Friday was Eric's birthday and we celebrated over dinner that evening with Ian and Kayla. We choose a place close to home since we had to pack for our trip after we finished. Peel Brewing Company is one of our favorites so that's where we headed. Just can't go wrong with their signature wings and brick oven pizza. Eric added a flight of beer since it was his birthday and all.
We got on the road early Saturday morning to head to Nashville. Neither of us had spent any time in the Music City, so we were pumped to explore the city. To get to Nashville, we drove past Metropolis, Illinois - home of Superman! We couldn't resist the urge to check it out, so we drove the 3 miles off the highway to get some pictures with Superman himself.
If you are ever driving by, the little jaunt off the highway is worth it. Plus there's a Dairy Queen in town, so after your visit with Superman and the Superman museum you can top off the visit with an ice cream treat. Definite win!
We arrived in Nashville by early afternoon and checked into our hotel. I had made the decision to find a hotel that wasn't going to cost us an arm and a leg. The Sheraton Music City Hotel won. The entry from the rode made me extremely hopeful - it was beautiful. The lobby kept my hopes high.
Then came the rooms. Yep, we were getting what we were paying for. They are fine - clean and spacious. But definitely could use a little updating. We had to search for outlets and bathrooms were old school. Overall though, I'd still make the decision to save money on the room. One great thing was there's a shuttle that picks up at the hotel and takes you downtown. It leaves the hotel every hour and costs $10. It leaves downtown every hour on the half hour. We hopped on the shuttle soon after arriving and headed to Broadway.
Lunch was first on our list to get accomplished. We had heard great things about Puckett's so that's where we went. We started with fried green tomatoes - YUM! My dinner was the Piggy Mac - a layer of pulled pork topped with mac and cheese. It was good!
Next we headed to Broadway to check out the honky tonks. Many of them had roof top bars so were able to work off our meal by climbing all the stairs to reach the top floor. The views from up top were worth it.
After getting an extra hour of sleep from the time change on Saturday night, we were well rested and ready for some adventure. Eric loves history and we thought a tour of Belle Meade Plantation would interesting.
Upon arriving, we went to the Harvest House for a late breakfast first thing. I had the salmon eggs Benedict. They were delicious!
After breakfast, it was on to the plantation and grounds tour. This site has quite the history to it and a tour of the plantation house was a great way to hear the story of the family and the horses that made this location famous.
Then after the tour, we did a wine tasting from the winery right on the property.
When we finished at the plantation, our next stop was the one and only Grand Ole Opry. You can't come to Nashville and not visit the Grand Ole Opry!
From there we went to the 12 South district to check out another restaurant that was highly recommended - Burger Up. They serve local beef from farmers who treat their cattle humanely. Cool atmosphere and great food.
The whole 12 South area is fabulous. Tons of eateries and unique shopping. It was fun walking around and checking out the establishments. We even found a cupcake ATM! It was too tempting not to try, so we got a couple cupcakes to bring back to the hotel for a late night snack.
What did you do over the weekend? So glad I'm not heading into work today, but instead heading to the mountains! We are going to drive over to Asheville, North Carolina to finish out the week. Have any suggestions on things we should do there? We are planning to visit the Biltmore and hopefully do a couple hikes. Let me know if there is something else you would suggest.
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