"Recently named a UNESCO "Creative City," this little town two hours from Nashville and three hours from Louisville presents an interesting case of urban renewal on a small scale: as recently as the 1980s, its classic main street was mostly vacant, but following $100 million in investment and an artist-relocation program, the historic district now generates $200 million in annual tourist revenue. The 1857, a 10-room boutique hotel in a historic building within view of the Ohio River, is a testament to the town's reinvention."

By Stephen Heyman, Travel + Leisure

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