Beacon, NY, tops list of coolest American small towns

July 23 (TravelAndy): Beacon in New York state has topped Budget Travel‘s list of 10 coolest small towns in the US in 2018.

All the towns in the list has population under 20,000.

“Beacon is a vibrant, forward-thinking little city in Dutchess County, New York, an easy day trip or weekend escape from New York City,” the article says.

Stating that the town has since long been a manufacturing centre, especially for casting works and other big metal works, the article says, “These days, a new generation of makers calls Beacon home, including the artisans at Zora Dora’s gourmet handmade paletas (popsicles), the craft brewers at Hudson Valley Brewery, bakers at Glazed Over Donuts, the knitters at Loopy Mango boutique, and the mixologists and chefs at the Roundhouse and other excellent eateries ranging from tacos to BBQ to upscale comfort food.”

“Art lovers will appreciate the colourful murals on Main Street and the modern and contemporary works on display at the DIA:Beacon museum, nature lovers will enjoy hikes on Mount Beacon and the sweeping views of the Hudson River Valley and everyone will want to end their day at Quinn’s for great food and live music,” it adds.

The second and third of the list are Sonoma, California (wine-lover’s paradise) and Gatlinburg, Tennessee (Gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park) respectively.


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