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Posted by whaley39 on Saturday, December 20, 2008 10:34 AM
Edenton NC is the earliest capital of the Carolinas, immersed in history, pop. around 5,500. Often called the "prettiest town in the south," Edenton has superior B and B's, restaurants, art galleries, and in the summer is a baseball mecca. In historic Hicks Field (from the 40s and 50s) college players from around the country come to battle in the Coastal Plain League as the Edenton Steamers. It is a boat building center and has sailing, golf, fishing and tennis for recreation. The newly expanded Shepard-Pruden Library is a gem. Edenton has the oldest Courthouse in the state and the oldest frame house in the Carolinas, from the 1700s. So what if the namesake (Gov. Eden) was a buddy of the infamous Blackbeard? That's history, too. Edenton is simply a great town!

Posted by hrii2zo on Saturday, December 20, 2008 10:16 AM
Look no further! Harrodsburg, Kentucky, popluation 8,165, is the best kept secret in all of America. We are located in central Kentucky just outside of Lexington, Kentucky. Harrodsburg is the first pernmanent settlement west of the Alleghenie Mountains. Founded by James Harrod in 1774 and YES, Daniel Boone slept here! We have Old Fort Harrod State Park which James Harrod built before Boonesboro was founded. We also have the log cabin where President Lincoln's parents were married. Beaumont Inn a former all girls college, now an Inn with lodging and fine dining. In the spring of 2009, Eddie Montgomery of Country Music fame, Montgomery/Gentry is building a multi million dollar Restuartant and Complex which will have dining and live entertainment. In the county we have Shakertown, which also has fine dining and lodging. The shakers were a cult that did not believe in men and women should do anything together. They had separate staircases, doors, etc. However they did leave a beautiful legacy of food and furniture. In 2010 the new (state of the art) Kentucky Agruiculture Center is being built.

Posted by HI king on Saturday, December 20, 2008 9:28 AM
Los Olivos CA Small, quaint, trendy dining for anyplace , much of town is Wine tasting shops, Locale for movie SIDEWAYS. Very country, yet 2 hours from LA CA area Santa Barbara CA Wine Region. 101 W to 154 North. Best time to visit: Sept-Nov. Very rustic, modern, quaint, rural. Great for dating, NOT for big families.

Posted by PatFrishkoff on Saturday, December 20, 2008 9:13 AM
Yachats, Oregon. Population about 600. A lovely little town on the Oregon coast, with a magnificent ocean view that varies from the inlet to the Yachats River, to rocks where mussels grow and the waves crash, to the start of the 804 trail with its long stretches of virtually people-free beaches and serene vistas. The town has great little shops, such as Green Salmon (organic coffee and a strawberry, marscapone and homebread brunch), a new seafood stop, and gift shops that are high quality and worth the visit. Though it's only 90 miles from our home in Eugene, it feels like a million miles of serenity. Plus, the little lilbrary next door gets the newest books and doesn't assess fines. Visitors can access wireless from its 3 computers or its parking lot. Hippies, yuppies, and seniors live together in harmony, join together to meditate at the little Log Church, and create the wackiest Fourth of July parade I've ever seen.

Posted by owenshugard on Saturday, December 20, 2008 8:42 AM
Natchez MS Positioned on the highest point of the Mississippi river and seats of Spanish and English govts. Natches has the largest number of antebellum homes in the U.S.There have been alot of new artists moving here after Katrina and they have brought a new feeling of promise and togetherness.Please check out Natchez's web site for upcoming events. Thank you, Owen Shugard

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