Small-Town Escapes

Ten sweet and soulful Southern hideaways

Less than ninety minutes from a major metro area, but a world away, these ten towns—long on creativity, charm, and old-fashioned hospitality—make for an easy weekend away or an ideal place to put down roots.

1. St. Francisville, Louisiana

2. Bluffton, South Carolina

3. Franklin, Tennessee

4. Round Top, Texas

5. Davidson, North Carolina

6. Chestertown, Maryland

7. Winter Park, Florida

8. Water Valley, Mississippi

9. Ellijay, Georgia

10. Middleburg, Virginia