Small town America is rich in history and offers an appeal that the big cities in the country often lack. From the quaint small town shops and restaurants to the quiet and walkable streets, these lovely and often historic towns offer a different kind of experience when it comes to travel. Island Trader Vacations invites you to come with us as we take a closer look at three of these beautiful small towns and some of the appeal they offer visitors.
First incorporated in 1779, Washington Connecticut is home to roughly 4,000 residents and encompasses an area of just over 38 square miles in western Connecticut. First settled by Joseph Hurlbut in 1734 it was eventually named in honor of George Washington who is known to have traveled throughout the area several times during the war. Once a farming community, it now offers many other industries as well including factories and ironwork.
Considered one of Connecticut’s most scenic small towns, it is located in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains near Lake Waramaug as well as the Bantam and Shepaug rivers. From its historic museum and library to the nearby natural beauty, the small shops and the luxury hotels including the Mayflower Hotel, a five diamond, five star boutique hotel, Washington is a great place to spend a weekend or longer.
Chautauqua, New York
A beautiful small town in western New York, Chautauqua is a popular resort town located on Chautauqua Lake. Known as the oldest Concord grape growing region in the world, the history of this small town is still alive in regional sites and activities throughout the region today. Nicknamed the gateway to western New York, Chautauqua is perhaps most well known as the home of the Chautauqua Institution. Birthplace of Chautauqua movement in 1875, this represents one of the most popular destinations for travel and is a national historic landmark.
Home to just over 4,400 residents, this historic community is beautiful throughout the year but in fall, this area truly stands out. A seasonal hub, as the colors heat up in western New York, so do the streets in Chautauqua. Fun festivals, wine tours, farm markets and more make this a destination one you won’t want to miss. From the Harvest Celebration to trips to the Audubon, you can’t go wrong with this quaint destination for travel.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Most well-known as a winter resort, Steamboat Springs is home to just over 12,000 residents. Internationally known as a ski resort, it offers a much smaller town appeal than other larger and more well-known Colorado mountain towns. First founded in the 1870’s when James Hervey Crawford arrived, the town didn’t begin to develop until the early 1900s. When the rail arrived in 1909, Steamboat Springs began to thrive.
Famous for its hot springs located through the region, it is the sound that these springs made that gave Steamboat its name. Today, this lovely small town offers visitors plenty of luxury resorts, spas and recreational opportunities.
Just three of the many wonderful small towns located throughout the country, find the community that inspires you when you travel.