If you are traveling out West and are in search of the perfect Coastal town for a visit or weekend stay, consider one of these gems. These small towns are full of charm, beauty, tiny bistros and quaint galleries, all awaiting your exploration.
1. Cannon Beach: Oregon
Recently named as one of “America’s 100 best art towns,” this beautiful village can be found on the Northern Coast of Oregon. The area is full of fantastic art galleries, amazing architecture, and a ton of natural beauty. Visit Haystack Rock to experience beautiful natural scenery or view a sunset from Cannon Beach. If you are traveling in the early part of summer, head over to the annual Sand Castle Contest. One of the oldest and most popular contests in the United States, this weekend event attracts thousands of visitors and locals who come to take part in the competition. No matter your preference for outdoor fun or strolling the galleries, you are sure to find something of interest in Cannon Beach.
2. Lake Chelan: Washington
Located in Central Washington, this beautiful town is at the southeast end of the lake with which it shares a name. This destination is a perfect spot for families interested in experiencing the great outdoors, art, food and shopping. The Lake itself is surrounded by forest-covered mountains and amazing landscape. Nearby attractions include vineyards, craft breweries, and a multitude of opportunities to purchase locally produced art and wine.
3. Claremont: California
Located on the eastern border of Los Angeles County this college town makes for a perfect weekend getaway. The location has earned its nickname as “The City of Trees,” with over 20,000 trees surrounding the town. The area is also known for its designation as the first Fair Trade Town in Southern California. As such, the shops, eateries, and other businesses carry mostly Fair Trade products for purchase at competitive prices. If you happening to be visiting during the first week of the month, enjoy their Friday Night Live events downtown. These evenings include live bands, an open gallery Art Walk and a multitude of other activities designed to expose visitors to the culture of the area.