A writer for Forbes who also hosts a popular travel website has included an area town on his "50 Beautiful Small Towns in America" list. That's according to a story published by US News & World Report.

Everett Potter calls Padanaram Village in South Dartmouth one of America's best kept secrets when it comes to beautiful small towns. Travel Report says Padanaram is a "slice of heaven" located between the better-known destinations of Cape Cod and Newport.

The article mentions the beautiful 19th-century homes and quaint shops found in the quiet village as well as the beach and nearby forests. it also tells readers that the harbor is the ideal place to watch sailboats during the summer months, especially during the annual Buzzards Bay regatta.

Most of us on the Southcoast will easily agree that Padanaram Village is a beautiful location that luckily isn't a major tourist attraction. It keeps the former shipbuilding community quiet and more enjoyable for those of us who live nearby.