Artsy, and very sleepy, Palmer Lake is a magnet for hikers who set out for the evergreen-clad peaks at several in-town trailheads. There are more good restaurants and working artists than one would expect from a population of about 2,400. The town developed around the railroad tracks that were laid here in 1871—the lake itself was used as a refueling point for steam engines. The lake is a few miles off the highway, so you need a car to get here.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More