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Reader Nominations for Coolest Small Towns

Posted by robert9234 on Friday, January 02, 2009 3:29:05 PM
Noxon, MT. Three buildings in "downtown": two are bars, one is a general store and the first thing you observe upon entering the general store are alcholic beverages.

Posted by gojigirld on Friday, January 02, 2009 12:09:13 AM
Eureka Springs, Arkansas is the coolest, small town! Located in Nw Arkansas in the Ozark mountains, it's a secret, hidden gem. You have to go there to get it. It's a restored area of the town from the late 1800's. Just take a look at the Flat Iron building. The For restaurants, try the Oasis, located on a staircase, in a building on the National Register of Historic Places. Fresh, healthy food, even offerings for vegetarians. The place is a bit of a dive but the food makes up for the limited seating and tight quarters. Whenever we go, we always make a stop at the Oasis. It's one of our dining highlights. Gaskins Cabin, for steaks and "log cabin" ambiance. Does New York City have that? Autumn Breeze for white table cloths and fine dining. On to where the locals shop...Eureka Springs is all about shopping. The entire historic district is one giant shopping experience. From antiques to folk art to fine arts. Looking for a new piece of sculpture for your home? Get it at 83 Spring Street Gallery. Pottery hand-made right there in Eureka Springs instead of China? Yep. Looking for new leather chaps for your new bike? Need some "edge" to your small town? Try the Mardi Gras celebrations in February or the UFO conference in April. Exploring this unique, small town might leave you needing a massage. You can choose from at least 20 spas in a town of less than 3,000 residents.

Posted by JRusyniak on Thursday, January 01, 2009 10:49:02 PM
Tok, Alaska we are better than Cool! We are minus 57.

Posted by OCsurfer26 on Thursday, January 01, 2009 8:25:17 PM
Whether you are above water or under, Lahaina is paradise. Whales, rainbows and full of people who have decided to "practice aloha." While it is low key during the day, the town gets fired up at night. Along with fireworks, holidays bring craziness in the bars, and later, with people passed out on the streets. Sample some of the finest foods at the Lahaina Grille, formerly known as David Paul's. If you visit Lahaina, you can't miss the Banyan Tree which is one tree that takes up an entire block. Looking for fun? Check out Warren & Annabelle's Magic Show, An over 21 niteclub that offers a night full of laughs from Warren, the primary comedian and magician. With wonderful drinks and food, it was voted best show on Maui. If you need something to take back as souveniers or gifts, check out Maui Hands on Front Street or the local art shows under the Banyan Tree. Both locations feature unique gifts made by local artists. If traveling in the winter, you will surely see splashes in the ocean from our local mascots, the humpback whales!

Posted by marciplank on Thursday, January 01, 2009 3:33:41 PM
La Conner, WA has a population of under 900 but with several new housing developments in the works, it may get closer to the population at the turn of the 20th century. La Conner is located along the Swinomish Channel in Skagit Valley. Ideal land for farming with a world famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival every April. La Conner was once a fishing village with fish processing plants, large fishing fleet and a healthy red light district. As fishing dwindled, the town started to die and stores were boarded up. Then young, hungry artists arrived and La Conner became an artist colony for the Northwest painters. Today La Conner is proud to be the home for the Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum and the Skagit County Historical Museum. Our small, walkable town has many galleries, some with resident artists. The Wood Merchant carries all hand made furniture, jewlery boxes, wall hanging and more made by northwest artists. Nell Thorn Restaurant is the finest restaurant in the valley with a loyal clientle coming from Seattle and Vancouver, BC. They serve all organic, locally grown produce, seafood, fowl and beef. The pub downstairs is cozy while upstairs is finer dining, but the food is all supurb! The local mascots are the otters that come up and play along the docks as you sit in the waterfront cafes. Hotel Planter celebrated it's 100th birthday in 2007. The totally renovated Victorian Hotel is said to be haunted from it's saloon days. Just an hour north of Seattle and 90 minutes south of Vancouver, BC, La Conner is accessible by car, Amtrak, boat, seaplane, kyack, bike or bus. La Conner is America's Coolest Small Town!

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