Smithsonian Magazine names Chautauqua , NY the best small town to visit in 2014. The article talked about the concentration on learning as well as leisure that makes Chautauqua so special.
The Magazine places Chautauqua #1 out of 20 small towns it rated in the current issue.
Here is a link to the article. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/20-best-small-towns-to-visit-in-2014-180950173/