Newport, NC (March 22, 2012) - Beaufort, NC and Hammondsport, NY, were declared as co-winners in the “America’s Coolest Small Town” contest sponsored by Budget Travel magazine…after heavy voting on the web site caused it to crash before the contest officially ended.

“Beaufort and its citizens have worked hard to become ‘America’s Coolest Small Town,’” said Mayor Richard Stanley. “In the 1960s, the storefronts and downtown areas were run down and the sidewalks were rolled up at 5 p.m. Due to the foresight of community leaders, urban renewal was completed in a big way.

“As a result, we have a beautiful waterfront, excellent shops and restaurants, the North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort Historical Association and its facilities, restored homes, festivals and events, appreciation of our cultural heritage and environment, and a diverse population. Thanks to all who supported the Town.”

About Cannonsgate at Bogue Sound
Cannonsgate at Bogue Sound is a gated waterfront community, located just across the Intracoastal Waterway from Emerald Isle on North Carolina's Atlantic Coast, near the historic town of Beaufort. Amenities include a plantation-style clubhouse, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a 75-slip marina facing Bogue Sound, and a network of walking and biking trails. Cannonsgate offers five distinct types of homesites designed to appeal to specific lifestyle choices, priced from $16,900 to $190,000. Homes priced from the $400,000s to the $800,000s.

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