Country Girl, City Girl

I’ve been away this week with my husband on a last-minute business trip. He doesn’t ask me to go with him often because he never knows what his schedule will be but this week was different, so we dropped the dog at a sitter’s and off we went, 11 hours to Ridgway, Pennsylvania. It’s a small town, a very small town, located in the Allegheny Forest and far from any major cities or airports.

Country Girl, City Girl | A step back in time, at least for me, because this place so reminded me of my childhood in New Jersey. Walking down the street, looking at all of the big beautiful homes with their gorgeous covered front porches and the simple farmhouse style homes with their white siding, the smell of freshly mown grass and burgers on the grill kept bringing me back to a time when I was a child.

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I grew up in a tiny town in New Jersey and I was the odd one in the family who longed to be somewhere else. I have fond memories of playing outside all day and running around barefoot, catching lightning bugs on warm summer nights but I always knew that one day I would move away.

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I’ve always longed to live in a big city, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, but that’s never happened, probably never will. My husband’s work will never bring us to a big city but we’ve lived in 5 different states during our marriage and we brought our girls up with the love of travel and adventure. Now that they are grown they both live in a big city, just as I had always dreamed of doing myself.

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I’m not sure I can adequately explain my desire to live in the city, especially since I’ve never actually lived in one, but I’ve visited and stayed in enough of them to know that I love that there is always something going on, there’s always a certain sense of excitement in the air, people out and about eager to get to their destination. Like I said, it’s hard to explain but if you share my love of city life, I’m sure you’ll understand.

Country Girl, City Girl | chatfieldcourt.comThis week, while staying in a beautiful bed and breakfast and taking my daily walk around this small, quiet town, I had time to remember the good things about my childhood and where I came from. I also realized that, although I spent my childhood in the country, I’m still a city girl at heart. My husband could move to a place like Ridgway and be happy for the rest of his life, me…not so much.

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It was a great place to visit and relax for a few days but I miss my dog, my house and the busy, bustling town we now call home, the closest we’ve lived to a city in 30 years. Will we move on to a new adventure? I can’t say for certain but I’m up for almost anything, as long as we’re near the city.

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How about you? Do you prefer the quiet of the country or the excitement of a city?

Hope you have a great weekend.

The interior photos shown are from our stay at Cooke’s Murphy House, a B&B located in Ridgway, PA.

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  1. Friday,May 1, 2015 / 9:02 am

    I have lived in small towns and different size cities. I love the community and peace of a small town but hate the long drive for shopping, doctors, etc. I thought I wanted to retire to a small quiet town until I lived in a couple of them. When retirement came around I realized that my midsized home town, which grew from a small town, is right where I want to stay. Loved the pictures you shared.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,May 3, 2015 / 12:56 am

      That’s great that you found a great place to live. Maybe I’ll be able to do that one day. Hope you’re having a good weekend. Thanks for stopping in.

  2. Kim
    Friday,May 1, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    Beautiful shots! I am a country girl through and through! I live on the outskirts of a huge city and worked there in my younger years. I just like the quiet of the beach and the waves lapping in more than the bustle of the city…but I get the appeal!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,May 3, 2015 / 1:02 am

      Thanks Kim! I would move to the beach in a heartbeat, only if it was directly on the water. Unless I win the lottery though, I’m afraid that won’t be happening…sigh.

  3. Friday,May 1, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    Very nicely written. Glad you enjoyed your visit to Elk County. For more information on the PA Great Outdoors region go to

    • Kristi
      Sunday,May 3, 2015 / 1:04 am

      Thanks so much John. Pennsylvania is a beautiful state to visit.

  4. MaryJean
    Friday,May 1, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    That’s where you and I differ. Although I never lived in a BIG city, I did live in the city while growing up and I loved when we visited my aunt who lived in the country with acres and acres of land around her. I loved staying at her house, strawberry picking, running in the fields and baking pies with my aunt. I’ve gotten close, but they have built developments all around our two acres! I have to have trees and grass and plants and quiet. Don’t get me wrong I love to party, however I need my alone time. My dream was to own a farm, have a ton of kids and eventually grandkids. Well, one of 3 isn’t bad.
    Love the photos!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,May 3, 2015 / 1:15 am

      Thanks MJ. wow, 2 acres…my husband would be jealous. He has always wanted land but he hates yard work so I would never agree to it. I already have to shove him out the door to mow our small lot (it takes him 20 minutes to mow), I can’t imagine him taking care of 2 acres. Yikes!
      Thanks for stopping in MJ. Hope you’re having a good weekend.

  5. Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow and The Sacred Eclectic
    Monday,May 4, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    These are all beautiful rooms and buildings; loved this! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 5, 2015 / 12:47 am

      Thanks Deb! It really was a pretty little town.

  6. Tuesday,May 5, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    Beautiful photos!….I must say that I love where I is a little bit away from the city..a nice sort of country setting in a neighborhood, but close enough to the city to enjoy the “city life” of shopping, entertainment, etc. I guess I want it all!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 6, 2015 / 3:47 am

      It sounds like you have the best of both worlds, country and city. A place like you have would probably would be good for us. He could have the country and I will have the city. Maybe some day. 😉

  7. Katy
    Wednesday,May 6, 2015 / 9:59 am

    How funny! I happened upon your blog from a link up and I live just south of Ridgway (like 45 minutes away!)! What a small world! 🙂 I am most definitely a country girl…I love my chickens and my gardens!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,May 7, 2015 / 2:30 am

      It is a small world Katy. You certainly live in a beautiful area and chickens and gardens sound lovely. So glad you found me on the link up. Thanks for stopping in.

  8. Friday,May 8, 2015 / 8:23 am

    What beautiful pictures! I love the bed!!

    • Kristi
      Friday,May 8, 2015 / 6:08 pm

      Thanks so much. Isn’t that bed gorgeous? It was in a cute little room across from ours.

  9. Shirlee
    Saturday,May 9, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    Great photographs of beautiful architecture. We used to lived in Calgary for many years but left for small town living. I always thought that’s what I wanted until it actually came true. I hated it, mostly because I can’t drive and each of the towns we lived in had very little to offer and we were constantly driving into the city to pick up what we couldn’t get locally. Plus our youngest is in a program for special needs adults and we had to drive him in twice a week. We’re now in a great little city (pop. approx 90,000) and love it. However, if I could drive, I would prefer a few acres just on the outskirts of our city. I would be very happy puttering around and tending to a few farm critters.

    • Kristi
      Monday,May 11, 2015 / 5:04 am

      Thanks Shirlee. It really was a beautiful small town. I enjoy our town for the one of the same reasons you do, because of it’s convenience. I like that I don’t have to go far to get what I need. We do have a lot of traffic of course, but that’s not a big issue for me. I would like to live in a place where I didn’t have to drive but, because I can, I’m not sure how I would do with that. 😉 Maybe some day you’ll get to have some critters.

  10. Sunday,May 10, 2015 / 1:49 pm

    Enjoyed your post!

    • Kristi
      Monday,May 11, 2015 / 12:37 am


  11. Saturday,August 1, 2015 / 6:37 am

    Thanks for visiting me at my blog….visiting you back. The town you show here is exactly a place I could call home. What a quaint town. I live in a small village now and it is too much going on….I prefer the quiet of the country!

    • Kristi
      Monday,August 3, 2015 / 3:18 am

      Hi AnnMarie. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my post on small town living, I’m glad you liked it. It was definitely a beautiful and quaint town.

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