Berlin, Maryland wins Best Small Town for Shopping!

Lewes, Del.; Sequim, Wash.; Highlands, N.C. and Woodstock, Vt. in top five

Eclectic boutiques, art galleries, antiques stores and farmers markets – these 10 small towns with populations of less than 25,000 are perfect destinations for some retail therapy. 

  • Berlin

    Berlin's downtown, a National Register Historic District, has featured in films like Tuck Everlasting and The Runaway Bride. Situated a stone's throw from Ocean City, Berlin’s Main Street is packed with retail shops – more than 50 – that run the gamut from antiques and art galleries to jewelry stores and clothing boutiques. It’s a diverse assortment for such a small town.
    Photo courtesy of Squelle / Wikimedia Commons

  • Lewes

    Those on the hunt for historic treasures and rare finds should head to Second Street in the small town of Lewes, Delaware. But it's not all about antiques; shoppers will also find nautical gifts, American crafts, boutique clothing, jewelry and health food.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / mdgmorris

  • Sequim

    Sequim, an old mill town on the Olympic Peninsula, enjoys a walkable downtown filled with gift shops and cafes, and punctuated by a historic grain elevator. This unusually sunny small town (at least by Washington standards) is famous for succulent Dungeness crab, as well as the fields of fragrant lavender at its outskirts.
    Photo courtesy of sk / Flickr

  • Highlands
    North Carolina

    The picturesque Main Street in the small North Carolina town of Highlands is a shopper’s paradise stocking a little of everything – sportswear, gift items, European and American antiques, home decor and accessories, fine art and kitchen gear.
    Photo courtesy of Jon Platek / Wikimedia Commons

  • Woodstock

    Woodstock's exquisite downtown area features numerous galleries and boutiques, while the surrounding historic homes are a study in 19th and 20th century architecture. Settled in 1765 on the banks of the Ottaquechee River, Woodstock has become a four seasons destination for shoppers, foodies, antiquers, outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
    Photo courtesy of Woodstock Chamber of Commerce

  • Fairhope

    Known as Alabama's City of Flowers, the beautiful village of Fairhope has nearly 100 shops and galleries on its streets near the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. Local history is for sale at the many antique shops, while fashionistas will find plenty of clothing and accessories options. Specialty shops sell everything from fine cigars to fly fishing gear.
    Photo courtesy of Rian Castillo / Flickr

  • Fredericksburg

    More than 150 shops line the streets of historic Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country, including many antique dealers and furniture design studios, making the town a popular destination for Texans looking to furnish a home. Take home a taste of Texas from Rustlin’ Rob’s Texas Gourmet Foods, handmade crosses and plaques from The Seasons or “traditional chic” fashion at Jabberwocky.
    Photo courtesy of Hot Furnace / Wikimedia Commons

  • Orcas Island

    Known as the "gem of the San Juans", Orcas Island is also one of the most developed, complete with excellent opportunities to lighten your wallet. Mostly concentrated in Eastsound village, shoppers will find pottery, jewelry, glassware and home decor.
    Photo courtesy of San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

  • Allen

    Nicknamed the “Antique Capital of Michigan” thanks to the numerous small shops and dealers lining the streets of downtown, Allen sets the scene for a small town weekend treasure hunt. Many of the shops occupy Victorian homes and other historic buildings.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / SzB

  • Taos
    New Mexico

    Taos-made products abound in the shop of this New Mexico mountain town, from decorative chile ristras and American Indian moccasins to chile powder and fresh-roasted piñon nuts. Southwestern style pottery and jewelry are also standouts. 
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The top 10 winners in the category Best Small Town for Shopping are as follows:

  1. Berlin, Md.
  2. Lewes, Del.
  3. Sequim, Wash.
  4. Highlands, N.C.
  5. Woodstock, Vt.
  6. Fairhope, Ala.
  7. Fredericksburg, Texas
  8. Orcas Island, Wash.
  9. Allen, Mich.
  10. Taos, N.M.

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 Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Beth D'Addono (100 Things To Do in New Orleans Before You Die)Eric GrossmanAnna Hider (Roadtrippers), Gerrish Lopez and Chelle Koster Walton were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in the United States.

Congratulations to all these winning small towns!

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