While cities can be exciting to explore, sometimes you need a break. Visiting a small town is the perfect way to slow down and unwind on vacation. Not only do small towns offer a chance to beat the crowds, but they also feature hole-in-the-wall restaurants and unique attractions that you can’t always find in urban areas. Whether it’s hospitality or a slower pace of life, there are many advantages to visiting small towns.

Here are five small towns perfect for young kids or retirees to enjoy together at any time of the year. So sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in small-town American culture.

Delray Beach, FL

Tucked away on the Atlantic coast of Florida is Delray Beach, often coined the “village by the sea.” Delray is more than just a beach town. At night, the town comes alive with its award-winning restaurants, high-end shopping, and nightlife along Atlantic Avenue. Bonus tip: Visit Delray Beach during the holiday season to witness the annual 100-ft. Christmas tree lighting.

This 3-bedroom home in Lake Ida Shores is newly renovated and can sleep up to eight people. The home is in a prime location near the beach, boutique stores, and plenty of dining options. Previous guests rave about the backyard and say the pool is perfect for lounging and spending time with friends and family.

Rent this tropical oasis in Delray Beach

Fredericksburg, TX

Time to brush off the ole lederhosen and say “guten tag” to Fredericksburg, Texas. “German heritage with Texas hospitality” sums up this Hill Country town. Settled by German pioneers nearly 200 years ago, Fredericksburg is a Texas wine country gem. Yes, you heard that right. Texas boasts several award-winning wineries. Come taste for yourself!

Nestled on Main Street in one of Fredericksburg’s historic neighborhoods, this new 3-bedroom house is constructed of new materials and salvaged materials from the 150-year-old barn that once sat in its place.The home features a fully stocked gourmet kitchen, three walk-in showers, two private king suites, and a gas fire pit. Sleeping up to 10 people, this vacation home is a true testimony to Fredericksburg’s small-town luxury and charm.

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Carmel, CA

With its scenic views and coastal charm, Carmel-by-the-Sea is the perfect getaway for some much needed R&R. From wine tasting to scenic hikes, this picturesque village lends new meaning to the word “relaxation.”

Designed by renowned architect Edwin Lewis Snyder, this alluring 3-bedroom home is an endlessly inviting haven after a day of exploring. The game room features a Ping-Pong table, dart board, wet bar, and flat-screen TV for unlimited entertainment. When it’s time to relax, a soak in the Jacuzzi will rejuvenate you for what tomorrow’s adventures hold. The home’s location provides unbeatable convenience to the area’s local attractions.

Rent this architectural treasure in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Charlevoix, MI

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the Midwest. The quintessential lake town of Charlevoix, Michigan, is a favorite vacation destination up north. Aside from typical lake-related activities, Charlevoix is bustling with all sorts of quirky attractions ranging from castle farm tours to a unique mushroom house.

Steps to downtown Bridge St. and Lake Michigan, this renovated historic home sleeps up to 10 people. The spacious outdoor deck features a grill, fire pit, and ample seating — providing the perfect space to gather with family and friends. A previous guest described this home as a “veritable gem in Michigan’s most beautiful area.”

Escape to this historic Charlevoix home

Kennebunkport, ME

What makes Kennebunkport, Maine, such a great vacation destination is that it can be enjoyed year round. History buffs and foodies will love this town’s assortment of historical landmarks and fresh seafood restaurants. Not to mention, the golf courses nearby are truly legendary. Kennebunkport is home to some of the oldest and most prestigious golf courses in New England. You never know who you’ll run into on the links.

Crowned as the ultimate New England retreat, this historic home offers a classic getaway in Maine’s Kennebunks that is just a few minutes from Ocean Avenue, restaurants, local shops, golfing, and much more. Whether you’re cozying up with a good book in the reading nooks or taking in the serene pasture views from the backyard, this home offers everything that you need to have a relaxing vacation.

Stay in this Kennebunkport retreat