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Reader Nominations for Coolest Small Towns

Posted by rwhitehouse on Thursday, January 01, 2009 12:53:22 PM
Rockland, Maine used to be an industrial ship building town in the Mid-Coast Maine. It has a lovely walkable downtown and art galleries, boutiques, and fine restaurants have emerged. Primo, one of the best restaurants in New Englandis located here. The waterfront is stunning and Rockland harbor features a lovely lighthouse at the end of a nearly mile-long jetty into the harbor. Boating, kayaking, hiking are all nearby.

Posted by rwhitehouse on Thursday, January 01, 2009 12:45:32 PM
Lambertville, NJ Once a run-down, blue-collar town, Lambertville has sprung to life over the last 25 years. Located on the edge of the Delaware River in western NJ, Lambertville is a sister town to New Hope, PA across the river. The now defunct Delaware Canal provides an unusual setting for great walks along the water. Lambertville features now fixed up Victorian houses, boutiques, antique stores, art galleries, B&Bs and several outstanding restaurants. Best time to visit is the fall when leaves are turning and the town is at its most scenic.

Posted by lwt502000 on Thursday, January 01, 2009 11:58:38 AM
Blowing Rock, NC

Posted by lynnwinkel on Thursday, January 01, 2009 11:31:32 AM
Highlands, NC - located in the mountains of Western North Carolina, is a great location for visiting the mountains, but having the amenities of a larger city. A drivable distance from both Atlanta (21/2 hours) and Asheville, NC 11/2 hours, the town has galleries, boutiques, restaurants and inns. You won't find chain stores or restaurants here. There are a number of golf courses, hiking trails, waterfalls, and a lake for outdoor activities. It is 30 minutes from Cashiers, NC, another wonderful mountain town. You can visit or stay at the famous High Hampton Inn in Cashiers. The summer months are warm, but cool considerably in the evenings. There are theatre productions presented during summer months.

Posted by ClarenceMoore on Thursday, January 01, 2009 8:01:05 AM
Gaylord, Michigan. This is a beautiful town in north central Michigan, abounding in winter sports and excellent restaurants. Many buildings are half-timbered and the town reminds one of a Swiss or Austrian village. In addition to superb restaurants, there is a wide range of excellent shopping, with one mid-sized regional shopping center. The local people are outgoing and very friendly. An excellent place to live or retire. Hunting and fishing are plentiful, all a short drive away. The 268 inches of average annual snowfall guarantees five months of snowmobiling and makes life interesting.

Posted by castorbtlanger on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 10:41:27 PM
Bisbee, Az. Don't know the size, but what a hoot it is. Just recently visited for two nights, and I was completely entertained. Hippies, assorted drop-outs and some gentrified folks. It has a beautiful setting with a main drag filled with antique/used stores, craft stores a cut above "tourist" and plenty of restaurants, especially Cafe Roka which is special. One can have a gourmet dinner here while staying at a vintage trailer park...The Shady Dell. I can't recommend it enough.

Posted by kellyk on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 3:21:14 PM
I nominate Nisswa, Minnesota. Nisswa is a small little town just over 1000 people, located in beautiful northern Minnesota. This town has all the amenities you need and located in the midst of lakes and trees. All the shopping you need, from quaint little country stores to modern art galleries and clothing. Numerous restaurants make for a variety of home cooking cafe's to fine dining 8-course meals. Thousands of resorts surround this area making for something to do every season! All the winter acvities you can think of is done here, including the largest ice-fishing contest in the country. In other seasons you can do any sort of lake activity, hiking, or even enjoy one of the many spas we have here. We also have a few world famous golf courses. Besides the everyday activity, there's always some sort of extra activites going; live music, fireworks, turtle races. There is something for everyone and not a chance to get bored. Everyone should visit the beautiful lakes area. We have everything one would dream of!

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