Berlin, MD, Leads Our Coolest Small Town Voting!

Courtesy Worcester County Tourism

How does a town get to be named Coolest by Budget Travel? Ask Berlin, Maryland, which topped our 2014 list. The folks in Berlin didn't fiddle around when it came to promoting their town's coolness on our nominations page, on social media—and they even wrote a song about their beautiful burgh!

Congrats to the folks in Berlin, MD, who have organized a great early turnout in our Coolest Small Town 2014 voting! After Buckhannon, WV, shot to the top in the early days of voting last weekend, Berlin steadily built a lead.

While we consider every one of our 15 contenders cool towns, the final results are now in the hands of folks like you all over the U.S. (and, really, all over the world) who visit us each day to cast a vote for their Coolest pick. In past years, we've seen incredibly devoted boosters organize worldwide campaigns to propel towns like Lititz, PA; Beaufort, NC; and Hammondsport, NY, to the toppermost of the list.

Voting continues till 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday February 25 (that's more than four weeks away), and you're allowed to vote once each day. Got a fave town on the list? Vote early, vote often! And check back here at This Just In for regular updates.

As of Sunday night, here's how our 15 contenders stood:

1. Berlin, MD

2. Buckhannon, WV

3. Mathews, VA

4. Travelers Rest, SC

5. Cazenovia, NY

6. Rockport, TX

7. Kelleys Island, OH

8. Galena, IL

9. Nevada City, CA

10. Elkin, NC

11. Estes Park, CO

12. Deadwood, SD

13. Pahoa, HI

14. Huntington Woods, MI

15. Everglades City, FL

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