For most of my life I’ve craved being in a city, the rush of energy, the access to everything, the great food and the quick paced life. But I’m a woman of contradictions and as much as I still love the city, I either love being in the center of it or the complete opposite. And over the years of traveling, I have acquired a deep affinity for small picturesque towns, where everyone knows each other and you walk to the Main Street to accomplish whatever errands you need to. There is just a draw to small towns that pulls at me and I have often told those closest to me that I see myself retiring somewhere in a beautiful little town, wandering to the market and relishing in the quiet and slow pace of what small towns can offer.
After a Summer visits to Oregon and Washington’s small picturesque towns, I decided to compile some of the best small towns in the Pacific NW and showcase them here on LOM. Maybe you crave small town life too? Maybe you want to visit and relish in the quiet beautiful streets of small towns in the Pacific NW? Well look no further than my newest series on Land of Marvels: The Best Small Towns of the Pacific NW. Today we’re jumping off with Mt. Angel, Oregon – a beauty all its own!
Emily of Em Busy Living says
This place is adorable. Living in the south, finding a small town that has everything you need is a rarity. As factories, and subsequently jobs, moved out of areas, they frequently took everything useful with them on the way out in the form of unaffordability and an influx of big box stores in larger towns nearby. Thankfully, lots of those small towns are now seeing a resurgence and many of them are starting to bring in small businesses that are useful (besides a hardware store or gas station) and can draw in the “shop local” crowd. I used to see small towns on TV, like Stars Hollow on Gilmore Girls, and wondered if any places like that actually existed. I’m glad to say they are starting to around here now.
Hmm interesting! I think that’s probably similar here too but I love that a lot of small towns are having a resurgence and people are living more simply!