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Promised Land

A good place is easy to find these days. And this is true whether that special patch of paradise is near a small town or completely off the grid. Of course, it helps that we’re traveling in record numbers, discovering the undiscovered in hopes of securing that one place that resonates somewhere within our soul—and can become home.

Which is why publishing our picks of the 20 best places in America to build your log home feels so good. We believe we’ve unearthed some of the nation’s most desirable locales, covering everything from an outdoorsman’s paradise to an artisan’s retreat and everything in between. We’re confident you’ll find that our list offers something for everyone and at least one great find for you.

One last note: We thought about ranking these places from the 20th best to number one, but it’s nearly impossible—all live up to our criteria for a great locale. So, here are the 20 best from A to Z … or least A to W.


1. Fairhope, Alabama
2. Globe/Miami, Arizona
3. Eureka Springs, Arkansas
4. Elizabeth, Colorado
5. McCall, Idaho
6. Waldo County, Maine
7. Manistee, Michigan
8. Fillmore County, Minnesota
9. Natchez, Mississippi
10. Campton, Thornton, New Hampshire
11. Lincoln County, New Mexico
12. Chautauqua, Dunkirk & Westfield, New York
13. Hendersonville, North Carolina
14. Jonesborough, Tennessee
15. Boerne, Texas
16. Grand Isle, Vermont
17. Shenandoah County, Virginia
18. Chewelah, Washington
19. Walla Walla, Washington
20. Dubois, Wyoming


To read more about these great places, check out the June 2005 issue of Log Home Living.