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America's Best Small Towns


America’s best small town? Here are our top picks

By John Lee / Published at The Globe and Mail

Washington-stater Sue Frause ( recommends her own Langley, Whidbey Island, community – popular with weekenders. She also adds the state’s Port Townsend, where maritime heritage fuses with a vibrant arts scene.

Then, there’s Oregon. “Astoria is a great walking town, with its 1920s architecture still intact. Watch the ships navigating the Columbia River from your Cannery Pier Hotel balcony, then dig into beer-battered albacore tuna at Bowpicker Fish & Chips.”

For Frause, these communities rarely stand still. “A great small town has a sense of place – it knows who it is and celebrates the past but also embraces the future. When you see a great American town, you’ll know it: it’s a place of pride.”

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