I’m Not Sure I Agree That This Is the Coolest Small Town in America

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Two years ago, Budget Travel named Berlin, Maryland as the coolest small town in America. In 2016, the magazine has once again anointed a place in Maryland as “the coolest.” Bet you can’t guess what it is.

Believe it or not, Sykesville (in Cecil Carroll County, about halfway between Baltimore and Frederick) has won the honor. The town was picked as one of 15 finalists by the editors of Budget Travel; others vying for the honor — which is only open to places with populations less than 10,000 — included Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Taos, New Mexico. The public was invited to vote on the list of finalists, and Sykesville came out on top, solidly defeating runner up Pipestown, Minnesota.

I will grant that Sykesville is charming and quaint. But there’s one big problem with the way the contest is run: the really cool towns probably don’t care enough to drum up votes, while Sykesville threw a party in order to help motivate people to vote. The town will throw another (presumably very cool) party this Saturday to celebrate its victory.



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