Looking for Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of

| 2/22/2012 10:41:13 AM

Tags: great places, small towns, Heidi Hunt,

fvWe’re looking for a few great places.

Know of a great place to live, work or visit? Here’s your opportunity to contribute to our process as we develop our "2012 Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of," to be published in our October/November issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Here are links to our past installments and, as you can see, the great places mentioned are a mix of big, medium and pretty darned small towns. Some are better known, and some are quite tucked-away.

6 Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of, 2011 Edition 

11 Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of, 2009 Edition 

9 Great Places You’ve Never Heard Of, 2008 Edition 

8 Great Places You've Never Heard Of, 2007 Edition 

Rob Lucey
3/1/2012 2:11:38 PM

Oriental is known as the Sailing Capital of North Carolina. That's mainly because few people other than sailors find this little village. Sailors discover it because it is a popular stop for cruisers along the Intracoastal Waterway. Others don't because it is a blip on state highway system. The main road runs into a ferry a few miles outside of town. The populace is largely comprised of those cruisers who are passing through on their boats and become enamored with the friendly, small-town, low-cost lifestyle. Regattas are a regular feature. The annual New Years running of the Oriental dragon is a social highlight. A small playhouse, art galleries, farmer's market, grocery store, a shrimping fleet, local newspapers, yacht clubs, and several restaurants all contribute to the very liveable environment, despite a tiny population and 40-mile drive to the nearest small-sized city. Great climate along the banks of the Neuse River.

2/29/2012 11:46:22 PM

Cherokee County, SC, is less than an hour from Charlotte, NC (if you're interested). This is a great place for the homesteader: very affordable land (many owner financed), the most cooperative and "easy-to- deal-with" building dept., ridiculously low property taxes (8 acres, no house: $7.32/year, 7 acres,stream and small house $97.40/yr), beautiful, mild, four season climate with long growing season, great people and neighbors. We have a good farmer's market for selling excess produce (or buying), every store you can think of for supplies and materials, abundant wildlife(there are four wild turkeys feeding outside my door as I am writing this), yet I am less than 5 minutes from the Interstate. Simply stated, a little piece of heaven for the homesteader. For more info, call Allan 864-480-8280

Jacqueline Fahey
2/29/2012 7:45:39 PM

Sackville, NB, home of the best Farmer's Market and Community Garden ever, Culture Capital of Canada, host of SappyFest Music Festival, Mount Allison University, many studios and artists, Waterfowl Park and Veteran's Civic Center. Best of all, we are still an affordable place to live!

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