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Little Town on the Prairie Embraces Healthy Living

Jay Walljasper | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Jay Walljasper

In real life, this is Albert Lea, Minnesota, a town of 18,000 working to prove that healthy lifestyles like walking and good nutrition are not just big city things.

The 14 Best Small Beach Towns In America

Thrillist | Posted 05.20.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

Because we already told you about the country's best beaches, and its best small towns, the next logical step seemed obvious: America's best small beach towns (as in, small towns with beaches; not small beaches with towns). Here are 14 of the country's finest.

The 9 Weirdest Small Towns On Earth

Thrillist | Posted 05.19.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

From an underground town in Australia to an "Austrian" town in China, these little localities give new meaning to the term "Weirdoville." Or at least they would, if that was an actual term people used.

Mariah Stewart

Newly Elected Mayor Locked Out Of City Hall In Struggling St. Louis County Town

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

KINLOCH, Mo. -- Just minutes away from Ferguson, its now-famous neighbor, is Kinloch, the first well-established African-American community in St. Lou...

7 Small Towns Who Have A LOT To Be Proud Of

Thrillist | Posted 04.16.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

People are really proud of their small towns.

A Literary Tour Of Small-Town America

Fodor's | Posted 04.01.2015 | Travel
Fodor's

The mark of a good book is often the author's ability to transport readers into his or her world. Fiction and non-fiction alike can instantly take rea...

America's 14 Best Small-Town Festivals

Fodor's | Posted 03.25.2015 | Travel
Fodor's

You may not know it, but some of the country's best festivals are held in small towns scattered throughout the U.S. Featuring a wide range of unique t...

In Response to The Atlantic Feature "Life in the Sickest Town in America"

Whitney Caudill | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Whitney Caudill

Ms. Khazan, who lives in Washington, D.C., subtitles her piece with this sentence: "I drove from one of the healthiest counties in the country to the least healthy, both in the same state." The town she bills as the sickest town in the country is my hometown - Grundy, Virginia.

Raw & Beautiful | Book Review: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Lisa Parkin | Posted 04.04.2015 | Books
Lisa Parkin

I honestly loved everything about this book. I was moved by the raw realness of the characters, entranced by the magic of the Paradise and stunned by the effortless writing. I'll Meet You There is a book to treasure and hold in your heart.

Bringing Sustainability to Small-Town America

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

There are some terrific examples of green initiatives beginning to emerge in small-town America. While these communities may frequently lack institutional capacity and fiscal resources to undertake big initiatives, they do have the benefit of agility. Even a single leader can make a difference.

To Her, I Was

Tricia McCallum | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
Tricia McCallum

Her name was Catherine. Her favorite song was "Imagine" by John Lennon. Her favorite color, yellow. She knew the words to just about any song you could name and would sing at the drop of a hat.

A Plot for Pridemore Is in Need of a Hero

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Recently I stumbled upon a first time novelist named Stephen Roth. His book is titled A Plot for Pridemore and it is one of those books that grabs you in the first few pages and just won't turn loose. I had intended just to sample it but before I knew it, I was hooked.

6 Little American Towns Perfect For Fall Getaways

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 10.29.2014 | Travel

As with certain seasons and songs, sometimes you just want to take a back road or enjoy all that a quiet, peaceful town has to offer. Fall is a cozy s...

America's Quirkiest Towns (PHOTOS)

Travel + Leisure | Posted 11.03.2014 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Readers ranked hundreds of towns for such magnetic qualities as vibrant main streets, coffee bars, and an eco-friendly vibe. And while plenty of those features may contribute to a town's unique personality, the top 20 winners in the quirky category take it a step further.

Finding The Extraordinary In The Ordinary Through Writing

Jessica Lander | Posted 10.13.2014 | Books
Jessica Lander

Suffice to say, I have become captivated by the richness of everyday lives. These are not the people that dominate today's headlines. They are quieter. But nonetheless remarkable.

10 Charming Midwestern Towns to Visit This Summer

Fodor's | Posted 09.28.2014 | Travel
Fodor's

While New England hamlets are perhaps the epitome of small towns, the Midwest has its fair share of quaint communities with a unique charm all their o...

Lisa_Miller

These Towns Will Give You Some Serious 'Gilmore Girls' Nostalgia

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa_Miller | Posted 07.17.2014 | Travel

For seven seasons "Gilmore Girls" enchanted us with witty repartee, quirky characters and the allure of small-town life. But the trials and t...

Why It's So Important To Pause And Take A Breath Together On The Fourth Of July

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 09.02.2014 | Fifty
Ann V. Klotz

Independence Day. Ideals. Parades and fireworks. Big ideas counterpointed against ceremony and celebration. On July 4, I suspend my worries about our country. I dive into nostalgia, grateful for immersion in traditions free of cynicism, free of the complexity of close analysis.

America's Best Small Towns

Fodor's | Posted 08.17.2014 | Travel
Fodor's

Nothing embodies classic Americana quite like small towns. For the second year in a row, we've compiled a list that highlights some of the best places...

Maybe We Can (and Should) Go Home Again

Lindsay Henry | Posted 08.17.2014 | Women
Lindsay Henry

I didn't know my hometown was a small town. Not until college, anyway. That's where I realized not everyone gets stuck behind turbines and farm equipment on their dirt road. Not all people hear cows mooing at night.

Spencer Shows Big Pride in a Small Town Indiana Setting

Samuel Autman | Posted 08.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Samuel Autman

All across the nation, tens of thousands will gather some time in June for annual gay pride parades and festivities. TV cameras easily capture dancing go-go boys and prancing gender illusionists.

America's Favorite Beach Towns (PHOTOS)

Travel + Leisure | Posted 07.16.2014 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Once you have found your ideal beach village, you want to keep coming back, like the tide itself.

A Strange Journey Into A Near-Deserted Secondhand Store

Annabel Osberg | Posted 07.12.2014 | Weird News
Annabel Osberg

On the fringes of the boarded-up hinterlands of a former industrial section of a small Missouri town stands a building, decrepit yet painted a shade of purple so striking that it seems phantasmal against its drab backdrop of deadened grays and tans.

America's Coolest Desert Towns

Travel + Leisure | Posted 06.28.2014 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

The little desert town of Marfa makes no logical sense. How did this dusty outpost in far West Texas become a buzzworthy contemporary art center? T...

See The Small Towns That Made It To The Big Screen

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 03.28.2014 | Entertainment

Hollywood might seem like the perfect vacation destination for a movie-lover, but there's so much more to film than the bright lights and big cities. ...