I live in a small city which is isolated geographically. We are surrounded by mountains, wildlife refuges and ranches/farms. Lots of people go THROUGH my town on their way somewhere else but not many make a point of coming here. Well, unless they are going to college (very good technical college here) or they want to hunt birds (wildlife refuges are prime hunting grounds...ah, the irony) or they are traveling Highway 97 and are amazed at the size of Klamath Lake. The town is nothing to write home about though the geography is astounding. We are across the mountains from Ashland, OR-which hosts the Shakespeare Festival and is the home of Southern Oregon University. As such, that town is a thriving, progressive community. um, us? We are probably the opposite.
It is a challenge sometimes. No shopping, few coffee places, some strong political opinions with which I don't agree.
There are benefits however. Yesterday my husband and I went to lunch downtown at the Mermaid Cafe, a wonderful little restaurant which serves healthy, good food. As we were eating, the waitress walked by and said "Oh, I forgot to tell you. Our Visa machine is broken, so we'll take a check or cash or an IOU."