Welcoming Myself to Bethel

Bethel transplant Sarah embraces her new home.

Oh, hello Bethel! I'm Sarah, a newcomer to Bethel, lifelong Fairfield County resident, striking out on my own right before I turn 25. (Phew!) I like vinyl records, craft beer and hot chai lattes. Now that you know that, let's begin.

Less than two months ago I packed all my books, records and miscellaneous stuff and came to Bethel. After a few weeks of settling into my new apartment, it was time for me to explore the town.

A few encouraging Yelp recommendations later, I found myself at Molten Java, Greenwood's Grille & Alehouse and Disc & Dat - which rapidly became my three favorite places in town. (So far... I've only been here two months!) I'm lucky enough to live less than a mile from Bethel center, so I can wander out of my apartment straight into town.

Everyone has been so welcoming! This town is like a more pleasant Pleasantville. I've been welcomed into every establishment with a smile and a friendly chat. This is new to me, I grew up in Wilton. We weren't really the friendly, chatty types in Wilton. Four years in Trumbull found people a bit more friendly, but it still didn't hold a candle to this lovely bucolic area.

Here's how the town welcomed me -

Disc & Dat sold me all the vinyl records I wanted and went out of their way to order me one they didn't have in stock. (Twin Shadow - Forget, in case you were wondering.)

Greenwood's manager welcomed me and invited me to all the beer tasting events. (Sadly, my work schedule prevented me from going to either so far. But Halloween's pumpkin beer tasting is definitely happening.)

Molten Java's amazing barista have always made my drinks with a smile and a joke. (Seriously - the funniest, wittiest, best baristas ever. And I'm an expert on this. I worked as a barista once.)

Now, as the leaves change and the temperature drops, I've wholly adopted Bethel as my home. I never miss Wilton or Trumbull because this town is a giant, friendly hug. (And darnit, it's pretty, too!)

I will admit, the windy backroads took some getting used to.

Stay tuned as I continue my Newcomer Adventures in Bethel!

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Jaimie Cura October 24, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I was wondering what vinyl record you requested, Sarah! :) I love that you describe Bethel as a giant, friendly hug!
Michele Zanchelli October 24, 2012 at 08:21 PM
April Furey October 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Welcome to the town! Glad you are enjoying it. Just drive through this Sat for Trick or Treat Street...its a sight to be seen.
franny October 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Welcome! If you're looking for good food, on a budget, try the Lebanese market on Stony Hill. I'm assuming that you have an adventurous palate! Only because you're young and you picked Bethel as your home. Good choice by the way!
Ralph E. Costanzo III October 26, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Welcome Sarah...we moved here eighteen years ago, mainly for the children and have never regreted that decision! IMO...some "best's" to try, all on or just off Greenwood Ave.: Ice cream - Dr. Mike's, Pizza - Bethel Pizza House (yeah I know Famous Pizza is well, "famous" but I give the edge to BPH!), Auto repair - Bellardinelli's (Beach St.) & Breakfast - Sycamore Dinner (but any of the ones on Greenwood are also very good!)


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