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Old Posted Jan 12, 2022, 6:04 PM
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What's the prettiest village in each state/province/area?

What's the prettiest village or little town in each state or province?

While all of this is subjective, I think there are some parameters to stick to

~ By "village" (or small town or other similar distinction), I mean some place small enough that you can walk around and see pretty much the entire thing in a couple hours. So while there's no real population criteria, a town of 40,000 is basically too big.
~ A village or small town should be an independent municipality. So, a pretty neighborhood in a city, like Beacon Hill in Boston, or Old Town in Sacramento, or the Garden District in New Orleans, are not villages, but neighborhoods.
~ The pretty area should cover a good amount of the village. So, a couple streets with nice houses, and the rest is Everytown USA, is probably not enough, unless it blows you away.
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Old Posted Jan 12, 2022, 6:07 PM
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Some of my suggestions, by state:

Woodstock, Vermont
Deerfield, Massachusetts
Bristol, Rhode Island
Essex, Connecticut
Cape May, New Jersey
New Castle, Delaware
St. Michaels, Maryland

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
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Galena, for Illinois.


source: https://www.midwestliving.com/travel...lena-illinois/


But it's also a 100% "tourism town" now.

So it's really pretty and historic, but it's basically nothing without all of those tourists and their wallets.
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Niagara-on-the-Lake is very nice but with Ontario being geographically enormous, there could be a few more.

For the eastern part of Ontario, I would say Perth.

For the western part of Quebec, I would say Wakefield.
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For the western part of Quebec, I would say Wakefield.
It depends on how we define the western part of Quebec. If we're talking about the Outaouais-Abitibi-Témiscamingue as western Quebec, then yes no town beats Wakefield:

https://www.google.com/maps/@46.7659...7i16384!8i8192

Montebello would be the runner-up:

https://www.google.com/search?q=mont...A_enCA931CA931

But if the western part of Quebec includes the Laurentians, then a number of towns there might top Wakefield.
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For Quebec as a whole, it's hard to pick.

I'd say that no human settlement in province is prettier on the whole than Quebec City is, but it's way above the threshold of the thread as it has hundreds of thousands of people.

In terms of smaller places, one thing I've found in thinking about this thread is that a lot of them look the same. You typically have a large, imposing Catholic church (often stone) in the centre, surrounded by a number of heritage buildings related to the church (like the presbytère, where the priest would live). Often there are also large old college or seminary-style buildings with classic architecture. Then you have a cluster of old French-style homes in the mansarde style, or in the Canadien (Québécois) style with prominent sloping roofs that were developed by the colonists in response to heavy snow collapsing flat roofs.

Whether a town or village is pretty or not is generally dependent on how much of this stuff it has (and its geographic setting), but generally it's mostly the same vernacular repeated in every community.

In terms of towns, I do like St-Sauveur, north of Montreal in the Laurentians (it's actually become something of a resort suburb of the city):

https://www.google.com/search?q=sain...A_enCA931CA931

Baie-St-Paul is a bit further afield in the Charlevoix region, northeast of Quebec City:

https://www.google.com/search?q=baie...ih=577&dpr=1.5

Technically speaking Mont-Tremblant is probably the prettiest small town in Quebec (and even a bit beyond) but it was built from scratch to look like this, so not sure that it counts:

https://www.google.com/search?q=mont...A_enCA931CA931
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In Quebec, I submit Kamouraska in the bas-du-fleuve region. Before the river turns into a gulf, the sunrises and sunsets are remarkable, and the architecture very pleasant.

In the Eastern Townships, North Hatley is a sweet looking place on Lake Massawipi.
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In Quebec, I submit Kamouraska in the bas-du-fleuve region. Before the river turns into a gulf, the sunrises and sunsets are remarkable, and the architecture very pleasant.

In the Eastern Townships, North Hatley is a sweet looking place on Lake Massawipi.
Hatley is nicer than North Hatley, just not on the lake.

Eaton Corner is our closest equivalent to Woodstock, VT. Nearly every building is straight from the 1800s.

https://qahn.org/exhibit/architectur...s-eaton-corner
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Old Posted Jan 18, 2022, 7:03 PM
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For Quebec as a whole, it's hard to pick.

I'd say that no human settlement in province is prettier on the whole than Quebec City is, but it's way above the threshold of the thread as it has hundreds of thousands of people.
Depends if the metric is the average or the cherry-picked best.

I just dropped a Google Street View pin randomly in Quebec City and I would have bet a million bucks it wouldn't be anywhere near as pretty as (basically anywhere in) Woodstock, Vermont:

https://www.google.com/maps/@46.8557...7i13312!8i6656

(dropped at random, no kidding!)

But of course it's apples to oranges; Quebec City is a functioning city, not a tiny village that can afford to obsess over architectural preservation and homogeneity.
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Depends if the metric is the average or the cherry-picked best.

I just dropped a Google Street View pin randomly in Quebec City and I would have bet a million bucks it wouldn't be anywhere near as pretty as (basically anywhere in) Woodstock, Vermont:

https://www.google.com/maps/@46.8557...7i13312!8i6656

(dropped at random, no kidding!)

But of course it's apples to oranges; Quebec City is a functioning city, not a tiny village that can afford to obsess over architectural preservation and homogeneity.
Sorry, should have been more precise and referred to the innermost, older parts of Quebec City!
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For Quebec as a whole, it's hard to pick.

Baie-St-Paul is a bit further afield in the Charlevoix region, northeast of Quebec City:

https://www.google.com/search?q=baie...ih=577&dpr=1.5

Technically speaking Mont-Tremblant is probably the prettiest small town in Quebec (and even a bit beyond) but it was built from scratch to look like this, so not sure that it counts:
There's a lot of the province that I haven't seen, but Baie-St-Paul is hands down the prettiest little town that I've visited in Quebec. The Charlevoix in general is probably one of the most underrated tourist destinations in eastern North America - such a beautiful area. Picks for other places include:

Deleware - Lewes
Pennsylvania - Lititz or Ligonier. I can't decide.
North Carolina - Highlands
Virginia - Culpepper
Tennessee - Jonesborough
Kentucky - Bardstown
Minnesota - Stillwater
Arizona - Cottonwood or Bisbee. The scenery in Sedona is stunning, but the town itself is extremely auto-centric and underwhelming IMO.
West Virginia - Shepherdstown
California - Almost too many to choose from. Carmel, Sonoma, Nevada City, Avalon, Healdsburg, St. Helena...
England - Just pick a spot in the Cotswolds

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Nashville, Indiana

Not really sure about Missouri - Hermann, maybe?
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Nashville, Indiana

Not really sure about Missouri - Hermann, maybe?
Perhaps Hermann for 19th century and Ste. Genevieve for 18th century towns.
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Jim Thorpe, PA

Natchitoches, LA

Fredricksburg, TX

Harpers Ferry, WV

Winchester, VA

Mackinac Island, MI

Annapolis, MD

Athens, OH

Skaneateles, NY
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Probably Sedona:











But Also:
Flagstaff



But Also:

Bisbee:



Jerome/Cottonwood (near Sedona):






But Also a few of the Phoenix suburbs are very lovely especially in the winter and spring.


Oh yeah if we are being truly strict on the Village:

Strawberry





And Greer:





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Granville, Oberlin, and Yellow Springs in Ohio.

Wellsboro in Pennsylvania.
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Granville, Oberlin, and Yellow Springs in Ohio.

well you can't argue with that.

for small and unsung, i would add the area round watertown, just because heading west of toledo along the maumee is so nice.

also, a place like charm in the heart of amish country in holmes county is a beautiful area with its uniquely scenic sights and rolling farms.

i am sure we are missing more for ohio.

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Fredericksburg, TX
I agree re: Fredericksburg. There is zero town that even comes close to competing, but if I had to pick a second (on the chance that some might consider Fredericksburg too large), it would be Wimberley.
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New York, there are so many but if I had to pick, probably Lake Placid but the ADK's and the Finger Lakes are filthy with them.

Some others:

Portsmouth for New Hampshire but also liked Conway, Peterborough (lived there), and Keene. In Mass, I was a huge fan of Provincetown.

In California, loved Carmel(-by-the-Sea)
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I haven’t been to any of these places but I’m going to guess they are either overcrowded with tourists or exclusive to people with $$$

No thanks.
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