USA Today’s 10Best.com has listed Florence among some heavyweights such as Sun Valley, ID; Telluride, CO; Sedona, AZ; Moab, UT; Watkins Glen, NY; Bar Harbor, ME; and Stowe, VT. Florence is the only Oregon destination on the list.
“Vote early, vote often, and vote daily on every device you own,” says Bettina Hannigan, executive director of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. “Winning this poll would bring some very positive national attention and boost tourism in our area. We’ve risen from 11th to third place, but we’ve got a shot at number one.”
In a similar poll last year Florence was voted second of the Top 20 Best Small Towns in the Northwest.
“USA Today’s writers already point out that adrenaline junkies flock to Florence for some of the nation’s best sand dunes for buggy rides, sand boarding, hiking, and fat-tire biking. They also list fishing, crabbing, and clamming as popular pastimes,” adds Hannigan. “What they missed is kiteboarding, wind surfing, hiking and camping in pristine ancient forests, and a long list of other outdoor pursuits.”
Hannigan explains that adventures don’t stop with the typical outdoor pursuits.
“The adventures continue in the culinary category with world famous clam chowder and unique northwest fusion foods fresh from the local farms and waters,” she says.
Hannigan adds that Florence’s adventures also include art and culture.
“Florence has a public art trail, regularly scheduled art walks, and many high-end galleries and shops,” she explains. “Around town we’ve got several performance venues including an art house movie theater and the 500-seat Florence events center with local and national caliber performances. We’ve also got two excellent museums for regional history and military history.”
“Florence is the best and we know it, let’s make sure everyone else does too,” says Hannigan.