When you think of a quintessential American small town, the charming hamlets of New England likely come to mind. The Northeastern United States – Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont – are brimming with travel-worthy small towns.
In fact, when we asked a panel of local experts to nominate their favorites (each with a population of under 10,000 according to the latest census data), the 10Best editorial team found ourselves with more than 80 to choose from. After narrowing it down to 20 nominees, we turned the list over to our readers to help choose a winner. The results are in!
The top 10 winners in the category Best Northeastern Small Town are as follows:
- Lenox, Mass.
- New Hope, Penn.
- Clinton, N.J.
- Woodstock, Vt.
- Essex, Conn.
- Cape May, N.J.
- Rockport, Mass.
- Eastport, Maine
- Bar Harbor, Maine
- Meredith, N.H.
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Deborah Fallows (American Futures), Anna Hider (Roadtrippers), Jenna Intersimone (MyCentralJersey.com) and our team of 10Best Local Experts were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of Northeastern travel.
Other nominated towns included Berlin, Md.; Block Island, R.I.; Camden, Maine; Chester, Vt.; Cold Spring, N.Y.; Jim Thorpe, Penn.; Lewes, Del.; Milton, Del.; Oak Bluffs, Mass.; and Washington, Conn.
Congratulations to all our winning small towns!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo