The small town in New York called Cold Spring has long been a favorite of day-trippers that radiates charm and an abundance of things to see and do for one weekend or many. We can guess that many might have decided to relocate after a particularly picturesque glimpse of the darling downtown in Cold Spring.
This place seems like the recipe for a peaceful afternoon while strolling through Main Street and then sitting by the waterfront to watch the Hudson River.
Portland may get all the attention, but Oregon has many charming small towns. Another favorite is Jacksonville, a historic Gold Rush town in the heart of the state's wine country.
Jacksonville is now known for a thriving cultural and epicurean scene, combined with the quality of life and moderate climate combined with the small-town appeal. Walkability makes this a highly desirable place for people who can choose where to live.
North Carolina: Ocracoke Island
This tiny island in North Carolina's Outer Banks is home to just under 1,000 people and can only be reached by boat or plane. Much of the island is still undeveloped, so you can find wild ponies roaming.
Many choose to explore the island by bike, on foot, or on horseback, then head back for a meal at a laid-back restaurant on the waterfront. The Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum is set in an early 1900s house, tracing the island's history.
Minden isn't exactly the kind of place you think of when you hear "Nevada small town." Its residential neighborhoods boast comparatively leafy tree-lined streets due to its position bordering the forest and the desert.
This being Nevada, you can go have a bit of a gamble at the Carson Valley Inn — or take in the beauty of the Topaz Lake State Park.
In the 19th century, Philipsburg was a thriving mining town, but now the historic town has a lot to offer visitors; it's where you can find the antique variety's treasures. If all that searching has you parched, there's no better way to quench your thirst than at the Philipsburg Brewing Company, housed in the historic Sayers building.
Although Philipsburg is home to less than 1,000 residents, it doesn't stop them from celebrating a wide variety of festivals and annual events.