USA Today has dubbed New Albany “America’s Best Southern Small Town.” Perhaps that’s due to the amazing hiking through the Appalachian Mountains. Tanglefoot Trail attracts hikers and bikers from all over the world. Or, maybe it’s all of the lovely antique shops and cozy lodging options. Miss Sarah’s Inn and the Concord Inn Estate both offer guests a unique and charming experience.
Whatever you do while you’re in town, don’t leave before you stop by Sugaree’s Bakery for a slice of their cake which Food Network has called “famously moist, triple layer wonders.” They offer a variety of flavors including coconut, red velvet, and caramel, among several others.
Texas: Marble Falls
The scenes you get from this town may not be exactly what you imagine when you think of Texas, but they’re a must-see if you’re in the area. And it’s the picturesque scenery that makes this the best small town in Texas. Those who enjoy being outdoors would love hiking around and playing in the lake. And, for those who prefer to stay indoors, they also have some award-winning wineries.
Marble Falls also has some great shopping and restaurants. Main Street is full of different types of artsy boutiques and delicious treats. Plus, that’s where you’ll find Choccolatte’s, AKA, home to some of the best English toffee you’ll ever taste in your life.
New Mexico: Taos
Located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos offers year-round fun for tourists in the form of a world-class ski resort and hiking/biking trails. With beautiful views, delicious Mexican cooking, and a glimpse into Native American life via the Pueblo community. The community is still very much active, yet they welcome visitors every day from around 9-4. Although this is probably the number one reason to take a trip to Taos, it’s not the only one. There are several museums and other attractions in town as well.
No one offers more authentic cuisine in the area than the La Cueva Café, where you can find some of the best enchiladas and chimichangas in the region. There are also several great museums in Taos, including the Kit Carson, and the Millicent Rogers Museum.
Florida: Sanibel Island
Sanibel is both an island and city, located in the Cape Coral and Fort Meyers area of Florida. Sanibel Island has gorgeous beaches, perfect for collecting shells and strolling in the sun. Spend the day sipping on tropical drinks and eating delicious seafood on the water.
The Sanibel Fish House has won several awards and has some of the best local seafood you’ll find, offered up in a family-friendly environment. Or, check in to the Sanibel Harbour Marriot Resort and have dinner without having to step foot off of your luxurious oceanfront property!
North Dakota: Garrison
Garrison may be a small town, but it packs a serious punch! A perfect place to spend your summers, it’s located right on Lake Sakakawea and offers great watersports and fishing. Even if playing in the lake isn’t your thing, perhaps the stunning views and delicious fried fish will sway you. In fact, the town is known as the “Walleye Capital of the World.” When in Rome, right?
Take an area tour on the Queen Elizabus to make note of what else you’d like to do while you’re in town. History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Custer Mine Interpretive Site to learn about Garrison’s coal mining past life.