Five great little communities that are well worth a visit— or perhaps even a move
We're drawn to pocket-size communities because they serve up the simple pleasures of broad porches, biscuit breakfasts, and lazy strolls under ancient trees with deep, deep roots. They sound like homegrown music and taste like fruit cobblers and country ham. In a small town, you can savor a region's culinary heritage, immerse yourself in its culture, and encounter local artisans who are fully committed to their crafts—whether their medium is pottery, pizza, or bourbon. Usually, the charm and character of these towns aren't fortuitous but hard-won, because the best of them actively preserve and revive their historic structures, keeping their downtowns vibrant. Here are some of our favorites—each one a small hamlet with a big heart.