This past month, Smithsonian Magazine listed their picks for the top 20 Best Small Town to Visit in 2015. Ranked #3, behind Estes Park, Colorado and the island of Nantucket is our own little Stuart, Florida - our winter home! The cat's out of the bag!
"Perched on the most biodiverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern hemisphere, the St. Lucie Inlet (we live on the St. Lucie River), Stuart is surrounded by opportunities to revel in nature and the arts as well as indulge your inner history buff. See the sea turtles on warm summer nights at the nearby Hobe Sound Nature Center, (gently) touch a stingray at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, or visit the House of Refuge—a former haven for shipwrecked sailors operated by the United States Lifesaving Service and now a beautiful historical museum. Stuart also boasts the newly renovated Lyric Theatre, a former silent movie palace now hosting concerts and art-house movies. And this July, Florida’s “Treasure Coast” commemorates the event that gave the region its name—the 1715 hurricane that struck Florida’s east coast, sinking 11 Spanish galleons laden with New World silver and gold. The summer, area events include a two-day conference at the Vero Beach Museum of Art (about an hour north of Stuart), lectures and public exhibitions." http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-small-towns-2015-180954993/#f1xtDdICFKFUTq1a.99
Just as we love Truro, on the Cape, we love Stuart in Florida. Both places are lulls in the storm. The Cape and Florida can be crazy, crazy places to live and drive, but there are little oasis's from this and we have found them both. Now - if they can just remain that way!
You can read the entire Smithsonian article here.