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Woods Hole is America's 5th Best Small Town

Smithsonian magazine says Woods Hole is up there with Williamsburg and Steamboat Springs
Smithsonian Magazine picks Woods Hole as 5th best small town. Shaw Nielsen graphic/Smithsonian.com.
Smithsonian Magazine picks Woods Hole as 5th best small town. Shaw Nielsen graphic/Smithsonian.com.

Makes #5 on the Best Small Towns to Visit list

Anyone who knows Cape Cod already knows about that little gem of a place tucked in the armpit of the Cape surrounded by Buzzards Bay, Nantucket Sound and Falmouth.

So it's nice to report that the folks down at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. just discovered it too.

Smithsonian magazine's third annual Best Small Towns To Visit List was released today, and Woods Hole is in 5th place right behind Williamsburg and Steamboat Springs.

The list highlights towns with populations of less than 15,000 that have exceptional strengths in history, music, visual arts, learning, food, theater and science.

The article says "science, in a word, is what sets Woods Hole apart from other salty Cape Cod towns, and the good news is you can get pretty close to the action...

"Woods Hole, the seemingly odd name refers to the channel, or, in mariner-speak, the 'hole' between the town and the Elizabeth Islands where the current runs six to seven knots."

Check out the top 10 (below) to plan your next weekend getaway.

Read the article about Woods Hole at Smithsonian.com here.

Smithsonian Magazine's Best Small Towns To Visit

  1. Chautauqua, NY
  2. Healdsburg, CA
  3. Williamsburg, VA
  4. Steamboat Springs, CO
  5. Woods Hole, MA
  6. Marietta, OH
  7. Beaufort, SC
  8. Sedona, AZ
  9. Nebraska City, NE
  10. Lanesboro, MN

Read the whole article here.

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