Bloomington, Indiana

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2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

61 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"
13 Votes - "Best For Food"
5 Votes - "Most Fun"
5 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
2 Votes - "Friendliest"

Description

Located in the lush rolling hills of south central Indiana, Bloomington is a progressive college town with a special charm that makes everyone feel right at home. From the peaceful forests to the vibrant downtown, Bloomington is filled with contradictions that somehow blend together to form an exceptional community. And with over 100 locally-owned, one-of-a-kind restaurants, Bloomington is a culinary delight. The abundance of fresh produce, meats, and herbs from local providers, combined with the talent of local chefs offers a wide variety of options. The diversity in cuisine types is a perfect example of how influential the university has been on the overall community. In one block alone you can find Thai, Italian, Tibetan and Ethiopian restaurants. There really is a wide variety of food types to suit all tastes, and no matter what time of day or night, you can find good food--and plenty of it--in Bloomington.

You will also find two award-winning wineries and two unbelievable breweries. Each winery provides a beautiful setting to sample unique wines, including some made from local grapes. The breweries also produce unique flavors, in beer and in cuisine (each facility houses a restaurant). You can also find select local beers and wines at area restaurants, so drink local and enjoy the flavors of Bloomington!

Tremendous choice of local restaurants. The number of ethnic choices far exceedes all other communities in Indiana.
Reviewed by stegy33
on May 3, 2012
Best food, best scenery - I don't know why I ever lived anywhere else!
Reviewed by tini106
on May 3, 2012
We relocated here six years ago and there isn't a day that goes by when I don't say, "I love it here." The rolling hills leading into Bloomington from every direction contradict what most believe to true about the Midwest. This area and city is far from flat and boring. Tree-lined roads bring visitors into our community and flowers welcome all at almost every stop.
The downtown square has been amazingly restored with each building offering unique beauty and charm. The various neighborhoods have distinctive personalities, offering something for everyone and every family. Even the small "Cutters" homes that once housed the limestone workers give a nod to the rich history that is such an important part of Bloomington. New infrastructure and buildings fit well into the beautiful backdrop of our community - adding to the vibrancy and aesthetic interest.
Indiana University campus is the crown jewel of the community and visitors can easily lose themselves in the beauty of the entire campus. This gem, coupled with Lake Monroe area, makes Bloomington a great place to visit -- and an even better place to live.
Reviewed by kbrown2
on May 3, 2012
I love this city. Great food, great music and amazingly beautiful.
Reviewed by smockcsz
on May 3, 2012
Bloomington has all the offerings of a large city with the charm of a small town. The downtown area is beautiful and the food choices are endless. Such a great place to live or visit.
Reviewed by Jej3
on May 3, 2012
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