Edinboro, PA

Thanks to its 250-acre lake and lovely surroundings, the college town of Edinboro becomes a resort community every summer. This change is the result of a calculated effort: the Lakeside Association began promoting the town's recreational amenities in the 1930s. Today, boaters and swimmers enjoy the public docks and boat launches, and summer-campers and golfers revel in the town's leisurely pace. Artists, potters, and antiques dealers also flavor the town's distinctive "resort" atmosphere. Mallory Run, below the Edinboro Dam, is stocked with fish each year for kids under 12.