful view and scenery. 2. Year round activities in nature 3. Great little ski town 4. Great family atmosphere

    Favorite things to do

    1. Snow skiing, snow shoeing 2. Hiking 3. Mountain biking 4. Frisbee Golf 5. Close to Zion National Park 6. New and improved ski lift and chalet They have multiple festivities throughout the year with music, fireworks, skiing Santa and Easter bunny. We love that Cedar Breaks is 5 minutes from town and has amazing hiking. The red rock formations are breath taking. We go snowmobiling, and snow shoeing through the area in the winter. There are local fishing areas.

    Favorite restaurants

    1. The Loft 2. Mi Pueblo 3 Black Diamond Restaurant 4. BrianHead resort 5. Leanys steakhouse

    Favorite places to stay

    1. Copper Chase Condos 2. Grand Lodge 3. Cedar Breaks Lodge

    - Patti Baker
  • Brimfield, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    For 49 weeks a year, we have a quiet little town which is still a small town...we have the traditional Sat morning farmers market in the parking lot of the Hitchcock Academy now a non-profit community center, no major stores, no grocery store, just a couple convenience /gas stores, one bank, a few restaurants, and a couple churches, and our original town hall...all around our pictureque town common. Nowhere in town do we have town water or town sewer, even our school has its own private septic system and well...it's probably this reason that we have managed to stay a traditional small town. However, for one week in May, July, and September, our field lined west end of our main street is transformed into the most amazing antique market known worldwide! An eclectic mix of people from around the world flock to our little town to find treasures both antique and unique.
    Favorite things to do
    Shop for the most fabulous antique finds. Whether you love traditional, modern, French provincial...you will find something incredible. If you would love to find something one of a kind, unique, or traditional antique...you have to make a visit to Brimfield for one of the antique market's weeks. Besides the actual antique market, the neighboring town of Sturbridge offers more antique stores which are typically open year round.
    Favorite restaurants
    During the antique market weeks, food is the number one reason to visit! Start your early morning with a warm cider donut from Faddy's, then take a break from your shopping to boost your protein level with one of locals' favorite breakfast sandwich. To ensure you keep up your energy level, take a break in both the early and late afternoon in the food court area conveniently located in the middle of the market for a fresh lobster roll, pulled pork, or a super healthy salad like none other...and what 's a day of food and shopping without dessert?!! Leave room for fresh, hot kettle corn, hot apple pie with melting vanilla ice cream, or traditional fried dough sprinkled with your choice of toppings...yumm!!!
    Favorite places to stay
    Why travel, Brimfield offers the best bed and breakfast spots right at the edge of the market...but book extremely early, they have limited space and fill early. If you are not lucky enough to stay at one of the four Brimfield B&B's around the common, then Sturbridge offers solutions which will work, but plan for the traffic accordingly....there's a reason the Brimfield B&B's are so sought after, and it's not just for the welcoming hosts, the relax and enjoy feeling you have when inside each one, and the inviting, quiet rooms they all offer....nothing beats waking up to fresh coffee and a quick walk to the market - no traffic involved.
    - Jenna Elmore
  • Bristol, RI
    Why it's the coolest
    You will never find another small-town with such a BIG heart. This town is filled to the brim with spirit and pride. From holiday to holiday, and even in-between, there is always something fun going on, connecting yourself to the community (even as a visitor!).
    Favorite things to do
    Blithewold Christmas Display Herreshoff Marine Museum Linden Place Museum
    Favorite restaurants
    Lobster Pot Persimmons
    Favorite places to stay
    Bristol House B&B
    - Kerstin Hjelm
  • Bristol, VT
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful foliage, a gorgeous swimming hole with a huge waterfall, mountains, quaint Main Street, the largest grass roots fundraiser in the country for Cystic Fibrosis raising over a million dollars, many citizens who live past 100, Beautiful New England town green. Trash picked up by horse and cart, annual Outhouse Race!
    Favorite things to do
    Festivals, 4th of July Parade, skiing within 20 minutes, Art galleries including watch the artist on Main Street. Farmer's markets, swimming in Bartlett Falls, 3 Day Stampede for the Cure (Cystic Fibrosis)
    Favorite restaurants
    Mary's restaurant, LuLu's ice cream, Snap's, Almost Home, Cubber's Pizza, Bobcat Cafe and Brewery, Wokky's, the Old Creeme Stand.
    Favorite places to stay
    Bristol Suites, the Old Hotel in nearby Lincoln
    - Laurie Kroll
  • Buffalo City, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a very unique area with beautiful bluffs, small town restaurants, friendly people, located on the Mississippi
    Favorite things to do
    Take a ride on the Great River Road and see the beautiful scenery.
    Favorite restaurants
    The Cove Bar and Grill Buffalo City WI
    - Deb Duellman
  • Calistoga, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Nice weather most of the year. Mud baths, hot spring mineral pools, gift shops, art galleries, museum, good restaurants and Napa Valley wineries.
    Favorite things to do
    Hang out at Calistoga Spa. In the summer families come and mostly locals after school starts. It's quiet and restful, has 4 pools, one large hot pool, one warm pool and one large cool pool. There is also a kiddies pool. pools
    Favorite restaurants
    Checkers Italian Restaurant and the Asian Restaurants. Other favorites of my friends are the two grills in town, and of course you can't forget the two Mexican Restaurants.
    Favorite places to stay
    Calistoga Spa
    - Valerie Hirschman
  • Camarillo, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Perfect mediterranean weather, location 5 miles from the beach, about halfway between Malibu and Ventura, and great old town.
    Favorite things to do
    Visit Oxnard beaches, shop in Thousand Oaks and Westlake, go the factory outlets, bike to the old town farmers market
    Favorite restaurants
    Saffire, Wood Ranch, The Habit, In & Out Burger, Toppers Pizza, Zzzyx Cafe
    Favorite places to stay
    my house!
    - Ryan Vogel
  • Cambria, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful location, surfing, hiking, great restaurants neat little shops in the two downtown areas.
    Favorite things to do
    Surfing, Hearst Castle,walks along Monstone Beach and Fiscallini Ranch!
    Favorite restaurants
    Robin's Restaurant & Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill
    Favorite places to stay
    Cambria Pines Lodge
    - Shawn S. Hjelmeland
  • Canton, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Location on the Farmington River with kayaking and scenic falls; Rails to Trails allows for scenic biking and walking for miles; Antiques, Restaurants and Village atmosphere; annual Halloween Parade is not to be missed; sense of community with quaint downtown full of character; rural acreage and preserved vistas in North Canton; great schools; proactive land preservation; only 5 minutes to Tule Meadow Farm in West Simsbury for ice cream and 30 minutes to downtown Hartford. Great medical care for four-legged family members at Roaring Brook Veterinary Hospital; vista at Cherry Brook Farm;
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking in one of the many rural and wild preserved areas or on the trails along the Farmington River; sipping wine at Francesca's wine bar in downtown Collinsville Center; visiting Roaring Brook Nature Center; shopping at one of the town's many antique shops; dressing the dog as a tarantula for the annual Halloween Parade; attending one of the Canton Land Preservation Trust's property hikes; Sam Collins Day; Farmer's Market on Sundays;
    Favorite restaurants
    Francesca's Wine Bar; Crown and Hammer on the Walking Trail, Breakfast at the Village Cafe; Sushi and Sashimi at Mikado Restaurant.
    Favorite places to stay
    My house in North Canton.
    - Hedy Barton
  • Canton, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    In the mounatins
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking
    - Keith Blalock
  • Cape Charles, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    To experience Cape Charles is like stepping back in time; it is the friendliest town we've ever known! To sit on the wrap-around porch of a 100-year old vacation rental house is to be greeted by almost every person who walks past on the way to the beachfront. The architecture of the homes is outstanding, mainly because the town was built in the early 1900's by executives of a Northern railroad company. The historic downtown is completely golf-cart friendly so you can park your car and never use it again until you leave. People walk or bicycle everywhere! The community of talented artists, chefs, dramatists, musicians, photographers, writers, etc. makes for an atmosphere of creativity, imagination, and productivity. The Town Harbor is host to large vessels, bringing in private yachts as well as the annual Tall Ships Festival. Eco-tourism is also becoming a popular adventure. Cape Charles is also known for its spectacular sunsets!
    Favorite things to do
    Watch the sunset over the Chesapeake Bay, kayak, bicycle, sit on the beach with the gentle waves of the bay, shop in the quaint artsy galleries, visit historic sites, hike in several state parks, bird watch, take eco-tours with local boat captains, enjoy fantastic, fresh seafood.
    Favorite restaurants
    Aqua, Cape Charles Coffee House, The Shanty, Hook U Up Gourmet (fantastic chef!), Kelly's Gingernut Pub
    Favorite places to stay
    My Chesapeake Dream and other similar vacation rental houses, most of which are big Victorian "squares" with wrap-around porches and sidewalks to the beach.
    - Karen R. Lowe
  • Capitola, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great beach town; great Main Street shops and restaurants
    Favorite things to do
    Hang out at the beach
    Favorite restaurants
    Shadowbrook
    Favorite places to stay
    Venetian or nearby Santa Cruz lodging
    - Diane
  • Captiva Island, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    sandy beaches, gulf water, island relaxation, and gorgeous sunsets.
    Favorite things to do
    Collect seashells
    Favorite restaurants
    The Mucky Duck
    Favorite places to stay
    South Seas Island Resort
    - Amanda Mitchell
  • Carbondale, CO
    Why it's the coolest

    FIRST FRIDAYS, SUPER COOL, GREAT PEOPLE, COOL VIB, GREAT RESTAURANTS, AND INCREDIBLE LOCATION FOR A SMALL TOWN.

    Favorite things to do

    EAT LISTEN TO MUSIC LOOK AT COOL PROPERTIES HIKE SHOP

    Favorite restaurants

    TOWN VILLAGE SMITHIES PHAD THAI FATBURGER

    - CARMEN BRANNEN
  • Carrboro, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a community filled with educated, unique, and caring folks.
    Favorite things to do
    Walk (/bike/run/exercise) around town, hang out at the Weaver Street Market Lawn, visit the Farmer's Market, visit the Really Really Free Market, hang out at one of the fantastic town parks, go to the Carrboro Music Festival
    Favorite restaurants
    Elmo's Diner, Spotted Dog, Acme, Southern Rail, Weaver Street Market, Jade Palace, Gourmet Kingdom, Carrburrito's, Armadillo Grill, Venable, Open Eye Cafe, Akai Hana, Steel String Brewery
    Favorite places to stay
    Everywhere
    - Michelle Holder
  • Cashiers, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Situated at 3,487 feet above sea level the mountain resort village of Cashiers on the Cashiers/Highlands Plateau is both literally and figuratively one of America’s “coolest towns!” Packed with unblemished natural resources including the Blue Ridge Mountains, Great Smoky Mountains, crystal-clear lakes, tumbling rivers, and a trail of cascading waterfalls, Cashiers combines a pristine mountain environment, outdoor recreation, an elevated cultural and culinary scene with a rustic elegance that appeals to generations of families as well as well-heeled outdoors-set. Hiking, rock climbing, fly fishing, waterfall excursions, golf and water sports draw families and outdoor enthusiasts as well as an all-star list of residents, including many world-class athletes, with equally elevated profiles.
    Favorite things to do
    Discovering interior design finds – interior design boutiques and shops line the crossroads in Cashiers, some for some great home décor shopping and inspiration. Groovin’ on the Green – this Summer Friday night outdoor concert series features great music – often with Southern Appalachian Folk/Roots in a serene outdoor setting. Taste of the Plateau - an annual Cashiers culinary charity event featuring world-renowned guest chefs and a full array of offerings from area and regional restaurants. Proceeds from the event go to benefit the Cashiers Charter School Foundation.
    Favorite restaurants
    Canyon Kitchen with James Beard Nominated Chef John Fleer, Cornucopia and High Hampton Inn
    Favorite places to stay
    For visitors, riverside or mountain-top, a wide selection of resorts, inns and vacation rental homes offer rooms with a view. High Hampton Inn & County Club – this venerable inn is a throwback to an easier time and could be plucked off the set of the movie “Dirty Dancing!” 1,400 acres, a lake, cottages and bountiful dining bring back families generation after generation. Laurelwood Inn – right in the heart of Cashiers, Laurelwood’s rustic atmosphere is the perfect homebase for exploring Cashiers. Vacation Rental Homes – a wide selection can have you staying on the lake, river, or sitting on a deck overlooking the layered mountain view.
    - Deborah Stone
  • Cass City, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Great School
    - Gary Barber
  • Cave Creek, AZ
    Why it's the coolest
    Wild West Charm
    Favorite things to do
    Take a Hike
    Favorite restaurants
    Tonto Bar & Grill
    Favorite places to stay
    Rancho Manana Resort
    - Dana
  • Chapel Hill, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Best University in the country, friendly people, great dining, and nightlife is dope.
    Favorite things to do
    UNC Athletic Events
    Favorite restaurants
    Carolina Brewery, Top of the Hill
    Favorite places to stay
    The Carolina Inn
    - Eric Law
  • Charlestown, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    Historical section of Boston. 1 Square Mile in area. Site of the Battle of Bunker Hill , Bunker Hill Monument. Home Port of the Oldest Commissioned Ship in the U.S. Navy "Old Iornsides" the USS Constitution. Great People,close to Downtown Boston
    Favorite restaurants
    Warren Tavern
    - Bill C
  • Charlottesville, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great little town!
    Favorite things to do
    Great food and restaurants
    Favorite restaurants
    Bella
    Favorite places to stay
    Keswick Hall
    - Keith Conley
  • Chautauqua, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    -beautiful historic village (Victorian architecture) on a gorgeous lake -culture abounds -perfect summer weather in rural setting -world famous

    Favorite things to do

    -concerts and renowned speakers -symphony, opera, ballet, varied entertainment (classical, country, pop) -world renowned speakers and lecturers -lake activities, relax setting

    Favorite restaurants

    -Webb's Captains Table -four star French restaurant -restaurants using foods from local farms -other chain restaurants nearby -Amish dinners

    Favorite places to stay

    -on the grounds of the Institutions -hotels and house/condo rentals, some lake front

    - James Coffman
  • Chicateague, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    good fun. crabbing, fishing,shopping. also seafood and oyster feastables
    Favorite things to do
    fish
    Favorite restaurants
    don,s
    Favorite places to stay
    comfort inn,toms cove campground
    - walter heinemann
  • Chicoteague, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    It has the best small town things to do, like watch the annual pony penning and the annual firemen's carnival where you can get fried oyster sandwiches. Plus the little ice cream shops on the island have delicious home made ice cream. Couple that with a wildlife preserve and an Atlantic beach - what's not to love!!!
    Favorite things to do
    Eat seafood, drive the Wildlife Loop to see the wild ponies, visit the Firemen's Carnival, see Pony Penning up close and personal. Oh, and watch the gorgeous sunsets.
    Favorite restaurants
    Cap't Bill's, Don's Seafood, Woody's Chicken
    Favorite places to stay
    Birchwood Motor Inn, Anchor Inn, Refuge Inn
    - Virginia Reeves
  • Chincateague, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautify and the Bay as well as the ocean and the wildlife is truly amazing!!!
    Favorite things to do
    Eat, ride boats on the water, read, relax, visit Assateague, enjoy Happy Hour with friends
    Favorite restaurants
    AJ's, Jacks, Woodys
    Favorite places to stay
    Cottages for rental
    - Shelia
  • Chincoteague Island, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    It has wild ponies! And an entire ocean with wildlife and beaches with no people! It has ice cream, nature, bike trails, peace, beauty. It is a sanctuary in the United States.
    Favorite things to do
    Park the car and ride a bike. Shop, eat seafood and pizza, bask in the sun, read, hunt shells, relax.
    Favorite restaurants
    The Starfish, Woody's, Ledo's Pizza
    Favorite places to stay
    Any rental home on the Island.
    - Kim Sechrist
  • Chincoteague island, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Laid back atmosphere, quaint shops, awesome seafood and locals who are very friendly.
    Favorite things to do
    Beach comb, sunbath, enjoy a cone of ice cream, relax and take in breathless sunsets.
    Favorite restaurants
    Ricky's seafood, Famous pizza, and Island Creamery
    Favorite places to stay
    Toms Cove Park, Channel Bass inn
    - lisa fahnestock
  • Chincoteague, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Charm. People. Parks. History. Marguerite Henry's books. A real family spot. A national park.
    Favorite things to do
    So many things to do. The Chincoteague-Assateague ponies. The pony swim. Camping. Beaches. The ocean. NASA on Wallops Island.
    Favorite restaurants
    So many. AJ's though is very good.
    Favorite places to stay
    Miss Molly's Inn (B&B) where Marguerite Henry stayed in the mid-40s to write her children's book "Misty of Chincoteague."
    - John Giusti
  • Chincoteague, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Horses, Fishing, great food! Beach
    Favorite things to do
    Fish, eat, go to the beach, see wildlife
    Favorite restaurants
    Bill's Steamers AJs on the creek
    Favorite places to stay
    Sweet retreat rental
    - Lori Lehr
  • Chincoteague, VA
    Why it's the coolest

    This small island town has so much to offer in the summer, beaches, seafood, wild ponies. In the winter, they know how to welcome the holiday season, parades, house tours. The friendliest people, ever!

    Favorite things to do

    beach, fishing, pony penning week, seafood festival, riding bikes and walking nature trails on Assateague Island

    Favorite restaurants

    Captain Zacks

    Favorite places to stay

    Chincoteague Inn, On Deep Hole Road

    - judi Byam
  • Chincoteague, Va, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    NASA launches and firemans carnival were really great.
    Favorite things to do
    ice cream and a walk on the beach
    - Tim
  • Chincoteaugue, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Laid back, beautiful sunsets and sunrises, HORSES, pony swim, auction, oyster festival
    Favorite things to do
    Explore the sanctuary
    Favorite restaurants
    Capt. Bill's
    Favorite places to stay
    Anchor Inn
    - Jan Klepppinger
  • Chincotteague, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Nice relaxed pace
    Favorite things to do
    Beach, Mister Whippy & Island creamery
    - stacy
  • Chinoteague, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Small time atmosphere takes you back to simpler times family oriented
    Favorite things to do
    running of the ponies, simple pleasures of a quiet time at the beach small,shops home town feeling
    Favorite restaurants
    Famous Pizza and sandwiches, captain Zachs Mr Whippys
    Favorite places to stay
    Pa's beach house
    - Michelle Colbert
  • Chinquetigue, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Unique and celebrates the wild ponies, has neat shops, great beach, not crowded.
    Favorite things to do
    Watch for plein airre artists, go to the beach,eat out.
    - Linda Sliger
  • Chocowinity, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Wonderful lack of congested traffic...lots of entertainment locally, beaches, theaters, art galleries along with many other choices.
    Favorite things to do
    Golf, boating are among two gavorites
    - Sherry
  • Clarksville, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    It was always known as a city but it has a town like feel to it, it has grown , What makes Clarksville so sweet is the People who Live There!
    Favorite things to do
    Shop go to Movies, anthing in Clarksville,
    Favorite restaurants
    Can't Decide!
    Favorite places to stay
    Always with Family!
    - BonnieMcMullen
  • ClEdmonton, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Everyone know's everyone like one large Family!!
    Favorite things to do
    Fall Festival Christmas Parade Sunday in the Park
    Favorite restaurants
    Senor Fiesta El Ray Dari Spot
    Favorite places to stay
    with friends or family
    - Margaret Prickett
  • Coeur D'Alene, ID
    Why it's the coolest
    The Lake, Downtown, Golf, Outdoor Activities, Skiing
    Favorite things to do
    See Above
    Favorite restaurants
    Tony's on the Lake, Angelo's, Bistro on Spruce
    Favorite places to stay
    The Resort, Greenbriar
    - Charles Fazio
  • Collierville, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town feel, but close to any activity or store that you could want.
    Favorite things to do
    Fair on the Square during the summer time.
    Favorite restaurants
    Cafe Piazza, Carrabba's, Osaka Japanese, Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, Bone Fish Grill
    Favorite places to stay
    Courtyard by Marriot
    - Mary McDougall
  • Columbia, MO
    Why it's the coolest
    A hip university town
    Favorite things to do
    Visit the near by State Park; bike the Katy trail
    Favorite restaurants
    Microbreweries
    - bm
  • Columbus, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    The downtown is vibrant, architecturally beautiful, and filled with a host of eateries and activities
    Favorite things to do
    People watch because the sidewalks are busy with others enjoying life
    Favorite restaurants
    The ice cream shop that has been around since 1901
    Favorite places to stay
    Downtown hotel. Columbus is where my brother and sister in law live. When I saw that it had not been nominated, I felt it my duty to add it to the list. It is quite wonderful
    - ruth romaker
  • Comstock Park, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Great school district and place to raise your family Also home of The West Michigan Whitecaps a triple A baseball team
    Favorite things to do
    Baseball games
    Favorite restaurants
    Nick Fink's
    Favorite places to stay
    Swan Inn
    - Susan Polega
  • Cooperstown, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    It's got the baseball hall of fame, the Glimmerglass opera house and several outstanding restaurants. There is a ton of beautiful hiking trails and lakes to fish in.
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking and fishing
    Favorite restaurants
    Double day cafe, portabellas,
    Favorite places to stay
    The August lodge
    - George
  • Copperopolis, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a small town with a beautiful lake, Lake Tulloch. We are close. to the bigger cities of Modesto, and Stockton, yet secluded. We have a town bumper sticker that says Where the Hell is Copperopolis? It has a low crime rate. There is a Fire Department. Its an active town with many community events held in the new Town Square which is a shopping Center, and a dog friendly place, where many fun community events are held. There are also 4 churches and an elementary school, and a Grocery Center.
    Favorite things to do
    Fishing and skiing are the most popular on our beautiful Lake Tulloch which is surrounded by Million dollar plus, homes. Every fourth of July there is a boat parade where boats are decorated with lights honoring the fourth of July theme. In the new Coppertown Square there are community events from Concerts in the Park at Town Square with families and couples Dancing in the Streets, to Dog Day Afternoon which is a costume contest and Dog Parade for dog lovers and annual Christmas Tree lighting.
    Favorite restaurants
    Griff's Barbecue and Grill, and Rovedetti's Itallian Restaurant. Located in the Town Square.
    Favorite places to stay
    Most stay in Sonora, located 12 miles away. There is a Best Western located there. Also up Highway 108 on the way, there are motels/
    - Celeste Harris
  • Corning, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    A great small town to walk around! It has great shops, restaurants, museums and people!!!
    Favorite things to do
    Walk Market Street, eat at a restaurant on the street and go to the movies at The Palace Theater!
    Favorite restaurants
    Anniello's pizza
    Favorite places to stay
    Radison Inn
    - Judy Dove
  • Cornwall on Hudson, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    It's stunning, artistic, great schools, foodie haven, old timey and fun!
    Favorite things to do
    Hike, kayak to Bannerman's ruins, take my son to Jones Farm to see the animals and get the best apple cider doughnuts, rent a bike at Storm King art center to see the sculptures.
    Favorite restaurants
    Painters
    Favorite places to stay
    Cromwell Manor, Painters
    - Carrie Dykes
  • Crested Butte, CO
    Why it's the coolest

    We have so many festivals that encourage everyone to wear costumes. We also have unique events like Vinatok and "Big Air on Elk" where we close down the streets and pull skiers and boarders behind a snowmobile so they can go off a huge jump on our main street Elk Ave.

    Favorite things to do

    We are an outdoors town and we love skiing, Mtn Biking, fishing, camping, anything under the sun!

    Favorite restaurants

    Lils Sushi bar and Grill, Gourmet Noodle, Teocalli Tamale, Bonez, Ryce, Soup Con, Izzy's, Wooden Nickel, Brick Oven, and the Secret Stash

    Favorite places to stay

    In a tent, or at a vacation rental property, we have a few hotels but it's really cool to stay in a historic home instead.

    - Gabe Martin
  • Cumberland, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    Cumberland is located in Northwestern Wisconsin. The town was incorporated in 1874 so has a rich heritage, beautiful buildings and a population that loves to welcome visitors from all over the world. It is truly a city from the 1950's - warm, friendly, safe at the same time has a bustling social scene. The majority of of the city is surrounded by Beaver Dam Lake reaching depths of 100 feet which makes it the Island City with beautiful sunrises, sunsets and wonderful panoramic views. We are also located 1 1/2 hours from Minneapolis/St Paul - 1 1/2 hours from Duluth and 1 hour from Eau Claire Wisconsin. It is the best of all worlds small town atmosphere with the ability to drive to any metropolitan city at a moments notice.
    Favorite things to do
    Boating, Fishing, Golfing, family picnics, Water Skiing, Snow Skiing, Snow shoeing, running - Hunting of all sorts. We host a great 4th of july celebration with the largest fireworks display in this part of the state. Shopping, wonderful local theatre scene and a great fall festival - "The Rutabaga Festival" held late august each year - largest festival in this part of the state. Many sporting, musical, eating and socializing held over 5 days.
    Favorite restaurants
    Tower House - In a restored mansion on main street. 5 O clock Club - On a beautiful lake - huge menu great atmosphere. Bistro 63 - Incredible food with a strong Italian flavor. Bona Casa - Family Style Italian been around for over 50 years. Plus Burger King and Subway for quick take out food Also many local bars which offer great burgers and fries.
    Favorite places to stay
    Cumberland Inn and Suites Island Inn Ambrose Motel Camp Brigadoon for summer camping - bring your own or they have park models
    - Phil Flottum
  • Custer, SD
    Why it's the coolest

    Right in the middle of the Black Hills National forest, Mt. Rushmore only miles away, Custer State Park is our backyard

    Favorite things to do

    hiking, biking, hunting, swimming, fishing

    Favorite restaurants

    black hills burger and bun co.

    Favorite places to stay

    comfort inn and suites, bavarian inn

    - candace atkinson
  • Dahlonega, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Dahlonega, GA is an authentic, beautiful little Appalachian Mountains town, known for being the site of the first major U.S. gold rush in 1829, 20 years before the 49’ers rushed to California. Many of the historic wood and brick structures surrounding the historic Downtown District and the Public Square are on the National Register, and filled with restaurants, live music, independently-owned shops and boutiques, art galleries and great places to stay, dine and browse. Musician Zac Brown grew up here, and almost every restaurant has live music. Musicians jam on the public square, which is centered around the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, housed in the oldest courthouse in Georgia.
    Favorite things to do
    Browse the shops and galleries (local artists in every medium including jewelry and fabric, have a drink on the upstairs porch of one of the independently-owned restaurants, hear live music everywhere, especially at The Crimson Moon Cafe, take in a show at the Historic Holly Theatre, visit the five wineries or the five tasting rooms/art galleries downtown, go to The Fudge Factory or Paul Thomas Chocolates, admire the architecture.
    Favorite restaurants
    Montaluce Winery's Le Vigne Restaurant (Southern fusion), The Back Porch Oyster Bar (yes, FRESH North Carolina seafood), • Yahoola Creek Grill, The Corkscrew Cafe, Cool Breeze, The Smith House (authentic Southern share food at the table)
    Favorite places to stay
    On the Square, The Smith House Inn, Park Place Hotel, Hall House Hotel. Off the Square, Lily Creek Lodge, Cavender Creek Cabins, Dahlonega Spa Resort, Mountain Laurel Creek Inn and Spa - the list goes on and on.
    - Mary Huff
  • Dahlonega, Georgia, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Like stepping back in time. Very friendly towns people too!
    Favorite things to do
    Gold Museum
    - Bertha Virden
  • Dalone ga, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Our country's first gold rush was here. Start of the Appalachian Trail. Excellent university (University of North Georgia). Tourism related to gold history, nature, hiking. Safe, great people live and work here. Only an hour from Atlanta.
    Favorite things to do
    Our country's first gold rush was here. Start of the Appalachian Trail. Excellent university (University of North Georgia). Tourism related to gold history - Gold Museum, gold mines, gold panning - nature, hiking - Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge.
    Favorite restaurants
    Oar House / Cool Breeze, Oyster Bar, Corkscrew Cafe, Pueblo's
    Favorite places to stay
    Smith House, Days Inn
    - Cheryl Kennedy
  • Dandridge, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the second oldest town in Tennessee and is named after Martha Dandridge Washington, George Washington's wife. We have a wonderful Revolutionary War Graveyard right in town and we also have the dike that saved Dandridge. Douglas Lake, a TVA project, threatened to flood the town in the early 1940's. To save Dandridge, a million dollar dike of native stone set in tons of solid earth was built.
    Favorite things to do
    Dandridge has a huge Scots-Irish Festival each year. We have Music on the Town each Friday night in September, a great Farmers Market in season. We host many fishing tournaments each year on beautiful Douglas Lake at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. We have a walking tour of town where there are many historic homes built in the 1800's.
    Favorite restaurants
    Taste of Dandridge - downhome cooking with a special every weekday,
    Favorite places to stay
    Shepard's Inn has had such guests as Pres. Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson.
    - Pat Willoughby
  • Decatur, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    It's a town like Cheers. Everyone knows your name and everyone watches out for one another! We are a village raising children!
    Favorite things to do
    Browse through the little boutiques and shop in historic downtown Decatur.
    Favorite restaurants
    Verona's Yesterday's Casa Torres
    Favorite places to stay
    Hampton Inn or Abercrombie Suites on the square
    - Lori Donald
  • Decorah, IA
    Why it's the coolest
    Americana at it's finest. A beautiful little town nestled in a valley in NE Iowa, Decorah has many great attractions: Nordic Fest (every July), Luther College, folksy downtown.
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking around Dunning Springs; eating lefse (even better during Nordic Fest); rafting down the Upper Iowa river (runs through town); getting a Slushy Whip at the Whippy Dip.
    Favorite restaurants
    Sugar Bowl; Mabe's Pizza; Whippy Dip
    Favorite places to stay
    Hotel Winnesheik; B&B on Broadway; Cedar Dreams Inn
    - Chris Kemp
  • Delhi, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    Delhi is a great place to live, work and play. It is a small town located in the western Catskills of upstate NY. The rolling hills offer the perfect setting for just about anything. Delhi has a rich past with historic farms, a self guided walking tour of notable village architecture and it is the home of SUNY Delhi bringing 1,000's of students to the area each year. The west branch of the Delaware River flows through the middle of town allowing many outdoor activities and beautiful parks for all to enjoy. Hiking trails, a golf course, pool, ice rink and ball fields show our commitment to a healthy community. Main Street is home to eclectic shops, including art galleries, antiques, gifts, an artisan guild featuring local talent, a local foods store that provides easy access to wholesome, fresh, local products. Delhi is a gorgeous setting for a wedding location with exceptional services providers.

    Favorite things to do

    There is so much to do in Delhi, indoors and out. We have hiking trails, river access, golfing and more. Delhi is home to the Catskill Mountains Film Festival and Delhi Covered Bridge Run in June, the Fair on the Square every Friday in July, Harvest Festival in September, taste of the Catskills in October, and many other parades, festivals and fundraisers throughout the year.

    Favorite restaurants

    O'Neill's Shire Pub, Cafe on the Green, Village Pizza, Cugino's, Cross Roads Cafe, Streat Foods Latin Bistro, Blue Bee Cafe, Midtown Grill

    Favorite places to stay

    Buena Vista, Harmony Hill, West Branch House

    - Christina Viafore
  • Derby, KS
    Why it's the coolest
    friendly people
    Favorite things to do
    high park
    Favorite restaurants
    too many to list
    Favorite places to stay
    home
    - Alicia
  • Dover, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    It's a cute small town and the people are so friendly and nice.
    Favorite things to do
    Warthers Museum http://www.warthers.com/
    Favorite restaurants
    Blazin Burgers
    Favorite places to stay
    My friends home
    - Carla Brouwer-Steensma
  • Duxbury, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    beautiful beaches & historic homes i.e. John Alden & Miles standish monument.
    - M.D. Hyde
  • East Aurora, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Small town USA - Original home of Fischer Price and still have a true 5 and 10 store - Viddlers and the Arts and Crafts movement - Roycraft Artists make this the place to be.
    Favorite things to do
    Visit Viddlers, go to a Farmer's Market, stop by the Roycraft and see what artists are working. Then stop by locally sourced Elm St. Bakery for a fresh bread and local honey
    Favorite restaurants
    Charlie's Diner
    Favorite places to stay
    Don't have one because it is local
    - Sue Bartle
  • Easton, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    The people are the most friendly people you will ever meet!
    Favorite things to do
    Visit the little soda store (hills)
    Favorite places to stay
    Hampton
    - Christina
  • East Tawas, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    It's on Lake Huron, also has the Huron National Forest within walking distance!!
    Favorite things to do
    Swim,bike,shop,hike,relax, this place has it all for a small town!!
    Favorite restaurants
    G's pizza, Augies on the Bay
    Favorite places to stay
    Tawas Bay Beach Resort
    - Angela Johnson
  • Edenton, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Pretty, historic, surrounded by water- the river& the sound, great downtown area, southern charm
    Favorite things to do
    Shop at downtown boutiques, water activities
    Favorite restaurants
    Waterman's Kristy's Westover Store
    - Amber
  • Edgewood, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Heritage Park outdoor museum takes up a full city block and it has 21 authentically restored structures representing rural life in east Texas in 1900. One of the structures is a tiny cafe that served Bonny and Clyde . http://edgewoodheritagefestival.com
    Favorite things to do
    Go to the large Thrift store housed in an old department store. See the many car shows or festivals that are held regularly downtown. Go out in the country, or fishing at Lake Tawokoni, just up the road.
    Favorite restaurants
    Enlaces Mexican Food The Lumber Yard Cafe Cozy's Kitchen
    Favorite places to stay
    Thomas Woodhouse Bed and Breakfast (6 miles out of Edgewood)
    - Jackie McShane
  • Edmonds, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Sits on the edge of Puget Sound with the Olympic mountains standing by. Good restaurants, shopping, friendly people. Alot of small town happenings. Close to Seattle if you need a bit of the big city.
    Favorite things to do
    Watch the ferries come and go, walk by the water, walk through town. Go to the local museum, catch a play at one of three theaters. Just a short ferry ride to several other Puget Sound small towns.
    Favorite restaurants
    Girardi's Osteria, Rusty Pelican, Claires, Epulo Bistro, FIVE, The Loft, Cheesemonger’s Table, Demetri’s WoodStone Taverna, Las Brisas, Rory's
    - Nancy Gilliland
  • Efland, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Efland has a great sense of community... everybody knows everybody.
    Favorite things to do
    Fishing, hunting, riding four-wheelers.
    Favorite restaurants
    Missy's Grill
    Favorite places to stay
    Home!
    - Rivers
  • Elba, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    For forward thinkers moved by traditions Elba, AL is a charming river town flowing with homegrown values that have created an enduring legacy connecting the very best of the past, present and future.
    Favorite things to do
    My favorite things to do in Elba are to float Pea River with either a flat bottom boat,canoe or kayak; hike the levee walking trail on a trip above the downtown area and the land along the Pea River; get scared at the Old Haunted Jail; go shopping at My Happy Place located on the historic courthouse square; take a class in making stained glass or ballet; get veggies from the community garden or just relax downtown while studying all the historic elements in the mural painted by the citizens of Elba.
    Favorite restaurants
    Favorite restaurants are the Ranch House famous for its Southern barbecue or enjoy live entertainment at the Just Folks Coffee House on the square.
    Favorite places to stay
    To immerse ones self in Elba a stay at the Lodge on Pea River is just the trick. It is located within walking distance of Pea River Outdoors and is also convenient to food, antiques and gift shops around Court Square
    - Sandy Bynum
  • Elburn, IL
    Why it's the coolest
    Elburn is the only town in the world named Elburn. It is a truly small town (only 2 stop lights). Elburn is a far west Chicago suburb and near other small towns with quaint shops and great dining.
    Favorite things to do
    Elburn Forest Preserve - has a running/bike path and room for picnics; Johnson's mound -- great for hiking or winter activities. Near Aqua Viva winery, Geneva, Il (great shops and dining). We also have metra rail service to Chicago from Elburn.
    Favorite restaurants
    Brianna's Pancake house, Elburn. Bien Trucha, Geneva. Aurellio's Pizza, Geneva, IL.
    Favorite places to stay
    Harrington Hotel, nearby in Geneva, IL.
    - Lisa Stollard
  • Elk, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    The have Elk Days like the old west and the property owners are hard working wonderful moral people and the scenery is so beautiful
    Favorite things to do
    Hunt
    - Ramona Bidon
  • Ephrata, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Simple, works with kids, many cool shops, annual street fair, biggest in Pa. with awesome parade.
    Favorite things to do
    Visit the fair, farmer's markets, countryside beautiful. Simply the friendliest place around.
    Favorite restaurants
    The Deck, Lincoln House, Dienner's near by, homecooking, V&S Sanwich Shop
    Favorite places to stay
    Relatives house
    - Jacqueline L. Walmer
  • Erie, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful 13 miles of sandy beach, where you can see both world class sunrise and sunsets.
    Favorite things to do
    biking a 13 mile paved trail along the water.
    Favorite restaurants
    sarahs a local classic hot dog stand with amazing onion rings
    Favorite places to stay
    sheraton on the bay
    - Linda
  • Essex, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Just walking around Main Street gives you a sense of what it was like to live here in the time of early America. You can just feel the history here.
    Favorite things to do
    Go for a walk up and down Main Street down to the park by the water. Very pretty spot for a picnic!
    Favorite restaurants
    Essex Coffee & Tea Co. has amazing hot apple cider and "the best macaroons in the known universe." (They're right!)
    - Kaeli C.
  • Eureka, MT
    Why it's the coolest
    Epic Views, Hiking, Lake Recreation, Wildlife, Close to Glacier National Park and Canada, Nearby Ski Resorts, Ten Lakes Proposed Wilderness Area, Natural
    Favorite things to do
    Hike, Fish, Hunt, Swim, Water Ski, Rock Climbing, Camping, Golfing at the Wilderness Club
    Favorite restaurants
    Trappers Saloon, The Frontier Bar and Grill, Crossroads Grill
    Favorite places to stay
    Graves Creek Cabins, Riverstone Lodge
    - Stephen Cooke
  • Fairhope, AL
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful flowers at every corner. Sunsets at the pier White lights lit on the trees downtown from November through March
    Favorite things to do
    Polo at the Point Mardis Gras Parades Boating, fishing
    Favorite restaurants
    Gambino's Fly Creek Cafe Mary Anne's The Washhouse
    Favorite places to stay
    Marriott Grand at Point Clear Numerous Bed & Breakfasts
    - Carolyn Kopcho
  • Fennville, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Fennville is a beautiful rural town,set between the Allegan State Forest and Lake Michigan, there are outdoor activities available from swimming in beautiful Lake Michigan or a smaller just as clean inland lake, Hutchins Lake, to kayaking or canoeing the Kalamazoo River...hiking, biking, horseback riding, pr just a beautiful nature walk around town. We have a diverse population and embrace it. Farming of a variety of crops means large open fields or orchards. We are home to some of the best farm to table eateries, wineries, hard cider brewers. All of this with a population of about 1500 in the city, and a large rural population. Crime is low, and creativity is high. You can drive for miles stopping along the way at galleries, eateries, farm tours and u-pick available. It's an earthy, independent, eclectic variety of folks who truly enjoy life without walls.
    Favorite things to do
    Canoe, bike, kayak, pick fresh organic fruit, antique, gallery hop, eat at the local spots and shop locally.
    Favorite restaurants
    Crane's Pie Pantry, Salt of the Earth, What Not Inn, Earl's Farm, Blue Goose, Steven's Hotel.
    Favorite places to stay
    Cute As the Dickins Cottage on Hutchins Lake, J. Pauls Fenn Inn B&B, Kingsley House B&B
    - Kym Zumbrink
  • Fenwick Island, DE
    Why it's the coolest
    Tax Free! Beach Surfing Food Mini Golf Shopping Local Businesses Hotels Go Carts Fenwick Island State Park Fenwick Island Lighthouse Total area of 0.5 square miles Population - 342
    Favorite things to do
    Go to the beach Mini golf Get Fisher's Popcorn Go Go-Carting Ride Jet-skis Visit Shipwreck Museum Thunder Lagoon Waterpark Fenwick Wine Cellar Pirate Ship Ride Transpeninsular Marker (Where the Mason - Dixon line starts) Visit Fenwick Island State Park See the Fenwick Island Lighthouse
    Favorite restaurants
    Harpoon Hanna's Nantuckets Mancinis Papa Grandes Catch 54 Fenwick Crab House Grab & Go Taco Smitty McGees Warren's Station Flying Fish Cafe High Stakes Dirty Harry's Phillips Seafood Mio Fratello Lobster Shanty Crabcake Factory Just Hooked Matteo's Salsa Loco
    Favorite places to stay
    Fenwick Inn Fenwick Islander Atlantic Coast Inn Seaside Inn Econo Lodge
    - Brandon Paul
  • Fernandina beach, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Historic town on Amelia Island on the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway
    Favorite things to do
    Beach,golf, cycle and shop
    Favorite restaurants
    Le Clos, Lulu's,Espana
    Favorite places to stay
    Florida House Inn, Fairbanks House
    - Mark
  • Forest City, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Small home town feel everyone is so friendly
    Favorite things to do
    Eat at the Drug Store in Town
    Favorite restaurants
    Drug Store
    Favorite places to stay
    Holiday Inn Express
    - Christine Nickle
  • Fort Bragg, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    This town is perched above the beautiful Pacific Ocean in Northern California. Spectacular views, amazing redwoods, the Skunk Train are all special things that grace this special place.
    Favorite things to do
    the skunk train is a fun train trip through the beautiful redwoods. MacKerricher State Park has nice camping, a beautiful mash and great hiking. We like to go to Noyo harbor to get fresh salmon perfect for grilling, and right off the fishing boat. Glass beach is a beautiful beach made up of small multicolored sea glass
    Favorite restaurants
    The north Coast Brewery makes great beer and has good food. Roundman's smokehouse makes great smoked meats, fish and chese. Mayan Fusion is a wonderful Mexican restaurant that is so much more than typical tacos & Burritos. PiacI Pub and Pizeria has some of the best pizza I've ever tasted.
    Favorite places to stay
    The Glass Beach inn is a very nice bed and breakfast. The North Cliff Hotel has ocean view rooms with fireplaces and tubs big enough for two. We don't live there but visited it last weekend and we really enjoyed our visit.
    - Daniel Smith
  • Fort Collins, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Breweries, distilleries, outdoor beauty, biking, small business culture
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking, biking, drinking, eating, exploring
    - Jennifer
  • Fort Myers Beach, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    the town is so small everyone knows everyone, going on the 4 mile long beach, going to the pier, going to the square, walking to every place, even though i am from lake erie, i vacation there in the winter!Great elementary school!
    Favorite things to do
    go to the beach, walk to shops, restaurants, and the big public library.
    Favorite restaurants
    Beached Whale, Irish Pub, Matansis,
    Favorite places to stay
    Gulf Motel, Diamond Back
    - Gene
  • Frankenmuth, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    It takes you away to another time and country. It's German flair is just so much fun. Lots of little shops and of course Bronners Christmas store.
    Favorite things to do
    Visit Bronners walk and enjoy the sites and shop at the unique little shops.
    Favorite restaurants
    Bavarian Inn and The Black Forest
    Favorite places to stay
    Holiday Inn Express. Also The Bavarian Inn
    - Jody
  • Franklin, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    Very historic! Cool downtown!! Plenty to do, great restaurants!!
    - Eric Bur
  • Frederick, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Small, yet has it all: arts, history, renovated downtown, both urban sophistication and "down home country". Mountain views, good restaurants, low crime, friendly people.
    Favorite things to do
    Visit near=by historic sites, go out to lunch.
    Favorite restaurants
    The Lodge, Dutch's Daughter's
    Favorite places to stay
    LIve here. There are Holiday Inns, Marriotts, Hampton Inns, some B & B's.
    - Nancy Wolfe
  • Fredericksburg, TX
    Why it's the coolest

    There is always something to fun to do,climb Enchanted Rock,visit the LBJ Ranch, Nimitz museum,shop Main Street and many festivals

    Favorite things to do

    October Fest

    Favorite restaurants

    Pasta Bella

    Favorite places to stay

    Magnolia House

    - Sandra Stein
  • Fredericksburg, VA
    Why it's the coolest

    It's "most historic city in the country", with George Washington's boyhood home as well as homes from his family and other interesting historical figures. There are FOUR Civil War battlefields, and historical sites from the Revolutionary War and other times from history as well. There is a lively art scene, great downtown section of wonderful shops, restaurants, etc. Outside the historic downtown section, shopping is alive and well, in nearby "Central Park" as well as "Spotyslvania Town Center". Running right through town is the beautiful Rappahannock River.

    Favorite things to do

    Hike at one of the Civil War Battlefields, eat at one of the great restaurants, hang out at one of the galleries.

    Favorite restaurants

    The Blarney Stone, The Virginia Deli

    Favorite places to stay

    Favorite places to stay The Kenmore Inn, The Richard Johnston Inn

    - Peggy Wickham
  • Gainesboro, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    Its world class Irish Pub & cuisine.
    Favorite things to do
    Be outdoors! Lakes, rivers, waterfalls and beautiful rolling hills.
    Favorite restaurants
    Bull & Thistle Bight of the Bend
    Favorite places to stay
    Gailbreath Inn
    - Lisa Malone
  • Galax, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Galax is a little mountain town located in the heart of the Blue Ridge. Its' hilly green meadows and farmland landscape is breathtaking during all seasons of the year. It may be best known for the Old Fiddlers Convention held the 2nd week of August every year at Felts park. People come from all over the world to compete in bluegrass music and dance catagories. The New River also flows through Galax and along it's banks is the New River Trail which provides miles of hiking, camping, horseback riding and Cabins. Felts park is the site of many Rodeos, tractor pulls and mud slings.
    Favorite things to do
    Fiddlers Convention Hiking Floating down the New River Shopping downtown main street Taking beautiful landscape photos Horseback riding Rodeos Tractor pulls Mud slings
    Favorite restaurants
    Dairy Bar (old fashioned curb service) County Line Macados
    Favorite places to stay
    Cabins on New River Hampton Inn
    - Debbie Bottomley Olmstead
  • Garibaldi, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    Garibaldi, Oregon is a fishing and logging village set on the scenic and bountiful Tillamook Bay. This is a working class place with world-class fishing and northwesty ambiance. There's still Hotels will hook you up with what you need to catch your own crabs at the pier. They'll even cook your catch for you.
    Favorite things to do
    Fishing, crabbing, clamming, hiking, mountain biking, antiques, beach combing, bird watching, microbrew, coffee.
    Favorite restaurants
    Breakfast at Garibaldi House Troller Fisherman's Korner
    Favorite places to stay
    Garibaldi House Harborview
    - Amber
  • Gatlinburg, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    Views of the mountains, atmosphere, how friendly, and hand made crafts
    Favorite things to do
    crafts, and aquarium
    Favorite restaurants
    don't have a favorite but steak house is good
    Favorite places to stay
    greystone aquarium
    - Debbi Speedy
  • Gatlinburg, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful mountain town with lots of things to do. Can be romantic or for families.
    Favorite things to do
    Ober Gatlinburg, visit downtown,
    - judy canipe
  • Gatlinburg, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    Sightseeing
    Favorite things to do
    Great Smokey Mountains
    Favorite restaurants
    Peddlers
    Favorite places to stay
    Bearskin
    - Joe
  • Gig Harbor, WA
    Why it's the coolest

    I grew up here and I'm awesome!

    Favorite things to do

    Waterski, wakeboard, walk, run

    Favorite restaurants

    Hunan Garden!

    Favorite places to stay

    My House

    - Heidi Hirsh
  • Gilbertsville, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Historical village with mansions
    Favorite things to do
    Walk around town, antiques and Majors Inn
    Favorite restaurants
    Empire Hotel
    Favorite places to stay
    Empire Hotel
    - Lorraine Obergefell
  • Glen arbor, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    cool lake mich. town right on the water!
    Favorite things to do
    stroll fishtown, take the ferry to Manitou islands, enjoy the charm!
    Favorite restaurants
    bluebird serving fresh whitefish daily
    Favorite places to stay
    bed and breakfasts all around, as well as lots of wineries!
    - dana kuee
  • Grand Marais, MN
    Why it's the coolest

    Fantastic mix of great scenery and outdoor activities. Located on the North Shore of Lake Superior you can choose from water activities or land based activities. Grand Marais is the Gateway to the Boundary Water Canoeing Area.

    Favorite things to do

    Go to the Fisherman's Picnic Festival.

    Favorite restaurants

    Can't get better than Sven and Ole's Pizza.

    Favorite places to stay

    Any of the great local B&Bs

    - Randall Woodward
  • Grass Valley, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    We have it all. Theater, dance, arts, hiking, rivers, lakes and gold!
    Favorite things to do
    Center for the Arts, Four Forks brew pub and buttermilk trail at the Yuba River...
    Favorite restaurants
    Summer Thymes Blue Moon
    Favorite places to stay
    Bed and breakfast we have lots of them
    - Jonelle Bardmess
  • Greeneville, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    Second oldest town in Tennessee, birthplace of Davy Crockett, home of Andrew Johnson, 17th president of US, and home of Band Perry.
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking in beautiful mountains, several campgrounds,
    Favorite restaurants
    Fatz, Gathering Place,
    Favorite places to stay
    General Morgan Inn
    - Terry English
  • Greenville, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    We have a lot of shopping, restaurants, It's a college town, several museums, great school systems, local parks and recreation, City provides a lot of things to do down town for special events, such as Pirate fest and Free boot fridays.
    Favorite things to do
    River park north. Go to events at Five points.
    Favorite restaurants
    Mi cabana, Cafe Duo, University chop house.
    Favorite places to stay
    The Hilton
    - angela
  • Greenville, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    There's no better way to explain how cool Greenville is than if you look up #yeahTHATgreenville. Since the hashtag was introduced in May 2013, it's now been used more than 50,000 times by residents and visitors who LOVE Greenville and want the world to see. How cool is that?
    Favorite things to do
    From BMW's Performance Center where you can drive the ultimate driving machine on a wet/dry track and obstacle course and George Hincapie's cycling oasis Hotel Domestique to countless restaurants and imbibing experiences, Greenville, South Carolina is a perfect weekend destination for your readers. Be sure to also visit the 5 craft breweries in town and the Dark Corner Distillery, South Carolina's first legal moonshine distillery calls Greenville home. With daily tastings and monthly classes, all your preconceived notions about 'shine will change.
    Favorite restaurants
    Well there are more than 100 restaurants in a 1 mile radius alone downtown! Not bad for a city with a population of 60,000. Highlights include Adam Cooke's Restaurant 17 (he was formerly at Blackberry Farm) and Anthony Grey's Bacon Brothers (he was with Art Smith in Atlanta), Tupelo Honey Cafe, Passerelle Bistro, and a number of new spots set to open this spring including Chef Michael Kramer's yet to be revealed concept, and a new spot from beloved Jason Scholtz of Stella's Southern Bistro.
    Favorite places to stay
    Westin Poinsett- the iconic hotel of downtown. For one hundred years, the Mansion House Hotel stood on South Main Street in Greenville, South Carolina. In 1924, the hotel was demolished to make room for the construction of the Poinsett Hotel. The price tag for the new hotel was 1.5 million dollars, and when it opened on June 20, 1925, it was one of the most beautifully furnished hotels in the country. After a series of ups and downs, the hotel remained empty until November 1997 when Steve Dopp and Greg Lenox, owners/developer of the historic Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, purchased it and the extensive-and expensive renovation process began. In June 2000, the owners, former employees and friends of the Poinsett Hotel celebrated the 75th anniversary of its original grand opening with an exhibit of historic memorabilia in City Hall and a reception in the Gold Ballroom of the hotel. Until early 1990, the Poinsett Hotel was considered one of the eleven most endangered historical sites in South Carolina. With the grand opening of the Westin Poinsett Hotel, the hotel's future is no longer be jeopardized and once again the City of Greenville will be home to "Carolina's Finest." It's not a big surprise since cycling is the most popular sport in the area that a 6 bedroom hostel style inn opened paying tribute to the area's biggest cycling trail: The Swamp Rabbit Inn
    - Taryn Scher
  • Grinnell, IA
    Why it's the coolest
    Very well acclaimed college.(Oldest west of the Mississippi).Louis Sullivan designed Bank. Lots of farms. Great hunting/fishing.
    Favorite things to do
    College bookstore.
    Favorite restaurants
    The Depot. Lonski's.
    - Greg Webb
  • Gulfport, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a quaint,artsy, friendly and doggy friendly waterfront community
    Favorite things to do
    Fresh Market on Tuesdays, Art Walk,Gecko Fest,Gulfport Casino for dancing
    Favorite restaurants
    Pia's, Stella's, O'Maddy's, Smokin'J's,Peg's,Habana Café, Tangelos, T and Me, Yummy's Backfin Blue Café, La Cote Basque
    Favorite places to stay
    Peninsula Inn & Spa, Sea Breeze Manor
    - Bonnie Parr
  • Gunnison, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Best home town feel with unique shops and just 25nim to skiing in Crested Butte! Very friendly people and beautiful veiws.
    Favorite things to do
    Walk around town...biking..going to the lake.
    Favorite restaurants
    El Paraisio..Blue Mesa Grill..Mario's..Garlic Mikes
    Favorite places to stay
    Home...any place around town
    - Wendy
  • Haddonfield, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    tiny little town, very historic-1713 (Indian King Tavern, stop on underground railroad, etc.);Hadrosaurus (dinosaur) remains found here; great boutique shopping and restaurants; across the river from Philadelphia, Pa., 45 minutes from Trenton (state capital), 1 hour from New York (all by train or highway)
    Favorite things to do
    histroical sites (in town and surrounding communities), shopping, dining, walking, bicycling.
    Favorite restaurants
    little tuna,cassa bella trattoria, china king, oriental pearl, cross culture ethnic cuisine from India;da soli, ludovico's, mia mare;zaffron, villa rosa, orintal tea&sushi works, the bistro, tre famigila, fuji, picket fence & garden tea room;british chip shop, jersey java & tea;marie's sandwich bar;p.j. whilehans, and many more!
    Favorite places to stay
    Haddonfield Inn
    - Cynthia Plucinski
  • Hailey, ID
    Why it's the coolest
    mountains, rivers, outdoor activities of all kinds. cold people & wildlife. neat restaurants and shops, arts and culture
    Favorite things to do
    ski, mountain bike, hike
    - becky gilmore
  • Haines, AK
    Why it's the coolest

    The astounding beauty that surrounds us makes this place the coolest!! The mountains, ocean, glaciers and wildlife make for a 360 degree view of awesomeness!!

    Favorite things to do

    Hili-skiing on some of the earths most tremendous mountains, kayaking in the beautiful Lynn Canal, backpacking up Mt. Riley, playing golf on our 9 hole links course- don't chase your ball into the woods on hole 6- big brown furry hazards during salmon season!! Fishing for salmon and world class trout in the Chilkoot and Chilkat river, watching huge brown bears catch and eat salmon out of the wier in Chilkoot River, watching a flock of up to 25 eagles eat late run salmon out of the Chilkat river in November- the Bald Eagle Festival is in November and is famous world wide!! And after it all- having a pint of Haines Brewery beer at the Fogcutter Bar!!

    Favorite restaurants

    Fireweed and Hollingland Hotel

    Favorite places to stay

    Fort Seward Lodge and Lynn View Lodge

    - Melissa Snell
  • Hamden, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    We have all you need in our little town. Bank,post office,garage,church,inn,organic dining and bar.
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking, snowmobiling, four wheeling, sightseeing,(covered bridge, octagon house,etc.
    Favorite restaurants
    Hamden Inn, lucky dog
    Favorite places to stay
    Covered Bridge Bed and Breakfast
    - sylvia reed
  • Hamilton, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Hamilton was named one of the friendliest towns in America by Forbes magazine. Home to Colgate University and nestled into the quiet countryside, Hamilton has much to offer in the way of dining, lodging, specialty shops and antiques. Our flourishing arts and cultural scene features live music, national and international lecturers, films, festivals, local artists and galleries. Our Village Green is a hot spot for weddings, concerts and one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the state. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, you’ll find lots of friendly smiles and plenty to do right here in Central New York. Come for the day or stay for the weekend and enjoy all that we have to offer!
    Favorite things to do
    Find that special something among our unique array of specialty shops and boutiques. Take in the burgeoning art scene at our many galleries featuring local and world-renowned artists. Be entertained by our live theater and local music. Participate in diverse recreational opportunities such as hiking, biking, canoeing and cross country skiing. Golf on one of America’s premier golf courses, Seven Oaks Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones course ranked #11 ‘Best Public Golf Course’ in New York by golf.com and #22 ‘Best College Campus Golf Course’ in America by Golfweek magazine. Visit Colgate University’s campus, named the most beautiful campus in America by The Princeton Review. See why people come from all over to our farmers’ market on the Village Green every Saturday from May through October. Each summer, you can attend the Hamilton International Film Festival, put together by Slater Brothers Entertainment and featuring world-class leaders in film and entertainment. In the fall, be sure to attend The Great Chocolate Festival, named one of the top five festivals in the state. A sweet celebration of chocolate, trains and history, this annual event is full of free family fun and takes place in the heart of the Village.
    Favorite restaurants
    Discover delicious food and drink in one of our many unique restaurants, pubs and fine dining establishments. For traditionally classic cuisine with a modern twist, visit the historic Colgate Inn or Hamilton Inn. Watch your favorite games and belly up to the bar with pub food at Rusch's Bar & Grill. Indulge your senses with Indian cuisine from Royal India Grill, Brazilian-Mexican infusion at La Iguana Restaurant or a tasty Italian treat from Oliveri’s Pizzeria, Magro’s Pizzeria & Restaurant or Ye Old Pizza Pub. Our very own New York Pizzeria was ranked #5 on Zagat’s list of ‘Destination Pizzas: 10 Pies Worth a Trip.’ Hamilton Whole Foods is the perfect place for a vegetarian meal or snack and you can grab your favorite coffee and a sandwich at Saxbys at the Barge, Hamilton Eatery or 22 Utica Street Cafe. Enjoy southern cuisine at the No. 10 Tavern or dine by candlelight and savor the European influenced American cuisine at the Poolville Country Store. Visit Seven Oaks Clubhouse and take in the gorgeous golf course views from their dining room or patio year round. Yogate Frozen Yogurt and Maxwells Chocolates and Ice Cream offer just what you need to feed your sweet tooth. Order your favorite food from any place in town and enjoy a taste of handcrafted ales brewed with local ingredients from our very own farm brewery and tap room, the first in Madison County. No matter what you are craving, Hamilton has it!
    Favorite places to stay
    Stay in any one of our many bed and breakfasts or historic inns. Choose from the historic and recently renovated Colgate Inn, decorated by famed interior designer Thom Filicia to the beautifully restored Patricia’s Guest House in the heart of the Village. Holcomb’s Bed & Breakfast offers all of the modern comforts of home paired with the traditional charm of a beautifully renovated farmhouse. Peaceful Pines Bed & Breakfast is located just outside the village and offers cozy guest rooms and breathtaking views. The Guest House at Weathervane Farm provides its guests with unequaled privacy, quiet and rest amongst its nearly three acre property...it is a brief walk to the center of town and an even shorter distance to the beautiful Colgate University campus and the Seven Oaks Golf Course, both framed by windows in each of their guest rooms. The Timber Lake House B&B is only three miles from Colgate University and nestled among a six-acre hemlock forest overlooking Upper Lake Moraine, a peaceful haven and the perfect escape from the daily hustle and bustle. With over twenty B&B’s to choose from, you won’t be disappointed!
    - Erika Perez
  • Hanover, NH
    Why it's the coolest
    Great restaurants, small businesses, and arts available in the middle of NH. Also, plenty of outdoor activities.
    Favorite things to do
    Walking the green at Dartmouth College, shopping local businesses and visiting the Hood Museum of Art.
    Favorite restaurants
    Molly's, Lou's Bakery, and PINE
    Favorite places to stay
    The Hanover Inn and Six South Street Hotel
    - Patricia Loven
  • Harbor Springs, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    I can not believe any small town has a more beautiful setting. Harbor Springs is on the north shore of Little Traverse bay, one can see Lake Michigan and the summer breezes keeps the area ideal temperature wise. During the winter we have two ski areas within a 10 minute drive.
    Favorite things to do
    Sailing, power boating, kayaking, skiing, fishing, running, walking, shopping at the farm market, and enjoying the beauty of the area.
    Favorite restaurants
    The New York, Bar Harbor, Sam Grace's,Teddy's, and a new restaurant in the old Juilerette's will be opening soon.
    Favorite places to stay
    Many homes and condos available for rent during the summer and ski season.
    - Cece Johnston
  • Harmony, MN
    Why it's the coolest
    Niagara Cave, Slim's Woodshed, bike trail, Amish Tours, friendly people!
    Favorite things to do
    All of the above!
    Favorite restaurants
    On the Crunchy Side and Quarter/quarter
    Favorite places to stay
    Asahi Loft and the Selvig House
    - Lynn
  • Harrington, DE
    Why it's the coolest
    Harrington, The Hub Of Delaware is home of The Delaware State Fair and Harrington's own Race way and Casino. Harrington is an all American town where its a great place to raise children and Harrington is a people friendly town.
    Favorite things to do
    Visit the Delaware state fair and watch the live horse races.
    Favorite restaurants
    Bolos restaurant, All you can eat buffet at Harrington's casino, Rudy's, And Pizza King are some great places to eat in this great small town.
    Favorite places to stay
    The Holiday Inn and the super 8 which these 2 hotels are excellent places to stay when vising Harrington.
    - Tyrone Pleasanton
  • Hastings, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    The large amount of family retail stores, and restaurants. The town also has each corner filled with art work. Each month they have amazing unique events.
    Favorite things to do
    Shop at the hanger/jillys
    Favorite restaurants
    Seasonal Grille
    Favorite places to stay
    Bay Pointe
    - Jon
  • Hector, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Hector is in the Finger Lakes Wine Country on the south east shore of Seneca Lake. The are several wineries, gourmet restaurants, and bed and breakfasts close by. The best part of Hector, though, are the people who have been attracted here. There is an accepting, laid back, live and let live attitude which is both refreshing and welcoming.
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking, boating, wine touring
    Favorite restaurants
    Red Newt, Suzanne's, Stone Cat Cafe
    Favorite places to stay
    Seneca Springs, Leidenfrost Cabins, The Fox and the Grapes
    - Charles "Ford" Knight
  • Helen, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    German village in Georgia? What could be cooler than that!!!
    Favorite things to do
    Tube down the river
    Favorite restaurants
    Bodensee
    Favorite places to stay
    Ruhe Haus @ Tanglewood Cabins
    - Larry Norkus
  • Henderson, TN
    Why it's the coolest
    Johnny Cash's hometown, plus town that inspired film 'Walking Tall.
    Favorite things to do
    Visit one of the 3 beautiful State Parks Henderson neighbors.
    Favorite restaurants
    Los Portales Mexican Restaurant... great food, drinks, and friendly people with good prices.
    Favorite places to stay
    College Inn
    - David Winfield
  • Hendersonville, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Great downtown
    Favorite things to do
    apple picking, hiking in the mtns.,, visiting numerous waterfalls
    Favorite restaurants
    forever blue
    Favorite places to stay
    downtown b & b's
    - ann Walter
  • High Springs, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Centrally located in the heart of North Florida. High Springs is the new hot spot for North Florida "Springs" adventures at the surrounding Natural Springs. Trendy restaurants and North Florida Southern Charm.
    Favorite things to do
    Springs, Springs, Springs! Ichetucknee, Ginnie, Blue, Poe and many many more! Also one hour from St. Augustine Beach and one hour from Cedar Key Sunsets! Motorcycle, biking and of course scuba and snorkeling.
    Favorite restaurants
    GREAT OUTDOORS! Award winning!
    Favorite places to stay
    High Springs has several nice small properties but Gainesville Florida and the University of Florida are only 20 minutes away and many large hotels to choose from.
    - Thomas George
  • Hiillsborough, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful, old town charm and contemporary feel...lots of art, music, authors...lovely old homes and shops.
    - susan hope
  • Hillsborough, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    It's a thriving community! Locally owned shops: Purple Crow Books, Matthew's Chocolates; Dual Supply, Arts Gallery Cooperative, Grocery Cooperative; 2 Farmers' Markets; a Brewery w/ tap room and a brewery-in-planning slated to open 2015; Lots of history - there's a Declaration of Independence signer buried in the town cemetery, lots of buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries; The mayor wears a bowler hat and you can often catch him at one of the local watering holes; there's lots of nationally renowned authors involved with local events: Allan Gurganus, Michael Malone, Frances Mayes, Lee Smith, etc.

    Favorite things to do

    Enjoy the newly opened Riverwalk trail, Go to Last Fridays Arts Walks, Hike on Occoneechee Mountain or walk the Orange County Speedway Trail, Have a drink at The Wooden Nickel

    Favorite restaurants

    All of the independently owned restaurants that incorporate local food: Panciuto, Radius Pizza, Antonia's, La Place, Hillsborough BBQ, The Wooden Nickel

    Favorite places to stay

    The Inn at TearDrop

    - Anna
  • Hilsborough, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    History, Food, Events, Music
    Favorite things to do
    Dine downtown, walk the Riverwalk along the Eno, savor the history of this small southern town.
    Favorite restaurants
    Hillsborough BBQ in West End, La Paz, Radius and the Wooden Nickel
    - Rick Chambless
  • Hobe Sound, FL
    Why it's the coolest

    It is always sunny!

    Favorite things to do

    Beach

    Favorite restaurants

    Harry and the Natives

    Favorite places to stay

    Home is paradise in South Florida

    - Sharon Clifton
  • Hockessin, DE
    Why it's the coolest
    Nestled in the bucolic Brandywine Valley, Hockessin and the surrounding area are like a hidden gem that offers a tremendous quality of life. Most people never consider Delaware when looking for a place to settle down, but they should. Hockessin provides that small town "everybody knows your name" atmosphere in a prime and enviable location. From Hockessin, you can access both beautiful beaches or world class skiing in two hours. The rich histories of the cities of Philadelphia and Baltimore are approximately 60-to-90 minutes away, while the cosmopolitan cities of NYC and Washington, DC are a 2.5 hour trip away.
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking at nearby White Clay Creek State Park, where you can view the stone that marks the the place where the boundaries of three states -- Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania -- converge. Then working up a sweat at the state of the art Hockessin Athletic Center (or "HAC").
    Favorite restaurants
    For great food and the opportunity to catch up with friends and neighbors, nothing beats the monthly buffet breakfast at Hockessin Fire Company. Run and managed completely by fire company volunteers, the sweet potato pancakes alone make this a worthy monthly splurge. Plus, all proceeds benefit the fire company. For high end dining, The House of William and Merry is an intimate and romantic affair. And, for consistently delicious food, it's hard to top The Back Burner, a Hockessin staple for decades. Their pumpkin-mushroom soup and Better Cheddar cheese spread can be enjoyed at the restaurant or at home, thanks to the convenience of the Back Burner To-Go.
    Favorite places to stay
    There are no hotels in Hockessin proper, but in nearby Montchanin, you can find the delightfully upscale and intimate Inn at Montchanin Village.
    - Shannon Pote
  • Holland, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Lake Michigan, sand dunes, Lake Macatawa, bike paths, rail trails, etc.
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking, biking, sailing, XC skiing, walkable downtown...
    Favorite restaurants
    The Windmill, Boatwerks, Crazy Horse, Good Earth
    Favorite places to stay
    Cottages and condos available thru Chamber of Commerce and Craigslist.
    - John Shea
  • Holly Springs, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    HS offers so many community things for families from town Hallow Fests to movies one Friday a month to Farmers Markets on Saturdays and a Christmas parade every year and so much more!
    Favorite things to do
    Spring fest, Fourth of July Celebration and Christmas parade
    Favorite restaurants
    N Y pizza, China Best, Olive Garden
    Favorite places to stay
    i haven't stayed anywhere in Holly Springs since I live here
    - Bernardine Fox
  • Homer, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful Victorian village - the gateway to the Finger Lakes Region-
    Favorite things to do
    Stroll through the Village and see historic homes (3 people connected to Abe Lincoln - Lincoln's secretary, painter of the Emancipation Proclamation (Francis Carpenter), and a Pinkerton Guard who saved Lincoln's life. (Historic markers)
    Favorite restaurants
    Dasher's Corner Bar and Restaurant, The Briggs Manor
    Favorite places to stay
    Local Bed and Breakfast Inns
    - Janet Oechsle
  • Honesdale, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    Nestled in a valley in the Poconos, Honesdale is the birthplace of the American railroad, with a heritage based on coal transport and the canal system in rural Pennsylvania. It sits on the Lackawaxen River, with Main, Church and Court Streets running the 8 blocks through the middle of town. Central Park hosts free local music performances twice a week throughout the summer, highlighted by the annual free Roots & Rhythm festival in June. Parades celebrate Christmas, Labor Day and even Halloween! Periodically, Main Street bustles with craft vendors, sidewalk sales and local talent. One historic building true to its name - the Cooperage - has been revived into a thriving community space for musical and theatrical performances, family game nights, a winter farmer's market, and more. Honesdale is also home to the small but beautiful Congregation Beth Israel (second-oldest in the country), and Highlights for Children, a landmark by the park!
    Favorite things to do
    Enjoy the annual Wayne County Fair in August . . . walk to the Farmer's Market or the Park . . . check out the fall colors from the top of the hill overlooking town . . . get ice cream or water ice from one of the two window stands in town . . . visit nearby Hawley and Lake Wallenpaupack, or the Dorflinger Glass Museum . . . just visit with neighbors and friends - it's hard to go anywhere in town without seeing someone you know!
    Favorite restaurants
    Branko's Patisserie for breakfast or brunch; Camp Umpy's for bagels and coffee; Trackside Grill for anytime (and railroad history and souvenirs); the restaurant at the Hotel Wayne for lunch, dinner or a group gathering; Two Guys from Italy or Arthur Avenue Deli for great Italian fare; Tick-Tock's for a nice dinner out...
    Favorite places to stay
    The historic Wayne Hotel has comfortable rooms, a great bar and restaurant, and attentive staff - but no elevator.
    - Adrien Kant
  • Hope, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    It's historic - the whole downtown is on the National Register - with antiques, three museums, eateries and a winery, but also festivals throughout the year, and the friendliest people on the face of the earth. Plus Moravian sugar cake.
    Favorite things to do
    Mosey around the treasurehouse that is the Yellow Trail Museum, buy homemade goodies at the Swiss Maid Mennonite country store, stroll around the historic district. Also enjoy the candlelight celebrations and Moravian cakes and displays at Christmastime.
    Favorite restaurants
    The tearoom at Strawberry Mercantile, the breakfasts at the Corner Cafe, and the Mexico-sized portions at El Jefe.
    Favorite places to stay
    The Inn at Irwin Gardens, a mansion in the next town over, with gardens modeled on Pompeii! (Minus the lava.)
    - Martha Bayless
  • Hot Springs, SD
    Why it's the coolest
    It's always been the coolest town in the Black Hills, from when Native Americans historically used the warm water springs for healing to Evans Plunge being the Black Hills' oldest attraction, to discoveries of preshistoric fossils in the 1970's, to being "The Veterans Town" of South Dakota today. Plus, Movoto.com called Hot Springs one of the top 10 most exciting places in South Dakota!
    Favorite things to do
    Explore a prehistoric bonebed at the Mammoth Site, swim in natural warm mineral water springs (87 degrees) at Evans Plunge, honor our veterans at the Battle Mountain Sanitarium National Historic Landmark (the oldest veterans healthcare facility in the country), watch wild horses run free at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, fish, camp, ride trails, and boat at Angostura State Recreation Area, golf at Southern Hills Golf Course, Miss South Dakota Pageant & Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival each summer, concerts & plays year-round, a burgeoning indie filmmaking scene, and lots more!
    Favorite restaurants
    Woolly's Western Grill, The Vault Bar & Grill, Smokin T/D BBQ (Best BBQ in South Dakota!), Winner's Circle Lanes & Games, Buen Dia Mexican, China Buffet, Allen Ranch Cook Shack
    Favorite places to stay
    Hills Inn, Stay USA, Red Rock River Resort (in historic sandstone building), Historic Log Cabin Motel, camping at Angostura, Cold Brook Reservoir, Wind Cave National park, plus other hotels/motels.
    - Justin Gausman
  • Huntington, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Many fine restaurants, an acclaimed museum, a beautiful harbor, live music venue, a main street with classy shops, gay and lesbian friendly, many art galleries, close to beaches and boating, a beautiful park with tennis courts, walking paths and a lake
    Favorite things to do
    I like to see live performances at the Paramount and eat outdoors in the summer.
    Favorite restaurants
    Too many to name. Every ethnicity is represented.
    Favorite places to stay
    I live here so home is my favorite place. Unfortunately there are no hotels in town.
    - Linda Ricci
  • Huron, OH
    Why it's the coolest

    Taking full advantage of its unique location along the banks of the Huron River and southern shores of Lake Erie, this colorful little town seamlessly blends an outdoor paradise with a laid back midwest vibe.

    Favorite things to do

    Whether it's bird watching/hiking at the Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve, leaf peeping along the banks of the Huron River, fishing off the Huron Pier or catching some rays at Nickel Plate Beach, there's a different slice of nature to experience for every outdoorsman. The seemingly endless list continues with golfing at one of three championship golf courses, kayaking, and surfing. The Huron River Boat Basin is also a favorite venue for experiencing fantastic riverfront festivals, while diners and shoppers will certainly want to hit up the gorgeous waterfront streets of downtown.

    Favorite restaurants

    Craft beer enthusiasts seeking live music will find Main Street Tavern, while those looking for a vast wine selection will prefer the authentic cuisine of the famous Marconi's Italian Restaurant. For an off-the-grid secret spot try The Sandbar for a homemade pizza and Lemmy's Restaurant for a locally renowned perch sandwich.

    Favorite places to stay

    For those looking for the resort experience, Sawmill Creek Resort is absolutely the best option and is considered the epicenter of Huron's lodging scene. With its beachfront location, championship golf course, and unheralded all-around vacation experience, it makes for a phenomenal and luxurious stay. However, those looking for a small venue will be generously rewarded by booking at Captain Montague's historic bed & breakfast.

    - Chad Whaley
  • Hye, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Hye is home to 112 people 5 wineries, 1 distillery, a great Deli/shop/post office. We have a wonderful dance hall and great b&bs. In Hye folks take there hat of when they meet a lady and we are all a very close knit group that care very much for our way of life. The guests truly have an incredible hill country experience when they come to Hye.
    Favorite things to do
    Wine tasting/ touring, beer tasting, whiskey tasting, wine tasting, eat at the Hye market, come to Hye happy hour behind the post office every afternoon, take a dip in the Pedernales river, drink beer with the locals at one of the oldest dance halls in tx, hunt hogs, dove, axis, whitetail. Did I mention wine tasting?! Hye is home to one of the best experiences in the US for tasting Hye end booze made by Texans.
    Favorite restaurants
    Hye market, pig pen
    Favorite places to stay
    Lbj guesthouse, too many b&bs to list
    - Chris Brundrett
  • Ida Grove, IA
    Why it's the coolest
    There are castles and armored soldiers throughout.
    Favorite things to do
    ride bikes on the bike trail around the town
    Favorite restaurants
    The family table
    Favorite places to stay
    Super 8
    - Brandy Jensen
  • Indialantic, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    A one square mile beach town, with surfing on one side and fishing in the inter coastal on the other, with a few great restaurants, who could ask for more?
    Favorite things to do
    Beach and beach. Did I saw beach? Seriously, it's and outdoor paradise, fishing, kayaking, surfing. Not to mention the marathons (runs) several times a year.
    Favorite restaurants
    Do you favor middle eastern? Go to Skewers. Still sandy from the beach? Grab a dog at Long Doggers. Want a grab fresh fish dinner with your sweetie? Island Fish Grill. Want to party late night head to City Tropics.
    Favorite places to stay
    Tuckaway Shores is right on the beach, but far enough away from the boardwalk to make you feel like you're a local.
    - Lori Halbert
  • Irvington, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    Best foodie town in Westchester County, plus the most beautiful riverside park on the planet:)

    Favorite things to do

    Walk/run on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, take the kids to Matthiessen Park, visit nearby historic sites like Sunnyside, Lyndhurst, and Rockefeller State Park.

    Favorite restaurants

    Chutney Masala, MP Taverna, Red Hat, Mima Vinoteca, Red Barn Bakery, Geordane's, Zarilli's, Wolfert's Roost, Black Cat, Nick's Pizzeria

    - Robert Firpo-Cappiello
  • Jackson, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Jackson is the historic "Gold Rush" town, pop. 4500, located Sierra Nevada Foothills, has great shops, small family restaurants with gourmet food and fine wine from local vineyards, cafe shops, many small art galleries, gold producing mines, very interesting Pioneer Cemetery, The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre with the "under stars" performance in August an September, "Dandelion Days" in march, and... a year around casino. Also very close to Jackson are other small "gold rush era" towns like Dry Town and Sutter Creek with a few more B&B and more to see and to do.
    Favorite things to do
    Visiting gold mines, visiting Pioneer Cemetery. take the walking tour: http://ci.jackson.ca.us/PDF/visitors/Tour.PDF
    Favorite restaurants
    Vinciguerra Ravioli Co., Stanley's Steakhouse, Rosebuds Cafe
    Favorite places to stay
    B&B Gate House Inn, National Hotel, Country Squire Motel, Holiday Inn Express
    - Anna White
  • Jackson, WY
    Why it's the coolest
    I just moved here six months ago and I am never going back to the East coast. This place is laid back, environmentally friendly, SUPER dog friendly, beautiful, and the perfect place for action-seeking people. Whether daytripping up to Yellowstone or getting lost in Grand Teton National Park there is always an adventure to be had.
    Favorite things to do
    Hike, bike, explore galleries and museums
    Favorite restaurants
    Thai Me Up, Local, Nora's, Thai Plate, Pinky G's
    Favorite places to stay
    The Wort Hotel
    - Camryn
  • Jasper, AR
    Why it's the coolest
    I passed through there and it was beautiful!! Went back and had a romantic secluded wedding!! I love Jasper!! Nicest people, beautiful scenery, great hiking, and more! We go back every year now!
    Favorite things to do
    Folksy downtown. Great hiking! Check out the Glory Hole, Hawksbill Crag, and many more!! Take a drive down scenic Hwy 7 for a real treat!!
    Favorite restaurants
    Low Gap Cafe is number one! They have a classically trained CHEF in the middle of all that beauty in a little hole in the wall cafe!
    Favorite places to stay
    Crawford's Cabins! Very hospitable! Cute cabins tucked away. Priced right.
    - Ralania Tignor
  • Jim Thorpe, PA
    Why it's the coolest

    Nestled between 3 mountains, the scenery is breathtaking.

    Favorite things to do

    Hike or bike on the D&L rails to trails,visit the historic museums, soak in the Victorian atmosphere, solve a mystery at the Harry Packer Mansion

    Favorite restaurants

    Moya, Wheel, Macaluso's plus lots more

    Favorite places to stay

    The Harry Packer MAnsion Inn

    - pat
  • Joseph, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    Scenic mountains, "little Switzerland of America." Artsy With foundaries and bronze statues up and down main street.
    Favorite things to do
    Ski, swim and boat on Wallowa Lake, hunt and fish.
    Favorite restaurants
    None
    Favorite places to stay
    Cabins at the Lake
    - Sue
  • JuLiam, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Pies, Gold
    Favorite things to do
    eating pies, shopping, gold panning, snow frolicking
    Favorite restaurants
    julian cafe, moms
    - Maura Harkins
  • Julian, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    A California Historical Landmark, Julian was discovered by Fred Coleman, a former slave. Coleman noticed gold in a nearby creek and soon the gold rush began, essentially establishing a tent city. It is a cool small town because it is nestled in the mountains of San Diego. We have all 4 seasons, including snowy winters. Julian is famous for its apple pies and old fashion warmth filled with history.
    Favorite things to do
    You can pick apples, tour gold mines, go snow sledding and learn about history all in one place. Our town has an annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Santa comes on a fire engine and there is even a walking nativity! Every weekend there is an old fashion western show and sometimes a shoot out with the Doves and Desperados. In the fall we have a melodrama with a hero and a villain. Boos, hisses and cheers are welcomed.
    Favorite restaurants
    Jeremy's on the Hill is just a few miles outside of the town center and it is delicious! Romano's Dodge house has been owned on and off by the original Romano family and it serves up homemade family recipes.
    Favorite places to stay
    There is the historic Julian Hotel and many bed and breakfasts to choose from.
    - Donna Linton
  • Jupiter, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    There's a small town feel with quality culture available. Beautiful beach. One of the best turtle beaches in the United States. Beautiful ocean breezes, year round.
    Favorite things to do
    The beach, which are dog friendly, are a favorite family thing to do. Great restaurants serving fresh local seafood. Fishing both onshore and offshore is outstanding. Plenty of shopping. Spring training for the Marlins and the Cardinals.
    Favorite restaurants
    Captain Charlie's, Jetty's, Tabica Grill with several brand new restaurants coming in the new Harborside to be completed soon.
    Favorite places to stay
    Jupiter Beach Resort and Wyndham
    - Jennifer Tammaro
  • Ka'anapali, HI
    Why it's the coolest
    Two words: beautiful beaches! Also a great place for whale watching in the spring :)
    Favorite places to stay
    Ka'anapali Beach Resort was great!
    - Laura C.
  • Kanab, UT
    Why it's the coolest

    Amazing location: nestled among gorgeous red rocks, spectacular sunsets, charming and quaint Main Street with shops

    Favorite things to do

    Hike to the K painted on the mountain in town (practically in my backyard), visit Best Friends Animal Shelter and pet the dogs and cats, explore all the cool little shops on Main Street

    Favorite restaurants

    rocking V's cafe on Main Street Tropical ice stand open all summer in Glazier's marketplace parking lot

    Favorite places to stay

    Any one of the little hotels along Main Street, or in a vacation rental

    - Kat Lee
  • Kapaa, HI
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the coolest! Beach, Mountains, Fresh Air, Locals!
    Favorite things to do
    Surf, hike, dine out, hang out!
    Favorite restaurants
    Kintaros.
    Favorite places to stay
    House lots.
    - Kathryn Peteterson
  • Kaunakakai, HI
    Why it's the coolest
    Kaunakakai if on the island of Molokai, traffic or lights is not part of our daily routine. Where most of our small business are mom & pop stores owned and managed by now the third generation. For what it is worth, everyone knows everyone here. Most business are closed on Sundays.
    Favorite things to do
    Experience Molokai night life "hot bread" from Kanemitsu Bakery. The back door entrance sells freshly baked bread between the hours of 8pm - 11pm, Tuesday through Thursday, and 8pm - 12pm Friday through Sunday, closed Monday nights, choice of toppings are butter, cinnamon, cream cheese, and blueberry or strawberry jam.
    Favorite restaurants
    Lunch - Makaʻs Korner and Sundown Deli. Dinner - Molokai Pizza Cafe
    Favorite places to stay
    Hotel Molokai
    - Julie Bicoy
  • Key Largo, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    It's the Keys - duh
    Favorite things to do
    Sail
    Favorite restaurants
    Category 3
    Favorite places to stay
    Key Lime Sailing Club
    - Buffalo Bob
  • Key West, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Cool people, counterculture, beautiful architecture, welcoming to tourists, liveable.
    Favorite things to do
    Walk around town endlessly, visit galleries, eat out
    Favorite restaurants
    Seven Fish
    Favorite places to stay
    rental house
    - Karen Oshry
  • Kimmswick, MO
    Why it's the coolest

    Kimmswick has the laid back charm of a Mississippi River town that time has forgotten. The population is less than 200, yet there are 27 individual shops and restaurants. Kimmswick offers history, Shopping, Dining and Festivals throughout the year. this This idyllic small town is just a 30 minute drive from St. Louis, which makes it a perfect day trip.

    Favorite things to do

    Kimmswick is the perfect getaway to gather with Friends and Family for a relaxing day. I would recommend eating at the Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery and Shopping at the many small businesses in town, The merchants offer many special events throughout the year such as Girlfriend's Days, Christmas Cookie Walk, a just for women, Witches Night Out in October is just a blast.

    Favorite restaurants

    Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery which has been featured on the Food Network many times. They are known for their home style cooking and amazing Deserts. Dough Depot Cafe is a small bistro offering soups, salads, sandwiches. Specializing is delicious Pretzel Bread Sandwiches.

    Favorite places to stay

    At this time there are no hotels in the city of Kimmswick. However, there are many in the nearby town of Arnold MO.

    - Betteanne Smith
  • Kittery, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    It has beautiful scenery but also has a great restaurant scene.
    Favorite things to do
    Picnic at Fort Foster, Seapoint beach, Outlet shopping
    Favorite restaurants
    The Black Birch, Tulsi, Lil's
    - Katie
  • La Conner, WA
    Why it's the coolest

    Oldest city in the Skagit County, Birthplace of Sage Burgmeier

    Favorite things to do

    Go shopping, eat at resturants, Tulip sight seeing, historic waterfront town

    Favorite restaurants

    Nell Thorn, Calico Cupboard, The Tavern, The Treehouse, La Triviolta

    Favorite places to stay

    Hotel Planter, La Conner inn, The wild iris.

    - Aubre C and Scottie M
  • Lafayette, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    people are real Christians there
    Favorite things to do
    church
    Favorite restaurants
    home
    Favorite places to stay
    church
    - nick
  • Laie, HI
    Why it's the coolest
    A taste of Hawaii's legendary North Shore and a great local Oahu day-trip if you're staying in the Waikiki or Honolulu area.
    Favorite things to do
    Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center (it's kind of like EPCOT but with places like Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, and other Polynesian islands). Fun place to spend the day!
    Favorite restaurants
    There are many road-side shrimp and food trucks but the garlic shrimp scampi from Giovanni's Original Shrimp Truck is the one that still haunts my dreams 13 years after we left Hawaii...
    Favorite places to stay
    The Turtle Bay Resort is one of the coolest places I've ever stayed!
    - K.C.
  • Lake City, MN
    Why it's the coolest

    The breathtaking scenery! Lake City, Minnesota lies on the banks of the widest part of the Mississippi River, surrounded by tree covered bluffs. Legends of Hiawatha lend a historic mystic! It is the birthplace of waterskiing and the have a summer festival to celebrate! They also have a fall harvest festival, "Johnny Appleseed Days"

    Favorite things to do

    Play golf at the incredibly PGA groomed Jewel Golf Club! In such a small town, it is incredible to have a world class golf facility! Also, ride The Pearl Riverboat... Take a ride on the Mighty Miss, like Mark Twain in a paddle boat... Or go sailing!!!

    Favorite restaurants

    The Port... Yummy burgers and apps like hot spinach dip with prosciutto! Plus, there is a bowling alley attached! The Jewel Clubhouse - spicy hot chili, delicious prime rib French dip, awesome eggs Benedict... All menu gems!

    Favorite places to stay

    There are a lot of places for rent, bed and breakfasts, and hotels with river views.

    - Brenda Kardock
  • Lake Placid, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    It truly is 'cool'! We're the only place to host the Winter Olympics twice, 1932 & 1980. There is a rich ski and sport culture, in addition to a vibrant music scene. With two craft breweries & countless amazing restaurants--there is great nosh too!
    Favorite things to do
    Lake Placid BrewFest, Summer concert series in the park, hiking the 46 peaks, skiing at Whiteface Mtn, skating along a frozen Mirror Lake, swimming & boating in the summer, Holiday Stroll, OktoberFest, Ski jumping competitions, the Lake Placid Horse Shows...and so much more!
    Favorite restaurants
    Great Adirondack Brewery & Steak and Seafood, Liquids & Solids, Lisa G's, Interlaken Inn, Smoke Signals, The Boathouse, Milano's, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, Cafe Rustica...and so many more!
    Favorite places to stay
    Well, I live here! But great places to stay...High Peaks Resort, Northwoods Inn, Crowne Plaza-Lake Placid Club, Golden Arrow resort, Comfort Inn, Courtyard Marriott, Hampton Inn, Mirror Lake Inn & Resort...and a host of others.
    - Meredith ChapmN
  • Lake Stevens, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    IronMan, Aquafest, Oktoberfest
    Favorite things to do
    Fishing, Hunting, Water Skiing, Outdoors, Farming
    Favorite restaurants
    Luca's, Contos, LJ's Bistro
    Favorite places to stay
    Mansion Inn
    - Rick Stubblebine
  • Lake Village, AR
    Why it's the coolest
    Located smack dab on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River in the Delta, Lake Village is home to the largest oxbow lake (was once a pathway of the Mississippi River), Lake Chicot, in North America as well as the friendliest folks around.
    Favorite things to do
    Our favorite things to do in Lake Village include shop for incredible home decor at the The Paul Michael Company's flagship store; partake in your favorite water sports or incredible sport fishing. The activities are endless on Lake Chicot's unusual 21-mile-long and one-mile-wide C shaped border.
    Favorite restaurants
    Rhoda's Famous Hot Tamales! The Cow Pen, South Shore, Charley Mae's, la Terraza and Kowloon's
    Favorite places to stay
    South Shore, the Light House Inn and the Days Inn
    - Kellee Mayfield
  • Lambertville, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Simply, Lambertville, NJ wholly engenders your description under Criteria that reads 'a certain something that no place else has: great shops, food, a unique history, a breathtaking location, peerless music scene, art galleries, or maybe something cool we haven't even thought of yet ...' With no exaggeration, our quaint, eclectic, and historic yet progressive community located on the Delaware River, indeed offers all those elements, and so much more. Indisputably attractive, inviting and uniquely characterized by it's illustrious and prominent artistic heritage, the City of Lambertville is that rare, elusive and ever coveted hub of patchwork humanity at it's best -- bewitching and compelling both tourists and locals alike to celebrate and indulge in it's radiant vision. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more successfully integrated population (i.e. gender, age, race, religion, economic, alternative lifestyle, politics, etc.).
    Favorite things to do
    Pet friendly in the extreme, walk your dog on the River's towpath, or enjoy canine company in all restaurants, shops, galleries, etc. Antiquing, attending outdoor theatre, music, bars, fine dining, weekly fireworks, cycling, house and garden tours, museum, Shadfest, flea markets, sidewalk sales, galleries, drag shows, wineries, canoeing, fishing, train rides, river boat rides, microbreweries, carriage rides, horseback riding, skiing, skating, talent shows, poetry nights, tourists, hot air balloons, boutiques, coffee roasters, comedy club, jet skiing, hiking, Halloween festivals, Winter festival with ice sculpting, Gay Pride parades, Music Hall, Deco and Hippie head shops, pet shows, and a variety of community events.
    Favorite restaurants
    Hamilton's Grill Room, Deanna's Italian Restaurant, Bell's Tavern, The Inn of The Hawk, The Lambertville Inn, Antoin's at the Swan Hotel, Thai Tida, Rick's, Maharba Indian Cuisine, Lilly's on the Towpath and Tortuga's Mexican Cafe.
    Favorite places to stay
    The Lambertville Station, The Lambertville Inn, The Wedgewood B&B, The Ramada Inn, numerous B&B's, The Raven
    - Marla Burns
  • Lanesboro, MN
    Why it's the coolest

    Arts, nature, B&Bs, Theatre, and FANTASTIC people! 60 miles of paved bike trails meandering through towering bluffs!

    Favorite things to do

    Bike, hike, kayak, canoe, see a play, do an Arts or Amish tour, shop, eat at a great restaurant, stay at a cool B&B, drink rhubarb wine!

    Favorite restaurants

    Old Village Hall, Riverside on the Root, Intermission, Spud Boy Diner, Pedal Pushers...they're all great!

    Favorite places to stay

    Mrs. B's B&B, or Brewster's Red Hotel

    - Dee Slinde
  • Leavenworth, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Leavenworth is a charming Bavarian village set at the foot of the Cascade Mountains in Washington.
    Favorite things to do
    Boasting Tudor revival architecture, a Bavarian Village style shopping area, an annual Bavarian Christmas celebration and one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Munich, Leavenworth offers up a little slice of Germany in the center of its spectacular Pacific Northwest landscape. The town boasts many tours, wine tasting rooms and even a museum of nutcrackers from the ancient to the quirky. Nearby Alpine Lakes Wilderness offers adventures in biking, hiking, skiing and more.
    Favorite restaurants
    Numerous restaurants
    Favorite places to stay
    Numerous accommodations
    - Howard L. Gorrell
  • Le Claire, IA
    Why it's the coolest

    Great river town. Has 1st Friday event month. Stores stay open later. Restaurants have specials. Live music. Great community event.

    Favorite things to do

    Tug fest, shop.

    Favorite restaurants

    Sneaky Pete's, Bier Stube.

    - Leanne Smith
  • Leland, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Gorgeous Lake Michigan quaint town, with fish town built on the water!
    Favorite things to do
    Can take the ferry out to the Manitou Islands! Beautiful!
    Favorite restaurants
    Bluebird
    Favorite places to stay
    Bed and breakfasts all around
    - Dana Kuzee
  • Leland, MS
    Why it's the coolest
    The people in this town are like family! They reach out to one another in times of need. We have a beautiful creek that runs through our town. Kermit the frog was born here!
    Favorite things to do
    Christmas on Deer Creek Chili Festival Kermit the frog museum Blues museum
    Favorite restaurants
    Lillo's Vince's Ciceros Fratesis grocery
    Favorite places to stay
    Thompson house Cabin on the bogue
    - Kermit the frog
  • Lenox, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great creative vibe and cultural scene, beautiful rural scenery, organic farms, chef-owned farm to table restaruants, year-round outdoor activities from lake sports to downhill skiing. 2.5 hours by car from NY and Boston, 1 hour from Albany and Hartford airports.
    Favorite things to do
    Eat, kayak, ski, walk in 200-acre Kennedy Park, boutique shopping, random conversations wth cool locals and visitors.
    Favorite restaurants
    Bravo, Nudel, Alta, Gateway, Table 6
    Favorite places to stay
    Kemble Inn, Summer White House, Gateway
    - G Montgomery
  • Lewiston, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Great for foodies, lots of unique shopping, history, & no crime!
    Favorite things to do
    Marble Orchard Ghost walks, Food tours, a festival every weekend during the summer season, lots of music concerts at ArtPark!
    Favorite restaurants
    The Silo (in a silo!), Carmelo's, Macri's Grill, Hibbard's Ice Cream and Favorites Pizza!
    Favorite places to stay
    Piper's Village Inn, South Landing Inn, The Red Coat B & B...
    - Ariane Morgante
  • Lexington, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Breathtaking ,people are the kindest,village stores, restaurants , lots of fun. A wonderful small town to visit year round
    Favorite things to do
    Going to the beach and the Lexington Village Theatre
    Favorite restaurants
    Sweet water Deli
    Favorite places to stay
    Captains Inn
    - Donna Ryan
  • LIbertyville, IL
    Why it's the coolest
    Mainstreet
    Favorite things to do
    Eat & Drink!
    Favorite restaurants
    Too many to name just one!
    Favorite places to stay
    Holiday Inn Express
    - Shannon Schwieger
  • Lilburn, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Lilburn is the coolest because the town really supports music and art.
    Favorite things to do
    We love visiting the town center to hear local and regional music groups and taking long walks on the paved trails.
    Favorite restaurants
    1910 Public House
    Favorite places to stay
    Country Inn
    - Kelly Blake
  • Litchfield, NH
    Why it's the coolest
    Because we have an awesome bike path through town. It was established 1734, pretty small. But we have Memorial Day parade, and a fire truck parade. Lot's of farms, farm stands. You can strawberry & blueberry pick in summer. We have an awesome go-cart, laser tag, arcade, mini golf place and it turns into Spooky World for halloween. 2 golf courses.
    Favorite things to do
    Bike ride through town, hike on some trails. Got ride the go carts and get ice cream
    Favorite restaurants
    Naticook Fish & Grill, Romanos and Haley's pizza
    Favorite places to stay
    No hotels here. :( My house
    - Kathleen Robicheau
  • Little Falls, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Amazing history, river views, festivals, the arts, hiking and biking...
    Favorite things to do
    Rock climbing, canoeing the Mohawk River or Erie Canal, Erie Canal Trail, diamond mines, Canal Place and local shops. Historical Society Museum, Herkimer Home State Historic Site
    Favorite restaurants
    Canalside Inn, Kenickie's 50s Drive In, Ed's Pizza
    Favorite places to stay
    Inn at the Stone Mill, Overlook Mansion
    - Sarah
  • Lone pine, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    awesome views, MT. Whitney, the whitney portal road, portal store, the Alabama hills where many western movies were filmed highway 395 scenery, great fishing the owens river and more
    Favorite things to do
    hiking the Mt. whitney trail ,fishing, golf , sightseeing
    Favorite restaurants
    Seasons, the merry-go-round, the pizza factory
    Favorite places to stay
    Dow Villa Motel
    - chris granata
  • Los Alamos, NM
    Why it's the coolest
    Right next to the Jemez mountains, a short drive from artistic Santa Fe, and a vibrant history.
    Favorite things to do
    Visit the Bradbury Science Museum, hike through Native American Ruins with Bandalier National Park, or go snowboarding at Pajarito Ski Hill.
    Favorite restaurants
    I'll admit, the restaurant scene is scarce. But down the hill is Gabrielle's... EXCELLENT Mexican fare.
    Favorite places to stay
    In the mountains, camping and Jemez Springs!
    - Anonymous
  • Loudonville, OH
    Why it's the coolest

    It’s no wonder that Loudonville is the Camp & Canoe Capital of Ohio, with over 4,000 campsites and six canoe liveries! Loudonville is one of Ohio’s largest outdoor recreation areas. It is also rich in arts and history. Take advantage of The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum. The museum is home to special collections, like, world renowned gunsmith Peter Reinhard and so much more. Watch a movie, play or concert at the restored 20th century-The Ohio Theatre. Take a tour at one of the oldest grist mills in Ohio at Wolf Creek Grist Mill. Art shops and an artist’s group keep culture moving forward with creations and inspirations taken from the hills of Mohican. Independently owned shops cater to the discerning and an authentic collection of Native American jewelry and artwork. Hosting over 100 fairs and festivals throughout the year. That’s why Mohican Rocks!

    Favorite things to do

    You can take advantage of canoeing, fishing, miles of hiking trails, mountain bike trails and horseback riding trails that connect between Mohican State Park, Mohican-Memorial State Forest, Malabar Farm State Park and Pleasant Hill Lake Park. Zip-line across the tree tops with Tree Frog Canopy Tours or take a turn at an aerial adventure park at Mohican Adventures. Take time with the family during April for Mohican Wildlife Weekend and learn about nature from the experts themselves with live, interactive demonstrations and games.

    Favorite restaurants

    Restaurants range from casual fine dining to down home goodness. For an upscale experience without the price & enjoying locally sourced ingredients-visit Bromfield’s Restaurant. Comfort food and family style dining awaits you at Hanover House Diner. Appreciate the dinner specials and live music Friday and Saturday nights at The Mohican Tavern. Trails End Restaurant Pizza & Bar will have your burgers just right and the pizza anyway you like it.

    Favorite places to stay

    Relax and unwind in the sauna at Mohican State Park Lodge & Conference Center, the luxurious Landoll’s Mohican Castle, or enjoy Kandelight Kabins, Red Window Townhouse and other nature inspired rentals. Bring your own horse to Trails End Retreat or Red Brush Cottages. Stay in the historic Blackfork Inn Bed & Breakfast where breakfast is served at your convenience.

    - Georgia Kauffman
  • Luckenbach, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Where else can you buy beer in a post office?
    Favorite things to do
    Sit by the river
    Favorite restaurants
    ???
    Favorite places to stay
    In a tent by the river
    - Texas Bluebonnet
  • Ludington, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Right on Lake Michigan
    Favorite things to do
    walk along the beach, go to the state park
    Favorite restaurants
    scottys
    Favorite places to stay
    lake side Inn
    - tina Hornung
  • Lumberton, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    A town like I remembered growing up.
    Favorite things to do
    Golfing, and walking the trails with my beagle.
    Favorite restaurants
    Olive Garden
    Favorite places to stay
    Holiday End Express
    - Darrel West
  • Luray, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley, this picturesque destination that has recently experienced a great revitalization lies less than two hours west of Washington, D.C., Lonely Planet’s number one city in the world for 2015. In addition to Luray Caverns, known for the Great Stalacpipe Organ, the main entrance for the Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park is here. Known as the Cabin Capital of Virginia, the county in which Luray lies includes a multitude of lodging on the banks of the Shenandoah River, the topic of the historic tune Oh Shenandoah. As someone who is originally from this town but relocated to a more populated Northern Virginia, I stand in awe at the speed in which life seems to slow down as I head west over the mountain to return to this charming way of life.
    Favorite things to do
    Canoe or Kayak various sections of the Shenandoah River Hike, camp, drive and/or stay anywhere along the Skyline Drive from Luray to Elkton (especially in the Fall when the leaves are changing) Stroll along Main Street Luray into the various little quaint shops Walk or run along the scenic Greenway, which follows the Hawksbill Creek
    Favorite restaurants
    Gathering Grounds Artisans Grill The Speakeasy at the Mimslyn Inn Rancho Viejo
    Favorite places to stay
    The Mimslyn Inn Stover Hall Lodging Brookside Lodging (at the foot of the Skyline Drive) Skyland Lodge
    - Amber Knighting
  • Lutsen, MN
    Why it's the coolest
    It is on beautiful lake superior. It has an amazing history mixed with amazing views. An exceptional golf course, ski resort, and many great hotels and restaurants.
    Favorite things to do
    kayak on lake superior, hike lutsen mountains, golf at superior national.
    Favorite restaurants
    Lutsen resort, cascade restaurant
    Favorite places to stay
    lutsen resort and bluefin bay
    - jessica
  • Lyons, CO
    Why it's the coolest

    The total package. The People, Music, Education, Safety, Outdoor Activities, Access, Food and Drink, Community Closeness, Engaged Citizens.

    Favorite things to do

    Bike, Hike, Fish, Ski, Garden, Arts, Music, Educate, Fly, Grow.

    Favorite restaurants

    The Fork, Local, Eat, Black Bear Inn, Oscar's Blues.

    Favorite places to stay

    Riverbend Wee Casa

    - Stephen Beck
  • Lyons, KS
    Why it's the coolest

    Lyons lies in Rice County. The county is home to more Santa Fe Trail locations then any other county in Kansas. One of these many locations includes Ralph's Rutts which have been in National Geographic several times due to the fact that they are the best perserved wagon trial ruts in the United States.

    Favorite things to do

    The Celebration Centre's horse shows are amazing. The Celebration Centre's Bar. K. Bar Arena and Celebration Centre expo center have a reputation of being one of the best facilities for a horse show in the Midwest.

    Favorite restaurants

    Yummy Yummy Asian Restaurant, formally Empire China. A restaurant opened by Jayman Zhou and his wife Crystal who come from Guangdong China. The current owners are Chen Chao and Chen Xia. Another great restaurant for Mexican Cuisine includes El Potrillos which serves great Chimichangas.

    Favorite places to stay

    The Celebration Centre Inn and Suites offer top notch lodging.

    - Ryan Carlson
  • Mackinac Island, MI
    Why it's the coolest

    You'll find yourself at the only "town" portion of this island upon arriving via a ferry as the island is only accessible to the public via water. The island is designed to be traveled by bike or horse n' buggy as most motor vehicles are banned from the area. It's small enough that you can sight-see the whole area and circle the entire island over the course of a day. The island has various historical landmarks, forts, parks, marinas, shops, golf courses and is known for it's fudge shops.

    Favorite things to do

    Spend the day riding bikes around the island with the family and taking pictures near the water and landmarks.

    Favorite restaurants

    JoAnn's Fudge or Murdicks Fudge Kitchen are great places for a taste of the town's culture. They make the fudge on tables right in front of you.

    - Chad Harter
  • Madison, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful Rivertown nestled in the hills
    Favorite things to do
    Shop on Main Street, hike through Clifty Falls, visit a winery, take a walk along the river
    Favorite restaurants
    605 Grill, Franco's Italian Restaurant
    Favorite places to stay
    Bed & Breakfast
    - Abbie
  • Maggie Valley, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Tourists come here for many reasons: It is the Great Smoky Mtns. There is Ghost Town, Skiing and tubing in the Winter, Leaves changing colors in the fall, Several Biker Rallys, Craft Fairs, Folkmoot in Waynesville, Antiqueing, Relaxing and just the atmosphere of being in the mountains.
    Favorite things to do
    Same as in the coolest.
    Favorite restaurants
    Joey's Pancake House, Country Vittles, J&R's Steakhouse just to name a few.
    Favorite places to stay
    I live up here and there are many places to stay that will meet your financial and comfort needs.
    - Connie Clements
  • Manistee, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Off lakeshore,historic town,lumber town
    Favorite things to do
    Walk,disc golf,swim,shop,casino
    Favorite restaurants
    House of flavors,Big ALS pizza,bungalow
    Favorite places to stay
    Little river casino,manistee national golf resort
    - Kayla Outman
  • Manteo, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Manteo is the county seat of Dare County on the Outer Banks. Its' name honors the Croatan Chief who befriended the first English colonists in 1584. The colonists disappeared and this mystery is retold each summer with the famous "Lost Colony" outdoor drama. The town is ever evolving; from farming, boat building, fishing, life saving, to an arts, brewing and tourism destination.
    Favorite things to do
    Fun abounds for all! Drawn to the waters surrounding Roanoke Island, you can fish, sail, kayak, para-sail, bird or dolphin watch. Children can climb aboard the Elizabeth II, replica 16th century sailing ship, shoot water cannons as buccaneers aboard a Pirate ship, pet a ray at the NC Aquarium's touch tank, go back in time at the Island Farm or just play at the waterfront playground. Relive history at Roanoke Island Festival Park, and Fort Raleigh. Learn about Civil War battles and the Freedman's Colony. Be inspired by Captain Richard Etheridge and the heroic all-black crewmen of the Pea Island Lifesaving Station. Stop and smell the roses at the Elizabethan Gardens. You can fly over the OBX like the Wright Brothers, or skydive back to earth. While tourists flock during the summer, celebrating with live music and fireworks on the 4th of July; weekly craft shows, monthly First Fridays events, the Rockfish Rodeo, annual art shows, marathon and triathlon draw visitors all year long. Mingle with the locals for the the best small town Christmas celebration and parade. Come to Manteo and you'll want to stay, just like the late,great Andy Griffith did years ago!
    Favorite restaurants
    In Manteo, we take great pride in our locally owned and operated restaurants. Downtown Manteo's Full Moon Cafe and Brewery serves delicious seafood, salads, pasta, and vegetarian dishes along with their excellent house brewed craft beer. Ortegaz serves up delicious Southwestern food, and was featured by television's Guy Fieri. Avenue Grille, delights with casual dining overlooking Shallowbag Bay, while 1587 in the Tranquil House Inn provides an intimate setting for a special night.For lunch you can find the best deli sandwiches and beer selections at Poor Richards, while the Hungry Pelican offers homemade salads and sandwiches. At Pirates Cove or Shallowbag Bay Marinas you can watch your seafood unloaded on the dock, and cooked your favorite way. Big Al's is an old 50's style diner, Darrell's a seafood staple, Garden Pizzeria for sandwiches and pizza, La Dolce Vita, an authentic Italian restaurant, LaCabana's offers a Belizian menu or head to TLs for southern comfort food. You can relax and enjoy your meal, dining indoors or al fresco at any of Manteo's local eateries.
    Favorite places to stay
    Manteo has no chain hotels. The best places to stay are with your local hosts in our Inns or Bed and Breakfast homes. My personal favorite is the Scarborough House, with Phil and Sally Scarborough. I love Sally's antique appointed rooms, her cottage garden,and genuine southern hospitality. As members of some of the oldest Outer Banks families, I love to hear them tell stories of yesteryear in the original "hoi-toide" accent. You can also choose the White Doe Inn, a historic Victorian offering southern porches and spa amenities, The Cameron House Inn, a small Arts and Crafts style bed and breakfast downtown, the Roanoke Inn, another historic Outer Banks Inn across the marsh from the waterfront, or the Tranquil House, with a commanding view of ShallowBag Bay. Local realtors can also assist you in renting a condominium or cottage for your stay. If you prefer a motel or hotel, there are many less than a 10 minute drive away in Nags Head or another beach community.
    - Annie Gray-Clark
  • Marietta, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Right on the corner of the Ohio and Muskingham rivers. Beautiful scenery, several museums, great shops and restaurants and Marietta College. Marietta was the first permanent settlement in the Northwest terriotry.
    Favorite things to do
    Stay at the historic Layfayette hotel, visit the great restaurants including the Adventure Galley and the Busy Bee cafe. Ride the Valley Gem Sternwheeler. Tour the college (there's a planaterium on campus!). Shop the shops. Pick up some of Brownie's famous Peperoni Rolls to eat. Walk along the River Walk - just gorgeous!
    Favorite restaurants
    Adventure Gallley, Busy Bee cafe in Harmer Village.
    Favorite places to stay
    Layfayette Hotel
    - Elizabeth Noble
  • Marshall, MI
    Why it's the coolest

    Beautiful Victorian homes,beautiful fountain in the center of town, sidewalks, small town values and town spirit make this a wonderful place to live!

    Favorite things to do

    Easy pace of living and various town activities.National

    Favorite restaurants

    Win Schuler's

    Favorite places to stay

    National House right in the center of town on the fountain circle.

    - Mary Larsen
  • Menno, SD
    Why it's the coolest
    Because it is a nice peaceful town.
    Favorite things to do
    Fishing and football
    Favorite restaurants
    Dairy Bar
    Favorite places to stay
    My house
    - Jacob Gibeau
  • Micanopy, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    the original Florida that time forgot
    Favorite things to do
    antiquing, eating out
    - George Bullock
  • Millerstown, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is located in central Pennsylvania and it is a good place to create your own fun.
    Favorite things to do
    Go to the Millerstown Moose and hang out at the Community Park.
    Favorite restaurants
    Mastracchio's West
    Favorite places to stay
    Pittman's Campground
    - Kenneth D.
  • Moab, UT
    Why it's the coolest
    Tons of adventure for anyone. Access to two national parks, Arches and Canyonlands in Utah's beautiful red rock country. Hiking, ancient Native American rock art viewing, four wheeling, rafting, mountain biking, camping, wine tasting, shopping and great choices for dining. Not to mention great hotels and a beautiful resort on the Colorado River.
    Favorite things to do
    Hike, camp and landscape photography
    Favorite restaurants
    Eddie McStiffs
    Favorite places to stay
    Red Cliffs Lodge
    - Sara Shepherd
  • Mobridge, SD
    Why it's the coolest
    On the scenic banks of the Missouri River, our townspeople are pros at fishing, boating and watersports. Like much of our beautiful state, hunting opportunities are bountiful. We also have a rich cultural history. If you love retracing the footsteps of Lewis and Clark or learning about Native American history and figures like Sitting Bull and Sakakawea, we have a lot to offer you. Shop our vibrant Main Street for all kinds of unique treasures.
    Favorite things to do
    Fishing on Lake Oahe; Walking on the Lewis & Clark Trail; Visiting the Klein Museum & the Oscar Howe Murals at Scherr-Howe Event Center
    Favorite restaurants
    The Windjammer Sports Bar
    Favorite places to stay
    Indian Creek Campground
    - Kayla Boysen
  • Montauk, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    My family has been coming here almost every summer since I was a kid--great little beach town on the tip of Long Island and is definitely a hotspot for New Yorkers but everybody should go here!
    Favorite things to do
    Visit the Lighthouse, watch the surfers, and get your fill of lobster at Lunch (aka. The Lobster Roll) on the way into town. Delish!
    Favorite restaurants
    Lunch (aka. the Lobster Roll) is technically in Amagansett but you can't miss it driving into or out of Montauk. Gosman's Dock is also a great place in town.
    Favorite places to stay
    Royal Atlantic is where we always stay or any number of adorable family-owned BNBs that have been there forever. Ruschmeyer's is pretty cool, too. Or Montauk Manor.
    - Kaeli Conforti
  • Mountain View, AR
    Why it's the coolest
    I nominate Mountain View, named the "Folk Music Capital of the World" and one of USA Today Travel's, “10 Excellent Outdoor Adventures for Families” http://usat.ly/LzQpKl.
    Favorite things to do
    There's a great deal to do here, including: *Loco Ropes! listed as one of 5 Arkansas "must do's" in National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas. https://locoropes.com, *horseback riding at OK Trading Post http://bit.ly/17gDSG9, *White River's world-renown trout and bass fishing http://bit.ly/1djGfe2, *hunting for black bear, whitetail, turkey, and wild hogs in the Sylamore Ranger District of the Ozark National Forest *IMBA Epic Ride at Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail (50 miles to choose from) http://1.usa.gov/1fOIZQp, *canoeing, kayaking, floating http://www.sylamorecreek.com/id15.html, *the Ozark Folk Center, an Arkansas living history State Park http://www.ozarkfolkcenter.com/, *shopping http://www.stonecountyironworks.com/ *Blanchard Springs Caverns, "one of the most extraordinary finds of the century" -Life Magazine (one of HGTV's Favorite Christmas Towns, featuring caroling in the Caverns) http://1.usa.gov/14AiPxf and *Blanchard Springs Recreation Area http://1.usa.gov/1t6Tozu which includes camping, hiking trails, swimming hole and waterfalls. *go-carting *swimming *Bluegrass, Beanfest, and Music, Mountains & Motorcycles Festivals *Drive-in Theater *Shooting Range *Scenic Drives *Courthouse Square and around town celebrate the pioneer heritage, shared fun-lovingly in mountain music, dance, and artisan skills we typically only read about. *Fudge Factory (yum!) http://stonebrookfudgefactory.com/ *golfing http://www.golflink.com/golf-courses/course.aspx?course=1472256 and spectacular 18 hole courses (50 min drive from us) http://www.tboxgolf.net/
    Favorite restaurants
    *Skillet Restaurant, named one of CNN's Top Places to eat Thanksgiving Dinner in the U.S. http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/26/travel/best-thanksgiving-restaurants/ *Tommy's Famous *Woods Old Fashion Soda Fountain *PJ's Rainbow Cafe *Mi Pueblito *Portico Pizza Kitchen and Coffee Shop *Mikey's Smoked Meats & Deli *Kin Folk's BBQ *Jo Jo's Catfish Wharf *Angler's Restaurant *Wing Shack Cheeseburger Grill
    Favorite places to stay
    *The Inn at Mountain View theinnatmountainview.com *Country Oaks Bed & Breakfast http://www.countryoaksbb.com/ *Mountain Top Bed & Breakfast http://www.mountaintopbandb.com/ *Ozark Country Inn http://www.ozarkcountryinn.com/ *Wildflower Bed & Breakfast arkansas-inn.com *Dry Creek Cabins http://www.ozarkfolkcenter.com/cabins/ *Best Western Fiddlers Inn http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/selectHotel.do *Pinewood Cabins pinewoodcabins.net/locate-us *Blanchard Caverns Cabin http://www.bbonline.com/united-states/arkansas/mountain-view/bccabins.html#area-map(901)299-4952 *Bluff View Cabin mtviewcabin.net *Dogtrot Inn www.thedogtrotinn.com *Lincoln Street Cottage http://www.lincolnstcottage.com/ *Ozark Annie's Cabin Rental http://ozarkannies.com/about/ *Sylamore Lodges sylamorelodges.com *The Riverhouse http://www.grandpasguesthouse.com/the-riverhouse.html *Anglers anglerswhiteriver.com *Jack's Resort jacksresort.com *White River Tree House http://www.whiterivertreehouse.com *Twin Pines Lodge http://www.vrbo.com/243540 *White River Log House http://www.whiterivertreehouse.com/ *Gracie's Place http://www.vrbo.com/218488 *Mulberry Guest Houses http://www.mulberryplaceguesthouses.com/ *Blanchard Springs Campground http://1.usa.gov/1t6Tozu *Blue Sky RV Park http://blueskyrvpark.net/blue-sky-menu/blue-sky-home-.html *Hooks RV Park and Trout Resort http://www.arkansastrout.com/ *Ozark RV Park ozarkrvpark.com *Sylamore Creek Camp sylamorecreek.com
    - Judy Cox
  • Mount Airy, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    The B&O Railroad use to go right through our town. We still have the Train Depot. We also use to have a sanitarian years ago. Our town also has four different counties!
    Favorite things to do
    We have two parades downtown each year and we have two amazing carnivals. We love to explore the history of our town and enjoy the amazing views.
    Favorite restaurants
    Carterques Barbeque, Old town Diner and an amazing Italian restaurant, Lorenzo's
    Favorite places to stay
    We live very close to many options in Frederick, MD.
    - Sue Mustard
  • Mount Airy, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    Downtown Mount Airy with unique shops, squad car tours, Mayberry, beautiful scenery, great wine, amazing food, wonderful festivals, bluegrass and old-time music every week, very friendly people

    Favorite things to do

    Walk and bike on the Greenway Trails, hike at Pilot Mountain State Park, listen to bluegrass and old-time music at the Merry-Go-Round and Thursday night jam sessions, eat at great restaurants like Trio Restaurant in Downtown Mount Airy, shop in the unique stores

    Favorite restaurants

    Trio Restaurant, 13 Bones, Thai Cafe, Chase & Charli's, EndPosts at JOLO, Harvest Grill

    Favorite places to stay

    Hampton Inn, White Sulphur Springs, Mayberry Campground, Mayberry Motor Inn, Andy Griffith's homeplace (owned by Hampton Inn), Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn

    - Jessica Johnson
  • Mount Airy, NC, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Best town EVER!!!
    Favorite things to do
    Eat, Activities
    Favorite restaurants
    Chick-fil-A
    - Amanda Wheeley
  • Mount Dora, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Mount Dora is a charming, historic town Nicknames like “The New England of the South” and “City of Parks” reflect the town’s friendliness and elegance. It is situated above Lake Dora and is surrounded by rolling hills and winding roads.Downtown Mount Dora has been awarded the ‘Great Place’ in Florida distinction by the American Planning Association (APA) of Florida! Downtown Mount Dora beat out four other Florida hotspots, including downtown Venice, Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach, downtown Winter Park and Riverside Arts Market in Jacksonville.
    Favorite things to do
    Along the town’s tree-lined streets, you’ll find bed and breakfasts,top-notch restaurants, outdoor cafes, public parks and cultural attractions like the Ice House Theatre. There are plenty of prime shopping opportunities as well, and the town is famous for throwing exciting events and festivals like the Sailing Regatta, the Antique Boat Show, Taste of Mount Dora, craft festivals and the Christmas Walk
    Favorite restaurants
    Goblin Market Pisces Rising Lakeside Inn Frog & Monkey
    Favorite places to stay
    The Lakeside Inn
    - Carolyn Nowak
  • Mount Shasta, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Located at the foot of a 12K+ foot volcano with 4 seasons.
    Favorite things to do
    Sking, fishing, whitewater rafting, hiking, and climbing the volcano.
    Favorite restaurants
    Billy Goats Tavern
    Favorite places to stay
    Mount Shasta Resort
    - james buchner
  • Mystic, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    I love the history here and it's such a great coastal town!
    Favorite things to do
    Mystic Seaport is great! You can see how the old whaling village once was, tour homes and ships, and talk to historians about what life was like here.
    - K.C.
  • Naknek, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    600 people, 6 salmon canneries, Alaska never wins anything,
    Favorite things to do
    fish, hunt, pick berries
    Favorite restaurants
    my house
    Favorite places to stay
    red dog inn
    - fred bonin
  • Naples, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Everything is well taken care of in our town. You always find a friendly soul to talk too. Great places to eat, hiking to wonderful water falls, golfing, or visit the farmers market.
    Favorite things to do
    See a play at Bristol Valley Theater!
    Favorite restaurants
    Redwood restaurant and the Grainery
    Favorite places to stay
    My own 150 year old farmhouse.
    - Daniela Perry
  • Narberth, PA
    Why it's the coolest
    walkable, great small family-owned restaurants, charming coffee shops and bakeries, 19th century train-station, every imaginable parade (dogs included), long & interesting history, diverse housing, great architecture, quaint but-most-useful early 20th century hardware and five-and-dime store, small-town Americana at its best
    Favorite things to do
    shop & eat
    Favorite restaurants
    Penn Valley Pub and McShea's Restaurant
    Favorite places to stay
    I live nearby!
    - Mona
  • Narrowsburg, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    A gorgeous river town at the deepest part of the Delaware River, and Eagle Capital of NYS!
    Favorite things to do
    River Trips, nature walks
    Favorite restaurants
    Gerard's River Grill, The Heron
    Favorite places to stay
    I live here...
    - Jill Padua
  • Needles, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    1. Route 66 2. El Garces train station 3. The Colorado River 4. The history 5. Pirate Cove Resort 6. Close to Laughlin for casino fun. 7. Close to Oatman, the famous ghost town. Clark Gable honeymooned in the Oatman Hotel. The daily gunfight show and roaming donkey are fun to experience. 8. Close to Lake Havasu, to see the London Bridge. 9. Close to the Hualapai mountains for wilderness.
    Favorite things to do
    1. Waterski, wakeboard, wake skate, sunbathe, swim. 2. Off-road riding in the desert. 3. Golfing. 4. Neighborhood parties 5. Go to Laughlin for a nice night out.
    Favorite restaurants
    1. Panda Garden 2. Pirate Cove Resort 3. Wagon Wheel 4. Juicy's
    Favorite places to stay
    1. Rio Buena Vista 2. Pirate Cove Resort 3. Needles Marina 4. Best Western
    - Patti Baker
  • New Bern, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    It's on the water and the downtown is compact to visit the local businesses.
    Favorite things to do
    Exploring downtown the surrounding areas.
    Favorite restaurants
    This isn't a restaurant, but my favorite shop in New Bern is The Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola.
    Favorite places to stay
    Meadows Inn
    - Chris Hooker
  • New Britain, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    We have 20 Arts organizations in the city besides three huge parks, we have 5 festivals during the year, four community theaters including a Children's Theater and two theaters at the University in the City (CCSU), The New Britain Museum of American Art, five art galleries, Greater New Britain Arts Alliance, Fourth biggest Library in the state with its own Children's section, New Britain Children's Museum, New Britain Industrial Museum and many ,more things
    Favorite things to do
    Five community theaters present at leat three plays each during the year Octoberfest, two car shows, the Polish Festival and Greek Festival provide great opportunities to meet other people from New Britain Children have a great museum and park of their own and the parks always provide something to do including concerts
    Favorite restaurants
    East Side (German), Great Taste (Chinese), Staropolska, Cracovia (Polish), Angelico's (Italian), Greek and Vietnamese restaurants
    Favorite places to stay
    La Quinta Inn & Suites New Britain/Farmington Hampton Inn and Suites Hartford/Farmington
    - Frank E. Bradley
  • New Brunfels, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    Water Park
    Favorite things to do
    swimmig
    Favorite restaurants
    Chick A f
    Favorite places to stay
    Daughters house
    - William
  • Newburgh, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    Fascinating history, great shopping and dining!
    Favorite things to do
    Shop or stroll along the Ohio River.
    Favorite restaurants
    Cafe Arazu, Cleo's
    - Brandee Justus
  • Newburyport, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    The most beautiful and well preserved historic town/city, I have been to in the USA. In the winter, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Fishing, whale watching, surfing/beaches etc on nearby Plum Island, wonderful historic forested parks AND birdwatching on the adjacent marshes.
    Favorite things to do
    Walk around downtown/ anywhere in the historic center, strolling the waterfront, walking in Maudslay State Park and birdwatching in the marshes, beach at Plum Island, fishing at Artichoke resevoir
    Favorite restaurants
    Abraham's Bagels!!! Metzy's Taqueria Lexie’s On State,, Port City Sandwich Co. Courtyard Roast Beef, Jewel in the Crown Brine Ceia
    Favorite places to stay
    Compass Rose Inn Garrison Inn Boutique Hotel 167 Water Bed and Breakfast
    - Alexander Schneider
  • New London, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    The only thing old about NL is the 1646 founding date. NL is young, progressive, and experiencing a resurgence die to music, art, and food.
    Favorite things to do
    Independent music, frequent gallery openings, vinyl record studio/store, lighthouse tours, USCG academy concerts, 1926 historic theater, tall ship cruise
    Favorite restaurants
    Dev's, Daddy Jack's, Recovery Room
    Favorite places to stay
    Holiday Inn
    - Tambria Moore
  • New London, NH
    Why it's the coolest
    Quindescential New England small college town. Residents are active in the Community. Surrounded by Mount Sunapee, Mount Kearsarge, and three lakes and several ponds. Natural setting is beautiful, but understated. A great place to live in all seaons.
    Favorite things to do
    Kayak on Lake Sunappe, Kayak on Little Lake Sunappe and Kayack on Pleasant Lake. Hike the trails in the fall, cross country ski the trails and meadows and downhill ski in the winter at Mt. Sunappe. Spend a warm autumn afternoon at Pleasant Lake beach. Walk Main Street. Listen to band concerts on Friday evening on the town green.
    Favorite restaurants
    New London Inn, Graze, Inn at Pleasant Lake, Hole in the Fence Cafe
    Favorite places to stay
    New London Inn
    - Joan Holleran
  • Newport, OR
    Why it's the coolest
    Breathtaking scenery, Wonderful People, Great Ocean fishing, Fresh seafood at the local docks.Great food, Beautiful art galleries.
    Favorite things to do
    Crabbing, Charter fishing.
    Favorite restaurants
    LaMaison
    Favorite places to stay
    Nye Beach's, Sylvia Beach Hotel
    - Sharon Adams
  • Niantic, CT
    Why it's the coolest

    We small but mighty with great people and even better beaches

    Favorite things to do

    Going to the beach

    Favorite restaurants

    Illianos pizza

    Favorite places to stay

    My house lol

    - beth Manwaring
  • Nisswa, MN
    Why it's the coolest
    Nisswa is a quaint little town in the center of MN's lake country. Not only is the landscape of trees and lakes beautiful, the town itself is full of cute local boutiques and shopping. The MN state trail runs right through it, so whether you like biking, boating, shopping, exquist restaurants or just golfing at one of our many premier golf resorts, you will never get bored. Known for being the summer playground for Mpls/St Paul residents, as well as celebrities, because as every local knows, this place is amazing
    Favorite things to do
    Summer: anything on the lakes, campfires, turtle races for the kids, even host the Nationals for drag racing every year. Winter: snowmobiling, sledding, hockey, winter festivals, ice golfing, polar plunges, and home to worlds largest annual ice fishing competition (as been featured on National Geographic channel multiple times.
    Favorite restaurants
    A lot: any of our premier resorts offer a lot of options, Grand View, Craguns, Maddens. Even lakeside dining options like Ivens on the Bay, Bar Harbor or even the local A&W stand.
    Favorite places to stay
    Any of our massive golf resorts to the many quaint ma and pa cabin style resorts or campgrounds. Something for everybody.
    - Kelly Kragness
  • North Adams, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    Historic town with artistic vibe
    Favorite things to do
    MASS MOCA art museum Natural Bridge State park Last Thursdays Gallery opennings Music at many venues Nature Trails
    Favorite restaurants
    Creamercy Bistro Public Restaurant Few Pizza places around town
    Favorite places to stay
    Porches Inn
    - Aleks
  • Northampton, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    Diverse in everything - restaurants, entertainment, shops, art and culture. People come up from New York City to hang out in Northampton. That is how cool it is!
    Favorite things to do
    Great library - Forbes, main street has maintained its New England charm and the town is great to go for walks any time day or night.
    Favorite restaurants
    Spoleto's, Ibiza's, Tea Pot Chinese Restaurant, Joe's Pizza, La Veracruzana, and new Greek restaurant, plus others. Quality cable access television studio, with high community involvement.
    Favorite places to stay
    Hotel Northampton
    - Robin Coolbeth
  • North Creek, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Weekly music along the river in the summer, blue grass festival in August, historic train, skiing, river rafting, hiking and Waynestock (look it up).
    Favorite things to do
    Skiing at Gore Mountain, Hudson River rafting, hiking Adirondack trails, mountain biking
    Favorite restaurants
    Bar Vino
    Favorite places to stay
    Garnet Hill Lodge
    - Tim Smith
  • Nummutz, NE
    Why it's the coolest
    As a barefoot urchin, growing up in the cornrows and cow patties of the agricultural midwest, I would sometimes lift my little eyes to the far horizon. There, with its ever-present icon, the soaring cathedral of the plains, I would know an immediate revival of spirit, a renewal of ambition. There, standing in solitary majesty, to be seen from every direction, even from miles away, was the town's grain elevator. These massive structures represented everything wholesome about the American way of life; hard work, frugality, mothers and rhubarb pies. Their spires would shine in the evening sun, as if beaten from pure silver. Their lofty glory among the weeds of autumn inspired farm hands to poetry, and the naturally occurring result of children who would have their little imaginations engaged at the moonlit monstrosity of it on Halloween night.
    Favorite things to do
    Of course, it was a wondrous place for a boy like me to grow up in those days. Every year, we'd have the Fall Feedlot Fair, followed by the Cornworm Carnival. My sister, Igor, was Miss Rubber Boots two years running at the fair. The Cornworm Queen, however, was usually won by one of the two Poindexter twins, Polly and Poppy. The early Cornworm Queen pageants evidently had a great effect on the twins. Polly went on to become a runway model for Farm Frolics Firming Fashions, which featured corsets made of recycled tractor tires. Poppy, not to be outdone, became famous as the tattooed lady with the Chilapappagori Carney Caravan. I don't need to tell you how much money she made! Eventually, though, Poppy married Einstein Escobar and settled down, over near Whatsthatsmell, Wyoming. They had a darling daughter who they named Popeye.
    Favorite restaurants
    But, the old grain elevator is still there. It still shines in the setting sun and inspires kids to follow their greatest aspirations. Young lovers still sit in the coolness of its summer evening shadow. Dusty-lipped kids still send kites soaring on the updrafts of west winds, disrupted in their lonely, moaning migrations across the plains. So, I‘m inviting all my friends and readers to come for a visit to my hometown, Numnutz, Nebraska. Just let me know in time to reserve a booth at Poindexter's Pie Hole Cafe!
    Favorite places to stay
    Anyhow, after I made my way in the world, I returned to the boarded-up windows of my childhood home. Things have slowed a little since I was that barefooted urchin. Poindexter's Presidential Palace is now Hiedemeyer's Hideaway Hotel and Dog Groomers. The Toad Pavilion in the town park, where we gathered for Sousaphone and jug concerts by the Volunteer Arsonists' Auxiliary Band, has been replaced by a show ring for the Weasel Breeder's Society.
    - Lon Frank
  • Oak Harbor, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    great downtown, everyone knows everyone, right along the Portage River,
    Favorite things to do
    walk downtown, shop, go to restaurants, fish in the portage river
    Favorite restaurants
    Mill Street Brew
    Favorite places to stay
    in the bread and breakfasts
    - Susan
  • Oak island, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    A small town with loving people. It's on the coast of beautiful NC. Tons of things to do like go to the small shops and eat plenty of fresh seafood.
    Favorite things to do
    go to Port City Java and have a nice cup of coffee on a Sunday when most of the local stores are closed.
    Favorite restaurants
    The frying pan, provisions and loco joes
    Favorite places to stay
    Well, since I'm a local i stay at my house. But there are hotels here if you're needing a place to stay!
    - Sara Linker
  • Oberlin, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Eclectic college town, great culture, arts, history, food. Overall great walking town!
    Favorite things to do
    Concerts, plays, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian home, Underground Railroad history
    Favorite restaurants
    The Feve, Aladdins
    Favorite places to stay
    Oberlin Inn
    - Heather
  • Occoquan, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Close to Washington DC, but very small town charm. John Smith came up as far as the town during his exploration up the Cheasapeake
    Favorite things to do
    Rowing crew shells on the river
    Favorite restaurants
    Maddigans, Cock and Bowl
    Favorite places to stay
    At home!
    - Chris
  • Ocean City, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Beach town with lots of things to do, from the amusement park to the nightlife. Great Boardwalk and restaurants too.
    Favorite things to do
    Go to the beach, hang out at bars, play games on the Boardwalk.
    Favorite restaurants
    Phillips Seafood Buffet, Harrison's Harbor Watch, Shenanigans
    Favorite places to stay
    Any locally-owned establishment.
    - Kenneth D.
  • Ocean City, NJ
    Why it's the coolest

    It is a great family tourist attraction. Awesome beaches to swim & relax.

    Favorite things to do

    Swim at the beach, walk the boardwalk. Watch salt water taffy being made at Shrivers.

    Favorite restaurants

    Puccini Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza

    Favorite places to stay

    We stay with family an hour away, but it would be cool to rent one of the beach houses

    - Denise Jessie
  • Ocracoke, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Small, quiet fishing community with tons of history, wild horses on the beaches and great local shops.
    Favorite things to do
    Fish, shop, stroll, relax
    Favorite restaurants
    Captain Puddle Ducks' Seafood Steamer Pots, Dajio
    Favorite places to stay
    Black Beard's Lodge
    - Kim
  • Ogunquit, ME
    Why it's the coolest
    Near cheap good shopping mall, on the ocean, great beaches, really good lobster, really nice people.
    Favorite things to do
    Eat Lobster, go to the beach, candy shop, ride the trolley.
    Favorite restaurants
    Oarweeds, Barnacle Billy's, MC Perkins Cove
    Favorite places to stay
    Sea Rose Suites, Anchorage by the Sea, Sparhawk
    - Chris
  • Ojai, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful valley in the Los Padres National Forest; miles and miles of hiking trails; historic downtown area with spanish revival architecture; valley is east-to-west oriented, which is rare and which some people say makes it a high-spiritual-energy vortex; lots of spiritual types here; orange groves, vineyards, olive ranches and they all have tasting rooms; vibrant arts and performing arts community; hippie culture and conservative culture blend; MANY active civic groups; oldest nonprofit art center in the state (Ojai Art Center); Ojai Music Festival (progressive classical music); super-Americana Fourth of July parade; oldest amateur tennis tournament in the US (Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament) — and the Bryan brothers, Pete Sampras, Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, etc all have played here; Lake Casitas, which has camping, boating, fishing, award-winning disc golf course, rc airplane "airport"; art galleries!
    Favorite things to do
    hike, take art and music classes, wine tasting, sit out under the oak trees and have locally made wine at Boccali's; get ice cream and go to Libbey Park; listen to live music and have drinks at the rustic bar called Deer Lodge
    Favorite restaurants
    Ojai Pizza, Papa Lennons, Jim & Robs, Azu, Boccali's, Bliss Frozen Yogurt, Ojai ice Cream, Deer Lodge
    Favorite places to stay
    Su Nido, The Ojai Retreat, Ojai Rancho Inn
    - Misty Volaski
  • Onancock, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Quaint town, great history, fantastic shops & food
    Favorite things to do
    Museums & kayaking
    Favorite restaurants
    Inn & Garden Cafe & Bizzotto's Gallery Cafe
    Favorite places to stay
    Inn at Onancock
    - Steph
  • Otsego, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Friendly
    Favorite things to do
    Shopping
    Favorite restaurants
    Applebees'
    Favorite places to stay
    Home
    - Nancy
  • Ouray, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Ouray has the greatest people who own shops in town. They shop owners are very invested in their community and involved in making Ouray the greatest destination any time of the year! We are the jeeping capitol of the world in the summer and have the largest man made ice park in the workd for ice climbing in the winter. We are surrounded by the most beautiful mountains with natural mineral hot springs. Ouray was founded in the 1880;s as a mining town and has the largest For the historian and architecture lover, Ouray has the largest collection of Mesker facades in the best condition in the country. We have hiking, biking, rock climbing, canyoneering, jeeping, ice climbing, skiing, snow shoeing, back country skiing, cross country skiing, backpacking, camping, fishing and pretty much any out door activity you could ever want to do. We also have great shops featuring as much from local and socially responsible artists as possible.
    Favorite things to do
    If you like the out doors Ouray has it! If you like relaxing in natural mineral hot springs, Ouray has it, and no sulfur. We have some great spas for pampering. The Wright Opera House provides a venue for spectacular performances. We have one of the greatest dance companies that perform several times a year. My very favorite thing to do is go to the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival in December!
    Favorite restaurants
    My very favorite restaurant is Cavallo's, a relatively new restaurant, but just the place for a foodie! Sid, the chef is so creative and not afraid to think out side the box. His food has a New Orleans flair using as much local food as possible. Everything is fresh and made in house from the simple syrups in the drinks to the soups and sauces.
    Favorite places to stay
    Well, I am a Bed and Breakfast fan, so I would stay at the Black Bear Manor or China Clipper Inn. But if you are looking for a hotel the Box Canyon Lodge has it's own private hot springs and is a very lovely place to stay.
    - Faith Parry
  • Oxford, MS
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the cultural oasis of the South: Music, art, literature.
    Favorite things to do
    Ole Miss football, movies in the park, concerts in the Grove, art crawls, and people watching on The Square.
    Favorite restaurants
    Literally, too many from which to choose!
    Favorite places to stay
    Blue Heaven Bed and Breakfast,just down the road in the Valley.
    - Anne Hemphill
  • Pagosa Springs, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Year round vacation spot. Great hiking, fly fishing, kayaking, rafting, tubing in the late Spring - Early Fall. Skiing, ice fishing, skating, sleigh rides and all winter sports. Quaint downtown. The deepest hot springs in the world right in the center of downtown.
    Favorite things to do
    Hike & Kayak. Snowshoe in winter.
    Favorite restaurants
    Alley House, Nello's & Colorado Cafe (breakfast)
    Favorite places to stay
    Rent a condo from VRBO
    - Dorothy Ellis
  • Palmer, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    Settled by Midwestern colonists in the 1930's, this state had a mix of people who have all gathered to become a warm, community-minded town. The local businesses line a Main Street, including a bike shop, ice cream shop, bookstore, and amazing cafe called Vaganond blues. In the middle of the Matanuska -Susitna Vallay, this town is framed with mountains on all sides.
    Favorite things to do
    Stroll past the old creamery and the visitors center (with a tiny museum) to visit the Friday fling Farmers Market on my way for coffee at Vagabond Blues.
    Favorite restaurants
    The Valley Hotel 24 diner
    Favorite places to stay
    Cabins in Hatcher Pass.
    - Elizabeth Kelly
  • Pantego, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    There has never been a robbery in this quiet, peaceful town, and there are a lot of industrial business in this town, with 2 mechanic shops, 2 salons, and a museum, even with its 175 people.
    Favorite things to do
    Go to the museum, play in my yard.
    Favorite restaurants
    None here
    Favorite places to stay
    Pantego Academy Historic Museum
    - David
  • Patagonia, AZ
    Why it's the coolest
    Nature, History, Small town feel
    Favorite things to do
    Bird watching. Scenic drives in valley. Ghost towns.
    Favorite restaurants
    Ovens of Patagonia Bakery
    Favorite places to stay
    Several bed and breakfasts, inns, and full service hotel.
    - bob
  • Paw Paw, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Lots of antique shops, winery, microbrewry, flea market,lots of great restraunts, friendly people. Theater also.
    Favorite things to do
    Shop the shops, go to the movie.
    Favorite restaurants
    La'catina, Copper grill
    Favorite places to stay
    Home, we have lots of hotels though.
    - Rose Hite
  • Penn Yan, NY
    Why it's the coolest

    We had a really bad flood back in May, and everyone pitched in to help, the schools were closed for several days, but the kids didn't stay home, they pitched right in with the clean up, and they were full of mud but they kept right on with the clean up efforts, that's one of the reasons Penn Yan is a cool town, we have cool kids, great kids.

    Favorite things to do

    Like to visit each morning with my other retired buddies over coffee.

    Favorite restaurants

    Wagner, Top Of The Lake, Timmy G's, Antique Inn, Dunkin Donuts.

    Favorite places to stay

    I live here in Penn Yan. But they say Best Western is a nice hotel to stay at, and there are 2 new hotels being built, there are several nice Bed ans Breakfast to stay at.

    - Ed Anderson
  • Penryn, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Rural community that still has street parties in front of the main bldg. in town--combination post office/adult education/library.
    Favorite things to do
    Dining & drinking at the old Valencia Club, hiking & visiting the museum at the historic quarry. When they close the main street to allow the children from the one Penryn school (kindergarten thru 8th grade) so the children can parade with their Halloween costumes. Driving or bike riding through the rolling hills. Stopping to buy Tangerines from one of the many orchards. It's just beautiful, in the Sierra foothills
    Favorite restaurants
    Valencia Club is the only restaurant in town. They have live music and karaoke. Since it's on a rural road, it's a popular stop for motorcycle clubs going on their country runs. Nice place. The onion rings kill!
    Favorite places to stay
    My old family home. I live now in SF. Penryn is only 2.5 hours away, but it's a world apart from San Francisco -- like a Norman Rockwell painting.
    - Ruby Ponce
  • Petoskey, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    It is quaint, with unique shops and dining. Located right on Little Traverse Bay, water views are everywhere. Average summer temperature during the day is 78 degrees
    Favorite things to do
    Water activities, shopping, dining, picnics and enjoy the great people
    Favorite restaurants
    City Park Grill, White Caps
    Favorite places to stay
    Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn
    - Kathy Griffith
  • Philipsburg, MT
    Why it's the coolest
    A living ghost town
    Favorite things to do
    The Sweet Palace candy shop Schnibbles variety store Discovery Ski area Skalkaho Pass Georgetown Lake
    Favorite restaurants
    Doe Brothers UpNSmokin BBQ
    Favorite places to stay
    Quigley Cottage
    - Phillip Masters
  • Piggott, AR
    Why it's the coolest
    Unique, friendly, scenic, old fashioned court square. In the 30's was home to Ernest Hemingway...now houses a museum where he lived and wrote.
    Favorite things to do
    two museums, shopping, dining, and visiting with friends.
    Favorite restaurants
    Hog Wild Bar-b-que Los Compadres authentic Mexican food
    Favorite places to stay
    The Inn at Piggott
    - John James
  • Pikeville Ky, KY
    Why it's the coolest
    With the downturn in economy it still leads in tourism and commerce and medical leader. Not just for just the elderly but all, Education is a prime example too, the entertainment too. The running Marathons the Hatfeild & McCoy future events the The Hillbilly's Days that draws thousands from around the country. The road and air transportation availabilities too. Its the largest count east of the Mississippi.
    Favorite things to do
    The Steam Train Rides last year even though there's no track within the city limits the future Zip Lines, the Parks with in only miles, Breaks Interstate Park, Dewy Lake, the many community parks that surround and are in the city the city.
    Favorite restaurants
    El Asuls
    Favorite places to stay
    Embassy Suites
    - Jeff Tackett
  • Pine Bush, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Quaint Hamlet
    Favorite things to do
    firemans pancake breakfasts, antique shopping
    Favorite restaurants
    custard stand
    Favorite places to stay
    hardenburgh road
    - jennifer
  • Pine Mountain, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Its like you step back in time. It just got its second traffic light and the railroad goes right thru the middle of town.
    Favorite things to do
    One minute you are in town & 3 minutes you are atop of hill/mountain looking across the valley beautiful forest & the FDR park
    Favorite restaurants
    Callaway country store & resturant on top of the mountain
    Favorite places to stay
    Pine mountain chalets, the fireplace are great, great for a quiet weekend getaway. Makes me want runaway any chance I get
    - Shirley Whittle
  • Pismo Beach, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    The town of Pismo Beach is the Coolest because of its annual Vintage Trailer Show and the Rock & Roll diner of course!
    - Whitney Tressel
  • Pittsboro, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Historic, friendly, multiple town celebrations, large population of non-profits to help those in need.
    Favorite things to do
    First Sundays, Tiger Rescue, just walking downtown
    Favorite restaurants
    The Soda Shoppe, The Roadhouse, Small Cafe
    Favorite places to stay
    Small B & B
    - Jo Anne Clayton
  • Plymouth/Plymouth Township, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Plymouth has the most amazing downtown and park areas. We have a town square where there are concerts in the summer and festivals all year round. We've got some of the top rated restaurants in Michigan as well as a really solid stuffed cheeseburger place. We've got a township park with an amazing playscape and waterscape, sledding hill and outdoor skating pond. People of all different income levels live here and our schools are outstanding. It's beautiful, too!
    Favorite things to do
    Concerts in the town square, brunch at the Sardine Room, dinner at Fiamma Grille, shopping at all of the downtown boutiques, playscape in the summer and sledding in the winter.
    Favorite restaurants
    Sardine Room, Station 885, Courthouse Grille, Aqua, Fiama Grille, Compari, E.G. Nick's
    - Brooke Elliott
  • Point Pleasant, WV
    Why it's the coolest

    The Point Pleasant Riverfront Murals Many locals have been to the Point Pleasant river front. Many have probably seen paintings on the floodwall and not really understood their true meaning. Well these paintings are murals, a sort of “Living History” that shows local and regional occurrences that helped shape Point Pleasant and the local area. I’ve grown up in Point Pleasant, and while growing up I’ve noticed artists coming and painting on the floodwall by the riverfront. At first, I thought it was just a few college students that requested a grant to help become recognized, but after a while I started to see that these paintings were not just novel in the sense that I once took them as. These paintings started taking shape and I began to recognize the importance of them. The artists have been working quite a while one these murals, and I believe that they are still not finished. The city also installed large speakers above the murals that help play and audio story about each painting and what it represents. A lot of money had to be put into this due to its monumental size. The murals measure 260 feet in length and 15 feet in height. IF you are not a math aficionado, that is 3,900 square in size. I’ve been to this place several times in my life, but I decided to go back just to write this paper. I love walking up and down the road looking at the masterpieces created by those very talented artists. Noticing that the detail is magnificent in design, and the beauty is remarkable in nature. The murals helped me a lot in my own small town project by giving me insight about non-historical sights. These murals are not old enough to be historical, but they are still a very great sight to see. It helped me look for the small things that towns might not display on the front page of their tourism guide. Like in my small town of Philippi, the people take pride in their Main Street. Just the street is important to them because of its beauty and upkeep. Okay, though the murals were great I did not like how the place is kept. There is always trash in the grass and the grass isn’t trimmed right. I feel that major landscaping is required to make the murals really pop out to an individual. Another thing wrong with the murals is that the speakers aren’t fully set up for just public use. The city really needs to put buttons on display that you can press to get the feedback from the speakers. The parking situation could be improved. New pavement and better parking lines would suffice. All in all the Point Pleasant Riverfront Murals are worth seeing and experiencing if you are from the local are or even if you are from far away. The beauty in the art represents Point Pleasant in such a good way, and I am very proud of that. The city has done a great job of getting it here now they need to do some landscaping and upkeep to make it look really nice. It was worth the time to go down and really observe the majesty in the detail of the art work that is on the floodwall. I am glad I went.

    Favorite things to do

    Play at the floodwall, eat at restaurants, and go to school.

    Favorite restaurants

    Rio Bravo, Tom Tom's, and my mom;s house.

    Favorite places to stay

    Lowe Inn and my house

    - Tad G. Martin
  • Pollock Pines, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Very rural. Great Sly Park Lake for camping. Horse back riding at Ghost Ranch, and very quiet.
    Favorite restaurants
    Sportsman Lodge
    Favorite places to stay
    At the lake
    - Ron Kyle
  • Pomfret, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Great outdoor and indoor activities, hiking, biking, golf, tennis to dining, shopping. It's CT quiet corner full of pastures, great architecture and nature
    Favorite things to do
    Shopping at MAJiLLY, Martha's Herbery, Pomfret Spirit Shoppe, Celebrations
    Favorite restaurants
    Rosies Drive In, Grill 37, Vanilla Bean, Pizza 101
    Favorite places to stay
    Inn at Tonmar
    - Martha Emilio
  • Ponca, AR
    Why it's the coolest
    Where do I start? Ponca, population 200 people, is located at the headwaters of the first ever National River, the Buffalo River. It is a very old mining town with many historic buildings. Buffalo river is famous for its breathtaking scenery, waterfalls (the highest east of the Rockies) canoeing, fishing and camping. Ponca is also located on the edge of Boxley Valley - an area that time forgot - caused by the purchase of all the land along the river by the Feds. Everything - really everything was mandated - to remain as it was in 1969 when the land was purchased. Elk roam in Ponca and along Boxley Valley unbothered by man because it is illegal to hunt there. People line up along the roads to take pictures. Wild turkeys, trumpeter swans, coyotes and even bears can often be photoed. People are laid back and are proud of their remote living.
    Favorite things to do
    Explore many of the old buildings protected as national historic buildings. Visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Ponca Elk Center. Stay in one of the many log cabins with breathtaking views. Canoe, hike, zip-line, camp, fish and on and on.
    Favorite restaurants
    Low Gap Restaurant - would you believe opened by a famous national chef after he retired and got bored in the middle of nowhere? People drive a hundred miles to eat there. The Prime Rib is to die for.
    Favorite places to stay
    Any of the Buffalo Outdoor Cabins. All sizes, many with hot tubs and jacuzzis and all with views possibly better than anything you have ever seen.
    - Ron Duncan
  • Port Deposit, MD
    Why it's the coolest

    The houses are built on cliffs , the water is close , nature abaounds and if you like wild life or good food , there is always the Union Tavern or the Restaurant beside it , the people are friendly , its just beautiful!!

    Favorite things to do

    Drink , eat , ride harleys through the back roads

    Favorite restaurants

    Union Tavern

    Favorite places to stay

    My Truck

    - Skye
  • Port Sanilac, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Quaint, quiet, on the water, four seasons, fun, great people and very affordable.
    Favorite things to do
    Sail, swim, hang out on the beach, snowmobile, hike, bike and play golf.
    Favorite restaurants
    Uri's and the Blue Water Sports Bar
    Favorite places to stay
    Belaire
    - John Siwicki
  • Preston, MN
    Why it's the coolest
    Preston is the Trout Fishing capital of Minnesota and beyond. Nestled in Historic Bluff Country, Preston is the future home to one of the Minnesota State's Veterans Cemetery. While in Preston you can take an Amish tour, explore Mystery Cave and partake in outdoor activities on the mighty Root River. A lot of fun packed into one small town!
    Favorite things to do
    Tube on the Root River, Eat at the local restaurants, Family Fun Nights in the Summer
    Favorite restaurants
    Branding Iron Restaurant and Sweet Shop
    Favorite places to stay
    Trailhead Inn, Jailhouse Inn, and Crestwood Country Cabin
    - Gabrielle Kinneberg
  • Princeton, NJ
    Why it's the coolest
    Arts, culture, ice cream! (really there's a lot from Bent Spoon to Halo Pub, and great food
    Favorite things to do
    Princeton University art museum, terhune orchards, restaurant hopping and trying
    Favorite restaurants
    Agricola, Mistral, Main Street, Blue Point Grill, Teresas
    Favorite places to stay
    Nassau Inn
    - Lucy
  • Prospect, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Hundreds of years of History, classic New England community with a lot of community activities and the longest serving Public Servant in CT, Mayor Bob has been mayor since 1977!
    Favorite things to do
    Visit the Prospect Historical Society
    Favorite restaurants
    Hometown Pizza
    - Matt Buonaiuto
  • Put in bay, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Awesome island in lake erie
    Favorite things to do
    Bars, fun family activities. Water, island time
    Favorite restaurants
    Tjs smokehouse
    Favorite places to stay
    Islander inn, island club
    - ashley
  • Racine, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    Beautiful beach (North Beach) and harbor; Frank Lloyd Wright buildings (esp. Wingspread); Wind Point Lighthouse, Racine Zoo, SC Johnson Fortaleza Hall, Big Chill Snow/Ice Sculpting Event
    Favorite things to do
    Festival Events at Lakeshore, Racine Zoo, Racine Art Museum (RAM), elaborate 4th of July parade and fireworks, Lake Michigan boating and fishing
    Favorite restaurants
    Danish Bakeries, like O&H or Bendtsen's, with Kringle, Javier's Cuisine, Sebastian's, Kewpee sandwiches, Cliff's Boathouse Cafe, "The Farm," Ivanhoe Pub/Eatery, Yardarm Bar and Grill, Beachside Oasis
    Favorite places to stay
    Radisson Racine Harbourwalk, Marriott Racine, Fairfield Inn Racine, Riverside Inn near Horlick Dam
    - Valerie Powell
  • Redding, CT
    Why it's the coolest
    Redding has over sixty miles of trails through a treasure of preserves and natural areas.
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking, pick your own farms
    Favorite restaurants
    Georgetown saloon
    Favorite places to stay
    Stonehenge Inn
    - Leslie Spence
  • Rensselaer, IN
    Why it's the coolest
    A farm town with flavor!
    - Whitney Tressel
  • Ridgefield, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Great small town feel near big city!
    Favorite things to do
    Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
    Favorite restaurants
    Vinnie's Pizza
    Favorite places to stay
    none
    - Wendy
  • Ridgway, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    It's insanely beautiful, small, quirky, artsy and is generally unknown. Truly, one of the most beautiful towns in the United States, but people (tourists) often just drive through. Those that live here, know that it's the center of the universe --- and many make it home and travel the world for work. It's filled with innovative, hearty souls who value the beauty and the sense of community.
    Favorite things to do
    Hang out at the Colorado Boy Brewery, explore the awesome mtn bike trails, head to the nudie (or not) hot springs, walk or bike the river trail, just take in the scenery --- especially the amazing alpenglow that takes place each night on the Cimarron Mountains (especially great from the rooftop bar of the Chipeta Lodge). Arts Events are abundant here. There are awesome arts events at the Sherbino or with Weehawken Creative Arts or the Ridgway Creative District (live music, artist studio tours, performances, festivals, events, parties, film, classes, etc). We are never bored!!!! Hiking... anything outdoors. We love to gather and will commonly joke about the dirt streets (which we do have here) or the people who ride horses up to the True Grit Cafe. It's small -- but awesome.
    Favorite restaurants
    Colorado Boy Brewery (and pizza!) Kate's Place (best breakfast on the planet) Taco Del Gnar (especially delicious tacos) The Adobe Restaurant (yum! don't miss the corn casserole side dish or the salads!) The Trail Town Still (local distillery)
    Favorite places to stay
    The Chipeta Solar Springs Resort Orvis Hot Springs The Ridgway State Park
    - Ashley King
  • Rock Hall, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    On the water. Small local beach. Many good restaurants. Great fishing and hunting.
    Favorite things to do
    Fishing, Hunting. Pirates and Wenches weekend. 4th of July celebration. The Mainstay has local musicians.
    Favorite restaurants
    Harbor Shack, Watermans Crabhouse, Baywolf, Swan Point inn. Osprey Point.
    Favorite places to stay
    Mariners hotel.
    - Martin Jacquette
  • Rockmart, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    Because we have the small town charm that is so representative of the South. We have yearly festivals and have some of the most beautiful lakes within a short driving distance
    Favorite things to do
    Concerts at the "Rock" campground Nearby to all that Atlanta and Rome has to offer
    Favorite restaurants
    You can find anything here from chain restaurants to local restaurants full of southern charm and hospitality.
    Favorite places to stay
    Plenty of restaurants in town and close by
    - Carol Austin
  • Rosendale, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Totally COOL and HIP. Only 90 minutes from New York City. Like a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York but on a VERY small scale. Fuhgeddaboutit Brooklyn; Hello Rosendale.
    Favorite things to do
    BEST DAY EVER: Visit the 'Alternative' Baker for breakfast-amazing pastry and coffee, take a yoga class at YogaYogaRosendale, walk the rail trail and grab a bite at the rail trail cafe http://www.railtrailcaferosendale.com/ (much of it grown right there at Farmers Table Farm), relax and read a book in the charming Rosendale Public Library, go to dinner at Red Brick Tavern and then catch a movie at the wonderfully delightful "retro" Rosendale Theatre, OR listen to live local band at the Rosendale Cafe on Main Street. Then get a microbrew or local whisky at The 1850 House Tavern (they have a fantastic outdoor deck) and then retire upstairs to you inn room at The 1850 House [with a huge smile on your face]. YOU MUST CHECK OUT THIS TOWN - IT'S A REAL GEM!
    Favorite restaurants
    The 1850 House Inn & Tavern OR the Red Brick Tavern - either one is great.
    Favorite places to stay
    The 1850 House Inn & Tavern = perfection
    - PEG
  • Roswell, NM
    Why it's the coolest
    Roswell is a city full of mystery and wonder. Much more than just the site of one very famous intergalactic event, Roswell boasts fantastic recreational areas like the Bottomless Lake, and unique attractions like the Roswell Museum and Art Center. No trip to Roswell is complete without a visit to the Roswell UFO Museum & Research Center. Here, Travelers can really explore the truth behind the mysterious crash of 1947.
    Favorite places to stay
    Area 51
    - Fox Mulder
  • Royal Palm Beach, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Lots of parks. Golf, jogging, soccer, baseball,etc. family oriented
    Favorite things to do
    fellowship with neighbors
    Favorite restaurants
    agliolios
    Favorite places to stay
    Royal Inn
    - Peggy Karrh
  • Ruidoso, NM
    Why it's the coolest
    skiing summer fun friendly people
    Favorite things to do
    hiking
    Favorite restaurants
    K Bob's
    Favorite places to stay
    home
    - Jaime Olivas
  • Rutherfordton, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    That purity and creative energy that was cast early in Rutherfordton’s history, is alive and well in the community today.
    Favorite things to do
    Take a stroll down main street & visit one of our parks or Kid scenes museum. Rutherfordton is steeped in history and is home to Bechtler house, the home of the 1st U.S. Gold $1 coin.
    Favorite restaurants
    Mi Pueblito Mexican Restaurant Rutherford Thai Rumour Has It - A Wine Bar King's Court Steakhouse Gregory's Original
    Favorite places to stay
    Firehouse INN Carriage House
    - Doug Barrick
  • Safety Harbor, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Georgeous old-town charme, lovely old trees full of Spanish Moss, a fantastic spa hotel, and a romantic pier overlooking the entire Tampa Bay. I have spotted dolphins and manatees here. Super cute stores and a diner with the best Belgian Waffles in Florida!
    Favorite things to do
    spa treatments, getting married, fishing and bird-watching on the pier
    Favorite restaurants
    "Paradise" diner and the hotel restaurant at Safety Harbor Resort & Spa
    Favorite places to stay
    Safety Harbor Resort & Spa
    - Olga P.M.
  • Saint Augustine, FL
    Why it's the coolest

    Oldest city in U.S.; lots of history, lots of great food; 450th anniversary coming up next year; Great mix of ages - young and old. County has some of best schools in the state. Beautiful; boating available on sea or river. Our own Distillery and a Winery with great music Fri-Sun on the Rooftop.

    Favorite things to do

    Walk downtown and go into lots of shops; Happy Hour at the Conch House or the American Legion. Attend musical events (some great music for free); attend St. Augustine Orchestra ($20 pp)- can't beat it. Eat out. Sit and watch the ocean. Sometimes even go to the beach. Sit at the Winery on Sunday afternoon and listen to Vinny.

    Favorite restaurants

    Gypsy Cab Co., Aunt Kates; The Reef; The Ice Plant.

    Favorite places to stay

    Too many B&Bs to list. All great.

    - Debra Nolan
  • Saint Charles, IL
    Why it's the coolest
    It is an attraction all to itself but still only an hour west from Chicago. Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlburg got married at the Hotel Baker this summer. The Arcada Theater has drawn many celebrities from Debbie Reynolds to Brett Michaels to Hugh Jackman ,
    Favorite things to do
    Walk along the Fox River Attend the many festivals in town I.e., Scarecrow Festival Take advantage of the wonderful Park District programs. Summer Concerts in the park with area talents of many genres.
    Favorite restaurants
    Rod Grill at Hotel Baker. Francisca's on the River The Office McNalley's Pub Rookies
    Favorite places to stay
    Any place along to Fox River.
    - Laura Neal
  • SalIda, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Only 5,000 residents, high mountains, endless river activities, artists' haven, small town, big heart, long history, and truly has four full seasons - each bursting with endless sunshine and perfect weather. ski, swim, eat, shop, fish, raft, explore!
    Favorite things to do
    Take a picnic dinner to Riverside Park and listen to world-class music, drive up "Spiral Drive" to the dizzying top of "S" Mountain, raft or fish on the Arkansas, swim at the Hot Springs Pool, eat Italian at Ferraro's on Lower "F" Street, and stay in the historic Palace Hotel -- all in one weekend
    Favorite restaurants
    Boathouse Cantina and 216 Ferraro's
    Favorite places to stay
    The historic Palace Hotel downtown, or Mt. Princeton Hot Springs 15 miles outside of town
    - Amy Marrs
  • Sandpoint, ID
    Why it's the coolest

    The lake, the mountain, the people

    Favorite things to do

    Ski Schweitzer, then a beer overlooking the lake

    Favorite restaurants

    MickDuff's Brewery

    Favorite places to stay

    The Inn at Sand Creek

    - Kevin Mead
  • Sandusky, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Offers great spring, summer, fall and winter fun. One trip to Sandusky and you will "get it"!
    Favorite things to do
    Sail, bike along the water, visit to local farm to fresh restaurants from local growers.
    Favorite restaurants
    Zinc, Crush and JBistro. On a Sunday try the Brass Pelican for the game.
    Favorite places to stay
    Kalahari or Cedar Point
    - Kelly
  • Sandwich, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    One of the oldest towns in the U.S.- rich in history,beautiful old buildings ,a quaint but vibrant downtown plus beaches, museums , gorgeous green spaces , fresh water ponds and fabulous seafood!!
    Favorite things to do
    Spend time outdoors in the beautiful scenery- at the beach, ponds , or cranberry bogs!!
    Favorite restaurants
    Tomatoes,Marshland,Bobby Byrnes,British Beer Company,Ice Cream Sandwich!!
    Favorite places to stay
    Earl of Sandwich motel
    - Christiane Donner
  • Santa Rosa Beach, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    There are so many family-owned shops, galleries, and restaurants in Santa Rosa Beach AND the beaches are gorgeous--sugar white sand and turquoise water--as well as rare coastal dune lakes buffered from the gulf with towering sand dunes and sea oats. Gorgeous!
    Favorite things to do
    Bike down the paved 30A bike path to Gulf Place for shopping, a meal or just an ice cream OR take my kids to the beach/coastal dune lake where they can play and catch crabs.
    Favorite restaurants
    I have so many favorites...Stinky's Fish Camp, Vue on 30A, La Playa, Café Tango, Basmasti's, Fish Out of Water, Bud & Alley's, Great Southern Café among others.
    Favorite places to stay
    Sanctuary at Redfish overlooking Big Red Fish lake and the beach!
    - Tracy Louthain
  • Sauk Centre, MN
    Why it's the coolest
    Original "Main Street" the basis for Sinclair Lewis' novel of that name and also his boyhood home - as he said "A peculiarly Noble City" now with him Nobel Prize - the first American to win for Literature. Perched at the end of Sauk Lake you can literally fish on the public pier in Sinclair Lewis Park - walk a block to Main Street for shops, restaurants and the Palmer House Hotel - which has been featured on Travel Channels "Ghost Adventures." One of the first buildings in Minnesota to install heat in the eary 1900's.
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking or biking or snowmobiling the Lake Wobegon Trail which winds through the town of Sauk Centre. Yes, the same Lake Wobegon popularized by Garrison Keillor. There are some great Ag tours too - Redhead Creamery Cheese Curds, Felling Dairy, Whispering Oaks Winery and Panther Whiskey Distillery tours are nearby.
    Favorite restaurants
    For breakfast its definitely the Ding Dong Café - real home style and friendly folks...for lunch its Main Street Coffee Company featuring Pam's famous Bread Pudding or Jitters Java across the street with great sandwiches made to order. For dinner enjoy ElmerZ Restaurant and Event Centre or even Trucker's Inn - a staple for the traveling truckers.
    Favorite places to stay
    Great hotel brands with pools - AmericInn and GuestHouse International. The Palmer House with unique rooms, pub, ghosts and The Enchanted Inn B & B. If camping or RV enjoy Sinclair Lewis Campground with a boat launch, close to Main Street and the new Splash Pad and Skateboard park.
    - Ann Carlon
  • Saxapahaw, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    It's an old cotton mill on a river turned into a quaint village with industrial loft apartments, a hopping music venue (that draws massive crowds of tourists), a coffee shop, a general store, a pub, a post office, a butcher, a brewery, a canoe and kayak rental shop, a bookstore, a bakery, and more being added every year! There's tons of local live music and in the summer there's an amazing farmer's market with bands, food trucks, and local vendors + farmers. It's the most unique little town my husband and I have ever lived in! The New York Times called it, "middle of somewhere," and that's so true. It's North Carolina's best kept secret… and it may not be a secret much longer!
    Favorite things to do
    Walk along the beautiful and serene Haw River, go to Cup 22 (the local coffee shop inside the Haw River Ballroom), go to fun Haw River Ballroom events or shows like Octoberfest or a New Year's Steampunk Masquerade, eat at the General Store or the Eddy Pub where the food is local and so delicious, go to the farmer's market and listen to local bands play outside, walk the trails, or go down to the river and enjoy the outdoor fireplace and picnic tables. The list goes on and on. For such a tiny place there's tons to do!
    Favorite restaurants
    The General Store and the Eddy Pub.
    Favorite places to stay
    Inn and Bingham School or River Landing Inn.
    - Ashley Selby
  • Seagrove, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Great restaurants, beaches, shops, and rental property.
    Favorite things to do
    Beach, shopping, riding bikes, walking, and eating delicious food.
    Favorite restaurants
    V Seagrove, cafe 30- A, pizza by the sea, seagrove Market Cafe
    Favorite places to stay
    VRBO rentals
    - Linda S Powell
  • Sebastopol, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Laid back small town in west Sonoma County wine country with great locally produced food and wine, diverse shops and restaurants, close to the beach.
    Favorite things to do
    Wine tasting, hiking, beachcombing, cycling, antiquing, farmers market
    Favorite restaurants
    Gypsy Cafe, Screaming Mimis, Sonoma Wine Shop, Hopmonk Tavern, Patisserie Angelica
    Favorite places to stay
    Sebastopol Inn, Fairfield Inn, Wine Country Garden Cottage
    - Matthew Joyce
  • Selbyville, DE
    Why it's the coolest
    beautiful bay for: boating, bike riding,fishing,paddle boarding,walking,golfing and fishing. Great restaurants, best hardware store in the beach.
    Favorite things to do
    watch all the water fowl,ducks and seagulls
    Favorite restaurants
    Crab cake Factoru
    Favorite places to stay
    home, in Swann Key
    - Maria
  • Sequim, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    In the beautiful Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. We average 15-17 inches per year of rain as opposed to double that amount of rainfall in surrounding areas 20 miles from Sequim, thanks to the protection of the Olympic mountains, which surround us.
    Favorite things to do
    Visit Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. It will remind you of the mountain scenes in the movie "Sound of Music". Visit Lake Crescent (about an hour drive from Sequim). It is one of the most beautiful lakes in the U.S. Sequim is also, the Lavender capital of North America and attracts upwards of 30,000 visitors each year to the Lavender Festival. Sequim is home to the John Wayne Marina which was voted the most beautiful marina in Washington State. The area that the marina sits on was owned by "The Duke" and willed to the city of Sequim after his death providing they would build the marina.
    Favorite restaurants
    Many small, very popular, small restaurants. We also have some big name restaurants, i.e., Black Bear Diner, Applebee's, IHop, etc.
    Favorite places to stay
    Victoria, B.C. It is a 30 minute drive to Port Angeles and a 90 minute ferry to this beautiful Canadian city which always reminds me of being in England.
    - John Zervos
  • Shelburne Falls, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    3 independent bookstores, multiple galleries, artist co-ops, great restaurants, second oldest bowling alley in America. Home of the world famous Bridge of Flowers, glacial potholes. Primary shooting location for two major motion pictures - Labor Day in 2012 and The Judge in 2013.
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking, White water rafting, antiquing, kayaking
    Favorite restaurants
    Gypsy Apple Bistro, Blue Rock Restaurant, West End Pub
    Favorite places to stay
    Dancing Bear B & B, Birds Nest B & B, Kenburn Orchards B & B
    - Nancy Eisenstein
  • Sidney, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    We have an awesome walking trail, skateboard park, and a big playground.
    Favorite things to do
    Tri-town theatre, Shop local, Football games, and festivals.
    Favorite restaurants
    Treats and Eats Trackside Diner
    Favorite places to stay
    Super 8
    - Carol Omahen
  • Sierra Madre, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It's like Cheers! Everyone knows your name!
    Favorite things to do
    Walk around the main square.
    - Lindsay Wetmore
  • Sister Bay, IL
    Why it's the coolest
    a charming town with an annual Fall Festival and a pingpong ball drop!
    Favorite things to do
    sunset watch from Fred and Fuzzy's Bar and Grill or from the Little Sister resort boat house
    Favorite restaurants
    Al Johnson's they have goats on the roof! Order the swedish pancake with the swedish meatballs.....a stick with you breakfast to power your morning....
    Favorite places to stay
    a cabin at Little Sister Resort
    - DonnaRose Scherrer
  • Sitka, AK
    Why it's the coolest
    Hey, its Alaska
    Favorite things to do
    Water, mountains , wildlife
    Favorite restaurants
    The beach
    Favorite places to stay
    With locals
    - j
  • Skaneateles, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    Skaneateles is a small quaint town at the head of one of the country's most beautiful and cleansest lakes. In the summer, tourists come for the lake, including a world class antique boat show. In the winter, there is a Dickens Festival which lasts from thanksgiving through Christmas. The town transforms into the past with carriage rides and characters from Charles Dickens novels. Foliage is spectacular in both the spring and fall. There also is a 5 star spa at the edge of town.
    Favorite things to do
    fishing, water skiing, golf, cycling around the lake, shopping, music festivals, caroling, etc.
    Favorite restaurants
    Rosalies Cucina, Sherwood Inn, Blue Water Grill, The Garage, Skaneateles Bakery, Johnny Angels
    Favorite places to stay
    The Sherwood Inn, Mirbeau
    - Rob Bennett
  • Smithfield, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Home to Silver Screen Hollywood legend Ava Gardner. Before Marilyn Monroe or Farrah Fawcett, before Halle Berry or Angelina Jolie, there was Ava. Called “the most irresistible woman in Hollywood,” she reigned for decades as an American sex symbol, counting Howard Hughes, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Hemingway, and Clark Gable among her lovers. She dated bullfighters and millionaires, and she was too much for all of them. Find out why Smithfield is the same way!
    Favorite things to do
    Visit the Ava Gardner Museum. Neuse Little Theatre. Attend the Ham & Yam Festival. Shop at the 80 store outlet center. See a movie in one of the few remaining downtown theaters. (Howell Theatre - Built in 1932) Eat a Red Hotdog at Crickets. Shop at Jewel's Formals - dressed the last 4 Miss North Carolina's. Walk 3 miles along the banks of the Neuse River on the Neuse River Walk. Visit the Historic Hastings House (HQ of Gen. Joseph Johnston during Civil War/Battle of Bentonville)
    Favorite restaurants
    Bistro on Third. Serendipity Road. Gandolfo's Deli. Crickets Hotdogs! Have a cold beer at the Little Brown Jug.
    Favorite places to stay
    Any of the dozen hotels next to the Carolina Premium Outlet on Interstate 95
    - Chris Johnson
  • Smithfield, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Pretty, historical, unique, ham capital of the world,
    Favorite things to do
    Kayak,hike, visit historical sites, shop
    Favorite restaurants
    Taste of Smithfield, The Smithfield Inn, The Smithfield Bakery, theSmithfield Station.
    Favorite places to stay
    The Smithfield Inn
    - Debbie verbeek
  • Snohomish, WA
    Why it's the coolest

    Snohomish is a beautiful hamlet surrounded by farms, the Puget sound and Cascade Mountains nearby. It is very community oriented, lively and there is never a dull moment.

    Favorite things to do

    Have dinner parties; stroll the downtown vintage stores; dine out. People come in from out of town for hot air ballooning, sky-diving and a variety of quirky festival that take place throughout the year. Don't miss the locally famous "Groundfrog Day" or the Easter Parade featuring the Saurkraut Band. I never liked parades until I attended a Snoho parade!

    Favorite restaurants

    First & Union Andy's Oxford Saloon

    Favorite places to stay

    My place!

    - Dana Daniel
  • Snow Hill, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Step back in time where everyone knows your name. A town where everyone gets along. We attract artists, writers,retirees, nature lovers, and lovers of history. 2100 people who will make you feel at home.Amble our streets of historic homes, the entertainment district or paddle and fish the Pocomoke River. The river runs deep and so does the hospitality
    Favorite things to do
    Kayak the river. Root through antique shops or visit over the galleries and shops of the town. Camp at The Pocomoke State Park or stay at one of several beds and breakfasts in town. Step back in time with a visit to the Julia Purnell Museum and see the dressed f leas.
    Favorite restaurants
    The Blue Dog where the staff sing for your dinner or sit back and enjoy friends and a drink at the Harvest Moon. Stop by Miss Patty Cakes for dessert and take home a great bottle of Wine from Bishop's Stock.
    Favorite places to stay
    The Cedars, The River House, Chanceford Hall
    - Meme Suznavick
  • Solvang, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is the Danish capital of America, with unique European architecture and flair!
    Favorite things to do
    Danish bakeries everywhere, Solvang is also located in the midst of Santa Barbara's famous wine country there are over 150 wineries in the areas. The movie "Sideways" was filmed here. There are horse ranches, Alpacas, miniture horse ranches to visit, great parks and playground for kids, hiking and lots of great bike trails. Shopping is a must with wonderful small stores dotted throughout the town.
    Favorite restaurants
    Paula's Pancake house, a must for every visitor with their famous Danish Pancakes and Ableskivers. Root 246 for fine, wine country dining.
    Favorite places to stay
    The Meadowlark Inn at the outskirts of town, peaceful and quiet, perfect for romance, or families, pet friendly.
    - Brigitte Guehr
  • Southern Pines, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Historic sites and downtown.
    Favorite things to do
    Golf, eat and explore.
    Favorite restaurants
    195, Ice Cream Parlor, Bobs Pizza, Vito's
    Favorite places to stay
    Jefferson Inn, Pine Needles-Mid Pines resorts.
    - Donald Ross
  • South Haven, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    So casual, comfortable, walkable, friendly.
    Favorite things to do
    Boat, beach, golf, eat, drink
    Favorite restaurants
    Su Casa and Clementines
    Favorite places to stay
    Old Harbor Inn and Yelton Mano
    - Jody Ebstein
  • Southport, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Southport is home to the north carolina 4th of July festival and has had many movies filmed there including Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
    Favorite things to do
    Sit at the waterfront and watch the river limits guide cargo ships through the river
    Favorite restaurants
    Provision company
    - Jarrett Walls
  • South Walton, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Collection of the Best beach neighborhoods in America!
    Favorite things to do
    Eat, Drink, Relax
    Favorite restaurants
    Havana Beach at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach
    Favorite places to stay
    WaterColor inn
    - Jon Ervin
  • Spokane, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Low cost housing, chosen as the second best city with waterfront
    Favorite things to do
    Walking my town
    Favorite restaurants
    Anthony's
    Favorite places to stay
    Davenport Hotel
    - Michael Keller
  • Staunton, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is fun and funky. Easy to walk around the main part of town. Great restaurants and things to do.
    Favorite things to do
    Blackfriar's Theater is a MUST. Also, see the glassblowing demo, Woodrow Wilson's house and lots more
    Favorite restaurants
    SO many ..I can't choose one
    Favorite places to stay
    The Stonewall Jackson Hotel is AWESOME! Stay in this beautiful historic hotel for the same price as a chain hotel.
    - Carolyn
  • Steamboat Springs, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Because it's Cooltown USA.
    Favorite things to do
    bike, hike and the like.
    Favorite restaurants
    Too many to list.
    Favorite places to stay
    Dude I live here! Can you believe that?
    - Dustin
  • Stevenson, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    Location in the Columbia River Gorge
    Favorite things to do
    Tour the gorge
    Favorite restaurants
    Crab shack
    Favorite places to stay
    The Skamania Lodge
    - Debra Jensen
  • St. Mary's GA
    Why it's the coolest

    You can park your car and walk the eclectic shops, restaurants, and parks. It is on a beautiful marsh water front. Locals drive their golf carts everywhere.

    Favorite things to do

    Visit the water front, walk the town, or relax in the park. Don't miss the Rock Shrimp Festival.

    Favorite restaurants

    Tips Seagull. Make sure you go outside and visit the famous crazy bartender.

    Favorite places to stay

    We stay with relatives when visiting but would love to live here.

    - Laney Hoffman
  • Sturgeon bay, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    Working waterfront complete with 1000 freighters and tugboats! Great resturants, theater and galleries.
    Favorite things to do
    hiking at potowatomie state park shop the west side, 3rd avenue and jefferson street tour the rest of door county
    Favorite restaurants
    Blue Front Cafe Nightengale Supperclub
    Favorite places to stay
    Bridgeport Stone Harbor Snug Harbor
    - deb
  • Superior, NE
    Why it's the coolest
    Lady Evelyn Brodstone Vestey was born there. In the 1920's she moved to Chicago and eventually became a successful businesswoman, earning over $250,000 per year making her the highest paid woman in the world in the 1920's. Another famous person, Lew Hunter, a screenwriter is native to Superior. The community boasts beautiful Victorian homes, has wonderful parks, and is located just a few miles from a favorite lake where people can boat or fish or camp.
    Favorite things to do
    My favorite thing to do is to visit my daughter and her husband and my three grandchildren. This is their home and it is a treat to be there with them. They also celebrate Lady Vestey Day every Memorial Day weekend, which is a Victorian celebration.
    Favorite restaurants
    Subway or Pizza Hut (that's about all they offer!)
    Favorite places to stay
    At my daughter's home!!! Others may enjoy staying at a cabin at the lake nearby or camping. There is one motel in town.
    - Jody Gartner
  • Sutter Creek/Jackson, CA
    Why it's the coolest
    Old charming Gold Rush town. Close to the wilderness, wine country (Shenandoah Valley, Reasonable hotel and Restaurant rates & free wine tasting, great restaurants. Artist community.Close to snow skiing & water sports.
    Favorite things to do
    Hike the outdoors during spring wildflowers, Fall foliage,Summer High Sierras. Snow ski winter at Kirkwood, Fish the Carson River & Caples lake in summer. Explore the caves, spelunking and gold rush museums locally, Pic nick at the wineries. Attend outdoor concerts at wineries in the evenings. Pan for gold in the local rivers.
    Favorite restaurants
    Taste, Sutter Hotel, National Hotel. Andreas Deli
    Favorite places to stay
    National Hotel, various B&B's. Holiday Inn Express,
    - Lorene Ellyson
  • Sylva, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    The most photographed courthouse in the US, a quaint downtown, and a booming brew scene including Innovation Brewing and Heinzelmännchen Brewing, rated “One of the Top 10 American Brewery Tours” by Trip Advisor, give a distinct groove to this historic mountain town.
    Favorite things to do
    Sylva is minutes from hiking, rock climbing, rafting, fly fishing, waterfall excursions, and water sports perfect for families and outdoor enthusiasts who want to “play on.” Amidst the wealth of natural wonders, some man-made treasures are emerging as the area enjoys a new wave of culinary and cultural attractions and seasonal events that elevate the experience even further. Antiquing- Take a stroll through downtown Sylva and visit Marion Jones and the Jones Country Store. This store/museum features antiques displayed throughout and specializes in antique tools & toys all in excellent condition. Jones is a picker and a collector that rocks in his rocking chair all day long as guests visit this quirky and eclectic store. You can find anything from car parts to instruments there. And while you’re browsing the crowded shop, Jones will chat away about tales of old Southern Appalachia. Founded from a lifelong love of all things vintage, Finders Keepers opened in Sylva, NC in the Spring of 2012. It is truly a unique marketplace for the home, garden and antique collector. Family owned and operated but fueled by community, Finders Keepers has deep roots in Appalachia and of times gone by!
    Favorite restaurants
    Lulu's on Main: From certified, black angus handcut steaks, to fresh North Carolina seafood, to vegetarian tofu stir-fry, to pasta salad ala greque, Lulu's on Main is known for its out-of-the-ordinary eclectic fare, great service, and consistency, provided in an edgy, retro atmosphere. City Lights Cafe: This cafe provides "quick, tasty and healthy" fare, and a complement of unique decadent menu items to satisfy any palate. On the beverage side, City Lights Cafe offers a unique selection of organic wines, bottled beer and local beer on tap from Sylva's own Heinzelmännchen Brewery. On the food side, the cafe provides a wide array of locally-sourced and organically-produced crepes, paninis, soups, salads, desserts, beer, wine & coffee.
    Favorite places to stay
    Mountain Brook Lodge and Cottages Moose Creek Lodge Bear Trail Cabins Windcrest Loft
    - Sarah Bain
  • Syria, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    You can say you have been to Syria. There are only two buildings, one in operation.
    Favorite things to do
    Old Rag Mountain Hiking Trail, Cedar Falls Hiking Trail, White Oak Canyon Hiking Trail.
    Favorite restaurants
    None, small market called Syria Mercantile Company.
    Favorite places to stay
    Probably a tent, camping.
    - Adam C
  • Tallapoosa, GA
    Why it's the coolest
    History, Arts, Possum drop at New Year Celebration!
    Favorite things to do
    Taking in local celebrations and kayaking down the Little Tallapoosa River!
    Favorite restaurants
    Santa Fe Mexican Restaurant, Magic Wok, and Backwoods Restaurant.
    Favorite places to stay
    The lake cottage!
    - Merci B. Howe
  • Taos, NM
    Why it's the coolest

    Incredible art and music scene along with a tremendous amount of outdoor activities such as world class snow skiing, river rafting and mountain biking! Also, beautiful and unique adobe architecture located at 7,000 in northern New Mexico.

    Favorite things to do

    Mountain Bike, Snow Ski, River Raft, Live Music

    Favorite restaurants

    El Meze, Lambert's, Love Apple

    Favorite places to stay

    Historic Taos Inn, Historic Mill House

    - Jeff Shardell
  • Tarpon Springs, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    The Greek settled community is loaded with music, food, the sponge docks. A beautiful little harbor town engulfed in rich tradition and beauty set right on the Gulf of Mexico. It's like stepping onto a Greek isle for a bit.
    Favorite things to do
    Eating, walking, shopping, people watching.
    Favorite restaurants
    Mr. Souvlaki and Hellas for the desserts and flaming cheese..OPA!
    Favorite places to stay
    I live around the corner..
    - Maria Virgilio
  • Tecumseh, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    The city and its local businesses work together to bring awesome downtown events like Diva Night, the Classic Car and Bike Shows, Pet Parade, the Appleumpkin Festival, Holiday Open House, the Ice Sculpture Festival and much more!
    Favorite things to do
    You can do just about anything in this town, from exploring the over 140 acres of Indian Crossing Trails Park to shopping in the unique stores of downtown to jumping out of planes at Skydive Tecumseh.
    Favorite restaurants
    There is a restaurant for every taste. You can stop by The Dog House for a hot dog with any kind of topping you can possibly imagine, taste the local and imported cheeses and wines at the Boulevard Market and even experience the farm-to-table fine dining of Evans Street Station.
    Favorite places to stay
    The Inn on Evans Street above the Boulevard Market downtown, The Loft and Chicago Street Suite above the Daily Grind on Chicago Boulevard downtown.
    - Shelby Simpson
  • Telluride, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    San Juan Mtns.
    Favorite things to do
    Ski, jeep, Music and film festivals, white water.
    Favorite restaurants
    Many
    Favorite places to stay
    Tomboy Inn
    - Nick Nettleton
  • Traverse City, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Fantastic location right on Grnd Traverse Bay (Lake Michigan) with spectacular natural and cultural opportunities.
    Favorite things to do
    Visit Interlochen Center for the Arts, go to the State (or Bijou) Theaters, explore nearby Old Mission Peninsula and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
    Favorite restaurants
    Boone's Long Lake Inn.
    Favorite places to stay
    I'm lucky I live here, but there are lots and lots of great motels as well as bed and breakfasts available.
    - Dave Lake
  • Trinidad, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    85% of the buildings were built before 1910 with bricked streets
    Favorite things to do
    Walking tours: River walk History self guided tour Ghost tour The A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art Street art
    Favorite restaurants
    Bella Luna's; stone fire baked pizzas, salads and Italian specials What A Grind; coffee house during the day, sports bar at night Bob and Earl's; local owned cafe with best breakfasts in 85 miles.
    Favorite places to stay
    Tarabino Bed & Breakfast A 100+ yr old mansion, featured on Ghost Hunters
    - Peggy Westmoreland
  • Trumansburg, NY
    Why it's the coolest
    The Community makes this town. Folks are loyal to the community and each other. I've never seen community residents and small business owners pull together in time of need like "T-burg" does. It is diverse, and most small businesses are working towards total sustainability.
    Favorite things to do
    local Farmer's Markets include food, music and kid activities. Many Fingerlakes Wineries are nearby. There are gorges, forests and mountains to hike, lakes and smaller ponds for swimming, cross country skiing, and most recently some new breweries. Many of the small shops sell arts, crafts and goods of all types es, plus foods made by local artisans. It's a joy.
    Favorite restaurants
    RonDon's Village Pub is an icon there. From sandwiches, burgers, wings, pizzas to prime rib, steaks, crab legs, scallops, and amazing grilled seafood salads. They are famous for their signature sandwich called "the Squeeze", for more of a Mom and Pop type menu and experience, is The Falls Tavern. This and RonDOn's were my folks (85, 86) two favorite places to eat. Many of the Fingerlakes w I writes also have Bistros and Cafes. On a more upscale note, the Hazelnut Cafe is fabulous, with more of an European fare.
    Favorite places to stay
    there are numerous Bed and Breakfasts in this quaint little town which are true to local farmers and businesses. Lastly, there is Taughannock Farms Inn. This upscale restaurant and its many guest houses for lodging overlook one of the Fingerlakes, Cayuga. The longest of the Fingerlakes.
    - Bonnie Griffith
  • Tupelo, MS
    Why it's the coolest
    Once names an All-American City. Tupelo has truly kept that reputation by embracing everyone with a unique brand of Southern Hospitality!
    Favorite things to do
    The Tupelo Automobile Museum, Tupelo Buffalo Park, Elvis Presley Birthplace, Tombigbee Waterway, etc.
    Favorite restaurants
    The Fairpark Grill, Harveys, LOs Toros Meciacn Restaurant & Woody's
    Favorite places to stay
    The Hilton Garden Inn, Comfort Inn Suites, Motel 6, all the top names in Hotels and Motels
    - Sharon Sheffield
  • Tusayan, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Gateway to Grand Canyon
    Favorite things to do
    Movie, nice streets
    - bm
  • Venice, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    Beaches, theater, restaurants, lodging & shopping are just some of the reasons.
    - SharonS
  • Vergennes, VT
    Why it's the coolest

    Because we have the coolest people who care about our city and because we are only one mile square.

    Favorite things to do

    Excellent food options, one of the best bakeries according to Food and Wine. Within one hour of top ski area, water access to Lake Champlain, Excellent biking.

    Favorite restaurants

    Black Sheep Bistro, Three Squares Cafe, Vergennes Laundry Bakery, Park Squeeze, Antidote Bar

    Favorite places to stay

    Emerson Guest House, Strong House Inn

    - William Benton
  • Vermilion, OH
    Why it's the coolest
    Right on the lake and has the best views all year round
    Favorite things to do
    Take a nice walk on the trails in mill hollow
    Favorite restaurants
    The pit and the nest
    Favorite places to stay
    The holiday inn
    - Danielle Smyers
  • Vicksburg, MI
    Why it's the coolest
    Everyone is friendly....
    Favorite things to do
    Festivals
    Favorite restaurants
    Main Street Pub
    Favorite places to stay
    home
    - Peggy Waigand
  • Vicksburg, MS
    Why it's the coolest
    The rich southern history dating back to the civil war! The great restaurants and little shops that run along the banks of the Mississippi River.
    Favorite things to do
    You can drive 20 miles north to the great Eagle Lake for some fantastic fishing or just riding in your boats or jet ski's.
    Favorite restaurants
    Too many to choose
    Favorite places to stay
    Too many to choose
    - Cyndi
  • Vienna, VA
    Why it's the coolest
    Friendly people, has both a historic district and newer amenities, great walking trails. Great food!
    Favorite things to do
    walking down and browsing the shops of Church Street.
    Favorite restaurants
    Maple Ave restaurant.
    - Caren Appel
  • Wabasha, MN
    Why it's the coolest

    Wabasha community is so involved. So many fun things to do all year long. Alot of free activities for families

    Favorite things to do

    National Eagle Center, Walking trails, Seasonal Boutiques Festivals (Grumpy Old Men Festival, Riverboat Days, SeptOberfest, Soar with the Eagles) Golf Course, Ski Hill, 2 Boat Marinas, Concerts under the bridge

    Favorite restaurants

    Silver Star Saloon The Olde Triangle Pub Stacy's Kitchen Flour Mill Pizzeria/Twains Wheelhouse Tavern Slippery's Fresh Wok Los Portales Mexican Restaurant

    Favorite places to stay

    Turning Water Bed & Breakfast Big River Resort AmericInn The Historic Anderson Hotel Coffee Mill Motel and Suites

    - Pat Hund
  • Wachapreague, MD
    Why it's the coolest
    Quiet and friendly off the beaten track. BEAUTIFUL Little Seaside Town
    Favorite things to do
    Fishing and Crabbing
    Favorite restaurants
    Island House
    Favorite places to stay
    Wachapreague Inn
    - Dennis M Darragh
  • Walla Walla, WA
    Why it's the coolest
    It is situated in a valley surrounded by wheat fields,vineyards and a history which dates back to the eighteen hundreds.
    Favorite things to do
    Dinning, shopping and touring of the various land marks such as fort Walla Walla, Whitman mission and the Whitman Hotel.
    Favorite restaurants
    Brik Restaurant
    Favorite places to stay
    Americas Best Value Inn
    - Bob N. McCoy
  • Washington, CO
    Why it's the coolest
    Because it's the real Washington.
    Favorite things to do
    Boating
    Favorite restaurants
    Bills Hotdogs
    - Doug
  • Washington, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    small town feel but big town activites

    Favorite things to do

    enjoy the river, Music in the Streets, Monthly Art Walk

    Favorite restaurants

    Ne'R Do Well, Back Water Jacks

    - Jennifer Calfee
  • Washington NC, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    on the water...down to earth people
    Favorite things to do
    walk on the waterfront
    Favorite restaurants
    Marabella's
    Favorite places to stay
    My Granny's house
    - Kristy Foster
  • Washington, NC, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    A lot of family history. Both parents are from Washington, NC. Graduated high school and college there
    Favorite things to do
    Visit Parents who live there Go to Havens Garden Park Attend the Washington Summer Festival Block Party, Attend Smoke on the Water Pig Cook-off
    Favorite restaurants
    Frank's Pizza Mom's Grill Hog Heaven Brownie Bakery Bill's Hot Dogs
    Favorite places to stay
    N/A From Washington so I always stay at my parent's house
    - Tanya Oden Powell
  • Waynesville, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    From their website: http://www.downtownwaynesville.com/ "Downtown Waynesville is a vibrant, friendly small town nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with magnificent mountain views of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Fine shops, galleries, cafés & restaurants are all within walking distance of Main Street's tree lined brick sidewalks. Historic buildings, relaxing benches, public art & welcoming folks make Waynesville a thoroughly enjoyable place to live & visit. Numerous popular events, parades & festivals occur throughout the year. The heart of Appalachian culture and heritage, Waynesville hosts Folkmoot USA, North Carolina's official international music and dance festival annually. Waynesville is home to Haywood Arts Regional Theater, an award winning theater, and The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts at the historic Shelton House, historic Inns and B&Bs, a general store, book store, bakery, a market, chocolate shop, brew pub, fly fishing shop, dog bakery, quilt store, clothing, shoes, jewelry, furniture & accessories, mountain trout, mountain golf, mountain music & dance, clean air, clean water, cool summers, dramatic autumns, mild winters, lush springtime, and Southern hospitality. Waynesville is the largest town in Western North Carolina west of Asheville.
    Favorite things to do
    Browse the shops, Enjoy Southern Mountain culture and scenery, Sample local cuisine, Purchase local art work and handcrafts, Take in the Blue Ridge Mountain vistas, flora & fauna, Recreate in 39 acres of parks, Enjoy the annual Fall Street Art and Craft Festival complete with local Bluegrass Bands, and the Apple Harvest Festival, Take a lovely drive through the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    Favorite restaurants
    Bocelli’s, Chef’s Table, City Bakery, Classic Wineseller, Cork & Cleaver, Frog's Leap Public House, Nick & Nate’s Pizza, Panacea Coffeehouse Café & Roastery, The Patio Bistro, Pub 319, Smoky Mountain Sub Shop, The Sweet Onion, Tap Room Sports Bar & Grill, Thai Spice, Tipping Point Brewing,
    Favorite places to stay
    Andon-Reid Bed & Breakfast, Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn, Boyd Mountain Log Cabins and Christmas Tree Farm, Brookside Mountain Mist Inn, Herren House B&B Bridget's Bistro, Oak Hill on Love Lane Bed & Breakfast, Oak Park Inn, The Windover Inn Bed & Breakfast, The Yellow House Bed & Breakfast
    - Julie Staples
  • West Dennis, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    Oldest summer stock in the country, most beachs in a town/hamlet on Cape Cod,
    Favorite things to do
    Kayacking, Jogging, excellent dining options, windsurfing, killer sunsets,
    Favorite restaurants
    Marshside, scargo Cafe, Grumpy's, Lost Dog, Red Pheasant, Fin, Gina's by the sea,
    Favorite places to stay
    The Dennis Inn, Rent a cottage there are many, Scargo Manor Bed
    - Phil Ciulla
  • West Dundee, IL
    Why it's the coolest
    Hands down all-American town! Location for movie Road to Perdition and Joshua. Nominated as "Best block" by Good Morning America http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/SummerConcert/west-dundee-illinois-wins-good-morning-america-best/story?id=11055542
    Favorite things to do
    Kayaking in the Fox River and biking the Fox River Trail up to Wisconsin border.
    Favorite restaurants
    Emmett's Great pub burgers and nitrogen infused Oatmeal Stout. Francesca's, Great Italian cuisine and authentic Taramisu
    Favorite places to stay
    The Mansion, bed and breakfast;
    - Shawn Cookson
  • West Jefferson, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Painted scenery on the side of buildings all around town, numerous art galleries and unique shopping (an oil and vinegar shop- ever had Blood Orange Oil or Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar?- delish & they offer homemade bread & samples of all), shops offer lessons in a variety of interesting subjects (music, painting, quilting, contra-dancing, etc), the friendliest people in the world, downtown has been revitalized and is quaint, yet vibrant and forward. The library is unrivaled! A beautiful building with great programs year-round for children, teens & adults. The summer farmer's market offers the best in local produce, plants & of course grass-fed beef & buffalo. Antique and thrift stores abound...Antiques on Main claims to have over 1,000,000 items;I would not doubt it! Best burgers in the world served at Blackjack's Pub. There is also a great brew pub, making specialty beers & serving great food. There is even a local honey shop.
    Favorite things to do
    Walk the streets and shop in the many unique (not chain) stores along the main strand, visit the library and see local artwork (photography & paintings, as well as handmade quilts)- plus the well-stocked bookshelves. Go to the farmer's mkt, listen to the music on the deck at Boondock's restaurant, get homemade fudge and order "barn quilts" (painted "quilt" patterns on wood that are displayed on barns throughout Ashe and surrounding counties, take lessons, watch 4 yearly plays at the Ashe Little Theatre, motorcycle through some of the best riding roads in the country, hike, fish, enjoy all 4 seasons!
    Favorite restaurants
    Blackjack's Pub Boondocks Motel Tavern
    Favorite places to stay
    Our own fantasy cabin in the woods, but otherwise, you must rent a cabin and enjoy the panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains
    - Martha Johnston
  • Weston, MO
    Why it's the coolest
    Town next to river. Bluffs, hills, and caves to enjoy.
    Favorite things to do
    Hiking, biking, festivals.
    - bill
  • White Sulphur Springs, WV
    Why it's the coolest

    Many things go on yearly....entire downtown area can be walked instead of driving..historical theater

    Favorite things to do

    Annual mayberry days where people come to relax, take a step back in time and lots of laughter..replica of the courthouse

    Favorite restaurants

    Aunt bee's and snappy lunch

    - Teresa monday
  • Whitewater, WI
    Why it's the coolest
    UW-WHITEWATER HAS DIVISION 111 CHAMPION BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL TEAMS 3 YRS RUNNING.....2 LAKES...INDIAN MOUNDS... TREE LINED STREETS...HISTORICAL HAUNTED WATER TOWER IN THE CITY PARK...FANTASTIC COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN ACTIVITIES SUCH AS THE FOOD PANTRY, DOWNTOWN ANNUAL "CLEANUP", HISTORICAL TRAIN DEPOT ( REFURBISHED ) RESIDENT ARTISTS. AUTHOR STEPHEN AMBROSE GREW UP HERE, JOHN BELUSHI ATTENDED UW-W, DALE MARKHAM ( NFL ) AND BOB WICKMAN ( MAJOR LEAGUE PITCHER ALSO ATTENDED UW-W
    Favorite things to do
    HUNTING, FISHING, SAILING ON WHITEWATER LAKE, ATTENDING PRODUCTIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY. OUTDOOR ICE SKATING IN THE WINTER,
    Favorite restaurants
    RANDY'S HUNTCLUB RESTAURANT, THE BLACK SHEEP W / CHEF TYLER SALISBERY
    Favorite places to stay
    (2) B&B'S IN TOWN
    - LYNNE BRYAN
  • Williamstown, MA
    Why it's the coolest
    So much culture in a small town, thanks to Williams College and all the invested locals/
    Favorite things to do
    Go to Independent movies, ice skate, watch college games, go to the Clark Art Museum and ski.
    Favorite restaurants
    Spice Root (Indian), Pera (Mediterranean), Thai Gardens and Purple Pub
    Favorite places to stay
    Orchards Inn
    - Jane Edge
  • Wilmington, NC
    Why it's the coolest
    Ocean, rivers and movie making
    Favorite things to do
    Walk the beach or boardwalk
    Favorite restaurants
    Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn
    - Bob Wilcox
  • Wimberley, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    For a Texas town our size, we should have a Dairy Queen and a gas station, but thanks to some very civic-minded people in previous years, Wimberley's natural beauty, accessibility and community spirit have been preserved. There is nothing like slipping into cold, spring-fed water on a 100+ degree day. Once you cool off, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy and shopping to keep you occupied. Live music is available in many venues, thanks to our proximity to Austin, and our own music scene. We produce wine, olive oil, and organic produce. The people are delightful and are content to live and let live.
    Favorite things to do
    1. Best swimming in Texas: Blue Hole & Jacob's Well 2. Local Shakespearean Theatre 3. Blue Rock Studios- Touring bands in a small, beautiful setting 4. Market Days- 1st Saturday, March-December 500+ stalls 5. Outstanding local restaurants... Ie. Leaning Pear 6. Community Chorus & Little Theatre 7. Best small-town 4th of July & holiday celebration 8. Original art work created and encouraged 9. Secret bluegrass jam in neighborhood parking lot- open to all (see Sara Jimenez) 10. It's a little piece of heaven!
    Favorite restaurants
    The Leaning Pear Kate's Place The Wimberley Cafe Marco's Italian
    Favorite places to stay
    Flora & Fauna Blair House The Mountain View Inn
    - Catherine Regen
  • Winnsboro, TX
    Why it's the coolest
    It is a Main Street town that is over 100 years old and is the smallest town in Texas designated as a art center.
    Favorite things to do
    take art lessons and act in the local plays
    Favorite restaurants
    Leifies and Monks Ovens
    Favorite places to stay
    home
    - brenda Morey
  • Wisconsin Dells, FL
    Why it's the coolest
    So many things to do during the summer
    Favorite things to do
    Adventure Parks
    - Mikhail
  • Woodstock, VT
    Why it's the coolest
    Awesome all year round!
    Favorite things to do
    Ski, shop, try great restaurants
    Favorite restaurants
    Mountain Creamery, Bentley's, Worthy Kitchen
    Favorite places to stay
    Woodstock Inn
    - Courtney
  • Wrightsville Beach, NC
    Why it's the coolest

    Coastal community on a barrier island. Incredible stand up paddle boarding on the flat water of the intracoastal and fun ripable waves on the Atlantic. Masonboro Island Nature Preserve, an 8 mile stretch of coastal wilderness and historic downtown Wilmington on the shores of the Cape Fear River add the excitement of the area.

    Favorite things to do

    "The Loop", paddle board, surf, kite, bike, run, triathlons, farmers markets, fresh seafood, and more.

    Favorite restaurants

    Tower 7

    Favorite places to stay

    Rent a house right on the beach or the intracoastal!

    - Bobby Chappell
  • York, SC
    Why it's the coolest
    York possesses a wonderful combination of colonial historical events as well as current community activities.
    Favorite things to do
    I love to visit Brattonsville to experience Revolutionary War era life as well as attending Summerfest in downtown York to interact with friends and family. The "river life" on Lake Wylie is a dream come true for me.
    Favorite restaurants
    York has several small local dining establishments but my favorite is The Garden Café.
    Favorite places to stay
    I enjoy staying in a cabin on Lake Wylie or renting a cabin at Kings Mountain National Park.
    - Ginger Hilderbrand

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