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Reader Nominations for Coolest Small Towns

Posted by delltaylor on Thursday, February 05, 2009 8:55:16 AM
Lexington is the coolest town in Virginia because in this place, nature, history, fun and adventure come together. We sit sandwiched between the Blue Ridge and the Alleghany Mountains and just off the awesome Blue Ridge Parkway which is turning 75 next year. The entire town is a registered historic district, but history is not what Lexington is completely about. Two Universities, Virginia Military Institute and Washington & Lee University sit side by side. These institutions and the students and professors that come with them, keep the ideas fresh and the town constantly changing. The combination of old and new give the town an energy that is hard to explain. Lexington is a town of stories, old and new ,from Stonewall Jackson and Robert E Lee to Sally Mann and Cy Twombly who call it home. The Arts are alive in Lexington with the coolest theater ever, where entertainment comes naturally! Theater at Lime Kiln... where a starry night sky and the ruins of a 19th century lime kiln and quarry create a magical setting for theater and concerts. Young and old gather to celebrate good drama, good stories, and good wine and hot dogs. The Red Hen is Lexington's first farm-to-table restaurant, featuring the bounty of the Shenandoah region's most talented farmers. There's a new menu everyday depending on what produce looks best to Chef Tucker Yoder. This dedication to local food means each dish preserves the intricate flavors of the land. (It's also good for the environment and our local economy.) If horses are your passion we have the Virginia Horse Center. One of the world's leading equestrian facilities hosting 90 events annually. The facility offers pristine grounds, scenic views, an Olympic caliber cross-country course, indoor arenas and unique gift selections. There is always something to do and see with events happening 50 weekends a year. Lexington has it... outdoor recreation, history, architecture, arts and drama all to enjoy with new attitude!

Posted by pkeller on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 8:38:02 PM
Enveloped by scenic rivers, live oak trees and fragrant long-leaf pines, Covington, Louisiana, 40 miles north of New Orleans, intermingles historic charm with absolute cool. "Main Street" ambiance vibrates through our historic downtown where you can peruse our unique boutiques and galleries for one-of-a kind treasures, dine at one of our exquisite restaurants, and kick back in the evening at one of our live music venues — all satisfying an eclectic array of pleasures. Earning the state designation of Cultural Arts District, art enthusiasts enjoy tax-free art purchases when adding to their collections in Covington. Community events abound throughout the year featuring the weekly Covington Farmer's Market every Wednesday and Saturday rain or shine; Sunset at the Landing concert series on the banks of the beautiful Bogue Falaya River; Second Saturday Evening Stroll, monthly coordinated gallery openings; and that's just to name a few. Home of the Covington Three River's Art Festival, our downtown becomes a pedestrian mall for over 50,000 visitors every 2nd weekend in November. For the health conscious, the new Covington Trailhead is located at one end of the 31 mile Tammany Trace, the first rails-to-trails project in the state, connecting communities from the west side of the parish to the east. Family, friends, and visitors navigate the Trace by bike or on foot, stopping at the new Covington Trailhead, complete with an amphitheatre, visitor center and market place, providing amenities for travelers seeking rest, water, and bathroom facilities. Our downtown fabric balances progress with preservation — we have several new mixed-use condo developments where you can open your business downstairs and live upstairs (the units add a modern twist to the old "mom and pop" business operation). Largely responsible for Covington's designation on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, are our "ox lots", a credit to our forefathers who planned our original town grid layout allowing for public squares in the middle of each block for purposes of trade and commerce. Farmers would bring their oxen-driven carts to town loaded with wares and conduct business in these designated center-block locations — today they serve our off-street public parking needs. Covington's allure radiates nationally, given the distinctive recognition by the State of Louisiana as a state Certified Retirement Community. When you're ready to head for home in Covington, be careful to drive around those 193-year-old live oaks that we've left in the middle of the street — after all, we were only formally incorporated by the State in 1816. Cool embraces Covington and Covington embraces it right back.

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