Wrap yourself in a warm blanket, curl up by the fire, and grab a warm mug of something tasty: Here are the coziest cities in the US. Did your hometown make the cut?
For the fourth year in a row, the people at Honeywell Heaters have shared their rankings of the top ten coziest cities in America. And while we maintain that coziness can happen anywhere, there's an overwhelming trend toward cities where the temperatures dip into the chillier end of the thermometer.
But they're not just picking cities willy nilly. "A lot of consideration went into determining how the definition of coziness is evolving. For some, a small town nestled in the mountains might be cozy, whereas to others, a city with historic architecture and quaint, winding streets may also be cozy. Central to these themes is the ability to find refuge from winter with warmth and creature comforts," said Dr. Ted Myatt, an environmental scientist who partnered with Honeywell Heaters to help determine the list.
The team looked at cities near ski resorts, as well as urban centers with a higher number of tiny homes, both things with high coziness quotients. This year, as in years past, they assessed the number of specialty stores per capita in each city including coffee shops, bakeries, bed and breakfasts, and independent grocers.
This year, Boston takes the top spot once again—it shared the title with neighbor Cambridge in 2014. "With close proximity to a number of ski resorts in the Northeast, a high ranking for specialty stores per capita, and a high number of tiny homes, Boston is a great place to get cozy," Honeywell explains.
San Francisco snags second place, with Seattle, Albany, and Portland, Oregon rounding out the top five. Last year, Asheville was the coziest of them all.
Check out the full list in the slideshow above.