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Old 06-11-2015, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Mendocino, CA
Woodstock, VT
Santa Fe, NM
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Old 06-11-2015, 10:12 AM
 
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Ouray, Colorado
Yes, this is what I always come back to for these types of questions. Even just taking the town by itself it'd rate well, but add in the backdrop of the San Juan Mtns and the whole experience is just breathtaking. Plus it's just enough off the really well beaten tourist track that it never feels unpleasantly crowded the way a lot of other Colorado mountain towns get sometimes.
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Old 06-11-2015, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Mobile,Al(the city by the bay)
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Fairhope ,Alabama is a hidden jewel.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:09 AM
 
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Woodstock VT is the quaintest I've encountered. It even has a general store that could meet your every need for daily living.

I also like Lewes DE and Havre-de-grace MD. Franklin TN brings on the quaint - it's very prosperous. But these don't have downtown grocery stores.

Greenville TN is a jewel in the rough, great buildings but not redeveloped enough. There is a little grocery a couple blocks from main street. Jonesboro TN promotes its "oldest city in TN" history.
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Old 06-11-2015, 12:08 PM
 
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Sylva, NC
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Old 06-11-2015, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Its really, really, really hard to beat Main Street on Mackinac Island in Michigan. Quaint shops, beautiful blue water, bed and breakfasts, majestic hotels, and NO CARS! Only horsedrawn carriages, bicycles, and foot traffic is allowed on the island. Its like being in some amazing dream. I would love to go back some time to visit again.

http://rheosgear.com/wp-content/uplo...15/02/mack.jpg

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Old 06-11-2015, 07:17 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Red River, New Mexico, a small ski town with only a couple hundred permanent residents this past winter break. It was so beautiful with Wheeler Peak in the backdrop and the downtown with all of the shops and restaurants.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Without a doubt Mackinac Island is the quaintest in America, but I've never been there, but I have researched it plenty and want to go ASAP once I'm back in the Midwest...

Coos Bay, Oregon or Munising, Michigan...both are homey little towns on or really close to some incredible coastline and thick, beautiful forest.
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:27 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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In the West...

Telluride, CO
Ouray, CO
Silverton, CO
Taos, NM
Eagle Nest, NM
Friday Harbor, WA
Halibut Cove, AK
Hawi, HI

Back East....

Manchester, VT
Stowe, VT
Woodstock, VT
jeez, perhaps 50 or so more towns in Vermont, even some of the dumpy towns have a rustic quaintness to them.

Hatfield, MA
Marblehead, MA
Essex, CT
Block Island, RI

Midwest...

I haven't seen many small towns in the Midwest, but I detoured off I-80 and stopped for lunch in Amana, IA. Very bucolic, beautiful, and quaint.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:00 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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In the West...

Telluride, CO
Ouray, CO
Silverton, CO
Taos, NM
Eagle Nest, NM
Friday Harbor, WA
Halibut Cove, AK
Hawi, HI

Back East....

Manchester, VT
Stowe, VT
Woodstock, VT
jeez, perhaps 50 or so more towns in Vermont, even some of the dumpy towns have a rustic quaintness to them.

Hatfield, MA
Marblehead, MA
Essex, CT
Block Island, RI

Midwest...

I haven't seen many small towns in the Midwest, but I detoured off I-80 and stopped for lunch in Amana, IA. Very bucolic, beautiful, and quaint.
Agreed about Taos, that's not but maybe 30 miles from Red River.
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