San Luis Obispo, California: America’s happy valley

This historic college town between California’s mountains and its rugged Pacific coast seems to have it all. No wonder Oprah raves about it

Returning home to Felixstowe: ‘Stories are everywhere’

Novelist Hayley Long always thought her home town, on the Suffolk coast, was a bit of a joke but now she’s proud of its gentle charm

The best towns and small cities in the US: Eugene, Oregon

Here’s a piece about Eugene, Oregon

Port Fairy: why the world’s best small town needs to remain a secret

While the western Victorian town basks in plaudits, one former resident prefers the days when the town was a hidden gem