Door County Makes Top 10 List for Craft Lovers

For the past month, craft lovers have been logging onto the American Craft Week website to choose their favorite place to enjoy a vibrant craft scene. With more than 17,000 votes tallied, the contest closed April 16 at midnight. The top vote getter in the nationwide poll turned out to be Seagrove, North Carolina. The small town (population 228) is considered the “Handmade Pottery Capital of the United States.” Seagrove garnered a little more than 33 percent of all the votes cast.

In all, 10 U.S. places were named as the Top Ten Towns for Craft Lovers. Here is the complete list of winners: 1. Seagrove, N.C.; 2. Gatlinburg, Tenn.; Berea, Ky.; Cumberland Valley, Pa.; Asheville, N.C.; Brattleboro, Vt.; Blue Ridge, Ga.; Bedford, Va.; Door County, Wis.; and Gloucester, Mass.

“We congratulate all the winners and hope they use their designation to attract more visitors. Cultural tourism is on the rise across the country as people seek out interesting, creative destinations,” said American Craft Week co-chair, Diane Sulg.

The eighth annual American Craft Week will be held Oct. 6-15 in cities and towns across the nation. With thousands of diverse events at galleries, artist studios, museums, schools and festivals, it is the premier public celebration of handmade craft in America. It is a volunteer managed program of CRAFT (Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow) a trade association dedicated to the growth and vitality of the craft industry. For more information, visit and

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