Has there ever been some nice little town you fell in love with when there. Maybe you were just passing through, but something about the place just stood out and made you remember it. If so, what little towns had this affect on you? What stood out?
For me the most memorable was about a year ago. On my second drive from Florida to Seattle (where I went back and got my girlfriend, now wife) to drive back. We were in an area where exits were not very frequent and no decent sized cities (other than "behind" us and we didn't want to back track). We stopped at the next exit in Canistota, South Dakota.
Most places the hotel/motel is right off the exit, but not here. We had to drive through about 3-4 miles of corn fields to find the town. The sign said it had a Holiday Inn, but when we found it, the place was a tiny little dump of a motel (which would have been fine just for the night).
Before checking in, we found the "downtown" (e.g. one street with about 5-6 businesses). We had dinner at the only restaurant, something or other grill. Waitress was soooo nice just chatted and chatted. You got the impression she was so happy to see somebody she didn't already know.
We noticed a "Canistota Hotel" across the street. It looked like a very old hotel. It was the type that looked like a fancy hotel when it was built (20s) and probably very expensive. I decided to go over and check it out just for grins.
The lady at front desk was wearing a quaker type outfit. A sweet old lady. I asked her how much a room went for and she said $29.99 or (and she winced to even say how "expensive" it was) $39.99 for the "deluxe" room.
I'm like "WHAT?". We'll take it...we'll take the deluxe room. The sweet old lady takes us up in the original 1920's era Otis elevator.
We get there and the room is HUGE. It has a recliner, a bathroom the size of a small bedroom, etc... Wonderful room. We slept great. Got up in the morning and they had a little restaurant that did breakfasts only (buffet style). It was a cheap and great breakfast.
We'll never forget that little place. If we are ever in that area again, we'll surely stop and stay there again!!
How about you? What quaint little places did you fall in love with?
edit: Just found that Canistota had a wikipedia article and through that found a city website.
Hotel (was called Hotel Ortman, not Canistota Hotel):