Naples was named the ninth best small town in America by Smithsonian Magazine.
The magazine's May edition cited Naples' world-class music, arts, design, community theater, zoo — and of course weather — in its ranking.
"Even when it's snowing somewhere up north, around the historic Naples Pier they're catching mackerel, opening beach umbrellas and looking for treasure in the surf," said the article listing the 20 best small towns in America. "Grandkids are building sand castles, pelicans are squawking and the Gulf of Mexico is smooth as far as the eye can see."
Topping the list is Great Barrington, Mass., where big-city smarts meets New England natural in an art-rich mountain setting.
To read the article, visit: www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/The-20-Best-Small-Towns-in-America.html