Something that's often frustrated me is not being able to uncover true gems in a place unless you know it like the back of your hand - or you spend ages online, digging around and time runs out and you've wasted half the day!
I've always wanted to have somewhere to go to find ace stuff out quickly. Things that feel like recommendations from a mate I trust. A mate who likes things that are different, stylish, or just flipping lovely... whether that's places that make you smile from ear-to-ear, pubs that feel like they're giving you a big hug ( in a good way, not a creepy way!), makers creating beautiful things locally, art that leaves you breathless, or unique community stories that make you teary-eyed/grin like a loon!
So, I decided to create that somewhere for Somerset - for a county I feel genuinely privileged to be able to make our home. We write about the special stuff happening here and if 'Somerset cool' helps you have some great times in this beautiful part of the UK, then that'll make me, my husband Graeme, our rescue dogs Petal, Flower (Pot Noodle) and Hope and our cat, Boo, very happy! :)
Building up a bank of great recommendations and features is a forever job, but right now there's lots of write ups on here of cool places to go, awesome places to stay, wonderful pubs and restaurants and interviews with the people of Somerset who are making waves... brilliant artists, fantastic photographers, people making great local produce, clothing, furniture... anything and everything we discover that we like and think you might like too! Hopefully something here will inspire you to visit, or to buy, or to experience something you'll absolutely love remembering.
Somerset is special and 'Somerset cool' is really about the people, places and adventures that make it that way for us - and hopefully for you.
P.S. Somerset cool was three years old in January (woo hoo!) and we'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who's been a part of the adventure so far. We love sharing the out of the ordinary things happening in this stunning part of the world, and we're loving bringing you our 'Somerset cool live' radio show on Frome FM every month. 'Picture Somerset', our unique way of showcasing Somerset photographers, is something we're incredibly passionate about too.
We've got lots of other things up our slightly grass-stained sleeves (it's all that gardening we do!!), so if you want to be the first to know what we're doing next, just keep in touch by subscribing to 'cool thoughts' below - and we'll email you every now and then when we've something special or sunny to tell you.