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Granville is not a typical college town. There are no clubs for students to frequent, and while there are coffee shops, a lot of businesses in town close early. The local atmosphere is, in a word, quiet. Denison University is not in an urban setting, so students looking for the excitement of big-city life won't find it here. Some say that the quietness makes the area boring, but sometimes the stillness of Granville is Denison's greatest asset. It provides a safe atmosphere and is a great place to walk in the evenings. The town is absolutely beautiful and quaint, with an East Coast colonial feel. Everyone is extremely friendly and will say hi to you even if you do not know them. The houses nearby are beautiful, and everything seems to have a historic feel. During Christmastime, there is a walking candle tour of Granville, where everyone comes out and sees the whole town decorated and sips on hot cocoa. Granville really feels like home, and provides a nice, quiet, and relaxing atmosphere.
If you need city excitement, though, it is around. Some students hang out in Columbus around Ohio State University. There are plenty of clubs and concerts in Columbus. The Gallery Hop draws many students during the year, and High Street is always a fun place to walk around. The important thing about local atmosphere is this—no matter where you are, you will find something to surprise you. The cultural aspects of Granville are not the same as in a larger city like Chicago or New York, but that doesn't mean they aren't there. You may not be able to find a renowned art gallery in Granville, or even Newark or Heath, but you can explore the Indian mounds, some of which have fascinating stories behind them. The key to enjoying a small town is to explore the area and discover any secrets that it's hiding.