Whether you are a fan of seaside villages or are looking for an awesome rural location to escape for a few days, these small towns located throughout the United States are perfect spots to get away. Here are a few of our favorite small towns to visit when we need a change of pace.
1. St. Michaels, Maryland
This small harbor town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has been named one of the Top Ten Best Small Coastal Towns in America by USA Today. The area is perfect for exploring outdoor, sailing, kayaking, water skiing, and all other forms of outdoor aquatic activities. It also offers romantic restaurants, boutiques, and bistros. There is also a unique range of art galleries, specialty shops and inns enjoy throughout the town.
2. Natchitoches, Louisiana
Founded in 1714 this beautiful southern town was settled by the Natchitoches Indians and is the oldest permanent settlement of the Louisiana Purchase territory. The Landmark District that runs along the Cane River Lake includes a 33-block are filled with historic homes, churches and business that feature Queen Anne and Victorian architecture as well as Creole-style homes throughout. Walking through the district makes you feel like you are walking through a visual history of the development of the town. The influence of the early Indian, French, Creole, Africa American and Anglo cultures that settled here can be seen throughout the area.
3. Glen Arbor, Michigan
Located just outside of Traverse City in the upper part of Michigan, Glen Arbor is home to Big and Little Glen Lakes, next to Empire and just a stone’s throw from The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The town sits on the Leelanau Peninsula on M-22 as is surrounded by vineyards, beautiful scenery, quaint boutiques, restaurants, and galleries. Here you can rent a kayak for a few hours, sun on the lakeshore and relax with the perfect bottle of wine at sunset.
4. Mentone, Alabama
This quaint mountain village that sits atop of Lookout Mountain, in northeast Alabama offers beautiful scenic views, is surrounded by natural beauty, and is less than two hours from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia. The year-round adventure area offers skiing in the winter and a variety of outdoor activities in the summer and fall. Regardless of the time of year, you visit you will find something to do.