Thursday, July 25, 2013

Top 5 Places to Visit in a Cozy Town by Stan Connor (from the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries) by Liz Mugavero

Top 5 Places to Visit in Frog Ledge

Welcome to Frog Ledge, friends! The small town where the people are...interesting, animal companions are plentiful and things are usually pleasant. Except for a few murders, but nobody said it was perfect all the time!

This town was a welcome change for me after years of city life and corporate demands. I quickly staked out my favorite places to hang out - here are a few:

Frog Ledge Town Green - This is where it all happens. The town green, smack dab in the middle of town and directly across the street from my adorable house, is truly the center of the action. It’s where people walk, run, meet for coffee, do yoga, sit on a bench to pass the time and work on their tans. We have concerts, tag sales, farmers’ markets, parties, fireworks, Revolutionary War re-enactments, Tai Chi festivals and I even heard rumblings about a crystal fair next month. We’ve had memorial services and protests too - but those aren’t as often. The point is, if you want to know what’s going on in town, hit the green. You’ll get more info there than at Town Hall.

Izzy Sweet’s Sweets - If you have a sweet tooth (or teeth) you can’t pass this place up. A gourmet coffee, chocolate and pastry store, coffee fiends and sugar hounds will basically want to move in. You can get lattes, truffles, homemade muffins, biscotti, pies, quiche, soups, sandwiches - I should stop, I’m getting hungry and I’ve already been there twice today. The owner, Izzy Sweet, is a delightful lady and good friend of mine. She has three dogs, a great sense of humor and an unwavering respect for Coco Chanel. I adore her. Locals can be tough on her though, especially some of the old timers, who prefer the greasy spoon-type diners. So if you’re in town, show Izzy some love.

McSwigg’s Irish Pub - Irishmen and women (and anyone who likes a good pint of Guinness) take heart and head over to the north end of town, where Jake McGee has the Irish pub of all Irish pubs, in my opinion. It’s the real thing - you’ll feel like you’ve landed in Ireland. The food is amazing, the beer is rockin and the owner is super hot. Need I say more?

Alpaca Haven Bed & Breakfast - An alpaca farm, B&B and gift shop run by two of my favorite people in town - Char and Ray Mackey. Char is a displaced southern belle who brings a bit of New Orleans to everything she touches. She’s also queen of town gossip. Raymond is also the town’s volunteer handyman, which gives him a unique insight into the townspeople. And who can resist the adorable alpacas?

Frog Ledge Memorial Library - I’m a self-professed geek and I love libraries in general. That said, our library is amazing. Betty Meany, our librarian, has worked hard to get the library tons of grants and as a result, we have the best library in eastern Connecticut. Tons of visiting celebrities, parties and fundraisers happen here - and all of them fun. And, well behaved pets are welcome, which always makes things better!

Liz Mugavero is the author of the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries. Kneading to Die, the first in the series, is available now. A Biscuit, A Casket, the second book, will be released in April 2014.

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