Happiest Seaside Town in America: Chincoteague

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If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe. It’s free and easy to do. Just insert your email address on the right side of the page. Viola! Thanks for visiting and I hope you tell your friends and family!  Article and Photographs by Lissa St. Clair, a special guest of American Small Towns! Do you know what the name of the happiest seaside town in America is? It’s Chincoteague Island, Virginia! According to Coastal Living Magazine, Chincoteague Island is one of America’s best island towns and this year it was voted the #1 happiest beach town in the country! Located on the Eastern Shore, Chincoteague is the state’s only resort island, which is located … Continue reading

The Globe and Mail News

The Globe and Mail

  Hey everyone! Just popping in to let y’all know that American Small Towns made it in the news. I was contacted by The Globe and Mail out of Canada, and I provided my take on a few towns. Click on the picture below to be transported up North, so you can read it all! … Continue reading

Uncertain, Texas: A Special Tribute

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  Uncertain I hadn’t planned on going to Uncertain, Texas (Population: 95) any time soon. I figured I had plenty of time to include it while I was on the way to some place else, to make a quick stop, take a few pictures, etc., but that idea was negated. Instead, I made the trip a priority because I had to let someone go. I just never thought the reason for my visit would be to spread my fathers ashes into an area he loved so well. My father passed away on May 14th after a 3 year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Obviously, Alzheimer’s won, as it always does. I never talked about my fathers disease, something that was passed down … Continue reading

Original Southern Charm in Charleston

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  The air is hot and the southern accents are thicker than the humidity. It’s a place where traditions are relived in kitchens and piazza’s, and taught to future generations; a place where rocking chairs are plentiful, always at the ready to welcome visitors; a place rich in history, and is the oldest, second-largest city in the state of South Carolina. So, pull up a chair and pretend to take a sip of the cold Mint Julep you wish was sitting in front of you right now, because we’re going to the Palmetto State. More specifically, we’re going to Charleston, a city that will wrap you in a warm embrace, and drape you in hospitality. … Continue reading

No Cars Allowed: Mackinac Island

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  Mackinac Island is an island and resort on the northern tip of Michigan, located in Lake Huron and covers 3.8 square miles. Yep, that’s it. Also, it’s pronounced mack-in-naw, not mack-in-ack. Say it incorrectly, and the locals will shoot daggers in your direction. Okay, maybe not daggers, but you will get some strange looks, and nobody wants to feel or treated like a tourist. ** Side note: I’m sure some of my Doctor Who fans would be going bonkers if that telephone booth was planted blue. ** Another Side note: I don’t get the fascination with Doctor Who. Anyway, the island was home to a Native American settlement before European exploration began in the 17th century. It served a … Continue reading

An Old Friend: Corpus Christi

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  Whew, it’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, but things have been quite hectic, and honestly, I’m literally exhausted. Anyway, let’s play catch-up, because I have a ton of places to write about. Here we go … I’ve had a long, long love affair with Corpus Christi, but it’s been a while since I’ve been to the area. I realize that Corpus Christi is larger than some of the towns I have visited, but I knew I had to come back, sooner rather than later. I used to come down here, surfboard tucked under my arm, and surf the day away, before flying back home to Dallas. Of course, knowing the owner … Continue reading

A Grand Sight: Toledo, Oregon

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  I love Toledo.  No, I don’t mean Toledo, Spain, although I hear it’s beautiful.  It’s not in America, and it’s not a small town, so it doesn’t belong on this blog. And not Toledo, Ohio, either.  It may be in America, but it is not small.  No, I’m talking about the Toledo in Oregon.   It’s just a short trip from the coast and its attractions, but far enough away to escape much of the tourism that the beach towns get.  Once you turn onto Business Loop 20 and head south, there is not a clue that you were anywhere near the ocean. It’s a bit sprawly; buildings sort of just trickle in, until … Continue reading

St. Thomas

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  The amazing thing about the Caribbean is that it rains at night, making everything is so clean, clear, and beautiful during the day. I mean, you’ve never seen hues of green and blue until you’ve been to the islands. It’s truly stunning. So, it was no surprise that when I stepped out of my room, I walked over to the railing, inhaled deeply, appreciating the beauty and abruptly decided that I needed some coffee. I know that I should not have taken the beauty before me for granted, but you know…coffee. The need for caffeine trumps everything. Charlotte Amalie is the hub of St. Thomas and a lot people cruise the city looking for … Continue reading

Island Hopping: Dominica

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  Of all the islands in the Caribbean that I’ve been to, I’d have to say that Dominica (pronounced: dom-a-nee-ka) was my least favorite. Don’t get me wrong, because it was still beautiful, just in a different way. The island itself is considered the, “Nature Isle of the Caribbean,” because of its unspoiled nature and I imagine would be a hikers paradise. It’s the youngest of all the Caribbean islands and is still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity. Dominica (Latin for Sunday) was named after the day of the week it was discovered by Christopher Columbus. He was a creative lil’ feller, wasn’t he? At the time, the Carib Indians settled on the island after being … Continue reading

Just Another High Desert Town … Usually

Just Another High-Desert Town

  Sisters, Oregon, is nestled under tall Jackson pines in the high-desert country east of the Cascade Mountains.  Not too far from Bend, its citizens slog through the snowy winters and sweat through the hot summers, like the rest of the little towns at the foot of the mountain range. It’s not very big; the business section is only a couple of blocks long by two or three streets wide, and that is all the regular citizens need.  Life’s pretty quiet here. Until the second week in June, when the town is converged upon by thousands of people, most toting over-sized bags and quilt projects.  This is the Annual Outdoor Quilt Show, and the town … Continue reading