Help Northern New England Land a Nomination for the 2013 Coolest Small Town

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Woodstock, Vermont

Budget Travel is now accepting nominations to determine the 2013 Coolest Small Town in America. This is the seventh year that they have run this contest. Alas, in 2012 not one small town in Northern New England made the cut . . . that is unacceptable. Here were the winners (view the 2012 Coolest Small Town slideshow here):

  1. Beaufort, North Carolina (tied 1st)
  2. Hammondsport, New York (tied 1st)
  3. Weaverville, California
  4. Damascus, Virginia
  5. Nashville, Indiana
  6. Port Townsend, Washington
  7. Cape May, New Jersey
  8. Jerome, Arizona
  9. Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
  10. Cooke City, Montana
Picture of Historical Thayer Inn in Littleton New Hampshire

Thayer Inn in Littleton New Hampshire

Seriously, what do these towns have over Northern New England towns such as Woodstock, Vermont, or Littleton, New Hampshire, or Wiscasset, Maine? So go nominate your Northern New England town NOW!

Of course, we need to know the rules first so here you go:

The town must have a population under 10,000. It also needs that indescribable something: independent shops, a sense of energy, an epic backyard, culture, delicious coffee. In other words, cool doesn’t necessarily mean quaint: We want towns with an edge and a heart.

Another caveat is that you can’t nominate previous winners over the last seven years. And while Northern New England was shut out last year, several towns have won including: Bernard, Vermont, Belfast, Maine, Peterborough, New Hampshire, Rockland, Maine, and White River Junction, Vermont. Congratulations!

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Wiscasset, Maine

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