- Associated Press - Thursday, February 27, 2014

LITITZ, Pa. (AP) - It may not have the title any longer, but Lititz is still pretty cool.

“Of course we’re cool. We’ve always been cool,” borough council president Karen Weibel insists.

Lititz took its coolness to a national playing field over the past 12 months after being voted America’s Coolest Small Town by readers of Budget Travel Magazine.

“We’ve had as much fun with this as we could extract,” Weibel says. “It has definitely brought us into focus for a lot of folks.

“Something like this brings out a town’s identity and celebrates the unique.”

But the title is awarded annually - Lititz was the eighth - and on Tuesday the torch was passed to Berlin, Md.

“Just because someone else has the title doesn’t mean our coolness went away,” says Kelly Withum, executive director of Venture Lititz.

Berlin, a historic town with a population of 4,563, just a few miles from Ocean City and Assateague Island, bested contenders including Cazenovia, N.Y., Buckhannon, W.Va., Travelers Rest, S.C., and Nevada City, Calif., in this year’s poll.

“I haven’t been there,” Withum says. “I heard it’s delightful.”

“I think that will be a good spring day trip,” Weibel adds. “It’s in Maryland, how far could it be?”

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Lititz was awarded the “coolest” title in February 2013. Nearly 100,000 votes were cast for 924 towns in Budget Travel’s eighth annual competition.

The Moravian town, known for chocolate, pretzels, fireworks, ice sculptures and more, bested the likes of Camden, Maine, Flagler Beach, Fla., and Watkins Glen, N.Y., in the hard-fought competition.

Having won once, Lititz is no longer eligible for future competitions.

But Lititz has reveled in the title over the past year.

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