This Wisconsin town was ranked the coziest in America




Shops and galleries line the streets of Stockholm.
Shops and galleries line the streets of Stockholm.  

Just in time for cuffing season, one Wisconsin town has risen in the ranks of cozy small towns to claim the top spot.

Stockholm in Pepin County was ranked the coziest small town in the country by MyDatingAdvisor.com, which rated towns based on weather, food and activities.

"With a spectacular view of Lake Pepin, Stockholm offers the right blend of shops, dining, and lodging. Antique shops, art galleries, artisan furniture, a performing arts center, and a winery/cidery are all part of Stockholm's charm," the website noted.

If you're wondering if Stockholm has a cafe to complete this Hallmark movie picture, it does - and a good one. Stockholm Pie is ripe for a big city businessperson to come in and franchise.

Stockholm Pie has been a staple in Stockholm since it opened in 2008.
Stockholm Pie has been a staple in Stockholm since it opened in 2008.  

More:5 Hallmark-worthy Wisconsin small towns to visit during the holidays

Stockholm beat out East Coast heavy-hitter Stowe, Vermont, to claim the top spot. Other Wisconsin towns making the list were Kohler (16), Baileys Harbor (20), Hayward (31), Mineral Point (80) and Lake Geneva (81). The only other Midwestern town to crack the top 10 was Mackinac Island, Mich., which came in at No. 8.

The website considered 10 factors in three categories (weather, food and activities) when ranking 170 "popular small towns," including average December temperature and snowfall - the only time Wisconsin might have an advantage over snowbird states in the winter - cafes, bakeries, books and parks. Towns were rated out on a 100-point scale, " with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for coziness."

In addition to getting high marks for weather and food, Stockholm ranked the highest of all small towns for activities. The town is located along the Great River Road, a National Scenic Byway that follows the Mississippi River and was designated as an All American Road in 2021. Wisconsin's segment of the road is peppered with small towns, parks, wineries and more that make it a popular road trip destination.

More:Things to do along Wisconsin's Great River Road

Contact Chelsey Lewis at clewis@journalsentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter at @chelseylew and @TravelMJS and Facebook at Journal Sentinel Travel.

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