JET SETTER - Even if you weren't a Gilmore Girls fan, you know the allure of a quaint village—the friendly local vibe, the shops on Main Street, the cozy inn you dream of owning one day. These 9 towns along the West Coast provide all this and more.
1. Ashland, Oregon
Just sixteen miles north of California, this storybook town in Southern Oregon's mountains is best known for its world-class hiking and rafting and the lauded Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which takes place every year, May through October. Spend an afternoon exploring downtown Ashland lined with one-off artisanal shops--we love Zoey's Cafe for its all-natural ice-cream--and standout restaurants like Amuse and Caldera Tap House; get a table on the spacious deck overlooking the river. For cocktails (like the Oregon Mule, made with Wild Roots Pear Vodka) the 1925 Ashland Springs Hotel is a must, especially after a creekside stroll through 100-acre Lithia Park.