Points, Miles and 5,000 mAArtinis Giveaway Part II – Small wins BIG

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Points, Miles and Martinis is back again to give away a cool 5,000 American Airlines miles. This time it is small that wins BIG! Here at PMM we value redemptions that avoid the usual suspect tourist cities of the world and seek out unique places we could never get to otherwise.

For part II of the Points, Miles and 5,000 mAArtinis Giveaway, we want to know your favorite small towns. For this giveaway, we will define a small town as any city in the world with a population less than 5000.

Contest Entry

  • Leave a comment in this official entry post with your favorite small town to visit and the reason why you recommend others visit.

Example: My favorite small town is Marfa, Texas because of the minimalist art museums, West Texas landscape, incredible remoteness, and the Marfa Lights.


Grand Prize – 3,000 American Airline Miles

PMM will select the commenter who best ‘sells’ their favorite small city. The winner will receive 3,000 American Airlines. The miles will be deposited into their American Airlines account.

Prizes – Two Sets Of 1,000 American Airlines Miles

Two winners will be selected at random to each win 1,000 American Airlines. The miles will be deposited into their American Airlines account.

Promotion Rules

  • Limited to the first 350 comments
  • Limit one entry per person
  • Comment must include a small town with less than 5,000 people AND a reason
  • Winning comments will be subjectively selected

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About alex

Alex loves to travel and does so a lot. Logging 100,000 flight miles each year over the past 4 years, Alex uses points and miles to power his passion. Alex is continuously striving to experience the far reaches of the globe. In his day job, Alex is a Management Consultant frequently on the road advising Technology organizations. I love thinking about, reading about, and talking about all things travel. Feel free to reach me at pmmalex@gmail.com

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  1. Almost forgot my favorite mountain town in the world…
    Ortisei, Italy (in the Val Ghardena, Südtirol)

    (Sorry about the double-posting!)

  2. Waterton Park, AB
    Small, friendly & beautiful! Where the deer roam, and the bears play ..

  3. Bayou La Batre, Alabama. Home of the Forest Gump shrimping operation. USPS still delivers mail by boat.

  4. Bora, Sao Paulo/ Brazil : 350 habitants no crimes at all for many many many years 🙂

  5. My favorite small town is in Germany, Aschaffenburg. I went there with colleagues and friends for a work meeting. We climbed up the hills, wandered through the village, and happened to be there when the town celebrated a festival.

    None of us spoke German particularity well but we managed to procure beer and acquire various meats and veggies on our plates.

    The day was warm, hot by the local standards if I took their meaning, but that didn’t keep the kids from the amusements or their parents from accompanying them.

    The fair, which is the best description, was completed by a market of arts and crafts and produce.

    What a wonderful day!

  6. Leland mi is a great fishing town on lake Michigan with what may be the best 4th of July parades in the USA. Fly TVC.

  7. Chapel Hill, NC is a great small east coast town. Located just a 4 our drive from DC, 8 from NYC and 2 1/2 hours from some of the most beautifull beaches in the country. Home of UNC, you can enjoy the beauty of all four seasons, which I miss living in seasonless Texas! The fall colors combined with the smell of the falling leaves is something everyone should experience. Don’t be fooled by the slow pace of life as Chapel Hill is home to a smart a creative population. It may not be a top tourist destination, but it is a great place to grow up.

  8. Horicon Wisconsin is the most interesting small town to visit (and I mean very small). It sits on the edge of Horicon Marsh in the middle of the state, and is gorgeous during every season….especially winter. The vast array of wildlife is astonishing. The water itself is full of interesting fish, frogs, etc. Muscrat and beaver build their houses everywhere you look. And the birds are amazing….both those that migrate through the marsh and those that stick around and breed. The sandhill cranes (beautiful and noisy) and herons are my favorites. One cannot help but feel contemplative in this town.

  9. Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. A very traditional college town, small, friendly, and intellectual. Come feel it for yourself, as well as indulge yourself in one of the nation’s top (public) school. Just be careful, don’t trip over the corns. It’s only 2 hours from Chicago, but it’s the heart of Internet technology started some 20 years ago. I recommend checking out some of the pubs on Green Street. It’s where the alumni visit, can’t be wrong.

  10. I just noticed and I can’t believe Al, from post 123, and I put in the same town of Whitianga. It is a nice spot. Is that the only duplicated small town? Some 200 posts, all the small towns in the world, and it received almost 1% of the votes. Wow!

  11. Ogunquit, Maine. The smells are intense there, especially in the fall, the people unpretentious (other than the summer when hoards of new yorkers, etc. come in). Perfect setting along the ocean. great beaches, good food.

  12. Santo Domingo de Los Silos, Spain, population 286. The tiniest of small towns, you can stay at the little pension above the restaurant across from the Abbey, and then catch the Benedictine monks singing in the evening during vespers and then after a nice outdoor dinner at the restaurant, hear them sing during morning song the following day. And the 1/2-45 minutes along the winding canyon roads to get there from the highway are incredible!

  13. I love Pismo Beach, CA – we live here and before we lived here, we would visit all the time. Very quaint and in a beautiful setting.

  14. Munising Michigan.

    The water is pristine and clear; the cliffs are visually stunning to look at. The town overlooks “Small Bay” and Grand Island in the distance. It is Pure Michigan

  15. Cannon Beach, Oregon is one of my favorite small towns–because it’s right on the Pacific Ocean and is beautiful! Sure, a bit touristy, but you can find yummy chowder and ice cream, and there’s a good little secondhand bookstore. Most of all, walking on the beach is what I love. Lots of kites, dogs, and people dipping their toes in the waves.

  16. I love the little town of Harmony, CA. It is a very charming little stop along the historic Coast Hwy I of California. It is literally a one horse town. It is in a rural coastal area with beautiful oaks and grassy fields abounding on either side. There is a cute little post office converted to a shop and a Pottery store with unique artistic pieces and one little pasta restaurant. I think it would be a stretch to say the population was 1000 people.It is very reminiscent of the old time cowboy hitching post town of the central coast cattle era.

  17. Near the heart of one of our biggest states is the small town of Llano, Texas – home to roughly 3200 happy souls and several wineries. (Perhaps the reason for “happy souls”?) Though small in size, there is no shortage of attractions close at hand. Llano is widely considered to be the epicenter of Texas’ Hill Country wine region, reason enough for many to visit. You’ll also find great history, shopping and sightseeing in the region, including historic Fredericksburg and the LBJ Ranch, beautiful Kerrville, the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas (Burnet) and the geographical heart of Texas, Brady. Like the outdoors? You’ll enjoy Llano City Lake and nearby Buchanan and LBJ Lake, the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Longhorn Cavern State Park. Little known fact: Llano is the Deer Capital of Texas with the highest deer density in the nation, and a southern migration stop for the American Bald Eagle! (How’s that for a celebrity endorsement?) Llano makes a great base to explore from, or to relax with a glass of wine in the beautiful Texas Hillcountry.

  18. I love to visit the small town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. It is such a nice getaway in a small town, but you feel like you have been on a special trip. What makes it so great? The lakes are breathtaking, and the shore line of beautiful homes is nostalgic. Lake Geneva, is also know as “Little Chicago.” Take a lovely sight seeing, historical guided tour on one of the Lake Geneva boats. You will find out why it is called “Little Chicago.” Take an easy walk around the town of inviting shops of all kinds. Stay at one of the downtown hotels or bed and breakfast where you can walk to the Lake in about 5-10 minutes. Are you really a walker? How about taking a walk around the whole lake? You can have a special “cruise” around town in a horse drawn carriage. It is also a romantic town, a special town for couples for any season of the year. They have events going for all seasons. Yummy restaurants that keep your bellies full. Fish, steaks, chicken, and ice cream come to mind. I mean yummy!! If you would like a nice small town to visit with awesome memories, go to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, SOON!!

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