Coolness never fades

By on March 5, 2014

Lititz hands off the title to Berlin, Md.

While Lititz has been pretty cold over the past week, we are no longer officially “cool.”

The title of “America’s Coolest Small Town,” as determined by voters at, has been passed on to the small town of Berlin, Md. as of Feb. 22.

Berlin, with a population of roughly 4,500, is a few miles from Ocean City and Assateague Island. It is a historic community, known for its beautiful Victorian architecture and is filled with many arts and entertainment venues. Berlin is known for being “historically charming and artistically alive,” according to its website.

Having been the victor, Lititz is no longer eligible for future competitions. But we certainly made the most of the title over the past year.

Kelly Withum, executive director of Venture Lititz, says traffic at the Lititz visitor’s center increased by some 6,000 people over the past year.

“It’s been a great experience,” Withum said. “It hatched great community events throughout the year. It got thousands of people downtown. We really did have great fun with it. I know Berlin will have a great time with it, too.

“Just because someone else has the title doesn’t mean our coolness went away,” Withum added. “Lititz will continue to market itself for being voted America’s Coolest Small Town, although we can’t use it as strongly, as aggressively as we did. That would be unfair to the new, reigning cool town.

“But we’re definitely still cool.”

To learn more about Berlin, Md., visit

Melissa Hunnefield is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at or at 721-4452

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