Happy Monday, friends! I’m officially on spring break (thank god!) and its supposed to be 74 and sunny here in SLO today. I think I just might have to make a trip to the beach this afternoon or maybe just soak up the sun on the outdoor patio of my favorite sandwich shop. Decisions, decisions!
Storrs is home to the University of Connecticut, or UCONN as it’s more commonly referred to. Like Virginia Tech, the UCONN campus had a very “east coast” feel to it.
It’s also home to two of the best basketball programs in the country–Jeff was drooling over their stadium. Unfortunately, he was about 2 weeks too late to see them play!
Like Blacksburg, the campus is in the center of town but this time, mostly because the campus is the town. Storrs is technically part of the town of Mansfield but is pretty much isolated from the rest of Connecticut. That could be a positive or a negative, we shall see!
Onto the statistics!
Population: Because the town and university are one and the same, the population is only about 10,000 people. As I mentioned above, the town is officially a part of Mansfield.
Weather: Storrs averages a high of 35-35 and a low of 18-25 in the winter and a high of 70-80 and a low of 60-65 in the summer. Fun fact: In 2005, Slate magazine named Storrs “America’s Best Place to Avoid Death Due to Natural Disaster.” That’s got to count for something, right?
Farmer’s Markets: Storrs has a year round farmer’s market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and a winter market on 2nd and 4th saturdays. They even have an email newsletter to keep you updated about new vendors, special events, and what foods will be available that week!
CSA Programs: The Shundahai Farm in Storrs offers a CSA programs that allows you to choose exactly what you want to receive the week before, either when picking up your weekly box or through email. Or you can leave it up to them and they’ll pack it for you to receive a fun CSA surprise!
Baja Cafe: Ah, Mexican food. I cannot live without you.
UCONN Dairy Bar: 24 flavors of ice cream made entirely by UCONN students. Yum!
Sara’s Pockets: Vegetarian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern inspired food. The falafel pocket sounds divine!
Jack Rabbits: Gourmet burgers with vegan and turkey options. Sounds good to me!
Hiking/Biking Trails: The Storrs Pond Recreation Area looks like a fun place to hike, canoe, swim, camp, or trail run–it reminds me a bit of Laguna Lake in SLO. Mansfield Hollow State Park is also nearby and offers many of the same activities in a larger setting.
Stay tuned–I’ll reveal our decision later this week!