Are you thinking about a last-minute getaway before the end of summer? Consider one of these picturesque towns—each of which was recently featured as the “Prettiest Town” in its state by Architectural Digest.
In the article The Prettiest Town in Every U.S. State, Architectural Digest spotlighted six towns—Annapolis, Maryland; Cape May, New Jersey; Culpeper, Virginia; Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; New Hope, Pennsylvania; and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware—in areas where Long & Foster conducts business. All of the communities have several things in common—great food, warm hospitality, history and charm.
To learn a little more about what makes these towns special, we asked our Long & Foster Real Estate managers—professionals who live and work in these communities.
The capital city of Maryland, Annapolis is also the home of the U.S. Naval Academy. You’ll find a nautical feel to the town with interesting historic architecture, great restaurants and shops—all located beside the Chesapeake Bay. “There is nothing more breathtaking and soothing than to look out over the crystal blue water of the Chesapeake Bay and see sailboats,” said Katherine Davis, manager of Long & Foster’s Annapolis Fine Homes office. “It’s a very walkable town, with restaurants, community theatres and the Naval Academy all within two to three blocks of one another.”
This bike-friendly, seaside resort, located at the southern tip of Cape May Peninsula is known for its well-maintained Victorian mansions, famous lighthouse and beautiful beaches. “It has a small-town feel with many family-owned shops and good restaurants, offering everything from Italian to infused dining options,” said April Vanaman, manager of Long & Foster’s Cape May office. “The town’s historical society does a good job of maintaining its old-world charm.”
This historic, small town is nestled in the beautiful Piedmont River Valley. Located just 70 miles from Washington, D.C. and 45 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia, Culpeper is a popular weekend destination. In its well-preserved downtown, you’ll find antique stores, boutiques and restaurants. Surrounded by the beautiful Virginia countryside, the area also offers outstanding outdoor adventures.
Theresa Dalman, manager of Long & Foster’s Culpeper office, noted that at 17 years of age, George Washington was the county surveyor for Culpeper and noted the town was “a high and pleasant place.” “The town offers nice homes on sizable parcels of property,” said Dalman. “This truly is the friendly south – the people are lovely, they take pride in the town, and many of our restaurants have been featured in Washingtonian magazine.”
At only 240 feet above sea level, Harpers Ferry is the lowest elevation in West Virginia. This quaint town is a must-see for tourists. The National Park Service has preserved the 19th century buildings, which allow you to step back in time to visit John Brown’s fort or watch a blacksmith make horseshoes. The Appalachian Trail winds through Harpers Ferry, leading up to cliffs and points overlooking the town where you’ll find breathtaking views of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.
“High Street in Harpers Ferry is my favorite,” said Nancy Williams, manager of Long & Foster’s Charles Town office. “I love to visit the shops and restaurants that have been basically built on the side of a mountain.”
Located on the Delaware River, just 10 minutes from Princeton, New Jersey, and approximately 40 miles from Philadelphia, New Hope is a vibrant village with numerous art galleries, outdoor cafes, theatres and wineries. “The artistic and affluent feel of the town attracts visitors from the surrounding areas, as well as from New York City,” said Robbie Johnson, manager of Long & Foster’s Newtown office. “It’s also a great place to live, with a good school district, close proximity to large employers in New Jersey and older homes with character. You won’t find any cookie-cutter developments in New Hope.”
Rehoboth Beach is a popular arts-oriented community with a mile-long boardwalk, bike trails, restaurants, hotels, amusements and shops. It is a frequent summer vacation destination for residents of the Washington, D.C., metro area, and as a result, the town bills itself as “The Nation’s Summer Capital.” Visitors are drawn to the area not only for its charm, but also for Delaware’s tax-free shopping. The area is also popular among retirees as the state offers tax advantages for residents.
“There is a lot of new construction in the area,” said Carol Materniak, manager of the Rehoboth Beach office. “Many of the communities offer fabulous amenities, such as swim-up bars and lazy rivers.”