A Weekend in Nashville

Thanks to my sister, Lindsey, and her husband, Kenny, Michael and I were able to get away for the weekend. Kid. Free. We spend 2.5 days and 2 nights in Nashville, Tennessee. It was awesome!

We left early Friday morning and drove through Chattanooga. We stopped to get some breakfast at a place called the Maple Street Biscuit Company. It was THE BOMB. Seriously, it was so good. Michael and I were trying not to over eat, so we had previously decided that we would share all our meals . . . and I kind of regret that. It was so amazing I really didn't want to share. I think about that delicious chicken and bacon biscuit smothered in delicious gravy all the time. I can't wait for the day that we go back. I will not be sharing.

After finishing there, we headed to Darling Donuts to see what they had to offer (I should preface this whole trip by saying that we had spent weeks researching all the best food places to try and "must see/do/eats" before going). We ordered up a few donuts to sample and were pleasantly surprised to find that the couple before us had paid for our donuts! I have never had this happen to me before and I was so surprised. It was such a simple thing, but it really meant a lot. It made me feel awesome, love, and elated. I wanted to do the same for someone else too. It was so cool.

We took our donuts and went for a relaxing morning stroll across Veterans Bridge (we really needed to burn off some calories). When we got to the other side we both spotted an ice cream shop that looked amazing too . . . we may have gotten an ice cream cone to share . . . at 10 in the morning. So much for burning off the extra calories.

We finished our walk back across the bridge and made the rest of our journey to Nashville.

We spent the next two days having the best time together! On Friday, we visited the Parthenon, walked around downtown Nashville, had amazing spicy chicken at Hattie B's, went to the Grand Ole Opry where we got to see Darryl Worley, Waterloo Revival, The Gibson Brothers, Trace Adkins, William Michael Morgan, Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), and a few others. It was so amazing to be there and to see so many great artists in one locations. After the show we went downtown and checked out the Wildhorse Salon. We were told Honky Tonks were a must see/do. Being LDS, it really wasn't our scene, but it was fun to line dance together and to see how other people live. Sad really. After we had enough fun watching all the drunk folk, we headed back to our VRBO room and got some good sleep.

Saturday was packed full of fun. We woke up really early so that we could get into the Pancake Pantry without too much of a wait. Luckily for us, we timed it just right and practically walked right in and were seated. We once again stuffed our faces with more amazing food. We were sure to try as many of their "favorites" as we thought possible which included: their french toast, hash browns, sweet potato pancakes, banana bread pancakes, old fashion buttermilk pancakes, and their pecan pancakes. We came to the unanimous decision that the banana bread pancakes were hands down THE BEST pancakes. EVER. Needless to say, we left pretty stuffed, satisfied, and ready for a nap. So that is exactly what we did.

Once we were well rested, we headed to the Country Music Hall of Fame. It is a pretty big museum with lots to see. We really enjoyed walking around and seeing/learning so much. We were a little pressed for time and had to rush the last part. We made our way downtown to find me some sweet cowboy boots, picked up Taco Mamacita's, then headed over to the Bluebird to wait in line. It was surprisingly cold. We waited in line for a few hours with the hopes that we would get in. We were right on the line of "maybe you will/maybe you won't". Luckily, we got in! But before getting in, we met some awesome people and had a blast getting to know them. We laughed a lot and really made so many fun memories there.

Well as I said, we got in! We were able to see four amazing performers. Three of the four had multiple songs on the radio sung by artists like Martina McBride and Tim McGraw. The forth singer was a younger girl who was just trying to make it, Lacey Green. She really is talented.

When our much anticipated evening at the Bluebird ended, we said our goodbyes and went to check out some other live music place, the Station Inn . . . it was not our favorite. It looked fine outside and was highly recommended, but really it was just a run down old basement looking place with crappy concessions, folding chairs, and folding tables. It was not very great. We stayed for a bit to try and get our money's worth, then headed back to our room.

We slept in again and took our time returning home. The kids were excited to see us and loved their souvenir cowboy boots:) HUGE thanks to L&K for watching the kiddos for us. You guys are the best!

Until next time Nashville . . .

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