Today starts another round of the alphabet at Alphabe Thursday, hosted by the delightful Jenny Matlock. My theme this time round is places that I've visited far and near. So, the first place is Aromas, California, which has the distinction of being within two counties—San Benito and Monterey counties—as well as being within a few miles of the borders of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties.
With a population of about 2,700, this incorporated town is about 18 miles west from Hollister where I live (hence the www.take25tohollister.com signature). But, it was only last year that I first visited Aromas when Friend Jenn and I checked out several artists who were taking part in the annual open art studio tour of San Benito county. These photos were taken then.
Five things I like about Aromas.
- Aromas stays green longer than Hollister. I suppose it's because Aromas is nearer to the coast and gets refreshed by the ocean fog that rolls in.
- Aromas is a small town full of friendly people. The center of the community is the Aromas Grange.
- A thriving supportive artist community lives there.
- One of the businesses has a huge chicken statue gracing its entry way.
- Aromas seems to be in the middle of no where, but it is within 10 minutes or so from the 101 highway.
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