Those of you who are long-time readers know that while I do share that I live in Virginia, I do not publicly share the name of my town. Call me crazy, call me paranoid...it's just not something I'm comfortable with. I realize that any 40 year old weirdo in his mom's basement in Iowa could probably do some sleuthing and track me down, but the knowledge that T would greatly enjoy brandishing his shotgun at an intruder makes me feel safer.
Aside from worries of 40 year old bachelor basement dwellers, I thought it might be fun to show you some of my town. Most of it looks like any other small suburban town. We have a few of my favorite stops: Target, Borders (not for much longer!), Starbucks, Panera, Hobby Lobby, and a mall. I can head just 30 to 40 minutes north to browse IKEA, and 60 minutes south to play at Pottery Barn. I love the Salvation Army.
What makes my town special is the history. The town's history dates back to the 1600s, and several of our founding fathers had ties to this area. The town played a role in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars! I don't go into "Old Towne" often, but it was really fun to take the girls and explore earlier this week.
The main street in Old Towne is filled with shops and restaurants, and lined with trees (at Christmastime, they are all lit).
The buildings are mostly old. Visitors get a kick out of seeing shops, homes, and churches that have been around for two hundred years. My girls love all the cool alleys and tunnels to explore.
As serious as all the history stuff may seen, you'll see a cheerful (even humorous side) with the brightly colored shops and apartments:
There are bistros, cafes, diners, fancy gourmet spots, and a well-recognized ice cream shop. Having choices right off the sidewalk was helpful when the girls started whining about being hungry. We chose a little diner known for its sweet potato fries.
There are loads of beautiful homes downtown, and several that offer tours. We had fun riding past many of them, until I felt kind of stalkerish for taking pics from the Swagger Wagon and decided to stop and let the girls stretch their legs again at one of the historic homes that allows visitors to walk the grounds.
As you can see, I kind of have the best of both worlds: proximity to large cities, culture, and shopping... and the hometown apple pie America factor.
Pretty sweet indeed!
Linking to Favorite Things in My Town at Centsational Girl.
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