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Reader Nominations for Coolest Small Towns

Posted by Tom Kepple on Monday, February 09, 2009 10:14:45 AM
Huntingdon, PA is a terrific small town. It is home to Juniata College so there is always something interesting to do. We also have Mimi's - a Cheers like resturant that competes with anything on the east coast. Also just south is Raystown Lake the largest lake in PA. Plus there are hundreds of miles of walking trails. Rails to Trails is my favorate. If you are looking for a place to retire but with lots to do with your mind and body and Amtrak service to NYC, DC, Phila and Pittsburgh this is it.

Posted by tswain on Monday, February 09, 2009 9:54:54 AM
Onancock, Virginia 23417. In our friendly town of roughly 1500, people will make eye contact and speak to one another whether strangers or not. They figure they won't be strangers for long. A town of long and interesting history, Onancock hasa picturesque wharf with public access to a deep water creek off the Chesapeake Bay. Mallard's is an excellent restaurant and bar right on the edge of the wharf in an antique building. Up the street, are numerous restaurants that would rival not only New York, but fine restaurants worldwide. Among these are Bizzottos's, Charlottes's Hotel and the Inn and Garden Cafe. If you prefer less formality, we have The Bistro in Onancock for wonderful local seafood and home cooking, Janet's General Store for wraps and soups and other tasty surprises and an Irish pub and a European style restaurant for variety. There is also a new steakhouse. Our Corner Bakery (which is not on a corner anymore) is the best anywhere. Try a glazed donut or a lemon bun and know what Heaven is like. Light traffic and well-kept sidewalks make it a joy to walk off all that food. Pick up a brochure describing some of the lovely historic homes for a walking tour. We have dog walkers and exercise walkers and runners and bikers from in and out of town. Some of us like to take our daily constitutional and then slow down with retail therapy in Dawn, the local ladies clothing and home shop or in North Street Market, Tim Smith's Antique shop, or one of the decorators' or garden shops. There are at least seven galleries in town displaying everything from locally made furniture to worldy treasures, traditional to avant garde. Our old 1921 school, which is being developed into a community center, houses many artists and artisans where you can see creativity in process as well as make purchases. Look for numerous community events throughout the year, including festivals at the wharf, at Ker Place (a museum and gift shop in one of the oldest homes in town), at the school, and all over town when the Artisans Guild or Christmas Tours are going on. North Street Playhouse, Roseland Theater, Cokesbury Church and varoius musical groups keep homefolks and visitors entertained. When you are tired, try one of our fine bed and breakfasts. You might want to make reservations as they are quite popular! Onancock is a great town to visit and to live in.

Posted by karmillei on Monday, February 09, 2009 9:19:12 AM
Our town has under 7,500 residents. The best restaurant is Mimi's which could deifinetly survive in New York. Our biggest attraction is Raystown Lake Our town is full of history. Standing Stone Coffee Company is a new business near the Juniata College campus. they roast and grind their own coffee beans, have wireless internet service, great baked goods, wonderful soups and sandwiches. The owners are very community minded. Juniata College is in our town thta has about 1200 students. The students, who are from all over the world, are very involved in the community. Please come visit us.

Posted by Suzanne Snare on Monday, February 09, 2009 8:22:50 AM
Huntingdon, PA l6652. Most people know each other in our town of under 7500. The best restaurant is Mimi's where I love the fact that the food is prepared fresh when ordered. We also have Raystown Lake which has lots of outdoor recreation most of the year. I participate in the summer thru fall farmers market with my fresh baked goods. Our town has over l8 churches with most of them having historical values. The most recent unique business is , Standing Stone Coffee Company. They roast and grind their own coffee beans, have wireless internet service, great bake goods, wonderful soups and sandwiches, and is own by the nicest couple you will ever come across. Please be sure to visit us anytime. You will find us in central PA along the Juniata River. We're anixous to see you all.

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