Thanks to its extremely diverse population, landscape and culture, the United States is home to an abundance of quirky small towns. We took the time to research the ones that best fit the bill for a staycation this year. These small towns in New England tick all the boxes!
Beautiful Small Towns In New England
1. Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Stockbridge looks like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting, and that’s because it is! This cosy New England town was made famous by his portrayal of the city during Christmas. Stockbridge is the ideal New England small-town.
Its charming square, constant community events, historic inns, local eateries and preserved homes make it top the list for the best small towns in New England.
2. Woodstock, Vermont
Woodstock has all the fixin’s of a charming small town. New England character, prideful locals, surrounding scenery and unbelievably charming old town. In Woodstock, you can enjoy delicious farm to table meals, endless scenic trails and then experience its rural heritage without ever getting on a highway.
3. Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
Few things wow like Sugar Hill’s sweeping views of New Hampshire. This tiny New Hamshire town is known for its stunning fall foliage and annual Lupine festival in addition to its gorgeous natural beauty. Take in the meadows in the spring or fiery trees in the fall; Sugar Hill is lovely year-round.
4. Mystic, Connecticut
This seaside village is every bit as charming as you’d expect with a name like ‘Mystic’. Tirelessly devoted to all things nautical, this cosy Connecticut town is unbelievably cute. Plenty of local festivals, markets and community get-togethers bring the place to life. Additionally, the Historic Downtown features plenty of great options for local dining, nightlife and shopping.
5. Stowe, Vermont
Famous as a family fun summer destination or winter hotspot for skiers, Stowe is one of America’s best small-towns. Get your fill of local fare while taking in the surrounding natural beauty with plenty of outdoor activities. Whether you want to bike, fish, or hike, there’s something for everyone.
6. Nantucket, Massachusetts
This former whaling village sings of the old days with its crooked cobblestone streets and sleepy harbours. While widely known as a tourist destination, Cape Cod has done an excellent job of ensuring that it doesn’t turn into a tacky vacay-town. Eat your heart out with their world-famous seafood and then take in the golden beaches.
7. Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Berkshire County’s Great Barrington is known for being one of the country’s most charming small towns. An oasis for nature lovers and art aficionados, there’s something for everyone. Sip on fresh spiced cider from a local farmer, catch a show at Mahaiwe, explore the Berkshires or grab a bite and drink at any of the charming small towns gastro gems.