Northampton, Massachusetts, is a very artistic town, with artists, musicians, an eclectic mix of restaurants and cafe's. The main street is filled with traffic and pedestrians; a very lively town, to say the least. Of course parking was an issue, but we found a spot just off of Main Street, and walking, along with the rest of the town felt good. It was a little chilly, but I felt so alive! Down another little side street, and there we were outside the Iron Horse. Poster's covered the window, the entry where you turn in your tickets was small, but then the whole place opened up, if you could call it that....it was wall to wall tables, booths along the walls, and a stair case heading up, led you to the balcony area which was also filled with tables and booths. The place was packed! And loud with everyone speaking, the waitresses seemed to float through the maze of tables and people as they balanced trays of drinks and food.
Of course, one of the first things I start to do is check out the architecture in the building. Tin Ceilings, old wood beams and pipes showing, wood floors with a lot of character in them, if you know what I mean. None of the tables and chairs matched. Then my second favorite thing to do – people watch. There was the woman wearing a turquoise outfit who danced as she walked down to the bathroom, obviously having a great time and feeling the music; there was the man wearing a black leather cowboy type hat. Each person was unique to themselves, and yet, there was an energy of unity.