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6 Of America's Favorite Little Towns You Need To Visit This Fall

As with certain seasons and songs, sometimes you just want to take a back road or enjoy all that a quiet, peaceful town has to offer. Fall is a cozy season, and with that comes a longing for tiny towns with quaint B&Bs and little carriage tours.

Just in time for colder weather, here are a few towns, courtesy of Travel + Leisure, that you'll definitely fall in love with this season:

1. Hood River, Oregon
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You might not think of Oregon as a prime fall destination, but Hood River has all of the wineries, orchards and access to great hiking you could want in a seasonal getaway, roughly 60 miles out of Portland.

2. Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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Portsmouth calls itself one of the oldest towns in America -- it features a museum with four centuries of goodies, the home of a Declaration of Independence signer and a beautiful Market Square district for all the apple cider and knickknacks you need.

3. Ogunquit, Maine
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Ogunquit means "beautiful place by the sea," and we couldn't agree more. With somewhere around 1,000 residents, this charming alternative to Portland is just as fun but not quite as crowded in the fall. Make sure to go clamming and deep sea fishing (the season ends soon!).

4. Bayfield, Wisconsin
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Head to Bayfield to explore the nearby Apostle Islands sea caves which tend to freeze up in cold temperatures, and be sure to catch the very last bit of leaf-peeping season in this quaint town of about 500 residents.

5. Lewisburg, West Virginia
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This tiny town, hidden in Greenbrier Valley, is great for those who like antiquing, art galleries and romantic little cafes for sipping hot cocoa.

6. Beaufort, North Carolina
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This Carolina town has it all -- historic houses, picturesque waterfront views and a double-decker bus tour to take in everything this delightful fall escape has to offer.

Healdsburg, Calif.
Right in the heart of wine country is the small town of Healdsburg. If you throw a stone two feet in either direction in this town, you’ll wind up hitting a spectacular restaurant. Guests on wine country tours often stop in the quaint, popular town for a quick yet amazing lunch before resuming tasting. For those who love seafood, Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar is your pick, and if you’re in the mood for burgers and the best seasoned garlic fries in town, try the Healdsburg Bar & Grill. Bistro Ralph is another local favorite that won’t disappoint with items like moules frites. Photo Credit: © Flickr /tastingsfClick Here to see The Complete List of America’s Best Small Towns for Food
Lafayette, La.
Known by locals as the "capital" of Cajun cuisine, Lafayette, La., is a town made for true food lovers. For traditional Southern cuisine, eaters may find themselves at staples like The French Press. To learn how to make traditional gumbo while you’re in town, swing by The Accidental Chef Cooking School. And for those looking to veer away from Cajun, Spanish tapas joint Pamplona never disappoints. Photo Credit: © Flickr /frank3.0
Traverse City, Mich.
Local cuisine is at its finest in Traverse City, a beautiful small town situated in close proximity to Lake Michigan. Locally grown morel mushrooms, cherries, and apples can be found in the dishes of the many restaurants in town. As for fish, the town is known for its fresh whitefish, perch, and salmon from area waters. Check out seasonal items at spots like Morselsand the Grand Traverse Pie Company, as well as at Trattoria Stella and The Cooks' House. Photo Credit: © Flickr /pulinglooClick Here to see The Complete List of America’s Best Small Towns for Food
Boulder, Colo.
Normally, college towns are filled with chain restaurants and late-night greasy spoons, but Boulder’s cuisine is nothing short of phenomenal. With a heavy emphasis on local, seasonal dishes, The Kitchen and its sister restaurants are offering very healthful cuisine packed with flavor. Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place boasts a local, seasonal, and allergy-free menu catering to those with gluten and lactose intolerance, as well as offering vegan and vegetarian options. And finally, there’s Frasca Food & Wine for a fine-dining Italian experience. Photo Credit: © Flickr /wallyg
Rockland, Maine
Click Here to see More of America’s Best Small Towns for Food If it’s fresh lobsters you want, it’s lobsters you’ll get in Rockland, Maine. This New England seaside town is home to the Maine Lobster Festival during July and August and offers locals and tourists the opportunity to taste and indulge in some of the world’s freshest lobsters. For charming lobster joints, try Linda's Beans or Miller's Lobster Company.For a bit of variety, Rockland also offers traditional Italian food at Primo. Photo Credit: © Flickr /InspirationDC