We’ve traveled (a lot) and know some places (not usually on most people’s radar) that deserve a big shiny star for making their town a better place to be (and worthy of a visitor stopping by).
Case in point: Everett, WA. (“Where?” you may well ask.) We ended up discovering Everett on a visit with old friends, Ron and Carol. When we arrived we had no particular interest in seeing the town; we were just there to visit our friends. Then Carol took us for a short walk in the neighborhood. Here’s what we saw:
What’s on our list for locations worthy of a stop? We look for a place of interest – whether setting of the place (Flagstaff, AZ), historical site (Kyoto, Japan), architecture (Barcelona, Spain), or arts (Marfa, TX). We’re apt to choose a place with unique services – whether it’s independent stores and restaurants (Two Sisters, OR); a good library (Bend, OR); or museums (Washington, DC).
We take out our pencils to scratch off places not pedestrian friendly or filled with either chain restaurants or stores.
So, when we visit a place that deserves recognition (and that includes you, Everett, WA!) we’re happy to include you on our list for a shiny star of merit. Thanks to Carol and Ron for introducing us to Everett.