I'm so sad about the shooting in Newtown. My heart goes out to all of the families this holiday season. Last year, I recall driving through central Connecticut in search of Washington Depot which is right outside of Newtown. We found this campus that looked like a prep school, but it was actually Fairfield State Psychiatric Ward, which was shut down years ago, located in Newtown. The abandoned buildings were fascinating to look at - beautiful architecture and you tend to wonder...if only these walls could talk. I got chills when I realized that we had been through that town after the shooting occurred last week. It's a reminder to us all - we need to enjoy every moment because we never know how much time we have.
So, what led me on the quest to Washington Depot in the first place? I've been a long time fan of the hit TV show Gilmore Girls. My dream for years has been to find a town like Stars Hollow to live in. Stars Hollow is a fictional town that has a strong sense of community, quirky characters, and constant seasonal activities. Amy Sherman Palladino, the creator of Gilmore Girls, stumbled upon a town, Washington Depot, which was the inspiration for Stars Hollow during a summer road trip. She fell in love with the community. Everyone seemed to know each other. We stopped by The Mayflower Inn and were surprised with a gorgeous Christmas tree with gifts and a large fireplace. It was the coziest Christmas scene I have ever seen. The town reminded me of my hometown of Clarence, NY. What I realized in the end is sometimes the thing you've been looking for may be right in front of you all along. Every area has beautiful little gems. Wishing you a happy healthy holiday!
Merry Christmas! Go explore around your hometown!