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Slow living

Slow living refers to a lifestyle that encourages a slower approach to aspects of everyday life. [1] It has been defined as movement or action at a relaxed or leisurely pace. [2] It began in Italy with the slow food movement, which emphasises traditional food production techniques in response to the emergence of fast food during the 1980s and 1990s. Slow living also incorporates slow money and slow cities. Slow food and slow living are sometimes proposed as solutions to what the green movement sees as the negative consequences of materialistic and industrial lifestyles.

It is suggested that a fast-paced environment can resemble a chaotic nature, whilst the notion of 'slowing down' in slow living implies that people would be able to enjoy life more and be more aware or conscious of sensory cues. However, slow living does not prevent the adoption of certain technologies such as mobile phones, Internet, and access to goods and services. [3]

Some slow living practitioners use the term slow as an acronym to show different issues that slow living focuses on. The 's' refers to sustainable, meaning having a limited impact. The 'l' refers to local, meaning using materials and products that are geographically close to the person or produced near them. The 'o' refers to organic, meaning avoiding products that have been genetically engineered or mass-produced. Lastly, the 'w' refers to whole, meaning not processed. [4]

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“Easy Living” is a slow ballad with straightforward lyrics that declare just how wonderful life can be when living for someone you love. The songwriting team of Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin wrote this song while under contract to Paramount. It was written for the film of the same name and was the film’s only song.

The 1937 Paramount movie starred Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold, Ray Milland, Luis Alberni, Mary Nash, Franklin Pangborn and William Demarest. Mitchell Leisen directed and Preston Sturges wrote the screenplay, which was based on a story by Vera Caspary (A Letter to Three Wives, Laura) . Easy Living is generally well-reviewed and is best characterized as a screwball comedy classic.

“Easy Living” was reprised in the 1949 RKO film, Easy Living (same name, different plot), starring Victor Mature, Lucille Ball, Sonny Tufts, and Lizabeth Scott. Again it is the film’s sole song, but this time it is sung by Audrey Young, who went on to become better known as Audrey Wilder, wife of Billy Wilder.

“Easy Living” did not immediately garner much public attention because it was only performed instrumentally in the original film. However, Billie Holiday recorded it with Teddy Wilson’s Orchestra on June 1, 1937, and their version stayed on the charts for two weeks in July, 1937, peaking at fifteenth position.

To capitalize on the success of the Holiday/Wilson recording, “Easy Living” was recycled in the 1939, Paramount film Remember the Night , also written by Preston Sturges and directed by Mitchell Leisen.

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This section suggests definitive or otherwise significant recordings that will help jazz students get acquainted with “Easy Living.” These recordings have been selected from the Jazz History and CD Recommendations sections.
Billie Holiday’s classic and stunningly emotional rendition of “Easy Living” (Strange Fruit: 1937-1939) has become the point of reference for many people who have taken on the tune since then. Among the great instrumental recordings of the tune are performances by two of the definitive ballad interpreters in modern jazz history, Bill Evans (Bouncin' with Dex) and Dexter Gordon (New Jazz Conceptions).

Musical analysis of “Easy Living”

The modulation from Eb to B in the second ending is worth commenting on since it works so well. It begins with a I going to IV7 – typical for an ending – but then, instead of returning to I, the IV7 resolves to bviim7. In the original key this is: Eb-Ab7-Dbm7. The Dbm7 then becomes a ii7 of the new key of B major, making for a smooth transition. The second modulation–going from B major back to Eb–is accomplished almost as well, as the bass note of the vi7 chord (of B major) drops two steps, turning it into a “pivot” chord that leads to the V7 of the original “A” key (Eb major).

Melodically, this sort of piece is loved by instrumentalists and hated by vocalists for the same reason–wide intervals. Despite this, the range of the song is no more than octave and a fifth. With proper warm-up and technique (translation: RELAX!), this should pose no more than a moderate challenge for the intermediate jazz vocalist.

Tenor saxophonist Wardell Gray lived a tragically short life but made a mark on postwar transitional jazz. On his 1949 recording session (which produced his famous original “Twisted”), Gray works his magic on a ballad version of “Easy Living.” He’s accompanied by alto saxophonist Charlie Parker’s rhythm section of Al Haig (piano), Tommy Potter (bass) and Roy Haynes (drums). (The CD reissue includes an alternate version).

Another tenor player, Stan Getz, was influenced by Lester Young (as was Wardell Gray). In an interesting alignment, Getz is featured with Count Basie’s orchestra in a live 1954 recording, playing the tune that Young recorded with Billie Holiday.

Officially A City

Orinda incorporated as a City in 1985 after more than 100 years of gradual development. One of the most beautiful cities in Contra Costa County, Orinda remains a family oriented community in an idyllic setting.Orinda continues to make a mark on the region with the beautifully restored art deco Orinda Theatre, the California Shakespeare Theater, and a popular Community Center and Public Library in the center of town.

Its beauty, excellent schools, culture, and its proximity to San Francisco and Bay Area activities make Orinda a delightful place in which to live, visit, and shop.

Just as people's ideas about life balance can be quite different, so our ideas and needs change as we grow and experience life.

What worked for us when we were young tends not to work so well when we are older.

And conversely much of what makes older people happy tends not to be so helpful to younger people.

These differences are important to consider if you are helping or coaching others: we see things differently depending on our age and life-stage, as much and sometimes more than our personality and situation.

Life changes around us, but we change too, and often we don't realise this. We certainly don't naturally see this happening in other people, but it does.

So it's important to step back and to realise how and why we change.

Objectivity is vital in understanding and handling any situation, especially our own life balance.

See Erik Erikson's Life Stages Theory to understand how our needs and priorities change with age and life-stage. You do not need to read the whole of the Erikson Theory summary - just spend a few minutes looking at the grids - they offer a very quick guide to how our needs alter as we grow through the main stages of life.

36 Bible Verses on Living Simply

Hebrews 12:1-2

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

1 Thessalonians 4:11

“…make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,”

1 Timothy 6:6-7

“ But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.”

Ecclesiastes 4:4

“And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

Luke 12:15

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

“ What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not those who mourn, as if they did not those who are happy, as if they were not those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.”

Psalm 46:10

“ He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.’”

Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Ecclesiastes 4:6

“Better one handful with tranquillity
than two handfuls with toil
and chasing after the wind.”

Galatians 1:10

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Matthew 10:37-39

“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

Luke 12:32-34

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:33

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

John 6:27

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

1 John 2:15-17

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

Colossians 3:1-2

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. “

John 15:12-13

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Luke 9:25

“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?”

Philippians 4:11-13

“… have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Proverbs 30:7-9

“Two things I ask of you, Lord
do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the Lord ?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.”

Philippians 3:13-14

“ Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

John 15:16-17

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.”

Jeremiah 9:23-24

“This is what the Lord says:

‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord , who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,’
declares the Lord .”

1 Timothy 6:18-19

“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

1 Timothy 6:17

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”

*1 Corinthians 7:24

“Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.”

Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

1 Timothy 2:9-10

I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds,appropriate for women who profess to worship God.”

Mark 10:29-30

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.”

Matthew 6:6

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

James 4:4

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”

John 21:21-22

When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”

“ Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.‘”

Luke 10:38-41

“ As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’

‘Martha, Martha, the Lord answered, ‘ you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’”

Luke 14:27

“And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”

Matthew 18:3-4

“ And he said: ‘ Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'”

Micah 6:8

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”

Hopefully these Bible verses have been an encouragement to you in your journey. What would you add to this list?

What are your favorite Bible verses on living simply? Share a verse in the comments section and tell us why you love it!

Life Cycle Worksheets

Our first one will be about sea turtles, then you’ll have to check back each day to see what I have in store for you guys. I can’t wait.

Learn more about these amazing sea creatures, they travel thousands of miles to visit their nesting grounds to lay their eggs. Baby sea turtles have huge barriers to make it to adulthood. Learn about the parts of a sea turtle and their life cycle stages.

Take your child through the different life cycle stages of a chicken, then make a trip to a farm or petting zoo to see one up close.

See how ladybugs transform and turn from alligator looking larvae to their bright red colored adult bodies.

From seeds to flowering plant, see how a bean plant grows and follow the life cycle of a plant.

See how water transforms all around us in this colorful water cycle worksheet.

Long and Short Essay on Village Life in English

Villages are beautiful. Life in villages is serene and peaceful. Though the facilities in villages may be lesser than that in the cities however most of the people living there are far more content and happy.

Here we have provided essay on village life of varying lengths to help you with the topic in your exam or in school assignments.

These Village Life Essay have been written in simple and easy language, elaborating all the details of a village life and its pros and cons.

Short Essay on Village Life – Essay 1 (200 words)

People living in the villages mostly indulge in agricultural activities and stay away from the hustle and bustle of the chaotic city life. They lead a simple life. A day in the life of a villager starts early morning. People usually wake up around 5 am and start with their daily chores. Since most of the people in the villages sleep on their roofs they are woken up as the day light breaks. They may even be woken up by the crowing of rooster.

In most of the villages, it is the male members who go out to work while the females sit at home and complete the household tasks such as cleaning and cooking. Children get ready and head to the schools located nearby. The male members are mostly involved in farming and other agricultural activities. They either have their own farms or work for the landlords who hire them. Cycles are the most common means to travel from home to work. This is the reason why the pollution level in the villages is far low compared to the cities.

Farmers toil hard in the farms. Many of them go home for lunch others have their lunch in the shade of a tree. All in all, life in a village is slow yet peaceful.

Essay on Village Life: Pros and Cons – Essay 2 (300 words)


Villages are known for their beautiful natural surroundings. They remain unperturbed even today when there is so much of chaos and competition around. People in villages lead a simple life and are content with whatever little they have. However, while the village life offers numerous advantages, it also has its set of disadvantages.

Pros of Village Life

Here is a look at the pros of village life:

Villages offer a peaceful environment. Unlike the cities, people in villages don’t seem to be participating in the mad race to reach the top. They are satisfied with what they have and lead a peaceful life.

People in the villages prefer walking down to the market, schools and other places or commute via cycle. There is hardly any car or motorcycle in the villages. Besides, there is no industrial pollution in the villages as farming is the main occupation there. This is the reason why these are less polluted.

People in villages are very social. They value and respect each other. They visit one another quite often and celebrate all the occasions together. This is good for the growth and development of the children as well as a plus for the elderly people who are often isolated in the cities.

Cons of Village Life

Here are the cons of village life:

The infrastructure of villages is quite poor. Many villages lack even the basic amenities such as electricity, sanitation facility, medical facilities and means of transport.

Many villages do not have any schools or encompass only primary schools. People hesitate sending their children to towns and cities to seek education and hence most people in villages remain uneducated.

There is a lot of gender inequality in the villages. Women are mostly confined to the household chores and are not allowed to express their opinion on any matter.

Thus, village life has both pros and cons. The government must take initiative to develop the villages a bit so that life there can become more comfortable.

Essay on Village Life and City life – Essay 3 (400 words)


Village life is calm and peaceful while city life is fast paced. There are many other differences between village life and city life. There are pros and cons attached to both village life and city life. Here is a closer look at what each of these has to offer.

Village Life

Village life is quite slow but peaceful. Villagers lead a simple life. They live in harmony with each other. They value relationships and make efforts to maintain the same. They are well aware about the people living in their neighborhood and stand by them in their hour of need.

Villagers also give special importance to their customs and traditions and follow them religiously. The festivals in villages are celebrated collectively and thus the joy and happiness during that time doubles up.

People in villages are mostly involved in agricultural activities. Some of them are artisans and are involved in preparing various kinds of beautiful handicraft items.

Villagers may not be equipped with modern day technologies and gadgets but they have their own ways of enjoying life.

Many of the villages around the world are devoid of the basic amenities such as electricity, sanitation facilities, hospitals, schools, etc. Villagers face numerous challenges owing to the lack of these amenities. Most of the villagers do not give much importance to education. They are content with the basic education they acquire in the village schools.

City life is quite fast and competitive. People living in the cities get all the modern day facilities that are required to lead a comfortable life. However, they need to toil hard to earn a good living.

People in the cities are involved in various kinds of jobs. There are different kinds of businesses and jobs available for people with different educational qualifications and skills. The work opportunities in cities are far greater compared to villages.

The infrastructure of cities is good. Cities encompass good schools, colleges and medical facilities. People living in the cities give much importance to education and ensure their children seek higher education.

However, people in the city are not as cordial as those living in the villages. People here are so busy with their own life that they do not matter much about those around them. This is the reason why many people living here enjoy high stand of living but do not lead a satisfying life. The stress level of people in the cities is high.

While the village life is considered stress-free compared to the city life, it has its set of disadvantages. Many villagers these days are shifting to cities to seek better jobs and raise their standard of living.

Essay on Village Life in India – Essay 4 (500 words)


Indian villages are beautiful and serene. Majority of the Indian population resides in villages. The villagers lead a peaceful life amid greenery away from the mad rush of the cities. The needs of the villagers are less so they are satisfied with whatever little they have. While the villagers in India enjoy a pollution free environment and are closer to nature however they do face certain challenges.

Simple Living

There are thousands of villages in India. Every state in India encompasses hundreds of villages. The culture and traditions followed in Indian villages differs from state to state. The way the villagers dress up and the kind of things they eat is different in different regions. However, their way of living is largely the same. The villagers in India lead a simple life. They are hard working and enjoy the simplicities of life.

The roles of men and women in the Indian villages are well defined. The women in the villages stay at home and take care of the household chores. They cook, clean and may even be involved in sewing and knitting. The male members of the house go out to earn their livelihood. They are mostly involved in agricultural activities. Some of them also indulge in creating handicraft items. The day in the life of a villager begins early and ends early too. They wind up their tasks by evening and go to bed early.

Lack of Basic Amenities

Though the life of villagers in India is largely good however it can be challenging as many villages in the country lack basic amenities. Many villages in India do not have electricity. Even those that have power supply experience long power cuts leading to a lot of inconvenience. The villagers in India also face sanitation problem. Houses in many villages in India do not have washrooms thus it gets extremely difficult especially for the women.

Many villages do not have hospitals and nursing homes. Even those that have hospitals do not have good nursing staff.

Our villages would become more beautiful if such basic amenities are made available here.

Lack of Education

Not much importance is given to education in the villages. Though slowly and steadily schools are being opened in villages, many villagers do not send their children to study. They particularly do not feel the need to educate the girl child as they believe she needs to do the household chores as she grows up and thus there is no need for her to go to the school. This is a sad situation and this mindset must be changed.

Even most of those who get the right to education only acquire primary or secondary education as most of the villages do not have higher secondary schools. In order to seek a graduation or post graduation degree, the children need to relocate to a big city. Most of the villagers hesitate sending their children to the cities for the fear of losing or distancing them.

Life in Indian villages is largely good. People lead a simple life and are there for each other in sickness and health. However, our villages lack basic amenities and living without these can be quite challenging.

Long Essay on Village Life: Problems and Solutions – Essay 5 (600 words)


Villages may appear green, serene and pollution free however life in these places can be quite challenging. There has been a lot of technological advancement in the last few decades. We are enjoying a comfortable life in the cities and have access to everything that makes our life convenient. However, the villagers don’t enjoy such comfort and convenience due to lack of the modern facilities.

Problems of Villages

Here is a look at the problems of villages:

The infrastructure in villages is not good. The roads and bridges are not built properly and this hampers their connectivity with towns and cities which is a hindrance in establishing good business. Schools and hospitals in the villages lack good staff as well as facilities. Many villages do not have power supply or face a lot of power cuts. Communicating with people living in other areas can also get quite difficult for the villagers due to poor telecom infrastructure in these areas.

Sanitation is another grave problem in villages.

Many villages do not have schools. Thus, people in villages do not get a chance to seek education. Even those villages that do have schools do not see much attendance as people in villages do not understand the importance of education. They engage their children in household activities or farming just to have helping hands.

In villages, men are considered to be the head of the family and the women in the house must follow their instructions. All the decisions are taken by the male members of the family. Women are mostly confined only to the kitchen and other household chores. They are not allowed to go out and work. They cannot even express their feelings or opinions about anything. The cases of female foeticide in the Indian villages are also quite high.

Here are the solutions to the problems faced by the people living in villages:

The government must make education compulsory for everyone. Good schools should be opened in villages and the government should ensure that no child in any village remains uneducated.

Adult education should also be promoted. Night schools must be opened for this purpose and adults must be encouraged to seek education. This is of utmost importance as only when the adults are educated they would understand the importance of education and educate their children.

Roads and bridges should be built so that there is proper connectivity between the villages and cities. This will encourage the farmers and artisans to expand their business and make healthcare facilities easily approachable to villagers.

In today’s times, it is impossible to grow and develop a region if there is no power supply or constant power cuts. This is one of the most basic things needed to progress in any field. Thus, government must ensure that people in villages are not devoid of it.

In order to maintain proper hygiene and good health, it is essential to have good sanitation facility. The government must promote the need to have good sanitation facility and must also ensure each village has it.

There is a dire need to provide good healthcare facilities in every region. The government must ensure that every village is equipped with good hospitals and well educated and experienced healthcare staff.

There are a number of serious problems being faced by the villagers. People in the villages are devoid of various facilities which are a hindrance in their development. The government must make efforts to facilitate the villages with modern facilities so that the people living in those areas can also enjoy a clean and comfortable life.

5. The First St. Patrick’s Day Parade Was Held in America

Men march in the 1895 Saint Patrick&aposs Day Parade in New York City. 

Museum of the City of New York/Byron Collection/Getty Images

While people in Ireland had celebrated St. Patrick since the 1600s, the tradition of a St. Patrick’s Day parade began in America and actually predates the founding of the United States. 

Records show that a St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17, 1601 in a Spanish colony in what is now St. Augustine, Florida. The parade, and a St. Patrick’s Day celebration a year earlier were organized by the Spanish Colony&aposs Irish vicar Ricardo Artur. More than a century later, homesick Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched in Boston in 1737 and in New York City on March 17. Enthusiasm for the St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York City, Boston and other early American cities only grew from there. In 2020 and 2021, parades throughout the country, including in New York City and Boston were canceled or postponed for the first time in decades due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

Read more about the history of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations here.

Life and Easy Living - History

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The 10 Best Small Towns in the U.S.

From hidden gems to happening hamlets, here are our favorites from coast to coast.

Introducing Country Living's picks for the best small towns in America, hidden gems and happening hamlets rising to prominence like that ol' water tower on the horizon. From favorites blessed with a double scoop of Main Street momentum to lesser-known towns undergoing sidewalk-to-steeple revitalizations, you'll find a host of places where you can slow your pace. There are picks for outdoor lovers as well as options for art-and-food focused folks. You may even find your new hometown among the group!

If charming Main Streets, quirky festivals, friendly locals, and lovely country landscapes are top draws for a vacation destination, you should also check out our list small towns that leave a big impression after a visit. If you've always thought the towns in Hallmark movies seem like great places live, here are eight small town filming locations you can actually go to. Looking for Stars Hollow, Serenity, or Virgin River vibes from the comfort of home? These photos capture all the charm of small town life, from farmers' markets to covered bridges to cozy inns. Here are the best small towns to visit throughout the year, too, for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Motto: "Small Town, Big Ambitions"

Everyone loves a comeback, and Wilson's is one for the ages. Founded in 1886 as a hub for timber and cotton production, the town fell into disrepair in the 1950s as agricultural work declined and residents moved elsewhere. Then, in 2010, the Lawrence Group acquired it as part of a larger land purchase. "It was an opportunity to not only restores Wilson to its former glory, but make it a hub of food and culture in the Delta while staying true to its roots," says Norbert Mede, who heads up the town's development.

The past few years have seen a renovation of Wilson square's Tudor Revival buildings, now home to stylish shops like White's Mercantile, Wilson Cafe, and the Hampson Archeological Museum. Wilson Grange, the town's agricultural and culinary venue, hosts wine tastings and a weekly farmers' market. A new 16-room boutique hotel is also in the works.

Joseph sits in northeast Oregon's Wallowa County, renowned for both its natural beauty and remoteness (there are no stoplights, and it's a four-hour drive to Boise, Idaho, the closest big city). While Joseph may be best known for its community of bronze artists, summer rodeo, and the Wallowa Lake Tramway (among the steepest on the continent, which takes riders to the top of Mt. Howard), it's also attracting a growing group of entrepreneurs.

"I fell for the landscape of Wallowa County and wanted to figure out a way to make my home here," says Greg Hennes, founder of the Prairie Mountain Folk School as well as the design-forward Jennings Hotel and artist residency, both in Joseph. Nearby, Arrowhead Chocolates serves small-batch sweets like dark chocolate truffles made with award-winning whiskey from Stein Distillery, a short stroll away. Main Street newcomers include the Gold Room, a spot for wood-fired pizzas and cocktails from former Portland chefs Ross Effinger and JoMarie Pitino.

Motto: "The Height of Happiness"

Highlands, North Carolina, has long been a favorite getaway for Southern city dwellers and and antique hunters. "But there have been more and more young families moving here to live full time, too," says Margaret Shutze, who moved with her own family in 2019 to create Flat Mountain Farm, a workshop and event space. The town surrounded by Nantahala National Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

"Highlands has really become a year-round town," says Jason Reeves, owner of the new Highlander Mountain House hotel and The Ruffed Grouse Tavern. "Highlanders are a dynamic bunch who care about Southern hospitality, and they've been very welcoming." Despite changes, beloved parts of Highlands (like its many antique shops) remain the same. There's a vibrant arts community nurtured via local institutions like The Bascom visual arts center, as well as outdoor adventure aplenty in the Blue Ridge Mountains. "The town really is idyllic, like a throwback to simpler times," Jason adds.

Nickname: Heart of the Rockies

What do you get when your town is home to FIBArk, the oldest and biggest white water festival in the country? A bunch of former river guides running things. "We're everywhere," jokes Mike "Diesel" Post, Salida's Director of Parks and Recreation, who says the Arkansas River is central to town life. "You can ski Monarch Mountain, then kayak, and have time left for mountain biking," adds mayor P.T. Wood, who is&mdashyou guessed it&mdashalso a former guide. More of an artsy soul? Salida is also home to Colorado's first Creative District, with many artist-owned galleries to visit.

Motto: "A great place to visit, a better place to live."

It's easy to make the case for Honesdale's charm. The town has been the headquarters for children's magazine Highlights since 1946, and its quaint streets inspired the Christmas carol "Winter Wonderland." But there's plenty to sing about these days, too, with a new generation starting businesses here and around the Poconos. "Honesdale is progressive, but it maintains a slower pace and has a tight-knit community that wraps you up like a warm hug," says Allaina Propst, owner of Here & Now Brewing Co., which she opened in 2017. "Young entrepreneurs are taking notice." Honesdale's Main Street is lined with historic buildings, many dating back to the 1800s.

The Stourbridge Line historic railroad, based in Honesdale, offers rides along the Lackawaxen River Valley in restored 1920s train cars. An extensive new trail system is also in the works along the river. The town is also the perfect jumping off point for day trips to other Poconos towns like Jim Thorpe, Stroudsburg, and Milford.

Nickname: The City Beautiful

It's near impossible not to fall for the oak-lined streets of this south Mississippi hamlet, the setting for HGTV's Home Town. Now in its fifth season, the show stars Laurel locals Erin and Ben Napier, who have helped revitalize the town's homes and businesses. "When we moved back from college, there was almost nothing in downtown," says Ben. "Now it's tough to find parking!" There's lots to explore, including the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, the oldest art museum in the state. And there's no shortage of good eating, from the sticky buns at Sweet Somethings bakery to crawfish etouffee at Cafe LaFleur. It's also downright friendly (see the "Greetings from" and "Welcome to" murals). As Mayor Johnny Magee says, "You're here, you're family."

Nickname: The Friendly City

"Some say river towns ebb and flow, and I think Hudson is always reinventing itself," says Jocie Sinauer, proprietor of antiques shop Red Chair on Warren. Case in point: a slew of new businesses opening their doors in this Hudson Valley hamlet despite the challenges of the past year. Among them: The Maker, an 11-room boutique hotel spread across three historic buildings from the owners of Fresh beauty products. Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg. "We were drawn to Hudson's diversity and creative energy," says Lev.

Shoe-and-lifestyle boutique Intentionally Blank and Nikki Chasin's eponymous clothing store both offer new shopping options, while Breadfolks bakery and Sonder natural wine bar provide new spots to dine and drink along Hudson's commercial strop, Warren Street. There's also a lot of excitement around Zio & Son's recently opened This Old Hudson Maison guesthouse, inspired by the French countryside. Factor in longtime draws like excellent antiquing. a top-notch farmers' market, and easy access to outdoor adventure, and it's easy to see why more folks are calling Hudson home.

Local Lingo: "El Paso de Robles" (the Pass of the Oaks) is just "Paso" to locals.

This Central Coast town has plenty to boast about, with more than 200 wineries and award-winning restaurants. Yet "it is completely unpretentious," says Alexis Negranti, founder of Negranti Creamery. "There's a cowboy vibe. It's fine to wear boots and a hat to a five-star spot." Still, dressing up for a seat at, say, Les Petites Canailles, a recent addition from Michelin-starred chef Julien Asseo, wouldn't be out of place. "In Paso, everyone is welcome, any way you are." When you go, visit the new Paso Market Walk showcasing local makers, farmers, and vinters, and stay in a retro camper at Rêves de Moutons, located on a goat and sheep farm in the heart of wine country.

Nicknames: Mule Town and Dimple of the Universe

Columbia natives Susan and Bryson Leach hadn't expected to move back to their hometown, but when they decided to buy a house and open their homewares shop Needle & Grain and kids boutique Little Neighbors, "we realized Columbia was everything we wanted," says Bryson. "It's very affordable and has lots going on culturally, plus a revitalized downtown."

Small businesses surround Public Square, including Bleu 32 Vintage Marketplace, Duck River Books, Hattie Jane's Creamery, and Trek Bicycle Shop, co-owned by American Pickers's Mike Wolfe and housed in a circa-1857 building. "Columbia is focused on preserving its architecture and history, while at the same time supporting new businesses," Mike says. A vibrant Arts District, green spaces, and annual festivals, including Mule Day (which celebrates the town's history as a mule-trading center), add to the appeal. For country escapes, visit Kindred Farm, which hosts dinners on its 17-acre property, or nearby Natchez Hills vineyard.

Founded by Dutch settlers in 1847, this town along Lake Macatawa celebrates its heritage with attractions typical of the Netherlands. There's Windmill Island Gardens, Nelis' Dutch Village filled with fun rides for kids and, most famously, the annual Tulip Time Festival in early May, when Holland is awash with millions of blooms. May also sees the long-running Fiesta, a celebration of West Michigan's Latino culture and community.

Stroll Holland's downtown shopping district for a mix of longtime, family-run businesses rooted in the town's Dutch heritage, like DeBoer's Bakery, and newer offerings like garden and home-goods shop Gezellig. Holland is also on the water, so there's beach time, too, at spots like Holland Beach State Park, home to the iconic Big Red Lighthouse.

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