Small town getaways have been absolutely delightful! It’s far easier to pack, you don’t have to go through the stress of navigating airports and tight security checkpoints, it’s peaceful and quiet when you arrive and settle in, you are still in your own country so you don’t need to learn anything new.
We recently went to Kincardine, Ontario, and also to Goderich, Ontario, by the shores of Lake Huron. Lakeside towns are very scenic and it’s not hard to imagine how lively and packed these places would look over the summer- with the crowds by the waterside, boating, walking and jogging, swimming, picnicking...
And at night, I loved the utter silence, a silence so deep and complete, as it went into you. While chatting with my husband, I would come to a sudden stop, look around me in wonder and then whisper, awestruck, “It’s never this quiet at home! There’s always a hum, always someone talking outside. It’s so peaceful here.” In our Air BnB at Kincardine, a pickup truck ambling by would sound like a guttural roar in the silent night. We slept very well, of course, the shutters open, only the sound of the whispering leaves floating in through the window.
The lack of distractions such as big box movie theatres, frenzy of restaurants lining the busy streets, cafes, gyms, yoga studios, tourist sites, concerts, plays, air conditioned and fancy malls, humble strip malls, parks...keep us so busy in big-cities.
But, in the small towns like Kincardine and the slightly larger, Goderich, these distractions are simply not there. This lack of variety allowed us to spend hours doing nothing, but just reading in front of the fireplace on one of the rainy days of our getaway. So this is what small-town people do for fun, I thought.
However, I still would not live in a small-town, even with the traffic nightmares of big cities, even with all the noise.
You know why? Because of this same lack of variety. Lack of variety in food options (most restaurants were closed on Sunday); in grocery options, in new places to see and explore; in the sameness of the isolated streets with their neat houses and large green lawns; the lack of liveliness. We are still young and cannot imagine settling down into a quiet life of doing the same thing everyday, the samenes being an anchor to life.
But the biggest reason why I couldn’t live in a small town? The lack of diversity in people. Anywhere we went, we were the only ones who were brown skinned. We stood out like a sore thumb or as I like to say, we were like the evergreen trees on a snow-covered landscape.
Do you prefer small towns of big city? Would love to hear in the comments below