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Photos: Coolest Small Towns 2012

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By Whitney Tressel, Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012, 5:00 PM

Source Article: Photos: Coolest Small Towns 2012

Cool Small Town Beaufort North Carolina

A live music performance along the Front Street docks of Beaufort, N.C.

(Christopher Shane)

Cool Small Town Beaufort North Carolina

The view from Taylors Creek in Beaufort, N.C.

(Christopher Shane)

Cool Small Town Beaufort North Carolina

Taking pictures along the Front Street docks in Beaufort, N.C.

(Christopher Shane)

Cool Small Town Hammondsport New York

Swimming in Keuka Lake, Hammondsport, N.Y.

(Arion Doerr)

Cool Small Town Hammondsport New York

Snug Harbor Inn on Lake Keuka in Hammondsport, N.Y.

(Arion Doerr)

Cool Small Town Hammondsport New York

The walk toward Hammondsport's town square.

(Arion Doerr)

Cool Small Town Jerome Arizona

The town of Jerome, Ariz., built on Cleopatra Hill.

(Whitney Tressel)

Cool Small Town Jerome Arizona

Painted skulls at the 15 Quince Grill & Cantina in Jerome, Ariz.

(Whitney Tressel)

Cool Small Town Jerome Arizona

The Flatiron Cafe in the heart of the historic district of Jerome, Ariz.

(Whitney Tressel)

Cool Small Town Cooke City Montana

The trash-dump-turned-museum in Cooke City, Mont.

(Janie Osborne)

Cool Small Town Cooke City Montana

Fly fishing in the mountains outside of town, Cooke City, Mont.

(Janie Osborne)

Cool Small Town Cooke City Montana

With 75 residents, Cooke City, Mont., is the smallest Coolest Small Towns finalist Budget Travel has ever had.

(Janie Osborne)

Cool Small Town Cape May New Jersey

Famous breakfast dish at George's Place in Cape May, N.J.

(Whitney Tressel)

Cool Small Town Cape May New Jersey

Bicycling by the Cape May General Store in Cape May Point, N.J.

(Whitney Tressel)

Cool Small Town Cape May New Jersey

Cape May residents and visitors line up daily for wood-fired clay-oven-baked bread.

(Whitney Tressel)

Cool Small Town Port Townsend Washington

Boats moored at the town dock in Port Townsend, Wash.

(PureStock/AGE Fotostock)

Cool Small Town Port Townsend Washington

Downtown Port Townsend, a Victorian-era harbor town.

(Travismanley/Dreamstime)

Cool Small Town Port Townsend Washington

Point Wilson Lighthouse, overlooking the west entrance to Puget Sound in Port Townsend, Wash.

(Jerryway/Dreamstime)

Cool Small Town Nashville Indiana

A local musician playing on the main drag in Nashville Ind.

(Whitney Tressel)

Cool Small Town Nashville Indiana

Muddy Boots Cafe, a favorite breakfast spot in Nashville, Ind.

(Whitney Tressel)

Cool Small Town Nashville Indiana

A family walking by the Brown County Visitors Center in Nashville, Ind.

(Whitney Tressel)

Cool Small Town Ste. Genevieve Missouri

Old Brick House Restaurant in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. It was originally erected in 1780 and is the oldest brick building west of the Mississippi.

(Ashok Sinha)

Cool Small Town Ste. Genevieve Missouri

Station 2 Café in the old Ste. Genevieve Fire Department Building.

(Ashok Sinha)

Cool Small Town Ste. Genevieve Missouri

Main Street in Ste. Genevieve, Mo.

(Ashok Sinha)

Cool Small Town Weaverville California

Joss House State Historic Park in Weaverville, Calif.

(Courtesy DickStock/Flickr)

Cool Small Town Weaverville California

Historic Main Street, which dates back to the Gold Rush, in Weaverville, Calif.

(Courtesy Tennysonian/Flickr)

Cool Small Town Weaverville California

The 132-year-old Weaverville Hotel, which includes a peaceful Victorian-style library.

(Rachel Mosely)

Cool Small Town Damascus Virginia

The Lazy Fox Inn in Damascus, Va., which provides a famously hearty breakfast for hikers on the Appalachian Trail.

(Robin Macklin)

Cool Small Town Damascus Virginia

Laurel Ave., the main street in Damascus, Va.

(Robin Macklin)

Coolest Small Town Damascus Virginia

The "Welcome" arch on the Appalachian Trail in Damascus, Va.

(Robin Macklin)

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