“How does it feel to live in the Coolest Small Town in America? Ask
the folks in Berlin, MD, the winner of Budget Travel’s 9th annual
America’s Coolest Small Town contest!
Berlin’s citizens—and fans from around the U.S. and beyond—helped get
the town nominated last fall when Budget Travel solicited suggestions
from tens of thousands of online readers. The editors tallied up the
nominations, added a dash of editorial discretion for regional and
cultural diversity, and came up with a list of 15 finalists—cool burghs
from Upstate New York to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in
California, from northern Colorado to the Everglades, and, of course,
the Maryland shore.
Now, after more than a month of online voting, Berlin, MD (population 4,563), has earned the title of “Coolest.” Berlin not only has a dedicated citizenry and fan following (it grabbed more than 28 percent of the votes among the 15 finalists), but it's also a truly spectacular place to visit or put down roots. Like the beautiful backdrops in the films Tuck Everlasting and The Runaway Bride? Thank Berlin, where both movies were shot. Ready for a getaway that includes Maryland's awesome Ocean City beach and boardwalk and gorgeous Assateague Island? They're just a few miles from Berlin's downtown (a National Register Historic District), which plays host to fun events all year long, from the regular farmers market to one-of-a-kind bashes like the Berlin Fiddlers Convention, New Year's fireworks, Victorian Christmas (complete with horse-drawn carriages), and even bathtub races! Whether you're a beach lover, hiker, kayaker, bird watcher, or history aficionado, put Berlin on your list of small-town must-sees (in fact, put it at the top of your list—we just did!).
So, congrats to the people of Berlin, MD, and its mayor, William "Gee" WIlliams III (who just earned a growler of craft beer from second-place finisher Cazenovia's mayor, Kurt Wheeler). And let's join them in a rousing chorus of "Cool Berlin," by local songwriter Steve Frene, written especially to promote the town's campaign for the top spot." Read more...