3 Cute U.S. Towns Where Prohibition Isn't Over

Even though U.S. prohibition was repealed in 1933 with the passing of the Twenty-First Amendment, it didn't end everywhere. The amendment does not stop states from restricting or banning the sale of alcohol, and to date, there are still numerous dry counties and communities across the country (especially along the Bible belt). Even for those who like to imbibe, some of them are still well worth a visit -- so if you're feeling nostalgic for the days of "Boardwalk Empire," it's still possible to get your fix in these three cute tourist destinations.

1. Ocean City, Jersey Shore, New Jersey

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Even though the days of bootlegging in Atlantic City are long gone, New Jersey still has quite the Prohibition hangover, even along the Jersey Shore. The TV series "Jersey Shore" might have you thinking otherwise, but dozens of New Jersey towns, especially those with Quaker roots, are still booze-free. Ocean City is a family-friendly haven, with a boardwalk lined with restaurants and shops, a great amusement park, Ocean City Beach, and no alcohol for sale anywhere.

Where to Stay: The Flanders Hotel, a historic Spanish revival-style property with catacombs where Prohibition crime bosses once met and that once housed two illegal bars

2. Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard

Even though the island of Martha's Vineyard has "vineyard" in its name, don't expect to be served any wine in the adorable town of Menemsha. You can bring your own, though, but expect corkage fees. This quaint fishing village is known for its fresh seafood, lighthouse, public beach, and beautiful sunsets (people come to the harbor from all over Martha's Vineyard to picnic on the sand while the sun goes down). 

Where to Stay: The Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant, with refined French Country style and a location overlooking the harbor

3. Wildwood Crest, New Jersey

This quaint New Jersey town is most notable for its beautiful stretch of beach and its proximity to the bustling boardwalk in Wildwood (not dry), which offers restaurants, shops, and amusement park rides. Alcohol legally can't be sold anywhere in Wildwood Crest, but those seeking to drink can drive outside of the town limits within about 10 minutes. 

Where to Stay: Seapoint Village Resort, an upscale condo-style property a short drive from the boardwalk with four pools (one has a waterslide) and a private section of beach 

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