If you’ve lived in Charlotte for long enough, you already know one of the best parts about road trips involves passing through the charming small towns across the Carolinas. We actually have so many quaint towns and cities that even a Carolinas native may not have visited them all. So when two of our best landed on HGTV’s list of the 30 most charming downtowns in America (Concord in North Carolina and Greenville in South Carolina), we wanted to know which other small towns could have easily been on that list. So we asked you: What’s your favorite small town downtown in North and South Carolina? We got more than 200 responses. Many of your favorites are arguably not “small” — but all of them quaint, so we decided they should count.


Location: 95 miles from Charlotte What to do: A trip to Seagrove is not complete without a visit to Seagrove Potters for some pottery. The town has been home to potters since the 18th century and is considered “The Handmade Pottery Capital of the United States.” Visit Good Company Pups & Mugs, where you can order a beer or a hard cider, coffee or pastries while your dog plays at your side. Hungry? Head to Seagrove Family Restaurant for an aptly named Pottery Burger (Angus beef, Swiss cheese, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato and mayo) and fries.