by Michael Alan Connelly and Abbey Chase
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 in the country you don't hear about every day. This year, we've focused on destinations with populations under 30,000 that have a vibrancy of their own and year-round appeal. Our list is made up of detour-worthy towns all over the U.S. that have strong cultural offerings or great outdoor adventures, in addition to standout dining and lodging options. For your next small-town getaway, head to any of these 10 remarkable spots.
Though it's home to the largest population on our list, Ashland is hardly lacking in small-town charm: Picture twisting hillside streets lined with Victorian homes, a town center with a stream running through it, and a gorgeous 93-acre park. Best known as the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
, which attracts more than 100,000 theatergoers annually, Ashland has year-round appeal thanks to its outdoor activities, cultural offerings, and growing status as a culinary destination.
If Shakespeare's not your thing, check out the Schneider Museum of Art
, which showcases local artists as well as notables such as Alexander Calder and George Inness. In warmer weather, there are great options for biking, fishing, and whitewater rafting; in winter, the 23 trails at Mt. Ashland Ski Area
get more than 280 inches of snow every season. While in town, make a reservation for dinner at locally celebrated Amuse
, which serves French cuisine driven by local, seasonal ingredients.
Where to Stay: Of Ashland's many upscale B&Bs, the intimate Chanticleer Inn
stands out for rooms that all have expansive views of the Siskiyou Mountains. Plus, they only stock eco-friendly products.> Read the full report on Fodors.com