Posts tagged: vacation
Becoming engaged in the community means finding it nearly impossible to imagine living anywhere else. Willimantic is the one place that emerges as a substitute in the event of us being chased out of town. Just as there are people we meet whose lives impact us deeply, there are places we have lived that do the same. Willimantic is one of them.
Willimantic, located 28 miles from Hartford, is a section of Windham. When people in that area want to disassociate themselves with the little city, they make it clear that they live in Windham, which is spoken with a certain tone of voice, like when people around here want it known they are not from Elmwood.
Already feels like home.
Willimantic has been called the “Thread City” because of its onetime booming textile industry. Like many industrial towns, it has since collapsed. This does not, however, mean that only ruins remain. The city evolves constantly. Besides major industry, there have been changes in the smaller employers and ventures. In the late 90′s they had a local currency, Thread City Bread. Continue reading 'Beyond Hartford: Willimantic +2'»
People rave about a lot of things, most of which seem overrated like American Idol, coconut milk ice cream, and low carb diets. A strategy employed here is to play the waiting game, which works well with our slow-to-warm-up temperament.
It has taken years of glowing reviews to get us down to the Book Barn in Niantic. Checking out their website might have kicked us into action sooner, as they announce that although the Book Barn “maintains a ‘web presence‘, [they] view the Barn as a traditional brick-and-mortar (or cats-and-sheds) shop and as such do not participate in this new-fangled ‘e-commerce‘.” For all the cute kittens on the Internet, none are as perfect as those you can actually pet and get scratched by in return. They (the people, not the cats) provide free coffee, meaning it is possible to combine three of the best things ever: browsing affordable used books, drinking coffee, and having fanged beasts throwing themselves into your path. Continue reading 'Beyond Hartford: Book Barn +3'»
Long, smooth, and straight. Continue reading 'Beyond Hartford: Air Line State Park Trail North +2'»
Fact: You don’t even need to hike to Heublein Tower to get an amazing view. Continue reading 'Beyond Hartford: Talcott Mountain State Park +2'»