Okay this is really going to sound lame compared to all of the other answers.
We lived in a very small town in North Dakota for 3 years. It was 11 miles from the Canadian border, was dark and windy and the weather was horrible all of the time. The town was so small it had no shopping, no fast food, no fun!!
We took a vacation to Minot, ND, 120 miles from that little town. Got a motel, the kids went swimming, we shopped like crazy at the mall and generally had so much fun together.
it is the vacation I always remember fondly--everything just fell into place for a great time.