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Posted by GRANPA604 on Friday, January 09, 2009 11:44:14 AM
I NOMINATE OCEAN SPRINGS, MS 39564. I SEE THAT SPENSER33 HAS ALREADY NOMINATED MY TOWN, BUT LEFT OUT MUCH DETAIL. OS IS THE OLDEST TOWN ON THE GULF COAST. IT WAS HERE IN 1699 THAT D'IBERVILLE FIRST LANDED A RE-CREATION LANDING AND CEREMONIES AT THE SITE OF FORT MAUREPAS IS AN ANNUAL EVENT. OS WAS FIRST KNOWN AS MARBLE SPRINGS AND THE MINERAL SPRINGS STILL EXIST TODAY. OS IS THE HOME OF THE WALTER INGLIS ANDERSON ART MUSEUM WHICH CONTAINS THOUSANDS OF HIS PAINTINGS, SCULPTURE, ARTIFACTS, HIS BOAT AND THE COMPLETE "LITTLE COTTAGE" WHERE HE WORKED. THE ANDERSON FAMILY STILL OPERATES SHEARWATER POTTERY IN OS. THE DOWNTOWN AREA IS A SHOPPER'S AND ANTIQUER'S PARADISE AND ALSO HOME TO SEVERAL UNIQUE RESTAURANTS: AL FRESCO ITALIAN BISTRO FEATURES GREAT NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN ITALIAN SPECIALTIES AT LUNCH AND DINNER. BAYVIEW GOURMET BOASTS A HUGE MENU OF CREATIVE AND UNUSUAL SANDWICHES, SOUPS AND SALADS. WITHIN A FEW BLOCKS OF DOWNTOWN ARE A PLETHORA OF GOURMET/SPECIALTY EATERIES. LUNCH AT MARTHA'S TEAROOM INVOKES A GENTLER ERA WITH TRADITIONAL LUNCHES. McELROY'S SEAFOOD HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SERVING THE FRESHEST SEAFOOD IN TOWN. OTHER GREAT CHOICES INCLUDE: BB'S PO-BOYS, CHERYL'S STEAK HOUSE, EL SALTILLO MEXICAN CAFE, SHISO JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR AND A TINY EATERY NAMED JOCELYN'S AFTER IT'S OWNER; WITHIN THIS SHOCKING PINK HOUSE ONE WILL FIND UNIQUE CREOLE HOME STYLE DELICACIES. VISIT THE OS WEB SITE AT WWW.OCEANSPRINGS-MS.COM AND DISCOVER THE BEST KEPT SECRET ON THE GULF COAST.

Posted by turp4gold on Friday, January 09, 2009 11:22:43 AM
Nashville, Indiana

Posted by klarson767 on Friday, January 09, 2009 11:00:33 AM
BARNEGAT LIGHT, NJ POP 1000 off season 5000 in season. Barnegat LIght is located on the north end of the barrier island of LONG BEACH ISLAND. We are only 30 blocks long, and 2 blocks wide, with water on 3 sides of us. Our beaches are considered one of the top ten in the world with the whitest clean sand and prisitine water, guarded by faithful lifeguards in the summer months. Many activities abound as fishing, crabbing, sailing, rental boats, water sports, shopping, two art galleries, learning about commercial fishing, etc. Fresh seafood is our specialty with the a commercial fishing fleet that ships its products all around the world and to local restaurants also. Artists abound here too with their artwork comprising the local color of the fishing fleet, beautiful sand dunes and the most popular subject being the BARNEGAT LIGHTHOUSE. Our beautiful red and white lighthouse just celebrated 150 years with its relighting. Tourists can climb its 213 steps to the top for lofty views of the island and Atlantic ocean. Three Arts&Crafts shows and two Antique and Collectible shows are put on each summer at the commerical fishing village of VIKING VILLAGE. Viking Village also has many shops and a fresh seafood takeout restaurant (with outdoor seating also in the shaded courtyard).. Every Friday in the summer a free commerical dock fishing tour is given so people can learn how our fisherman bring you their freshest catch. Local restaurants and bars allow the tourist to sit with townies and even the local commercial fishermen. Enjoy a beer or two chatting with the fisherman's latest two week trip out to sea. Three hotels/bedandbreakfast, all within a very short walking distance not only to the beach but to all attractions, provide friendly and helpful staff for your accomodations and stay. If you're up for a day trip fishing, head boats are here for bluefishing, fluke, wreck fishing and charter boats too. One hour Sunset cruises for those wanting a shorter "voyage" into the Atlantic ocean. Our local MUSEUM is considered to be one of the best maritime museums on the east coast. Local volunteers are there daily to welcome you and answer your questions. The original Fresnl Lens from the Lighthouse is on display there along with many other maritime artifacts. They have a historic homes tour every few years so that people can see the stately old Victorian homes and cottages and how the locals lived back at the turn of the 20th century. BARNEGAT LIGHT and Long Beach Island is a very family friendly vacation spot. Families come here faithfully every year to rent a home or stay at their favorite hotel. If someone where to describe Barnegat Light's best feature, I think it would be that it is a quiet town enjoyed by families. Other towns on the island are within less that a 15 mile drive, with Art Galleries, Restaurants, amusement park, and shopping galore and many other hotels, motels and Bed&Breakfasts.

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