Hot Springs earns spot on ’10 best small towns on the East Coast’

HOT SPRINGS – It’s not often that Hot Springs gets mainstream recognition, but the town is getting some publicity after a travel outlet listed the town on a top 10 list.

Travel and Leisure named the town as one of the “10 best small towns on the East Coast.” 

The travel publication even namedropped two local businesses, Broadwing Farm Cabins and Iron Horse Station, a popular downtown restaurant. 

A view of the French Broad River and the surrounding mountains from Paint Rock Farm in Hot Springs on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

“As its name suggests, this small town is all about the area’s natural hot springs. Book a cabin at Broadwing Farm Cabins and spend your day oscillating between soaking in the mineral water and exploring the organic farmland. When you’ve had enough soaking, lace up your hiking boots and hit part of the Appalachian Trail or walk around Hot Springs’ tiny downtown area and grab a beer at the Iron Horse Station,” the outlet said in the article. 

Also making the list were:

  • Aurora, New York
  • Martha’s Vineyard Towns, Massachusetts
  • Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Mystic, Connecticut
  • Kennebunkport, Maine 
  • Beaufort, South Carolina
  • Cape May, New Jersey
  • Meredith, New Hampshire
  • Marathon, Florida

According to the article, both accessibility during a short stay and the potential for long-term living were factored in forming the list. 

A view from Lovers' Leap along the Appalachian Trail in Hot Springs. The trail runs across railroad tracks in Hot Springs, over a bridge straddling a wide, inviting-looking stretch of the French Broad River and alongside the river for less than a mile before climbing up more than 1,000 feet to Lovers' Leap Rock and beyond.

Hot Springs Mayor Abby Norton said she was pleased that the town was acknowledged by Travel and Leisure.

“Hot Springs is a wonderful place to visit, with multiple activities,” Norton said. “If you’re not a hiker, you might enjoy a river trip, or a bicycle ride around town. Then, relax in a tub at the Hot Springs Resort and Spa. The fishing is great, both in the creek and the river.”

Norton encouraged potential visitors to explore all the shops and amenities the town has to offer. 

Hot Springs made Travel and Leisure's list of the "10 best small towns on the East Coast."

“Visitors may simply want to relax and unwind,” she said. “Hot Springs is great for that, too. Try out all of our restaurants. Each has a specialty they are known for. Stop by the Welcome Center to view a small exhibit of Hot Springs history, and check out the shops, with a variety of goods for sale. There’s a lot Hot Springs has to offer.” 

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