Fredericksburg was recently named to USA Today’s “Best Southern Small Town” list. The Readers Choice Award cites Fredericksburg as “a hub of culture amid the beautiful, flower-laden Texas Hill Country” and notes that “folks will likely find it necessary to extend their stays.” Another great accolade for Fredericksburg and Gillespie County!

While cities like Charleston, Memphis and Atlanta make excellent destinations, there’s something simply special about the South’s smaller towns and villages. For several weeks, readers have been voting daily for their favorite Southern small towns and now the results are in. The top 10 winners in the category Best Southern Small Town are:

  1. Natchitoches, Louisiana
  2. Abingdon, Virginia
  3. Bardstown, Kentucky
  4. Dahlonega, Georgia
  5. Natchez, Mississippi
  6. Eureka Springs, Arkansas
  7. Beaufort, South Carolina
  8. Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
  9. Floyd, Virginia
  10. Fredericksburg, Texas


“Nothing embodies classic Americana quite like small towns,” says Sean Gioffre of Boot Ranch Realty.”These small towns evoke the finest of what Southerners are as a culture. Boot Ranch is in the center of a unique place where tradition is the lifeblood, a helping hand is a given and neighbors gather on front porches to watch sunsets.”

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Additional nominees for Best Southern Small Town included Apalachicola, Florida; Destin, Florida; Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee; Marfa, Texas; Middleburg, Virginia; Monroeville, Alabama; Mooresville, Alabama; Sanibel, Florida; Tybee Island, Georgia; and Wimberley, Texas.