We love small towns, which is why we're always so thrilled to see them thrive—whether they're newcomers to the spotlight or old cities getting some much-needed love from engaged citizens. Here's a list of small towns in America that are currently being revitalized or experiencing a surge in popularity this year.
You're about to learn all about Laurel, thanks to these two. Meet Erin and Ben Napier, the stars of the new HGTV show,Home Town, set in (and all about) their small Southern town. Start following them on and on right now—and get ready to fall in love with the quaint town of Laurel when the series premieres on March 21.
just named this Southern city one of the hottest places to visit this year, calling it "the next Charleston," and we couldn't agree more. Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town boasts trendy new restaurants like Sean Brock's and a location.
A century ago, Leiper's Fork was a bustling place because it was a stop on the Middle Tennessee Railroad. That all changed in 1927, when the trains stopped. But a recent revitalization has restored the community to its former glory. Proof: It was recently voted one of the cutest small towns in America by our Facebook followers.
In this charming Hudson Valley town, you'll find (pictured), but there are other exciting draws, too: The , for one, and the Ikaroo Fair, held this year on June 2-4.
The 1879 town looks as if it's been frozen in time: It's still filled with perfectly preserved Victorian architecture, and it even has a trolley system and horse-drawn carriages. voted it one of the seven best small small towns to visit and it's also become a .
Carmel-by-the-Sea has made headlines recently for its storybook cottage-esque homes, , and —all reasons we expect it to explode in popularity this year.
Charlottesville was just voted one of the healthiest and happiest cities in the country by the . That's a pretty great reason to draw attention back to the town, which features buildings designed by Thomas Jefferson.