Good day everyone,
More often than not, we tend to get caught up in the glamour of big cities and their charms. As a seasoned traveler, I’ve been lost in the metropolitan glitz and ignored the appeal of America’s towns. I’ll never forget that feeling of old-world living and peace when I stopped for breakfast at a café in Burlington, Vermont. With more thought, the small towns of America need our attention.
Based on Travel + Leisure’s list of America’s most romantic towns, I’ve chosen the top five of the 26 that have captured my attention:
- Burlington, Vermont
I fell in love with the quaintness of this small New England capital in the summer of 2007 on the way to a Montreal wedding. I wish I could’ve stayed longer. Well, at least to watch the sunset over Lake Champlain. I can only imagine the fall foliage and then the first snowfall of winter. Apparently, one sip of Lake Champlain Chocolates’ decadent hot cocoas is all it takes to see why the town also scored highly for cafés and ranks among the top 10 for winter wonderland holiday-season visits.
- Annapolis, Maryland
I’ve been an east coast girl for roughly over half of my life. It’s mostly due to family, but blue crabs and fresh from the farm food help significantly. The food isn’t the only highlight of this Chesapeake Bay getaway, this city also ranked well for its wines. And after you visit Annapolis, you’ll discover much more to keep coming back to right coast too.
- Amelia, Florida
If you’ve ever dreamed of horseback riding with your lover on a beach then this is the perfect spot to do it. Amelia Island State Park is one of the few places in the country where you can still saddle up on the sand. This barrier-island town is prominently known for its parks and quaint historic inns, such as the Fairbanks House (a Victorian-era home filled with fireplaces, four-poster beds, and claw-foot tubs).
- Telluride, Colorado
Surrounded by the majestic San Juan Mountains and only having one road leading into the township, you realize how amazingly isolated Telluride really is. This southwestern Colorado town is perfect for a romantic rendezvous with its colorful Victorian homes and charming Western downtown. Winter or summer, complete the experience by hopping on the gondola and looking out over Telluride’s incredibly scenic canyon.
- Fairhope, Alabama
With five rivers converging at this scenic Gulf Coast town, Fairhope boasts plenty of Civil War history (even the nearby Marriott was the site of a Confederate hospital). Be sure to explore this southern town’s own small French Quarter, which is home to a dozen little shops and the largest crape myrtle tree in the South, called the Alabama Champion Tree.
Check out T+L’s complete list: America’s Most Romantic Towns