YOU TELL US

Reader Nominations for Coolest Small Towns

Posted by murphyblack on Tuesday, February 03, 2009 2:07:54 PM
Grand Marais— How cool is the harbor village of Grand Marais, Minnesota? Well, for starters, this thriving arts and tourism community sits on the northeastern shore of Lake Superior, the world's largest freshwater lake and the biggest air conditioner on the planet. One minute, you're enjoying a cappuccino or dinner in an eco-friendly café next minute, you're at the doorstep of the Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness — over a million acres of pristine lakes, wilderness and wildlife. Once a center for fur traders and fishermen, today Grand Marais is a magnet for talented artists, artisans, writers, actors and musicians. (And let's not forget the moose, wolves, loons, black bear, otters, fox and the occasional lynx, all nearby.) Here is a happy mix of restaurants, galleries and shops with one-of-a-kind artistry, both indoors and out. It's home to the Grand Marais Art Colony and North House Folks School, where hundreds of visitors come each year to wrap their hands and hearts around their own creations. Best of all, Grand Marais boasts 1,414 of the world's nicest people, waiting to meet you!

Posted by KayOG on Tuesday, February 03, 2009 1:02:00 PM
Between the top of Roan Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway, as the crow flies, lies the beautiful little town of Spruce Pine, North Carolina. The grandeur of the mountains surround the town and you can rest assured that you will be welcomed by a smile and a "we are glad you are here" welcome. All seasons are well represented with some white snow in the winter, the bright blooming daffodils of spring, and the very brightest of fall foliage with its reds, yellows and browns. Children can romp in Riverside Park, catch a trout or take a dip in the Toe River that runs beside the town. A walking path along the river is a benefit to those needing their exercise. Entire families visit to catch a glimpse of the train as it travels the tracks through town. Shopping will catch your eye with the art galleries stocked by local artists from nearby Penland School. A visit to the Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree store is a must. It is never to early to pick up a gift for that special person. Many festivals are held downtown that bring visitors from far and wide. The Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival takes place on the last Saturday in April, with the best of the best blacksmiths demonstrating and a Blacksmith Art Show is held at the Toe River Arts Council. In July folks from all across the country travel to hear storytellers spin their tales at the Toe River Storytelling Festival. This event is held on the third Saturday in July. When the fall leaves come so does the Mineral City Heritage Festival which is held on the second Saturday in October. If this is not enough, check out the Toe River Arts Council Tour of Studios in June and December. Also, The Carolina Theatre in Downtown Spruce Pine presents a variety of entertainment throughout the year.

Posted by drlong on Tuesday, February 03, 2009 10:45:01 AM
Onancock, Va. Historical in that the Presbyterian Church was founded here in 1883, This a wonderful small community of about 1500 residents that in many case arrived here from other parts of the US, bringing new life and ways that vitalized a small community. There are at least 15 restaurants and 9 or 10 art galleries, many shops and a beautiful harbor off the chesapeake Bay. The whole area seems like a bird and wildlife sanctuary.

Posted by ales787 on Tuesday, February 03, 2009 12:26:46 AM
Onancock,Viginia,with less than 1 500 people

Posted by olga787 on Tuesday, February 03, 2009 12:21:11 AM
Onancock, the beauty of Virginia

Posted by dybearpaw on Monday, February 02, 2009 4:33:50 PM
Come to Dubois, Wyoming, our population is aprox, 1,000, we are 70 to 75 miles from the largest city, we will hug your neck in the grocery store, we have restaurants that would blow NY out of the water! All our little shops are local owned and they have the very best of unique items from antler art, bear paw art, log furniture, one of our stores has been here since the beginnning of time! We ahve a gas station with the world largest Jackalope! our small hotels are all log and rustic dacor. no white walls. We have the largest Big Horn Sheep herd in the world. Big Horn Sheep Center is here and a large museum with Tie-hack artifacts! No street light! Our Taxi service is a stage coach! Come to dubois this summer for the time of your life! Rodeo, parades, square dances, chuck wagon cookouts, large mountain man and antler ronduve in early spring! National Quilt and Artest show in Feb.

Get Inspired with more from BudgetTravel.com


Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

Budget Travel Real Deals


  • From $1,399

See more deals »

Video


Our newsletter delivers vacation inspiration straight to your inbox.

Check Prices