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Reader Nominations for Coolest Small Towns

Posted by lincolnamphitheatre on Monday, December 22, 2008 2:28 PM
Lincoln City, Indiana. How cool is it to live in Lincoln's boyhood town?! Abraham Lincoln lived in what is now Lincoln City, Indiana, for fourteen formative years - from age 7 to 21. Lincoln City is a small town, but is home to several Abraham Lincoln attractions which include Lincoln Amphitheatre, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln State Park, and Buffalo Run Farm. Lincoln Amphitheatre is a covered, outdoor theatre. The world premiere of LINCOLN, a new theatrical experience, will take place at this theatre under the stars during the summer of 2009. Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial features a visitors center, living historical farm and the grave site of Lincoln's beloved mother, Nancy Hanks. Just across the highway from the national memorial, Lincoln State Park is a beautiful state park dedicated to Lincoln's mother. Buffalo Run is a farm and small grill that offers buffalo burgers, along with tours of their legendary Lincoln cabin and blab school. During 2009 we will join the nation in the celebration of the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. Visit us and learn even more about the man many consider to be our greatest U.S. president and how his Indiana roots helped shape his character. I can't think of a better town! www.thinklincoln.org.

Posted by Goddess58 on Monday, December 22, 2008 1:24 PM
Truckee is the coolest mountain town in California! There are several world class ski resorts within driving distance, many fine restaurants (due to our proximity to San Francisco), and quite a few eclectic shops in the old downtown section. We can boast 2 great wine bars; a new "green", small, somewhat luxurious, architecturally interesting and innovative hotel, and a community that is vested in making the whole town go "green". In the summer, not only is Lake Tahoe (the jewel of the Sierra Nevada's) only 15 minutes away, but Donner Lake in Truckee is strikingly beautiful, too. We are surrounded by wilderness, so the hiking and mountain biking is fantastic. One of my favorite things to do is to hike to a waterfall somewhere nearby and jump into the pool to cool off after a hot, summer afternoon hike! And don't forget the famous Donner Party pioneer group that lost many lives in an early snowstorm of 1846 as they tried to cross the Sierra Nevada mountains to get to Sutter's Fort in Sacramento.

Posted by luckykiwi on Monday, December 22, 2008 1:11 PM
Cambria, California is a great town to spend a week. Located mid-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Pacific Ocean is at your doorstep! There are wineries, vineyards, restaurants, winebars, community theatre, art galleries, and just up the road is Hearst Castle! Our weather is superb - cool in the summer and cool in the winter. The average temperature is about 67 with approximately 5 degrees fluctuation between summer and winter. There are a lot of outdoor activities: surfing, biking, beachcombing. Think an inexpensive Napa!

Posted by bookloverz on Monday, December 22, 2008 11:49 AM
Princess Anne Maryland is my pick for America's Coolest Small Town and is becoming a top place to visit or retire for urbane big city dwellers, including several artists and writers, from NY, DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New England. It has a trendy main street with boutiques, restaurants, antique shops and art galleries. It has a wonderful library, three bed and breakfasts, including a literary themed inn, and a nearby university with lots of cultural events. Princess Anne is a truly diverse town with an equal blend of old and young, black and white, American and immigrant population. Like its feminine name, the main street businesses, shops are nearly all owned by women. It boasts an incredible number of historic homes, most lovingly restored and open for tours on the annual Olde Princess Anne Days festival. The park in town is on a river tributary and features a farmer's market during the warmer months and in the Fall. There are three rivers to boat or kayak down, a bird lover's paradise of wet savannahs, as well as the nearby Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean and Assateague, where the wild horses roam free. Slow pace, no traffic, mild winters, what more could one want?

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