The closest town to Chase Lake (see, I’m writing it like the locals now) is Lowville. Wikipedia says that it has about 5000 residents. It has the usual – a few restaurants, movie theater, some shops, post office and library within a couple blocks of each other.
The restaurants were what one might expect. For example, I ordered an “authentic Caesar salad” and got romaine lettuce, sliced onions and Wish-Bone Italian dressing on top (I used the stuff in college. I know the taste).
The girls and I did visit a nice cafe called Z Cafe, that was charming and welcoming. The coffee was surprisingly decent and the best thing I can say about the scones and muffin is that they were edible. BUT…we weren’t in town for the food.
I did love that the area is not a destination point. Which is to say that if you don’t have a reason to be there, you’d never go there. It’s not a tourist spot. The girls and I walked around town one day and we all enjoyed the quaint buildings and farmhouse-style homes. We took pictures in old doorways and played in gravel lots.
When heading back to my Dad’s place, I took a wrong turn and found this gem. A true treehouse. She’s a beauty.
I don’t think I can describe myself as a wanderer. I like home (whatever that is, nowadays) and all of its comforts. But I do enjoy exploring new places and being an observer. Figuring out what makes a place tick.
There’s something about a small town that’s so vulnerable. And I love that. I appreciate that. And there’s also an element of take it or leave it. No apologies. I wish I were more like that…. This is me. I’ve got nothing to prove. You want a Caesar? Here’s some Wish-Bone Italian. It’s so bad, but it’s also so awesome. Rock on, Lowville. See you next time.
We have such similar interests! I just visited Woodstock last weekend. I love driving to new places on the weekend. You should check out my meanderings on https://onweekendswewander.wordpress.com/ !
Lowville reminds me of Durango, Colorado, my college town. So small town, so American ;)
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I am fond of small towns too. The town we left behind in Michigan has what we see as a slowly dying downtown. Many buildings are vacant now as most businesses have moved west a mile or less to the main road and the freeway. Sucks that small town America and those mom and pop shops are going away. Looks like your town is doing better.
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Yes, this little town is probably actually getting a little better each year. The little cafe opening was a big deal.One reviewer said it was the only espresso for miles.