We've moved from Brattleboro, VT, about 30 minutes down the road to Keene, NH, where David's work is. He's going to be keeping some crazy hours at work so we thought being closer would promote family togetherness a bit more....that's the whole reason we're here, after all.
Brattleboro is a completely artsy, granola town. For those of you in Charlotte, think NoDa except further to the left :-). There's a great food co-op that we wandered around in yesterday morning, and there are all kinds of galleries, shops and little restaurants. Dogs are welcome nearly everywhere. The people are an interesting mix of love-the-earth, hate-the-president folks and native rural Vermonters who are a little more farm-y and less earthy. Strangely enough, as the boys and I were standing in the center of the town waiting to cross the street, "Song of the South" was blaring from a pickup truck nearby. (sweet potato pie and shut my mouth...) I loved exploring there! I wish we could have had a bit more time, but we may drive over there sometime and spend a day.
I must put in a recommendation for the hotel where we stayed... the Latchis Hotel and Theatre is right in the middle of town. It's an old, Art Deco hotel which is being restored piece by piece. The place is decorated with art from local artists and schoolchildren. There's a theatre downstairs that hosts shows, first-run movies and art films. It's not a luxury hotel, but it's clean and comfortable and all the people were friendly and helpful. They even let us rearrange the furniture to house the kids more comfortably.
Now we're over in Keene, which is another charming little New England town, with more of a college town feel. Keene State College is here in town, within walking distance. The main street is full of little stores and cafes. We're within walking distance of the Y, which gives a discount to the guests at our hotel. It was kind of stressful getting all our stuff and the kids over here by myself, but fortunately my mom came up and met me for lunch and helped me get situated in the hotel.
We also went and did laundry this morning at "Suds Bucket." While the clothes were sudsing away, we walked over to Dunkin' Donuts and got two munchkins each, and I got my first DD's iced coffee of the season. "What are munchkins?" the kids asked, to my horror!