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Old 05-31-2013, 07:52 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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Plenty of quaint towns:


A few I've been to.

Nevada City & Mendocino CA (maybe not so much Mendocino...setting is maybe more rugged & dramatic vs quanit).

Madison Ind

Maysville, KY

Leland, MI

Chagrin Falls, OH

...and....oh heck, almost anywhere in New England and quite a bit of upstate NY.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:56 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Santa Fe, NM
Durango, CO
Burlington, VT
and definitely agree with some others here for Portland, Maine as the best choice for quaint city.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Annapolis, MD
Auburn, AL
Lexington, VA
Charlottesville, VA,
Savannah, GA.

I think Charleston, SC is great, but a little too big to be quaint.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Dubuque, Ia. comes to mind afor me as both quaint & yet dynamic.
Heaven for me would be lounging outside on the deck of a house perched on a Dubuque bluff top with an extraordinary view of the Mississippi River Valley below as well as with sweeping views both up & down the river with it's impressive & gorgeous, wooded bluffs!
As the line in Field of Dreams filmed near Dubuque in 1988 went:
"Is this heaven?"
"No. It's Iowa."
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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There are two kinds of quaint, and they are easily distinguished. There are places that are quaint in spite of themselves, they just gravitated to quaint through neglect. (Ishpeming, Hagerstown.) And then there are places that have been "painted" quaint out of a civic desire to be thought of as quaint, with tourist brochures saying Come and see how quaint we have made ourselves, bring your credit card. A downtown with tables and chairs on the sidewalks, and a brick-paved street with very old big houses with primly-kept lawns, and motels outnumbered by B&B, and a municipal ordinance limiting McDonalds arches to a 12-inch sign.. You know, fauxquaint.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:26 AM
 
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Perhaps Corning, Oswego, Cortland and Geneva in NY.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:53 PM
 
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Madison, Georgia sure seems lovely. I might have to check that place out one day.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:20 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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You guys are great.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:30 PM
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Location: Boston
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Newport & Portsmouth
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:56 PM
 
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Cape May, NJ. It's the nation's oldest seaside resort town at just over 400 years old. The entire city (it's small for a city, more like a town, though it is technically a city, but in summer its population is bursting) is on the National List of Historic Places registry for its beautiful Victorian architecture. You can't walk ten feet in Cape May without hitting an old Victorian mansion (today mostly bed and breakfasts) or hotel. It has a downtown with cobblestone-like streets and walkways, giving you that older feel along with the horse and buggies you can rent a ride on for a night. It's quiet, not much for nightlife - no amusement rides and only a small arcade. There are bars and restaurants that are popular and strips along the beach that get very busy and a lot of mini golf courses but it's not rowdy or crazy at all. It's big on biking - you can rent bikes, single or for up to four people and ride around town or to the lighthouse, which sits on a bay beach perfect for sunsets.

In my opinion, Cape May is the definition of quaint and historic but also beautiful and a fun getaway any time of the year.
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