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    Quaint little towns you fell in love with...

    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?

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    edit: Just found that Canistota had a wikipedia article and through that found a city website.

    City website:http://www.canistotasd.com/index.asp?Type=NONE&SEC={A96D9C58-EC69-43B3-AFED-E157042D529D**

    Hotel (was called Hotel Ortman, not Canistota Hotel):
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    Kensington, OH. I love that town.
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    Bardstown, KY
    Athens, GA
    Baraboo, WI
    Uniontown, PA
    Natchitoches, LA
    Yelm, WA
    Aviano, Italy

    I could go on for a while but each of these places offers something special that I really can't explain. I think the feeling of "home" would best describe it. When you stay in hotels enough, you realize that the home feeling is something that you desperately crave. Whether you know it or not.
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    Durango, CO - I had to work down there last Fall/Winter - love the historic downtown
    White Hall and Red Lodge, Montana
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    Ha, I can't stand small towns at all. I don't mind driving through them, but I get the creeps even if I have to stop at a stop sign in one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjab View Post
    Yelm, WA
    Can you remember what you liked about Yelm? That is not very far from me...maybe I'd go check it out. Any tips on what you liked so much?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SonataInFSharp View Post
    Ha, I can't stand small towns at all. I don't mind driving through them, but I get the creeps even if I have to stop at a stop sign in one of them.
    I used to kind of feel that way when I was a teenager. Then we moved to a small town when I was 15. I hated it. By the time I moved back to Tampa at age 19, I kind of missed the "small town" feeling.
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    Having lived in little towns, I've realized that no amount of quaintness would make me want to live there.

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    Cedeira, a little coastal town in the Galicia province of Spain. We loved everything: the people, the food, the music, the sea.
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    I've always liked Lockhart, TX




    Down the road from Lockhart is my father's birthplace, McMahan, which makes Lockhart look like a metropolis:


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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    Having lived in little towns, I've realized that no amount of quaintness would make me want to live there.
    I didn't say anything about wanting to live there.

    Same here...you can fall in love with them, but that doesn't mean you want that kind of life style full time. It just means you'd love to visit it again now and then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    I didn't say anything about wanting to live there.

    Same here...you can fall in love with them, but that doesn't mean you want that kind of life style full time. It just means you'd love to visit it again now and then.
    The thought of driving through scares me, let alone visiting.

    Although, I do love it when I take US/state highways through small towns and I slow down as the speed limit drops, everyone behind me gets mad, and they all get pulled over at the next town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    Can you remember what you liked about Yelm? That is not very far from me...maybe I'd go check it out. Any tips on what you liked so much?
    The people were really nice. All of the staff where I was working welcomed me in like family. I don't think I bought anytime I went there.
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    Barre, VT. The first place I had the experience of cars stopping when I stepped into the crosswalk. I must have crossed the street a dozen times, just to make the cars stop..

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    Too many to recall on-the-spot, but a few starting with your olde kountry:
    Mt. Dora, FL
    Lots in Vermont
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    Lots in upstate NY
    Lots in PA, New Hope, Doylestown, Lansdown, etc...
    A few in Jersey on the Gap border, Lambertville, etc........
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    Charleston SC

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    Wow....looks awesome X. Where is that?
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    Frisco, CO



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    My first choice is Thermopolis, WY. Nice people, a mineral hot spring, a herd of bison, several cool museums (Old West, teddy bears, dinosaurs), and within a short drive of Yellowstone. A morning in Thermopolis clearly was among the highlights of my cross country road trip in 2003.
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    Telluride CO

    I started going there before the ski area was built, lovely and quiet little mining town. After the ski area was built the town took on a completely different feel, but still a very, very nice place to be.
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    I also really liked Crested Butte, but it's sort of a tourist trap. Estes Park CO was really cool, and much less so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jschen View Post
    My first choice is Thermopolis, WY. Nice people, a mineral hot spring, a herd of bison, several cool museums (Old West, teddy bears, dinosaurs), and within a short drive of Yellowstone. A morning in Thermopolis clearly was among the highlights of my cross country road trip in 2003.
    There's a little town near Yellowstone that I loved when I was a kid... I can't remember the name, though. Lots of little "log cabin" shops, wildlife, etc. We slept in a hotel that backed up to a little river, and it was gorgeous! I LOVE Wyoming.

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    OH, and Montana, too! (I could go on all day, I swear.)

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    Perrysburg, OH was cool, too. In my opinion, it was the town that best took advantage of being right on US-20, with the beautiful and historic Hood Park being right at an intersection where US-20 turns left (if going east to west).

    Sweet Home, OR was somewhat memorable, too. I admit Foster Lake recreational area wouldn't be that memorable were it not for the location. On US-20, Sweet Home straddles the sparsely populated western interior and the more or less continuously settled coastal region. On my coast-to-coast US-20 trip, it was the last I would see of the majestic vastness of the country that had been uninterrupted (except perhaps by a short trip through Boise) since passing Chicago.
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