Throughout our travels over the last several years a couple of places really impressed us with their adherence to community and preservation of character.  These two places have a great deal in common. Both have managed to keep the chain restaurants and big box stores out, a task which must require a unified stance and constant effort.  Both have a philosophy that supports the local crafts of each town, maintaining the presence of street-front shops filled with local cuisine and hand-made products. And near and dear to our design-minded hearts, neither community seems to give a crap about providing ample parking, gaining popularity, or creating more convenience (cheers to that).  So to have a little fun, today’s post is a collection of photos from both places for your viewing pleasure. The first commenter to correctly identify the town and state of both will nab themselves a certificate to Peter Miller books.

Town #1

Town #2