We are in the last few days of the 8th Annual Coolest Small Town contest held by Budget Travel. This year has been the biggest contest to date. There have been 924 nominations and 96,605 votes placed to select the top 15 towns. Now Budget Travel is narrowing it down to the people’s choice of the top 10 Coolest Towns in America. Voting will end Friday night February 15th at midnight EST. You are allowed to vote once per day for your favorite small town in America.
To be part of this contest the Coolest Small Town must have a population below 10,000 and have “an edge and a heart”. Budget Travel is looking for small towns across America that have that indescribable something like; independent shops, a sense of energy, an epic backyard, culture and of course delicious coffee.
Quincy, California is a great small town and fits the bill perfectly. Population stands at 5,500 and Quincy serves as the County seat for the large and diversified County of Plumas. Plumas County and Quincy sit in a wonderful hidden part of Northern California, 1 1/2 hours from Reno, NV and 2 hours from Tahoe. Downtown Quincy is made up of a variety of independent shops, with merchants that enjoy sharing their knowledge of the area. Main Street Quincy is decorated by a group of dedicated local merchants; in the summer beautiful hanging flower baskets, and during the holiday season decorated wreaths line the street. A leisurely walking tour starts at the Plumas County Museum and wanders through town featuring murals and historic buildings.
Quincy has a strong art community with Plumas Arts, the historic Town Hall Theatre and the newly opened West End Theatre.
When visiting Quincy you can start your day off with great coffee at the Alley Cat Cafe, lunch at the Court House Cafe and dinner at Moon’s. Cocktails and entertainment at Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge. Some of the unique shops in Quincy include; Emily’s Garden, La Casa Bella Fine Furnishings, Village Antiques & Associates, Carey Candy Company, to name a few.
When you are ready to get out and explore the epic outdoors surrounding Quincy you may want to consider Lake Almanor Kayak Rentals or the Sierra Touring Company. Plumas County is home to over 100 lakes, 1,000 miles of streams and numeroues waterfalls,and over 2,618 square miles of National Forest. The Pacific Crest Trail runs close to Quincy and Lassen Volcanic National Park is a short drive north of Quincy. Some of the best Fall Colors in California can be found in Quincy and the surrounding area as well as a great Barn Quilt Trail.
If you would like more information on the diversity of geography, attractions, lodging or history of the area please visit PlumasCounty.org. Check the 65 comments posted by locals and visitors of Quincy made in support of Quincy, Ca being worthy of Coolest Small Town in America for 2013.
If you have not voted please do so now. We are looking forward to sharing our corner of the world with you.
Just to let you know these are the other towns competing with Quincy ; Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; Camden, Maine; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin; Flagler Beach, Florida; Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Greenville, Kentucky; Gulf Shores, Alabama; Lititz, Pennsylvania; Put-in-Bay, Ohio; Shepherdstown, West Virginia; Travelers Rest, South Carolina and Watkins Glen, New York.
I love Quincy because it’s one of the last small towns that hasn’t been “citified”. It is surrounded by pristine forest, secluded mountain lakes, 1000’s of miles of streams, with clean air, pure water, organic farms & ranches and you can still see the stars at night. - Emily Webb
Charming town in a gorgeous natural setting. All the outdoor activities your heart desires plus a vibrant arts community – galleries, live music, community theater – and every summer a world class music festival. Excellent locally owned eateries. Best of all, a diverse population of neighborly, welcoming people who work together to maintain the uniqueness of their beloved hometown. - Libbie Coleman
Website to vote: budgettravel.com/contest/americas-coolest-small-towns-2013,14/