The next time you plan a shopping trip, don’t overlook Vermont.
Montpelier ranked No. 3 on USA Today’s list of the 10 best small towns for shopping, released on Friday. It was the only New England small town on the list. Highlands, N.C. came in at No. 1. All of the towns on the list have a population of fewer than 25,000 people.
“Just steps from the Vermont State House lies the pedestrian-friendly Montpelier downtown shopping district – a neighborhood packed with shops, antique stores and restaurants,” 10Best editors wrote. “Find one of a kind pieces from Vermont artists at the Artisans Hand Craft Gallery, pick up a new cooking gadget at Capital Kitchen or browse treasures from around the world at Global Gifts.”
For the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards lists, USA Today travel experts select 20 nominees in topics that range from food to lodging, destinations to things to do, and then ask readers to cast votes to determine the top 10.
You can view the entire top 10 list of best small towns for shopping here.