100% without reservation - a small, coastal community like the one where I grew up.... I grew up in Beaufort, North Carolina (In case you are confused, it is pronounced bo-furt, not like our southern neighbor). While I didn't love my entire childhood in the sleepy coastal community, I have come to appreciate it.
There's something about a small town that is "right" in my mind. Don't get me wrong, I love living in Raleigh, but sometimes the "city life" just gets me down. I think part of it has to do with the crazy busy schedules that seem to be the "in" thing in the city. Growing up, I had a childhood filled with activities, but I wasn't over-programmed. The adults all had a good time hanging out, etc. but there was not getting a baby-sitter every weekend so they could try out the newest restaurant or bar in town. I think that sometimes we all need to get back to the simple way of living. Being in a relatively small community kinda forces that on a person.
Interesting facts about Beaufort, NC:
- My hometown is steeped in history as the 3rd oldest town in North Carolina (following Bath and New Bern).
- Blackbeard had a home in Beaufort (more info). His ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, was located just outside of Beaufort Inlet in 1996.
- Beaufort was once home to one of Beaufort Fisheries. In 2005, the last menhaden plant in North Carolina closed. Yes, it was terribly stinky, but I will always remember my Nanny saying it was the "smell of money..."
- The Old Burying Ground on Ann Street is the resting place of many historical figures in eastern NC's history. One grave site belongs to a young girl buried in a rum barrel after she died at sea (story from News & Observer).