What a quaint little town.

February 6, 2008 at 9:25 pm (NJ stuff, quaint little towns)

When I was visiting Ireland we Americans always referred to the towns as “quaint“. I believe the native Irish hated this term but it reflects how we feel when we see a town we really love. We don’t have alot of “quaint” towns in America so when we see towns that really appeal to us we have this lovely name for it.

As I read my latest Victorian Homes magazine, they did a spread on Mount Tabor, New Jersey. This town was founded by Methodists and used to be a “tent” town. The town was founded in 1877 and families would come from the nearest cities for two weeks in the summer to listen to the traveling preachers. It is a thriving community today full of gingerbread houses. I think I’ll drive up there and take a walking tour….

Do you have any quaint towns that you really like? Where are they?
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14 Comments

  1. coffeypot said,

    When I was a kid, before the Braves moved here from Milwaukee, we had one of their farm teams in Atlanta, The Atlanta Crackers (now the Richmond Braves.) They played ball in the Ponce De Leon Ball Park. When they were out of town on road trips, the park would hold all-night Christian Music Festivals. It was free and awesome. People were standing and singing the old time spirituals and singing their hearts out. You could come and go as you please. Then they started to charge admission and it all went to Hell.

  2. cheer34 said,

    no quaint towns, but we do have hosues built from cobblestones that are impressive. I like to visit Rhinebeck NY and Poughkeepsie. They are nice towns

  3. The Guv'ner said,

    Scotland has a lot of quaint fishing villages and towns on the Lochs. They’re too pretty to be true and look like a painting.

    Likewise I’ve been to some kickass little Portuguese towns that are all whitewashed against the blue sky, turquoise oceans and sun-drenched. Quite lovely. Europe is full of quaint places with old picturesque buildings and pretty lakeside views.

    In England there are some really ancient little villages and hamlets that still feature old cottages with thatched roofs. They are amazing looking and certainly full of “quaint”. 🙂

  4. The Guv'ner said,

    Scotland has a lot of quaint fishing villages and towns on the Lochs. They’re too pretty to be true and look like a painting.

    Likewise I’ve been to some kickass little Portuguese towns that are all whitewashed against the blue sky, turquoise oceans and sun-drenched. Quite lovely. Europe is full of quaint places with old picturesque buildings and pretty lakeside views.

    In England there are some really ancient little villages and hamlets that still feature old cottages with thatched roofs. They are amazing looking and certainly full of “quaint”. 🙂

  5. The Guv'ner said,

    Scotland has a lot of quaint fishing villages and towns on the Lochs. They’re too pretty to be true and look like a painting.

    Likewise I’ve been to some kickass little Portuguese towns that are all whitewashed against the blue sky, turquoise oceans and sun-drenched. Quite lovely. Europe is full of quaint places with old picturesque buildings and pretty lakeside views.

    In England there are some really ancient little villages and hamlets that still feature old cottages with thatched roofs. They are amazing looking and certainly full of “quaint”. 🙂

  6. Sushiboy said,

    Most of the small towns around here are quickly becoming large 😦

    We live in a small town, it is growing. Before we moved, we lived in a small town that about doubled in size in the 3 years we lived there. 😦 its sad.

  7. SkylersDad said,

    When I went to Hong Kong I found it to be rather quaint. In a “I can’t even fit on the sidewalk because of all the people” kind of quaint.

  8. fudgelady said,

    I have always liked Cape May.

  9. Teri said,

    Fudgelady – I LOVE Cape May, as well.

  10. Grant Miller said,

    I believe Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard also was a “tent town.” Today there’s a few blocks of adorable little victorian houses that gradually replaced the tent town.

    If you ever visit Galena, Illinois you will find it is very quaint.

  11. gigglepotamus said,

    Wow, you lived in Ireland? That’s incredible! I spent about 10 days there in college… beautiful, beautiful place, and great people, too!

    I love Cape May, too, and New Hope, and even though the “town” part is pretty small, Lancaster, PA.

  12. Teri said,

    gigglepotamus – Oh I wish I lived in Ireland. I was only there for a week but it was a tour and we learned alot from the tour guide. He was the one who mentioned that they don’t like when we call them “quaint”.

    I love New Hope and Cape May as well. I’ve never been to Lancaster, only drove through it and around it.

  13. Special K said,

    I love going to New Harmony Indiana. There’s jack shit to do at night, but it’s very relaxing and of course, quaint.
    It’s great to get away from work, phones, and just walk and write and think.

  14. Just Dave said,

    New Hope, PA. It is quaint with a capital Q. Old keelboat canals, lots of footbridges. I liked it a lot.

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