Santa Fe finalist in “Best Towns Ever” list

- September 14, 2011

Santa Fe is on Outside magazine’s short list of towns in its “Best Towns Ever” search.

Outside magazine, America’s leading active-lifestyle publication, has selected Chattanooga, TN as the winner in its search to determine the best Outside town in America, following a three week competition held on FaceBook. The list of finalists includes: Charleston, SC; Madison, WI; Portland, OR; Portland, ME; Ashland, OR; Boulder, CO; Burlington, VT and Tucson, AZ., as well as Santa Fe.

Scouring the nation to find dream cities that offered a balance of great culture, perfect scenery, stress-free and reasonable cost of living (how did we get on this list?) and, of course, easy access to the outdoors, Chattanooga came out on top, receiving the official honor of Outside’s “Best Town Ever.” Chattanooga is featured on the October 2011 magazine cover which hits newsstands on September 13th, Outside Online and in an exclusive segment on Outside Television.

In addition to featuring the “Best Town Ever” and the towns selected as finalists, Outside’s October issue highlights a number of cities classified as the “next-big-things,” including: Issaquah, WA; Missoula, MT; Wilmington, NC; Durango, CO; Traverse City, MI; Flagstaff, AZ; Chico, CA; Hardwick, VT and Ithaca, NY.

“Putting this issue together is always a tough process when choosing between a number of truly great places. This year we tried something new and allowed the Outside community to help us in the decision making process,” said Outside Editor Chris Keyes. “In addition to possessing all of the great characteristics that we look for in determining the quality of life, Chattanooga was a town that everyone rallied to support.”

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