I think I mentioned this in an IM. Here's the visit Sweden info:
"Eksjö lies in the county of Småland, in southern Sweden. Eksjö is rightly famous for its wooden buildings, many from the 17th century. The old part of town, with its shops, churches, squares and houses, is straight out of a Pippi Longstocking movie, with its copper red, cream and citrus-fruit coloured wooden buildings. The cobblestone streets and alleys add to the historical flavour of Eksjö and you really should go on a guided tour with one of the locals and visit the town museum. A visit to Eksjö is about enjoying the simple things in life; rent a bicycle and discover the town and surrounding countryside with its red farmhouse cottages dotting the landscape, go hiking in the nearby forests, or laze away a day beside one of many lakes here. A great idea is to rent a car and discover the world famous crafts and furniture design of the region."
"While you’re here, visit Skurugata, a ravine hewn out of the landscape, just outside Eksjö."
It is a charming and warm town and fits all your criteria. Stay right in old town. Exit the train at Nassjö. Buses leave the train station for Eksjö. Easy.