Though Rome is relatively a small town, there are still
things to do if one is willing to look. Below are my favorite three ways to
spend a free Saturday afternoon
1. Antique Mall & Flea Market on N. Broad
This antique mall is literally bigger on
the inside. Well, maybe not literally, but it sure feels that way when you get
lost in there for hours. Some excellent finds: A $10 nice reenactment cloak, a
dragon cane, and many a vintage hat. And this is only counting the finds we
bought… not the random assortment of hilarious oddities. A great way to spend
an afternoon with friends.
2. Panera and Barnes and Noble
I love grabbing lunch and tea at Panera on
a Saturday afternoon before heading over to Barnes and Noble. It should be
surprising to no one that as an English major I delight in spending hours just
looking at the books. There’s a Michael’s next door, too, which is also fun to
hang out in.
3. Broad Street
Rome’s Broad Street has been voted one of the
best downtown main streets in America. Sometimes I like to spend an afternoon
walking from one end of the street to the other. I’ll pop into Paradise Lost
Books to see if there’s any used books I need, and later jump in and out of
a few vintage and consignment shops. I also like to stop in Honeymoon Bakery
for a snack.