Two years ago, my husband and I made the decision to move to Bigfork, MN from a much more populated area in Tennessee. My family thought we were nuts, our friends thought we were nuts, and even our children thought mom & dad had gone a little crazy. I mean, who in their right mind moves to a tiny town with a population of only a little over 460 people? Well, that would be us and we love our small town.
There are some adjustments to make living more rurally and in a small town, but there are so many more benefits of living there too! Here’s my 5 Best Things About Small Towns:
- The Local Businesses: Every town has locally owned businesses but they often get lost amongst the corporate giants. In Bigfork, we have everything anyone would need. Our grocery store is great with an awesome butcher shop and is locally owned. We have “The Shop” were the fabulous folks can repair your lawnmower, sell you a 4-wheeler or side-by-side, and make sure you have the parts, batteries, and such that you need. We have a great local bank, great places to eat, and I can’t forget the Timber Rose Gift and Floral shop. The gift shop not only has great flowers but also consigns great pieces by local artist and craftsmen.
- Friendly Folks: Coming from the south where you have that whole “Southern Hospitality” thing, its hard to believe that “Northern” people could be so nice! I know, Minnesota Nice....is very true. I’ve met some of the nicest people in my little town. I think small town folks really band together to get things done, help their neighbors, and in general know how to treat people. Maybe its because we aren’t stressed out. No traffic, no problems!
- Great Fun: Small towns love to get together and do fun things! In Bigfork, we have The Edge Center where we have locally produced plays as well as get Arts, Music, and more that come up from the cities. We have folks that get together to teach cross-country skiing every winter. And, let’s not forget the Wilderness Days Festival. There’s so much to do in a small town, you never get bored.
- Get Involved: In small towns with less people there are always ways to get involved in events, volunteer time, and stay very active in the community. I love seeing the school children getting involved in the city with clean-up, painting, and doing community service. We support our High School Teams; volunteer at the hospital, and even sit on various boards.
- Peace & Quiet: I really, really, really don’t miss traffic! I don’t miss the noise of the big cities! I don’t miss all of the people. I like that my little town closes up by 8:00 pm during the week and that I can look outside at night and not see a million lights.....I just see starry skies and a beautiful moon. The deer come into my yard almost daily and I watch the Eagles fish on the lake. It’s hard to describe how good a little town is for the soul; but you really should experience it for yourself.
When you are ready to escape the BIG CITY LIFE, turn your eyes Northward!