Happy Monday, everyone!
Hope you all had a relaxing and fun weekend. I broke down and joined the beautiful new Cal Poly gym this weekend, so I spent most of my time enjoying the facilities–I’m so excited to start spin again this afternoon after more than a year without it! Jeff and I also made it to the drive-in Saturday night to see The Hunger Games. We both devoured the books, so it was fun to see them brought to life, especially at the drive-in!
I apologize for being a little absent at the end of last week. I had all intentions of writing two more posts, but I got sucked in by all of the t.v. shows we had to catch up on while Jeff was gone visiting schools last week. I promise this week will be better! I thought we’d kick off the week with Part II of our “Where Are We Going” series. Sound good?
The second place Jeff visited was Blacksburg, Virginia where he would be attending Virginia Tech. The campus looked gorgeous and definitely reminded me of those quintessential East Coast schools.
They also had beautiful trails and scenery integrated into the campus grounds.
Like Akron, the campus is also in the center of town, but this time, the town is quite a bit smaller and thankfully, much more walkable! If we moved here, we would be able to live close enough to both campus and the downtown area to walk or bike easily. Definitely a bonus in my book!
Another big bonus is that Jeff’s Dad lives in the state, albeit it about 4 hours away, but it would still be great to have family so near.
Onto the statistics!
Population: Blacksburg has a population of about 42,000 people which is almost exactly the same size as SLO. Despite it’s comparable size to SLO, Blacksburg actually has the largest population in the entire state!
Weather: Blacksburg averages about 22 inches of snowfall every year with temperatures in the winter averaging a low of 25-30 and a high of 45-50. Temperatures in the summer average a low of 55-60 and a high of 75-80. It does get pretty humid in the summer, though, and as a result, they have lots of thunderstorms. But I guess that could be fun!
Farmer’s Markets: Blacksburg has a year-round farmer’s market on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays mornings in the downtown area. They also have monthly special events like tomato tastings and guest chefs which sounds like fun. They even have a professional website solely dedicated to the market!
CSA Programs: Blacksburg also has a range of CSA programs to choose from, from traditional ones focusing on vegetables and fruits and others that let you add eggs, meat, or even bread to your weekly share. At Good Food Good People, you can get a May-October vegetable share for $595. At Water Bear Farm, you can get a May-November vegetable share for $560 with the option of adding eggs for $154, beef for $160, pork for $60, and bread for $154 with a one day work requirement.
Restaurants: There don’t seem to be many corporate restaurants in Blacksburg (they do have a Chipotle!), but I was overwhelmed with the list of local restaurants I would want to check out. On a side note, do you think they use avocado on the east coast?? I’m a little worried. Anyway, here are a few of the restaurants:
The Cellar: With a tagline like “Blacksburg’s Original Underground Tavern,” how could I not want to check this out?!
Our Daily Bread: Breakfast, lunch, bread, coffee, and pastries. I’ll be needing a new coffee shop!
Gille’s Vegetarian Cuisine: How amazing does this sound? Smoked Henderson: Smoked salmon, onions, black olives and artichokes, sauteed with organic baby spinach, tomatoes, garlic and penne pasta, topped with feta cheese.
Cabo Fish Taco: You know how I love my Mexican food!
Hiking/Biking Trails: Blacksburg is right near Jefferson National Forest and houses many hiking and biking trails. This website lists many of the local hikes, including the Cascades Water Fall hike shown above!
So what do you think?
Next Monday we’ll explore the final choice–Storrs, Connecticut!