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Small Towns

Finding The Extraordinary In The Ordinary Through Writing

Jessica Lander | Posted 08.13.2014 | 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 07.29.2014 | 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 07.03.2014 | 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. ...

What Are the Pueblos Mágicos? The Best Reason to Visit Mexico

minube | Posted 05.28.2014 | Travel
minube

Deep in the heart of rural Mexico, you'll find the Pueblos Mágicos, a select group of Mexican villages whose cultural, historical, or natural treasures have been deemed, well, magical.

The 10 Small Towns You Need To Visit This Year, And You Haven't Heard Of Half Of Them

Posted 03.27.2014 | Travel

We know, we know, we've seen this list before (from 2012 and 2013), but this one is different. For their third annual list, Smithsonian Magazine e...

15 of America's Coolest Small Towns

Budget Travel | Posted 04.20.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

This year's 15 contenders -- which stretch from upstate New York to Hawaii -- have a few things in common: populations under 10,000, beautiful locales, thriving downtowns, outstanding community spirit, and a noteworthy food, wine, art, or music scene.

The Clearance Kids

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

These kids are collectibles. Their value has yet to be set. Their stories represent a new American voice -- the voices of those who can never be counted out.

11 Small Towns Around America That Have One Claim To Fame

Posted 02.07.2014 | Travel

There are loads of bizarro places across America, and loads of towns known for being the "capital of" or the "hometown of" something extremely specifi...

Coming Home to Small Town, USA

Chris Clow | Posted 02.09.2014 | HuffPost Home
Chris Clow

As someone who swore never to look back and romanticize my formative years in Small Town, USA, I have fallen into the tired cliché of seeing those days as bright beacons, standing in stark contrast to the dark road of uncertainty lying at my feet now.

America's Best College Towns

Travel + Leisure | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Sure, big cities have their glitz, but it's this kind of understated charm, diversity, and affordability that draws visitors to cool college towns.

The Best Small Towns For Food In America

The Daily Meal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Small towns across the country are now celebrated for their passion for food and their timeless mantra that food brings people together.

America's Favorite Towns

Travel + Leisure | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

As you watch the sun dip below 14,000-foot peaks from Allred's restaurant, toast your craft beers to a vacation well spent in Telluride, CO, a histori...

World's Coolest Surf Towns

Travel + Leisure | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Surfers worth their wax know that the beach on Oahu's north shore near Haleiwa has some of the best reef breaks. But ask a salt-in-the-veins surfer wh...

Renisha McBride: Knocking While Black

Khanh Ho | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Khanh Ho

I'm not black. I'm Asian American. But late at night, in a certain slant of light, I'm just a spook, a boogey man, a creep. I could see how a wary homeowner in hunting country could over-react to a stranger at the door.

America's Best Towns for Halloween

Travel + Leisure | Posted 10.25.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

For some of these towns, the holiday is an excuse to party, with pub crawls, pumpkin beer on tap and late-night shows. Others take a more low-key, kid-friendly approach, hosting costume competitions for pets or autumn festivals with corn mazes and apple-wine tastings.

America's Best Small Towns

Posted 10.14.2013 | Travel

We love our small towns, from the art and culture, the sense of community to the food. There are so many great small towns; each with a special qualit...

Europe's Most Beautiful Villages

Travel + Leisure | Posted 12.03.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

The notion of postcard-perfect villages steeped in old-world charm has inspired centuries of travelers to fan out across Europe, seeking its secluded hamlets.