Drop in for a day, stay a week, or put down roots for a lifetime. In these soulful, just-under-the-radar hideouts, distilled small-town pleasures still go down smoothly.
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Seeking an underpopulated—and undiscovered—slice of paradise? Drop in to any of our 20 adventure towns, from burly Haines, Alaska, to serene Cedar Key, Florida, where you’ll find cush, affordable base camps for spontaneous long weekends or a lifetime of wild fun. By Mike Grudowski PLUS: If you’re moving to that rustic retreat, you’d better mind your manners—author and small-town guy Michael Perry shares his secrets for fitting in; our troubleshooting guide to home buying in dreamland; living on the edge in America’s best border towns; and more.
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Our Town: An Introduction
Root River Revival
The Golden State’s Last Best Place
Cashiers, North Carolina
It’s One Huge Rush After Another
Hood River, Oregon
The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowing in the Wind
The Big Outside on the Inside Passage
Rodeo Hearts and Adventure Souls
The Cool Northwest’s Hot Property
Mountain View, Arkansas
Ozarks Unplugged: Pick, Paddle, and Roll
Silver City, New Mexico
You, Too, Can Hide Out in This Outlaw Town
Cedar Key, Florida
Even the Fish Here Are on Island Time
The Upside of the Good Life Down East
Where the Rockies Get Real
Georgetown, South Carolina
Hey Y’all, It’s a Southern Thing
Classic New England in Every Shade of Green
How to Buy