Magazine article Sunset

Sunset Readers Are Talking

Magazine article Sunset

Sunset Readers Are Talking

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Let's face it: We live in the best place on Earth. It's no surprise that in choosing "The West's 20 Best Small Towns" (March, page 62), we couldn't include them all

DURANGO, CO We lack only an ocean. We have real cowboys and cowgirls; a thriving farmers' market; a biodiesel and sunflower-oil manufacturer nearby; skiing at five resorts; horses perhaps second in population, with deer and elk a close third; fantastic rafting and kayaking rivers; a four-year college with a top-ranked women's basketball team; Native American culture and casinos, a Cinco de Mayo festival; and a small-town atmosphere my wife says is "perfect." -KELLUS SEWELL

PORT TOWNSEND, WA Besides our famous Wooden Boat Festival, we have a highly acclaimed annual film festival, and the glorious wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula on our doorstep, -JUDITH TOLEDANO

RUIDOSO, NM Skiing on Sierra Blanca; Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts; hiking trails in the Sacramento and Capitan Mountains. -DON JUGENHEIMER

SILVERTON, OR Willamette Valley fruit; nurseries; local wineries, -DWIGHT BERNING

BOISE Foothills covered with mountainbiking and hiking trails, -J.R. LOLLEY

BODEGA BAY AND MENDOCINO, CA The real small-town ocean towns. …

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