The countryside is calling! People are flocking to small towns and hamlets that ooze charm and character to experience a more local feel away from crowds. And the good news is, there are SO many of them.
Littleton, NH, is a cute-as-can-be riverside town that adopted the classic character of Pollyanna as its mascot. You truly can't help but "be glad" here. This historical-meets-modern town is host to several antique shops, the iconic Thayer's Inn, a covered bridge, a rockin' brewery, and an adorable Sunday farmers' market. Oh, and breakfast is a big deal here.
Clayton, NY, in the 1,000 Islands region is the epitome of wide-open spaces and serves as a solid base for exploring the area. A nature center, hiking trails, boat tours, a castle (yes, please!), and a lighthouse make for the perfect small-town social-distancing venture. After all that fresh-air action, slumber at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel for a refresh to do it all again the next day.
Cambria, CA, is a coastal gem along the famous Highway 1. History meets beach here, where you're likely to spot whales, dolphins, and otters just by strolling Moonstone Beach Boardwalk. Sleep at The Bee's Knees Farm Stay, and if you don't visit the Covell's California Clydesdale Ranch to see those horse beauties, you're doing it wrong.