Went to visit the family in Nashville, TN for the Thanksgiving holiday. It appears I may have been the only person there with pink hair-- such a commonplace silliness in PDX!
Thank god the New York Times had a great "36 Hours in Nashville" article just a few weeks ago for us to refer to, as our relatives have been either too busy working or too busy being a toddler to get out for much exploring beyond parks and kiddie places. We did really love the parks, though!
We spent the first couple of days lounging around the house and getting periodic doses of Dora the Explorer. (Toddler meth- she MUST be stopped!) After a lot of delicious food made by Kim, we ventured out and explored the town.
We hit the up-and-coming 12-south neighborhood, strolled along in 68 degree weather, and cooled off with delicious hand-made posicles at Las Paletas. Absolutely worth trying, these delicious treats had many many custard flavors like caramel and avocado, but I couldn't resist fresh raspberries with yogurt and hibiscus. The swings in Sevier park are also most fantastic for the toddling type!
Other highlights were Belle Meade Plantation, Southern Bred family restaurant (nicest waiter EVER), Noshville- the NY style deli, and downtown of course! My biggest disappointment was the Grand Ole Opry tour, which was cheesy on account of us coming at the wrong time of year- when they don't show you the backstage and the country shows are all downtown at the Ryman Auditorium. I got some good CDs though, and nothing about it was painful. Also, that place is basically a huge freakin' mall.
On the very last day, today, we visited the wonderful, delightful Hatch Show Print on Broadway, where I got to peruse some of the best letter-pressed show posters made over the last 100 years! We had lunch at the Hermitage Hotel- empty, lovely, and well-priced. The, we finished out the trip by getting some pretty fabulous cowgirl boots!
If you find yourself headed to music city for the first time, that NYT article I mentioned will steer you right. If you've already been, tell me what you loved most!
see more pics at my flickr set.