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Quaint Towns

Quaint towns exude distinct cultures. These hidden pockets of wonder boast unique attractions and events, from horse-drawn carriages to red rocks. Each small-town getaway is sure to charm and delight:

Southport, North Carolina

  • Southport
    This North Carolina seaport town is home to golden beaches that provide hours of sun. Many visitors enjoy beach combing, scuba diving and sailing. For land lovers, the oak-lined town hosts an array of antique shops, gift stores, galleries and Victorian homes. Southport is also home to the Southport Maritime Museum, Square Art Gallery Waterfront Park, the Oak Island Lighthouse 10k run and the Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament.

Ashland, Oregon

  • Welcome to Oregon
    Ashland hosts the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Foreign Film Festival, Peter Britt Music Festival and Festival of Lights. The town can be described as a ski mecca (cross country and downhill), an opera town, or a museum lover's paradise. Its mild temperatures and low precipitation levels have made it a vacation favorite.

Balboa Island, California

  • Balboa Island
    This man-made island is most easily accessible by auto ferry. The harbor town is home to the End of Summer Barbeque, the Sandcastle Contest and the Christmas Boat Parade. Guests have described it as the "perfect getaway" because of the island's serenity and warmth, from both the weather and the residents. Visitors find activity year round: kayaking, fishing, surfing, sailing and merry-go-rounding abound.

Burlington, Vermont

  • Visit Burlington
    This crisp town looks like it walked out of the pages of a romance novel. Set high in the mountains alongside a picturesque lake, it offers plenty of opportunities to go ice fishing, ice sailing or snow mobiling in the winter months. Summer generally finds guests swimming and boating. Burlington is home to the East Coast version of the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately named Champ, as well as Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, the Cold Hollow Cider Mill and the Robert Hall Fleming Museum.

Camden, Maine

  • Camden Chamber of Commerce
    This brisk, upscale town is heralded as one of the best coastal towns in the United States. Perhaps its lofty perch in the Camden Hills, 1,400 feet up, and its rolling natural beauty have contributed to the distinction. It's home to only 5,000 residents, who can often be found picnicking or boat watching. Visitors meander among clothing boutiques, sift through charming bookstores and browse craft galleries.

Dunedin, Florida

  • Dunedin Chamber of Commerce
    Dunedin is the oldest town in the South, tracing its roots back to the Scottish people. Both the Professional Golf Association and frozen orange juice began here. No wonder, because the average yearly temperature is 71 degrees! It's also home to the Busch Gardens Zoo, Caladesi Island, and Highland Games and Festival.

Fort Collins, Colorado

  • Fort Collins Convention and Visitors Bureau
    This old military base, which was named by Money magazine as one of the best places to live, boasts an abundance of cafes, boutiques and street fairs. Many visitors revel in the abundance of performing art activities, like the Canyon Concert Ballet, the opera and the symphony. But don't spend too much time inside because there's a plethora of skiing, golfing, fishing and mountain biking to outside.

Sedona, Arizona

  • Official Tourism Bureau Website
    Sedona is also known as "Red Rock Country" because of the unique red rocks that enclose it. The town attracts many mystics and religious followers, as well as rock climbers and nature lovers. Pack your hiking boots. A quick walk or climb will lead to amazing views. Residents have named many of their favorite formations, such as Tea Pot Rock, Cathedral Rock and Snoopy Rock. If physical exertion isn't your style, there are jeep tours, plane rides, hot air balloon trips and horse back rides. Exotic resorts and charming cottages await visitors.

   --- J.H.

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