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Reader Nominations for Coolest Small Towns

Posted by stlydr on Monday, December 22, 2008 7:48 AM
St. Joseph, Michigan. Cool Eateries. Cool Beaches. Cool Shopping. Free Bicycle Rentals, a Farmer's Market, Art Fairs, Wineries...The list goes on and on. We spend one or two weekends there each year!

Posted by smistybot on Sunday, December 21, 2008 10:01 PM
Santa Claus, Indiana (population is around 2,200). This has to be the greatest place on earth. The post office receives thousands of letters to Santa from all over the world each year. A group of volunteers known as "Santa's Elves" ensures each child receives a reply from Santa Claus; this tradition has been around since at least 1914. The whole town is themed with Santa Claus and Christmas. It's themed from the street names to some attractions like Santa's Candy Castle, Santa Claus Museum, Holiday Foods (grocery store), and best of all Holiday World. Yes this small little town has the cleanest and funnest theme park ever. Holiday World is a small little park that lets you celebrate every holiday. You can have fun in Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and even Fourth of July. In Holiday World you get free soda and sunscreen its wonderful. In Santa Claus you get to have the joy of Christmas year round. Everyone should visit.

Posted by mademoisellemermaid on Sunday, December 21, 2008 4:52 PM
Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa is the number one small town I have on my "must see" list! With a population of just over 220 (and growing), what is so special about it?? Well, for starters, it is the first ALL ORGANIC city in the USA... non-organic food is banned, and no chemical fertilizers or pesticides are used within the city limits. Vedic City's founders say that the town was established with the purpose of "creating a natural center for perfect health and world peace." And its residents gather to practice Transcendental Meditation daily. You can take tours of the town, stay in a Vedic Hotel, try ayurveda, and enjoy local organic food!

Posted by Mollyb on Sunday, December 21, 2008 10:43 AM
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 The best restaurants in the world such as Little Tibet

Posted by tulsau on Saturday, December 20, 2008 10:52 PM
Ogunquit, ME This is a great town. You have the art galleries, the beach, the restaurants, and the boutiques. I love this town and it really doesn't get much better than this. It is small and quaint but still has the big city feel when it comes to dining. The bed and breakfasts are fabulous too. It is just a great place. I highly recommend it. Oh.. and the local candy store is to die for!!!

Posted by alandrus on Saturday, December 20, 2008 10:07 PM
Helen, Georgia (pop. 400) is a town I visited a lot while my family lived in Lawrenceville, GA (near Atlanta). It's a recreated alpine village in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. It consists of restaurants, shops, hiking (there are waterfalls near by), lodging, and more. the first time I went, I thought it was going to be cheesy like the Wisconsin Dells, but the area is really pretty so I got over the fact that it was a themed town very quickly. The Chattahoochee river cuts down the middle of the town so you can eat at a restaurant on the river, like the Troll Tavern, and observe hundreds of people tubing down the Chattahoochee. Helen is fun to visit in the summer, for Oktoberfest, or during Christmas. I'm really not sure about the quality of life here, but I do know that it's definitely a hidden "attraction" in Georgia and it's a beautiful area. If Helen doesn't fit the bill for your "coolest small towns," it should be put in a feature about hidden attractions or themed towns (in which you could include the Dells)--could be a funny feature. http://www.helenga.org/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen,_GA

Posted by patsy1992 on Saturday, December 20, 2008 6:46 PM
St. Croix, WI. pop.1200 it doesn't look like much but it has some hidden treasures, not to mention its beautiful scenery and hiking trails. It is starting to have a great artsy feel. having a over look with a gorgeous statue by local artists. the overlook has music every weekend. during the summer it has the amature pyscoligist convention, that brings in local and not so local musicians, poets and dancers (such as the scananavian belly dancers). It is also the home to two art galleries. One packed full of every type of art and the other simple potter shop where the man spins his wheel right in the shop. St. Croix also has a theater that puts on many plays and act thoughout the year. There is alittle co-op with bulk foods and local veggies. The best part of this town is the under ground music venue, Planet Supply. It is awesome. It is located under the post office, it hosts musicans all around the country, and only costs $5 for entry into the dark, dusty room, with old couches everywhere. and if your tired of the music you can go out back to the fire pit. But before you go there get a bit to eat a the Red Brick Grill. it has great burgers and sweet potatoe fries. Also a large selection of wine and beer. It is a pretty great little town.

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