We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of selling our last house and moving to the small town of Rexburg, Idaho. In so many ways, we can’t believe it has already been a year. Having been born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, there are aspects of small-town living that I am still trying to fall in love with. I am not used to wide open spaces and farm smells and limited recreational activities and only a handful of restaurants. Utah’s restaurant scene is actually quite diverse and we so enjoyed trying new places every week.
Something I have learned throughout all of the relocations in my life is you fall in love with where you’re living by being involved with where you’re living. Volunteer! Host a gathering! Attend Events! Sometimes it just takes making a new friend–which is kind of the most difficult thing to do. I could sense some negative feelings creeping back in earlier this year–there’s nowhere to eat here. There’s nothing to do! It’s freezing! And at that moment, I knew we needed to get involved in our community somehow and that’s when the idea for our new side project, RexburgEats.com came up. Over the last several months we have been working on this website that is a complete listing of restaurants in our area–turns out we have close to 100 and several we haven’t even been to–or heard of! It allows guests to write reviews, search for foods or restaurants they are craving, and we’ll be blogging about our own dining experiences there, too.
There’s only a small percentage of you that live around here, I know–but we wanted to share this on this site because it has been something we have been working so hard on behind the scenes. Even through our research and planning and building the site, to the launch yesterday, I am feeling so much more connected to where we live–which is not only important, in my opinion, but so rewarding. No, we don’t have very many restaurants or a lot of shopping or events, but I can feel my heart growing fonder of this place with every passing day and I know this local project, this new website, has played a major role in that.
Have you had the same feelings when moving to a new place? How do you connect/fall in love with where you are living?
Ps. For our local readers and friends, feel free to use RexburgEats.com as a tool to search for restaurants, or even a specific food item to display restaurants in our area that serve it. (The site is mobile friendly as well.) Also! You can win 1 of 5 $10 gift cards to Karie Anne’s Delectable Desserts (for those of you not in the area here, it’s an Italian ice place and it truly is, well, delectable) we’re giving away to celebrate the launch. Visit the RexburgEats.com Facebook page to enter.