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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I like the architecture of the Aromas library.ReplyDelete
It reminds me of a school. One of these days, I'll be there when the library is open so I can learn more about the building.Delete
I have chilli for all my food, except for soup. Yes, If I have the snail, I would put salsa in it.ReplyDelete
Me, too. I even put hot sauce on my pancakes. It's a great combination with syrup.Delete
The chicken looks like it is ready to be lit up with lights. I love small towns because there is always something to findReplyDelete
The Husband and I need to drive through at night to see if the chicken is lit. That would be one cool photo.Delete
what a beautiful little place tucked into the mountains like that.ReplyDelete
I think it would be a nice place to live.Delete
Looks like a cozy little placeReplyDelete
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Have a beautiful weekend
The same to you, Ruby. :-)Delete
Small towns are awesome! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
You're welcome, Nalia.Delete
What charming photos.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lady Fi.Delete
Terrific! This looks like a place people still believe in being unique, expressive and offering colorful HOPE to everyone passing by (or, seeing for the first time on YOUR blog . . ) Thank you for being such a Gift to the World. You Lift me Up.ReplyDelete
You've described the feeling I have about Aromas, Maggid. The feeling is mutual. Your positive enthusiasm is infectious. :-)Delete
What a fun theme this round. I've never heard of Aromas, but it does sound like fun! My daughter lives in Santa Clara, CA so maybe next time I'm there we might check it out!ReplyDelete
Aromas Grill has some tasty fixings. I think it may be the only restaurant there.Delete
Small towns ... gotta love 'em. There's always some little quirk, that just makes you smile. :)ReplyDelete
Almost any town along 101 is interesting. If I get back to CA, I'll look for Aromas. Thanks!ReplyDelete
It's on Highway 129 between San Juan Bautista and Watsonville. Enjoy.Delete
Your blogs/website are among the most beautiful I've ever seen! Loved learning about Aromas. The pictures are wee works of art.ReplyDelete
I like your neighbor town too, Susie. It seems to be a very pretty town. I'm wondering if there is snow on those hills in the winter? Probably not as most of the cold and snows will be on the 'other side of the hill.'ReplyDelete
The library seems to have Calif-Mex architecture, reminding me of the Texas Missions in our Rio Grande Valley.
Oh yes, Giving Hubby a rest this term? I like your theme, perhaps next year I will do "A Town in Texas" theme. We are larger even than California and will have most letters.
"A Town in Texas" would be a fun theme. Aromas' elevation is about 130 feet. You've got me wondering if it has ever snowed in Aromas.Delete
What a neat little town. I enjoyed my visit.ReplyDelete
Cool, Betty. :-)Delete
A very delightful post! Funny how we live places and never have been up the road or down the road. I am learning lots of new things as I visit and enjoy this time. Have a beautiful weekend. Taht giant chicken is cracking me up!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Anne. I like that giant chicken, too. lolDelete
Looks like a great place. Love that first shot. The rooster is great too!ReplyDelete
Love that ChickenReplyDelete
Aromas looks like an amazing place. I'd definitely visit here and stay for all the amazing things!ReplyDelete
Thanks for a fun link to an astonishing place!