When the hustle and bustle of the world gets to be a bit too much…
And you find that you want to go somewhere where everyone knows your name, these quaint seaside towns might be just what you seek. Known for their close-knit communities and overall “chill appeal,” these spots offer a welcome respite from the stresses of everyday life.
Pescadero, California is a tiny farming town just south of San Francisco that has a reputation as a great weekend escape from the big city. The town has beautiful beaches, clean air, awesome places to hike and cycle, and a generally laid-back attitude. Once a popular stop for those traveling on the stagecoach from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, this small town has maintained its general appeal with a variety of small shops and quaint eateries.
Newport, Rhode Island is the place to be if you love art, music, literature, water, sailing, shopping…you name it, Rhode Island can get it for you. Tourists from around the world come to Rhode Island throughout the year to enjoy all that this rich setting has to offer. Whether coming for the annual Jazz Festival, Folk Festival, to sightsee or sail, Newport welcomes you with open arms.
On the western side of Michigan dwells a tiny resort town that was recently voted “2015 Best Coastal Small Town,” by USA Today. Originally a lumber town and port, Saugatuck, Michigan, recreated itself into an artist colony and tourist destination in the early part of the 20th Century. It is now quite popular as tourists come to visit the art galleries and kitschy shops that inhabit the town. More an artist’s colony than tourist spot, the town generally has a laid back vibe– that is until the middle of the summer when it is flooded with people from Chicago and Michigan seeking a respite from their busy lives. That being said it is still an amazing place to sightsee and connect with artists. There is definitely a strong creative vibe present that makes it well worth a visit.
Do yourself a favor a take a little time to explore one of these beautiful getaways. You just might find yourself refreshed and renewed at the end of your journey.