Vote Now: Grand Marais in the running for "Best Coastal Small Town"
Jun 03, 2020 07:32AM
From USA Today and the Ashland Press - June 2, 2020
Vote for Grand Marais - Best Coastal Small Town
Situated at the end of Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive, the town of Grand Marais charms with its art galleries, quirky restaurants, local shops and diverse lodging. While there's plenty to do in town (it's home to one of the nation's best art colonies), this harbor village also serves as a gateway to outdoor adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
In 2019, Bayfield Wisconsin finished in the Top Ten, while Grand Marais didn't make the list. CURRENTLY GRAND MARAIS IS NUMBER 7 ON THE LIST OF VOTES; LET'S MOVE IT UP!
To vote for Grand Marais, follow this link: https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-coastal-small-town/grand-marais-minnesota/
Here are last year's winners.
2019 Winner: Sandusky Ohio winner sits on the shores of Lake Erie
Move over L.A., Miami and Honolulu! Our 10 winners for Best Coastal Small Town – each with a population of fewer than 25,000 people as of the last census – offer uncrowded, unpretentious and affordable seaside fun in small packages.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Coastal Small Town are as follows:
- Sandusky, Ohio
- Rockport, Texas
- Chincoteague, Virginia
- Georgetown, South Carolina
- Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
- Gulf Shores, Alabama
- Southport, North Carolina
- St. Simons Island, Georgia
- Saugatuck, Michigan
- Bayfield, Wisconsin
From the Ashland Daily Press - June 2, 2020
Bayfield finished in the top 10 in 10Best USA Today’s Best Coastal Small Town in America competition last year, and fresh off a 10th-place finish in Travel Wisconsin’s Fish Fry Faceoff last month, the community is eager to prove it can rise in the ranks.
“Top 10 is awesome, but it’s not good enough,” said Paige Rautio, Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau marketing director. “We know we’re better than that.”
Expert travel writers and journalists nominated 20 cities in the U.S. to vie for the title, and Bayfield nabbed the only nomination for Wisconsin. With no other state city in the running, Travel Wisconsin is hoping to get the entire Badger State backing the Bayfield Peninsula berg, Rautio said.
“Bayfield is extremely proud to be nominated for this nationwide, prestigious award,” David Eades, Bayfield Chamber executive director, said in a news release. “Once visitors experience Bayfield, they realize it’s a special city unlike any other.”
Matt Goudreau, whose photograph highlighting the city’s fall foliage represents the city on the 10Best website, pledged his support, saying the city is “absolutely stunning” and he hopes it wins.
Bayfield, nestled against hills rising up from Lake Superior and laying claim as the gateway to the Apostle Islands, is up against some stiff competition, including Grand Marais, Minn. But when competition opened Monday, it swiftly rose to the top spot. Since then standings have been changing, so it’s important to get out and vote online at 10best.com/awards/travel/best-coastal-small-town/bayfield-wisconsin.
Votes can be cast once a day until polls close at 11 a.m. June 29. The winner, which will be designated as Readers’ Choice and receive a badge of recognition, will be announced July 10.
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