Grundy is what you make of it, as are many other places in the world. If you've never lived anywhere other than a metropolitan area and can't fathom living an hour from a sushi restaurant or major chain restaurants for 8 months out of the year (save holiday breaks), then Grundy probably isn't for you.
However, with that being said, the atmosphere in Grundy allowed me to focus on what was important when I WAS there: SCHOOL. Law school is a major commitment- emotionally, financially, and academically. Being in a place that is fairly isolated forces you to spend more time on schoolwork and the people you share this experience with become like family. Living in Grundy allows you to appreciate long weekends spent visiting the nearest major cities like Charlotte, Richmond, and Knoxville.
The professors at ASL devote much time to not only preparing lectures, but also supporting the students at ASL. Professors Stewart and Priscilla Harris, Paula Young, Derrick Howard, and Associate Dean Sandy McGlothlin are at nearly every student coordinated event. I had a great experience in Grundy and made lifetime friends that practice law all over the country. Even if the Italian Village is the only place with draft beer (Bud Light, at that), I have very fond memories of my time at ASL.