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    Cyburbia's Best Small Towns: State by State - Nominations (Northwestern States)

    Many web sites and magazines do an annual "best of" feature, so why not Cyburbia? My thought is to come up with a list of our favorite small towns. One for each state. The only criteria is population, and I will arbitrarily define a small city as under 25,000. As for the rest, maybe you like it for its layout, its amenities, its downtown, or whatever.

    This is a call for nominations. Since there are a lot of states I will break it up into regions. The first is the northwest: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. I will put all of the nominations together in a survey later.

    My nominations:

    Phillipsburg, MT - Phillipsburg is a largely restored gem. Its brightly-painted downtown is a visitor destination with unique shops and restaurants. http://philipsburgmt.com/philipsburg
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    OK, I'll bite, even though I've only to been to one of those four states.

    Port Townsend, WA - Located at the tip of the Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend is known for its gorgeous natural scenery, vast collection of Victorian-era homes and buildings, maritime heritage, and cultural activities.

    http://enjoypt.com/
    http://www.cityofpt.us/

    I know someone who once worked as a planner there - I'm envious!

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    One of the nicest I've been to is Coos Bay, Oregon near the SW coast of the state on Highway 101. It's a quaint town with beautiful natural amenities including access to some amazing state parks nearby where you can watch sea lions and seals basking, whale watching, and huge dunes. Along with it's neighbor North Bend there is plenty to do.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coos_Bay,_Oregon
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    Ashland, OR
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    I'll second Ashland. And add Cannon Beach and Lincoln City.

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    Quote Originally posted by Otis View post
    I'll second Ashland. And add Cannon Beach and Lincoln City.
    I will third Ashland and second Cannon Beach. It's my favorite beach town on the northern Oregon coast.
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    i'll 4th Ashland. It's the only place i have been to in Orgeon, but it was beautiful.
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    This Bear will nominate Hood River, OR. Beautiful setting, like being in a wind tunnel. Quite the "hip" place.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hood_River,_Oregon

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    I posted it in the wrong thread, but Depoe Bay, OR. I just enjoy the heck out of it.
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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    Grants Pass, OR
    Pics I've seen of Grants Pass and street view on Google Maps look like it's the town from the first Rambo movie (First Blood). Is it?

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    Mt. Angel, Oregon. Great Oktoberfest, nice German feel downtown, a cool abbey.
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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    Pics I've seen of Grants Pass and street view on Google Maps look like it's the town from the first Rambo movie (First Blood). Is it?
    No First Blood was shot entirely in Canada I believe

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    Port Townsend, Steilacoom, and Snohomish, Washington

    Kalispell, Montana (where the Conrad Mansion is a glory)

    Kellogg, Idaho

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