This county town has long attracted shoppers and visitors who want to take in the year-round-gorgeous scenery and shop the area’s charming small businesses.
Its homey feel embraces visitors while maintaining its local character, with plenty of events where you can meet neighbors or even make new friends. The second annual Lobster on the Green is sure to attract a crowd.
Oregon: Hood River
Hood River is a peaceful gateway into some of the state’s best nature, chock-full of scenic hiking and mountain biking trails, craft breweries, wineries, and farm-to-table bounty.
With a population of 7,688, this town is overlooked by the Columbia River Gorge, meaning you can engage in several outdoor activities that include hiking, skiing, paddle boarding, and mountain biking. The 1886 E.L. Smith Building is the oldest in the city.
The town of Middleburg was established in 1787, soon after the Revolutionary War, and still sustains its small-town and close-knit community vibe. Middleburg is known as the "Horse and Hunt" capital, but it also packs a lot of luxury in one little town.
Set in the rolling countryside at the pier of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, residents have their pick of top-rated establishments and high-end boutiques. The famed Salamander Resort & Spa offers an incredible escape in an exquisite setting.
Midway's stunning landscape and chalet-style architecture attract tourists all year round, with thousands coming for the annual Swiss Days, a multi-day celebration of the town's Swiss founders in the summer, and prime skiing in the winter.
Midway is located in the Heber Valley, approximately 28 miles southeast of Salt Lake City and 3 miles west of Heber City, on the opposite side of the Wasatch Mountains. No matter when you visit, a must-see is the Homestead Caldera, a geothermal hot pool that's a hot 90 degrees all year.
South Dakota: Deadwood
Early settlers named deadwood after the dead trees found in its gulch. Nowadays, Deadwood may be a popular destination for casino gambling, but it offers much, much more.
The famed Black Hills area surrounds the town, where one can find secluded forests, snowmobile trails, and ski resorts. Deadweird, a celebration of all things odd that takes place around Halloween, is a favorite new tradition.