Little Gnome Spots
Where do gnomes live? If you'd like to do a little gnome-spotting, we've included a few locales to up your chances of sighting a gnome in the wild. Keep your eyes peeled though, they are quick on their feet and have mastered the art of concealment. You may want to see a gnome, but do they want to see you?
The Wollaton Park Gnomes
In 1979, six children spotted gnomes in Wollaton Park in Nottingham, England. Not just one gnome or two - but upwards of sixty gnomes. And these gnomes weren't just wandering around aimlessly, they were driving. DRIVING!!! Oh, be still my heart...
The marvelous thing about this story is that the children, although very young, gave wonderfully consistent information about their encounter. Their headmaster separated them and interviewed each one, asking them to describe and then draw what they saw. To this day, many have found it difficult to discredit their story.
Perhaps you'd like to have a gnome tooling around your garden in a little car. Well, there's really no reason you can't, just pick up this little guy and perhaps other gnomes will feel interested in joining him!
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Wroclaw, Poland - Gnome Home Central
Old world charm and a chance to spot over 400 gnomes - what's not to love about Wroclaw, Poland - right? Even better, these gnomes commemorate the role they played in bringing down Poland's pro-Soviet regime in the mid-1980s.
Watch the video to see some examples of these courageous fellows. Follow the links below to learn about their role in the Orange Alternative anti-Soviet movement.
Norrqvarn Hotell & Konferens (Lyrestad, Sweden)
So you want to know - where do gnomes live??? Why not go one better and LIVE like a gnome for a day or two! One of the best places to do this is at the Norrqvarn Hotel in Lyrestad, Sweden, along the Göta Canal. You can choose from living in a mushroom or a tree stump.
But beware - where there are gnomes, there are trolls! Not to worry though, they are probably used to tourists by now and relatively friendly.
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Fairyland Caverns (Rock City, GA)
Located 6 miles from Chatanooga, TN on Lookout Mountain in Rock City, GA is a little haven called Rock City Gardens that includes the Fairyland Caverns, home to many gnomes. You'll walk along an Enchanted Trail, see a panoramic 7-state view, and see lovely native gardens before you get there though. No wonder gnomes have chosen to live here.
Gnome Village (Asiago, Italy)
Asiago, Italy is famous for more than its cheese. If you every find yourself daytripping through this idyllic part of Italy, you should take time to veer off the beaten path and go on a little hike in search of the local gnomes and their gnome homes. Even if you don't speak Italian, there is an app available that will guide you and translate any signs you come across.
Oh yeah, don't forget to pack some of the local cheese to munch along the way - you may be able to use it to lure out a shy gnome or two to befriend you.
Ohme Gardens (Wenatchee, WA)
Originally the private dream of Ruth and Herman Ohme, this breathtaking destination park is now open to the public and has a spectacular overview of the Columbia River Valley and the Cascade Mountains.
Every month, May through September, gnomes and fairies are hidden in new spots throughout this park. You can get a map at the visitor center to locate them or just enjoy wandering aimlessly, waiting for them to appear to you.
Mushroom Street (Alicante, Spain)
So, your question may be: where do gnomes live? But here's an equally valid question: where do gnomes vacation?
Just like you and me, gnomes appreciate an occasional vacation. They like someplace a little exotic with good food, and if it is warmer than home - hey, that's okay too! In Alicante, Spain, they've found a lovely little gnome spot where they can enjoy shopping and tapas, but still feel a little bit at home. You'd probably fancy a visit there too.
Tourists call this place Mushroom Street, but it's actual name is Calle de las Setas, which means, well, Mushroom Street.
Sometimes it's nice to have a little extra light to brighten the night - and this little toadstool nightlight is just the gadget to help.