To refuel, grab a Widow Maker black ale at Keweenaw Brewing Company, and don’t miss the pork and beef pasty at Roy’s Pasties and Bakery.
—Nick Davidson Make the Move Any house in town is well situated, but look for one in the 0,000 range close to Portage Canal for the best access to local restaurants, Lake Superior, and trails (citywide median: 0,000).
In the summer, there’s canoeing on Mad River, hiking on Mount Hunger, and mountain biking around Millstone Hill.
If that’s not enough, New Hampshire’s adventure-packed White Mountains are just two hours away. “I try to extend the ski season as long as possible, and when it’s over I transition straight to bike season,” says Bryan Redmond, a conservationist who likes the trails at the North Branch Nature Center.
Harkin likes the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway for road biking.
“It’s like the Blue Ridge Parkway without the mountains or traffic.
Fuel up at Fido, which has organic options for vegetarians and carnivores—try the Local burger, a blend of ground beef and lamb.Nearly every member of the family could kick ungodly amounts of ass.They may be Super Heroes or Badass Normals in a Super Family Team. As strong as any member may be individually, when fighting together, their strengths balance their weaknesses and they support each other to the bitter end—and meanwhile will remind each other to pick up the groceries.State government dominates the area economy, though foodies can also find work at Cabot Creamery or the New England Culinary Institute (median household income: ,587). Come summer there’s boating, surfing, and kiting on Lake Superior and the 23.5-mile Portage Canal, weekly outdoor concerts downtown, and some of the country’s most underappreciated mountain-bike trails at Copper Harbor.“There’s not one outdoor sport you can’t do here,” says Caleb Wendel, an avid mountain biker and owner of Houghton’s Rhythm Bike and Board.The largest employers include Michigan Tech and Portage Health (median household income: ,912).Total Votes: 26,898O-Score: 77The Athens of the South may be best known for country music and soapy TV shows about country music, but in the past decade the town (pop.But before we reveal the winner, a word on our rankings.This list is ordered by the number of votes you gave each town in our March Madness–style Best Towns Tournament—and the place that received the most votes was crowned our Best Town Ever.You can ride for 25 miles and never see more than two cars,” he says.Mountain bikers and trail runners flock to Warner Parks, a nearly 3,000-acre oasis with nine miles of freshly built, flowing mountain-bike trails.