10 Coolest Small Towns in America 2011
The winners in our sixth annual celebration of great hometown escapes may be short on people, but they’re long on personality. Small wonder—the 437,480 votes from Budget Travel readers cheering on their favorites can’t be wrong.
Lewisburg, W.Va. (Winner 2011): This speck on the map in the Greenbrier River Valley lays claim to one of only four Carnegie Halls in the world. Here is a view of the town square from the roof of City Hall. Population: 3,830.
Astoria, Ore. (Winner 2011): Astoria has always been on the frontier, both the Lewis and Clark variety (they set up camp here in 1805) and the geographic (it sits both at the mouth of the Columbia River and in a teeming temperate rain forest). Population: 9,477.(Justin Bailie)
Clayton, N.Y. (Winner 2011): Some shore communities take their location for granted. Not so with Clayton, where most activities, from fishing to visiting the Antique Boat Museum, seem to revolve around the water. Population: 1,978. (Stephanie Adams)
Eureka Springs, Ark. (Winner 2011): This late-1800s Victorian spa retreat is known for everything from its Queen Anne–style B&Bs and its shows to its historic downtown. Population: 2,073.(Michael Mohr)
Phoenicia, N.Y. (Winner 2011): Phoenicia may look like a one-street river town sandwiched between hills in New York’s Catskills, but it’s got a bookish, cosmopolitan vibe in its soul. Population: 309. (Jean-Paul Bernard)
Newtown Borough, Pa. (Winner 2011): This small town is close enough to Amish Country that it’s not unusual to see horses-and-buggies. It’s also home to the nation’s oldest movie theater, Newtown Theatre, in operation since 1906. Population: 2,384.
Greensburg, Kans. (Winner 2011): After a 2007 tornado destroyed 95 percent of Greensburg, those who stayed vowed to build the ecofriendliest town ever. In place of cornfields and barns, you now see wind turbines, LED streetlights, and art galleries galore. Population: 777.
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