I seem to be in tune at least as far as kudos going out to small towns in America is going. I read today that the May issue of Smithsonian Magazine has named Taos and Great Barrington two of their top twenty, Best Small towns in America choices. Fine choices indeed and in fact I managed to get to both recently, both have been longtime favorites of mine.
While GB is a close drive to me Taos did draw me back this past Dec for a New Mexican road trip. Prefect timing as the town was decked out in Christmas finery the smell of pinion pine wafting in the air. Artists have long used the one of a kind light that hits in the afternoon till dark. The blend of Hispanic and a Native American past is unbeatable.
Great Barrington sits in the Berkshire Mountains and has a totally New England feel. It has long been a hideaway for NYC folks and again artists such as Norman Rockwell. The towns had to have populations of less than 25,000 and cultural gathering zones. It is good to know that my travel radar is still in working order!