For the first time, this is a multi-part selection, although part two may be months away. There are simply too many great small towns in America to settle on a small handful. People who’ve grown up in cities, or who’ve become accustomed to city living, think small towns are a thing of the past. But they’re very much real, and very relevant, today.
Here are some that are beautiful and vibrant:
Home of Washington & Lee University and Virginia Military Institute, Civil War history, shopping, Natural Bridge nearby.
New Bern, North Carolina
At the convergence of two rivers, settled in 1710, historic homes, quaint shops, gardens.
Trails, the Rockies, close to ski resorts, Money magazine’s number one Best Places to Live.
Established 1714, where Steel Magnolias was filmed, National Historic Landmark District, bed and breakfast haven
Yes, it’s a Bavarian village in Washington State, No, I don’t know why, climbing, rafting, skiing nearby.
The Siskiyou Mountains, Shakespeare Festival, vineyards, 196 days of sunshine.
Exceptionally beautiful harbor, classic downtown, country inns, quintessential New England.