Move over L.A., Miami and Honolulu! 10 winners of USA Today's Best Coastal Small Town contest include Vermilion, Ohio. Each town, with a population of fewer than 25,000 people as of the last census, offers uncrowded, unpretentious and affordable seaside fun in small packages that prove bigger isn't always better.
The 10 winners in the USA Today Best Coastal Small Town category are as follows:
Vermilion, Ohio is the crowning jewel of the south shore of Lake Erie. From quaint shops to fine dining, the arts, entertainment and unmatched festivities, Vermilion truly has it all. Be reminded of a simpler time when an afternoon at the beach, a hand-dipped ice cream cone and a stroll along Main Street made your day special. Stay for a day, maybe two, and take home a memory that will last forever.
This enchanting little town has always been a sea side community with New England style atmosphere. This is the kind of town that still has a working soda fountain, a town square and summer concerts on the green. People here actually sit on their front porches on a summer evening. Visiting boats are not only welcomed, they are an important part of the ambiance of what locals call "Harbour Town."
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.
Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Beth D'Addono (100 Things To Do in New Orleans Before You Die), Deborah Fallows (Our Towns: A 100,000 Journey into the Heart of America), Eric Grossman, Anna Hider (Roadtrippers), Geneva Ives, Gerrish Lopez, Sherel Purcell and Chelle Koster Walton were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in the United States.