New Haven has turned up on a list of “America’s Best Small Cities,” at least according to the website SmarterTravel.com.

 

Characterizing the City of Elms as “an arts hotbed,” the authors laud our rich cultural and culinary offerings. “There are so many impressive new collections and performances that you'll need more than a weekend getaway to experience even a fraction of them,” they write.

 

The listing also praises New Haven’s music scene. “Music venues range from the Yale School of Music to the local [New Haven] symphony to Toad’s Place, where U2 and the Rolling Stones have played.”

 

And then of course there are the Elm City’s culinary treasures. “Eat at one of the oldest and most revered establishments in New Haven: Louis' Lunch, which stakes a claim as the birthplace of the hamburger,” exhort the authors. Also, “Local legend Pepe's is known for its unusual white clam pizza.” Unusual? Not to us.

 

Under the heading “Why We Love It,” the authors observe, “So influential are the arts in New Haven that each summer the 15-day International Festival of Arts & Ideas draws great minds and performers from around the world along with crowds of 100,000.”

 

Other destinations making the top-ten list of best small cities include Portland, Me., Asheville, N.C., Missoula, Mont. and Greenville, S.C.