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Old 05-31-2013, 03:11 AM
 
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Name a city, town, or any place here in America that you would call quaint. For example, some people would call Portland, Maine a quaint city. Especially when compared to Boston or Seattle. So feel free to fire away. Perhaps it's a quaint city, town, or place in your current state or home state or just some place that you have happened to visit. Maybe it's even a place that you have never been to but have heard about, seen on tv, or you just checked it out on the internet and have read about it.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas.

Its dense Piney Woods setting is very quaint.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:49 AM
 
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Perhaps Canandaigua NY.
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Annapolis, MD
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:56 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Madison, GA. The town so charming General Sherman refused to burn it.

Home - Madison-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Ishpeming, Michigan, an old mining town in the UP, would qualify. For a prosperous and progressive town, Traverse City Michigan remains quaint. Duluth Minnesota is probably the biggest quaint city I can think of.

Some midwestern towns seemed quaint to me, but might just be the part of town I saw, such as Clinton Iowa, Richmond Indiana, St. Joseph Missouri, Beatrice Nebraska. There don't seem to be any in the South, although I think efforts have been made in some historical towns like Natchitoches Louisiana and Milledgeville Georgia. Quite a few old towns in West Virginia seem quaint, even Wheeling. Same goes for Pennsylvania.

A lot of college towns preserve their quaintness, like Lawrence Kansas and Yellow Springs Ohio.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Off the top of my head: Lancaster, PA, Jim Thorpe, PA, Hagerstown, MD, and Fredricksburg, VA. Arguably Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA count, but they may be considered too large to be quaint. IMHO, a city over 100,000 can't really count.

IMHO, quaintness requires.

1. Old built structure (19th century or earlier)
2. A walkable downtown
3. A fairly small population
4. At some remove from a major metro
5. Is not a sad, near abandoned mill town.
6. Town can't be a ghetto overall, but if it's larger, it can have a "wrong side of the tracks" away from downtown which is dicier.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:40 AM
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I think Abingdon VA might qualify
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Name a city, town, or any place here in America that you would call quaint. For example, some people would call Portland, Maine a quaint city. Especially when compared to Boston or Seattle. So feel free to fire away. Perhaps it's a quaint city, town, or place in your current state or home state or just some place that you have happened to visit. Maybe it's even a place that you have never been to but have heard about, seen on tv, or you just checked it out on the internet and have read about it.
I saw the thread title and was going to comment about Portland, Maine. Definitely a "Quaint" city.

Many of the smaller, non-industrial New England cities can be described this way. Northampton MA, Gloucester MA, Portsmouth NH, Brattleboro VT, Burlington VT, Newport RI, etc. There are to many small towns and villages to name. Many New England towns are village centric with irregular grids and a lot of old, historic architecture. That's part of what makes them feel so quaint.

Carmel, CA is another that I'd consider to be Quaint.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:48 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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Name a city, town, or any place here in America that you would call quaint. For example, some people would call Portland, Maine a quaint city.
Interestingly, Portland, ME was the first place that sprang to mind. This was probably the quaintest city (foot stomp..city, not town or village) that I've been to. Very taken by that places charm.

I'd also say Bethlehem PA (I think Johnstown and Scranton could be quaint in their own way).

For my part of the country, the older parts of Lexington KY near downtown are pretty quaint.
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