City life can be an engaging whirlwind of pub nights, exhibition openings, and networking events, but it's hard not to imagine the life (and the house) you could have in the country. Rather than impulsively uprooting, we recommend pursuing rural tranquility the responsible way: by renting a home or checking into an inn in one of America's most vibrant small towns. Here are 10 hamlets that welcome refugees from cities and suburbs and offer visitors a chance to actively pursue relaxation.
A whistle-stop 60 miles south of Jackson Hole, Afton is the yang to Jackson's Lexus-ridden yin. Local ranchers and businessmen wear their spurs on the town's single, facade-lined main street – and you won't find any "I felt the Tetons" T-shirts for sale. But you do have your choice of eight mountain ranges, four of the state's best fly-fishing rivers, four national forests, and Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks right next door.
What to Do for Fun: Yellowstone Outfitters has been leading horsepacking trips and ripping trout lips since 1950. The Old Mill has three log cabins – stocked with a hot tub and handmade quilts – in the sage-covered hills south of town.