Reader Nominations for Coolest Small Towns Budget Travel Monday, Feb 9, 2009, 2:24 PM Budget Travel LLC, 2016


Reader Nominations for Coolest Small Towns

Posted by EMMASUE on Monday, February 09, 2009 7:55:54 AM
I wish to nominate Port Royal, South Carolina. Port Royal is the coolest small town in America because it is loose and tuned-in to it's citizens. We have a great state-of-the-art indoor skate park! We have a public beach! we are surounded by water-we are on an island! Port Royal is in the center of one of the most unique and saltiest eqautic ecosystems in the world! Our Town Council, Mayor, and Town Manager are known by there first name! Our State owned Port is for sale! We have music festivals in the street! And we are the home to Parris Island. Port Royal has been claimed by nearly more foreign countries than Antartica!

Posted by sallyp on Sunday, February 08, 2009 8:04:05 PM
We welcome everyone from around the world to shop, visit and discover all that Powhatan County Virginia has to offer. Discover things to do, places to stay, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and tour one of the most beautiful counties in Virginia. Powhatan's historic attractions and recreation opportunities are a delight. Take a ride into Powhatan and visit any of the antique shops, restaurants, or bed and breakfasts and it only takes a minute to know you are being greeted by the the owner. Try an afternoon excursion to Apothecarian Herbals or Inlight Yoga then have lunch at the Village Garden Cafe in the Historic Courthouse Village. If you're in the mood for the best barbeque south of anywhere, stop by Perrin's BBQ Express and sample any of Rick's award winning sauces. Afterwards visit the Powhatan Historical Society or take a ride out to Cozy Acres Campground. Rural character is abound in Powhatan and we're proud of it.

Posted by Paulette Davis on Sunday, February 08, 2009 4:48:12 PM
Bakersville, the last vestige of small town USA in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A sweet, peaceful atmosphere permeates the main street anchored by a historical courthouse/community center built in 1905. Coupled with an arts and crafts community which has grown out of Penland School the homey, quiet hometown capitalizes on beauty and peace. Studios dot the coves and hollers and operate on an honor system allowing exploration at any given time. Downtown galleries and coffeeshops are inviting respites. Visit beautiful Roan Mountain and walk the world's largest natural rhododendron gardens on the Appalachian Trial which crosses natural balds at the North Carolina and Tennessee state line. The view is memorable and a favorite of many through-hikers. Come and savor the deep quiet of the mountains as the First Nation and first settlers appreciated three hundred years ago

Posted by cagibbinpa on Sunday, February 08, 2009 10:22:13 AM
Dubois, Wyoming, a small town nestled in a valley between the Wind River and the Absaroka mountain ranges seems to move at a slow pace as though time stood still in the late 1800s. This is a town in cowboy country with many attributes of past years while still providing the comforts of the present. The town is surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest lands and wilderness and is the central community serving many local working ranches and dude ranches. The town's ambience with old-time wooden sidewalks suggests rest and enjoyment of the past, but it has many attractions beyond cowboy living. Dubois is the home of the largest Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in the lower 48 states. A museum-like National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center tells the story of the sheep in its displays. And Dubois has its own museum with a lodge that can seat and feed over a hundred people. The town also boasts the Headwaters Arts and Conference Center, a library, and a medical center. Dining and overnight accommodations are many and varied. There are motels to fit every taste and pocketbook, two B&Bs, and there is a rustic historic lodge. The shops, of course, are oriented to the western lifestyle, but also provide the myriad of day-to-day items that may be needed. The area offers many choices for those seeking a wilderness vacation at a ranch with accommodation ranging from rustic to the comforts of a fine resort. For those wannabe cowboys, this is one of the best places to experience the cowboy life. The scenery in the area is spectacular with the ruggedly beautiful landscape of the upper Wind River Valley and the Wind River Range. Every period of Earth's history is visible throughout the area since is was carved by glaciers millions of years ago. The area is a dream come true for rock hunters and amateur geologists.

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