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Old 03-02-2012, 09:01 PM
 
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If you could move to what I call a destination small town in the Eastern US (preferably Southeast or Midwest), where would you choose? The parameters involve being a town where people come to get away, spend relax time and shop/indulge themselves a bit. A decent sized arts community would be desired and an active, thriving downtown is a must. I want to open a gift shop (art/crafts/etc) in a small town with a tradition for weekend/seasonal visitors. Some towns already on my radar are Saugatuck MI, Highlands NC and Blowing Rock NC. I would love to hear some feedback on some others. Thanks!
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:24 PM
 
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Maybe.......City of Grand Haven Official Site - Home

Grand Haven West Michigan, Hotels, Lodging, Golf, Beaches, Tourist Information
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:25 PM
 
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Asheville, NC, Savannah, GA, and Fort Wayne, IN might work for you
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:13 AM
 
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Do you have a population range in mind?
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:28 AM
 
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Do you have a population range in mind?
Probably 50K or less. I didn't mention but would also like a town where there is a significant presence of B&Bs/Inns, vacation homes and weekly rentals.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:01 AM
 
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I would suggest checking out Traverse City, MI.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Traver...-Michigan.html
Traverse City Michigan, Hotels, Vacations, Lodging - Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:20 AM
 
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Thanks, it was a thought but am afraid it would be too remote for me, and too cold!
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:24 AM
 
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I hoped I would have liked Grand Haven when I visited last summer but found it paled in comparison to Saugatuck and neighboring Douglas (for me anyway). I think it was just lacking a bit with the "charm factor".
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:26 AM
 
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Does anyone here have firsthand experience with Galena, Illinois? I've heard some great things about it.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:35 AM
 
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Does it have to be just in those regions or would a community that fits what you want in another region work?
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