This 50 Year Old Wilton New Hampshire Store Has Free Popcorn and Cookies
This past weekend, I found myself in Wilton, NH. (You can read about that story later.) My Dad came from Wilton and I still have family in that area. I've known about "The House by the Side of the Road," herein known as HSR, for as long as I can remember.
Before I go on, I am saving the best part of the story for last, so make sure you scroll down to the end.
When I was growing up, HSR was always there selling shrubbery, plants, bushes, pumpkins, just about anything to beautify your yard. WOW, have they expanded since then! They have so much more than outdoor plants now!
They Have Grown So Much
There were a few years that I would go by HSR and think, "Are they still open? What's going on in there?" Those years have gone by and now they are bigger and might I say.... better than ever!
Worth The Trip
The HSR is located on the East side of Temple Mountain in Wilton, New Hampshire, on Route 101. If you're headed toward Peterborough, it's on the left side, "on the side of the road." It's so fun to go in to see everything they have!
Free Popcorn and It's Delicious!
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this beautiful machine with lovely bags of popcorn for the taking! You can even take two bags. They don't mind. Any more than that though, they might give you what my Mom used to call, "the hairy eyeball."
There's a Turtle Pond
As I explored the store, I came across turtles bathing! How cute is that! You can't touch the turtles, they are sunbathing! Would you want someone disturbing you while you bathe? I wouldn't. It was quite a sight to see and really cool for the kids!
Christmas Ornaments Abound!
It's almost October. Of COURSE, the Christmas stuff is out. Can you believe that the HSR has stuff for Christmas? It's true! I had to hold myself back not to buy anything.
Free Cookies Too
The HSR also has free cookies! You could spend hours in this place and they have set it up so you can. Snacks, turtles bathing, they even have a bathroom. I don't have a picture of that, but you've been in one, so you know what it looks like.
Fairy House Supplies
One of the trends of outdoor decorating is the Fairy House. I have one myself. I have two male Gnomes and they don't take kindly to strangers. They have a huge cat and lots of shrubbery around their house. I bought them a couple of new pieces here that I hope they like and don't think are gaudy.
Rows and Rows of Plants
This is really what the House by the Side of the Road is known for. Plants, plants and more plants. You can get anything you need there.
Best for Last
This is Oliver. He has a sign on his box that says, "Grumpy Cat." The guy behind the counter said it's mostly to keep the kids from bugging him too much. He didn't seem to grouchy to me. I petted him, but then left him alone. I will be back to check out him and his box.
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