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Whitefish Rated in "Coolest Small Towns in America"

Selected as an up-and-coming, affordable travel destination

“Every now and then you stumble upon a town that’s gotten everything right—great coffee, food with character, shop owners with purpose,” begins the feature article...

Brian Schott

Folks who live here have known it for a long time. But a national travel magazine picked Whitefish as one of the 10 Coolest Small Towns in America. In the October 2009 issue of Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine, Whitefish was featured as one of the editorial staff's picks for up-and-coming, affordable travel destinations nationwide, all with a population under 10,000. “Every now and then you stumble upon a town that’s gotten everything right—great coffee, food with character, shop owners with purpose,” begins the feature article, which goes on to highlight ten “Main Street, U.S.A.” places to help readers discover affordable, close-to-home destinations with enough character and edge to sustain even the biggest city dwellers. In the feature, Whitefish is noted as a place where “ski bums and urban refugees congregate.” “Each year we scour the country for the 10 Coolest Small Towns in America, and we’re especially excited about this year’s finalists,” said Budget Travel, Editor in Chief, Nina Willdorf. “Whitefish rose to the top for its mix of folksiness and style. Residents definitely have a strong sense of pride in what they do, and they’re just as passionate about the rugged natural surroundings as the food and theatre scene.” Willdorf admits that it’s not an exact science as to what makes a town “cool”— but in general, there were three markers: you have to be able to get a good cup of coffee and excellent food, when people leave for the big city, they realize they’ve made a mistake and come back home, and lastly, you'll see more art galleries than country stores.