Even though we have had three big snowstorms this winter, we Exonians can’t be kept indoors. We all make our way through the snow together to go to games, campus events, or hot spots in downtown Exeter. Downtown has everything we need and a lot of what we want as well. There are great places to eat: everything from a Chinese restaurant, to a sandwich place, a Mexican restaurant, a lovely restaurant, a bakery, and many more. If you’re craving something cold and sweet, Stillwell’s ice cream is famous for its delicious large servings and friendly people.
The flower shop and the bookstore are two of my favorite places to stop along the main street. We also have a music store, comic book store, home décor shops, antique store, gift gallery, and more. Since they are all locally owned businesses, you get to know the owners well if you are a regular. D2 Java, the local café, is a favorite of many Exonians and a good example of this. The people who work there often remember the orders of some of my friends and I as soon as we step through the door. At the Inn by the Bandstand, the Innkeeper and co-owner both enjoy meeting Exonians, hosting them for tea (see below!) and being local contacts for international students.
What I love about the town of Exeter is that it is not separate from the Academy at all. The town is easily accessible and you will find a student or teacher, probably more than one, at the café, bookstore, or walking down the main street at any given hour of the day.