our 35th birthdays – nashville, tn

IMG_1949Just this past February, Melissa, my girlfriend and I took a trip down to Nashville, TN, to enjoy some much needed down time.  We decided on Nashville as this was a location we looked at the year prior if I recall properly and never got around to it.

Our birthdays are just three days apart.  I’m the younger one 😉 but she’s the prettier one!  Since our birthdays are close to one another, we normally try to get away for the week to celebrate and enjoy some time out of normal routines.  Some of our past vacations have included St. Louis, MO and Denver, CO.

Back to Nashville!  This was a wonderful trip.  We stayed in our first Airbnb location and had a good experience.  One we will keep in mind for future trips!  This trip was a bit different from our normal getaways.  We are both big craft beer enthusiasts and have normally found locations with quite a few micro-brews to tour and explore. The south however, seems to be a touch slower in gaining attractions for the micro-brew industry.  At least Nashville area.

Instead, this trip was focused around the ‘touristy’ locations.  We spent time and saw a fantastic show at Grand Ole Opry, went through the Country Music Hall of Fame, took a tour of one of the oldest working wood block letter press at Hatch Show Print.  Here  we were able to add the final layer  to our very own mini poster.

One of the highlights of this trip has to be Biscuit Love.  If you are within 3 – no, 5 hours of Nashville, TN and are looking for an unforgettable fantastic meal, you absolutely have to visit Biscuit Love.  The Nasty Princess is a sandwich to die for.  The biscuit itself is wonderful but the star really is the hot chicken that is sandwiched between those biscuits. We made our way back there for a 2nd go-round before we left Nashville for the week and we brought Bonuts back home for the parentals and kids to have a taste – they aren’t nearly as good as they are when they are fresh.

We really had a memorable trip, seeing our newest favorite up-and-coming artist, Chris Janson play at the Opry (among MANY others), finding some out of the way spots to check out, shooting guns on my birthday at the Nashville Armory and getting lost and laughing together. Don’t forget about some birthday shopping while we were away, we put a nice dent into our wallets for that, too, Nashville Visitors Center can thank us anytime now for spending our hard earned cash there! We even got to give some money to the local government with a parking ticket…oops! On the last morning we got to check out the Johnny Cash Museum which we both expected to be just okay. Instead, we were blown away by the tribute to his life and the kind of man he was. We didn’t know it until we neared the end of the exhibit that morning but we had come to visit that museum on a pretty special day, it was Johnny Cash’s birthday and the museum was going to have a ribbon cutting for its newest exhibit that evening! Unfortunately we had to get on the road for our drive back to Illinois!

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