We all love the flashing lights and strangely most of us enjoy the sound of blaring horns in busy streets and a few distanced curse words from rushed drivers. That’s the sound of big city in America and we have come to love it. To take nothing away from the fun that the big city offers us, I have found myself longing for vacations to smaller, quieter towns with humble attractions and and good home feel. I will always love New York but after going there for the thousandth time in September, I think I need a small town like Marfa, Texas.
I nearly feel guilty overlooking the hidden gems only hours from my door step while seeking out bright lights and glitz from large East and West Coast cities. I sure have paid the cost, however, with airline costs and inner city dining prices. Road trips, half sized budgets, and double portioned plates are calling my name. I texted a few friends and asked if they’d be down for a weekend hop over to a small town where I couldn’t promise much excitement except for the joy you feel in a mom and pop restaurant as they bring out a Chicken Fried Steak the size of Texas. I was amazed how many of my friends were on board once I reminded them about the great food we were sure to encounter. Now with a few friends on board, I had to do my research. I admit, I didn’t know what I was looking for. Not knowing what I was looking for was the key ingredient to stumbling across some great small town destinations. Enjoy!
This is one of my favorites. It’s like Bavaria relocated to the the USA. This town has natural attractions and it’s 1960’s decision to give it a Bavarian look and feel. Really!
I have been beating myself up for taking so long to visit National Parks and if it’s on your to-do list too, this is the stop. It’s located near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Win-win!
This is what I have been imaging when I say ‘small town’ feel. This place is charming and cozy around every turn.
As one put it, “it’s an art oasis in the middle of the dessert.” This jewel of a city, especially so close to home, is on the top of my list.