[caption id="attachment_64257" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Bigger isn't always better -- some people prefer the charm of a small town.[/caption] A small town can hold surprising treasures for its residents. According to CNNMoney, these superb small towns represent peak living opportunities in places that make everyday life grand. Take a look at their recent picks for 2013, plus our cool apartment options in these hoppin’ hamlets.
[caption id="attachment_58829" align="alignleft" width="360"] Let your authentic eccentricity flag fly! Check out these hipster-friendly towns.[/caption] Are you wearing a flannel shirt, skinny jeans, a vintage tee, a mustache or vintage eyewear? Find your perfect apartment now! Consider your calendar: do you have plans to hear an indie band play live, attend an art gallery opening, or meet up with your closest friends for craft pints at a gastropub? If you answered yes to at least 3 of these, then, my friend, you are very likely a participant in the hipster phenomenon. If you don’t already live in one of the cities cited by Travel and Leisure that best serve the hipster set, then you might want to scope out an apartment in one of these hip places where the welcome mat is rolled out to the authentic and eccentric!
Click on the image to view the full infographic.More than 70 percent of graduates are planning on moving to a new city once they say goodbye to their college campus and hello to corporate America. Nearly half of all students are most concerned about finding an apartment in the “right” neighborhood after graduation. Click on the infographic for more interesting insights into what post-grads want most in their next place.
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What are the healthiest cities in America? Some of the top ranking ones might surprise you. Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine creates the American Fitness Index, a list of the healthiest cities in the U.S. based on diet and exercise habits, recreational opportunities and the prevalence of certain diseases. Following is a collection of some of the highest-ranking metros in the country.
[caption id="attachment_66394" align="aligncenter" width="607"] The Pearl district of Portland, OR, is one of America's hippest neighborhoods, according to Forbes.[/caption] Forbes has ranked the hippest neighborhoods in the United States. By looking at key factors like which neighborhoods are home to people with artistic jobs, a large concentration of farmers’ markets and food trucks, and high walkability scores, the magazine’s research turned up some of the most interesting spots to hang out in the country. The top three they found, in order, are: • Silver Lake in Los Angeles, Calif. • The Mission District in San Francisco, Calif. • Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y. But what about the other hip hangouts from the 20 places featured? Here are five of our faves.
[caption id="attachment_75445" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Check out these stellar watering holes in Portland, OR.[/caption] Oregon is a state that loves its beer. In fact, there are currently 120 brewing companies operating 153 brewing facilities throughout the state, and beer connoisseurs from across the world pay homage to this magical brew at the Oregon Brewers Festival, the largest collective of independent craft brewers in the United States. Portland has more breweries than any other city in the world, at 51, and countless brew pubs where you can sample the region’s finest. We’ve rounded up our favorite brew pubs in the City of Roses, so pull up a well-worn bar stool and wash down great grub with the best local brews at these establishments.
[caption id="attachment_67292" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Carhenge, located near Alliance, NE, is a replica of Stonehenge made with old cars.[/caption] If you’ve ever done a road trip, you know that one of the best parts is the quirky, cheesy and always unexpected tourist attractions you might come across. From giant statues to unique houses, here is our list of the top 10 roadside attractions in the United States. Henry’s Ra66it Ranch If you’ve been traveling the long and lonely road along Route 66 and are in need of some companionship, stop by Henry’s Ra66it Ranch. Just look for the signs exclaiming “Hare It Is!” Owned by Rich and Linda Henry, the pair of Route 66 enthusiasts opened this cuddly roadside attraction after noticing the lack of official Route 66 visitor’s centers. As for the rabbits, well, the old adage rings true, as the couple’s daughter got a pair of rabbits and didn’t anticipate the resulting population boom. In any case, these days the ranch holds hundreds of rabbits, as well as a fiberglass jackrabbit that’s perfect for photo-opps and a graveyard complete with tiny tombstones for the ranch’s former residents. Where: 1107 Historic Old Route 66, Staunton, IL 62088
[caption id="attachment_75599" align="aligncenter" width="604"] The Heathman Hotel is one of Portland's greenest establishments, thanks to its sustainability practices.[/caption] Portland, Oregon, is nicknamed the “Rose City” because of its ideal climate and lush, green beauty. Portland is also known as one of the most environmentally friendly, green cities in the world because of its extensive public transportation networks, efficient use of land and businesses committed to sustainable practices. If you’re planning a trip to the Pacific Northwest or if you already live in this gem in a city, read on to the best green establishments in Portland.
[caption id="attachment_75724" align="aligncenter" width="607"] There are several farmers markets in Portland, all great places to stock up on fresh, local produce.[/caption] If you haven’t tried shopping at your local farmers market yet, you’re missing out. Not only are you getting the freshest produce when shopping at farmers markets, but you are also supporting your community and local economy. Today, farmers markets are popping up all over the place, from year-round markets to seasonal popup markets. The same goes for Portland; there is no shortage of farmers markets. Thinking about going green? Here’s your opportunity to try with our list of Portland’s farmers markets.
[caption id="attachment_75898" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Mmmmm ... doughnuts. Which of these divine doughnut stops have you tried?[/caption] A culinary medium lending itself to unique combinations, outrageous toppings and crazy shapes, the doughnut is one of the most versatile foods around. The Dutch are largely credited with inventing doughnuts in the 19th century, but you don’t have to travel to Europe to try this treat, as some of the best fried rings can be found stateside (and no, we’re not talking about Krispy Kreme). Since the month of October is National Doughnut Month, you’ll want to go ahead and start planning ahead with our list of the best doughnut places nationwide. After all, who can resist the siren call of a hot, freshly made doughnut glistening with glaze?