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"A New Adventure Awaits"


A few weeks ago, Henry and I decided to go on a road trip to Nashville, Tennessee. The truth is, we were desperate to get away. Neither one of us have been on a proper vacation in way too many years to even think about. So we figured we deserved a week long adventure to someplace new. 

Our adventure began in Cherokee, North Carolina and the first time I've ever stepped foot inside a casino. I'm not gonna lie, I was cracked out on some slot machines. One more spin! JUST. . . ONE . . . MORE! Needless to say, Henry banned me from Vegas. Haha! I guess we won't be going there for a road trip!

[ Henry side note: I have never had anyone say to me, "Just five more dollars!" Daniella was having a blast. And while we were in Cherokee, we caught a Doobie Brother's show, then back to the casino. Which is why we cannot go to anymore casinos! LOL!! ]

From there we went to Helen, Georgia which is so stinking cute it's ridiculous. It's a great place for a weekend getaway and we arrived just in time for Oktoberfest. If you know either one of us personally, then you know Henry and I like beer. Okay. . . we LOVE beer and not just any kind of beer. We love craft beer, or as I like to call it, snobby beer. But this was a cute little Bavarian town and all they had was German beer, so I made do. ;)

[ Henry side note: Oktoberfest in Helen starts mid September and runs through November 1. Plus, during the warmer months, tubing down the Chattahoochee River is a very slow and relaxing ride. ]

It was late afternoon when we arrived in Nashville. Walking from our hotel in The Gulch, we decide to go for a stroll around the neighborhood. We found a little bar called, Hops and Crafts, serving mostly local brews. If you like IPAs, I highly recommend the Leghorn IPA by Jackalope Brewing Company. It was fantastic!

Across the street was Two Old Hippies. Which, how could you pass up the opportunity to walk into a store called something like that? They had some amazing stuff in there, but I have to warn you, it's a bit pricey. The array of hats were spectacular and we FINALLY found the perfect Mad Hatter costume for Portraits of Wonderland. So we splurged a little bit and I still get heartburn when I look at our credit card bill. Totally worth it though!

[ Henry side note: Two Old Hippies also offers a line of acoustic guitars, Martin, Bedell, and Breedloves, which are not low end. They also carry Mandolins and ukuleles. Definitely worth stopping by. ]

The next morning, we started our day with a little shopping in the Antique District on 8th Avenue South. If your interested in stocking up on some vinyl, check out Grimmy's Record Shop.

Then we stopped in at 8th Avenue Antiques for some amazing retro finds. This place was fantastic and super affordable! They had everything from vintage clothes to refurbished record players. I found this really cool hat box from the 1940s era, which was the inspiration for this week's art project. It also makes great storage for some of my props! LOVE that place!

[ Henry side note: Grimmy's II had a different touch with books, magazines, and nick-nacks , but all about music. ]

We headed down to Music Row for lunch and this is definitely the place to be for live music. Every single bar we went to had a band playing and they don't just play at night, it's all day too, even on weekdays. We were craving some BBQ, so we swung by Jack's on Broadway and there's a reason why this place had a line out the door, SO YUMMY! Plus the decor was fun to look at, so of course, I took a picture. Haha!

After that, we did a little bar hopping and well, my memory's a little fuzzy. OOPS! Maybe we had a little TOO much fun. Oh, wait! We went to the Grand Ole Opry that night. Now I remember. To be honest, I'm not big on country music, but I have to admit, it was fun to see Chris Janson (if you've ever heard the song, "Buy Me A Boat" then you know who I'm talking about) and of course, Martina McBride. 

[ Henry side note: Henry Cho was a blast. Wasn't expecting a comedian at the Grand Ole Opry! ]

By the third day, we were tired of walking so we drove around the city and I have to admit, I don't think I'd mind living there. They have a lot of great little neighborhoods and plenty of things to do. On our way back to the hotel we stumbled upon the Jackalope brewery and stopped in for a beer. The funny thing is, I was saying for two days that we need to find this brewery and check it out, but the whole time it was right around the corner from our hotel! Go figure! By the way, if you're not an IPA fan, try the Hull Melon Pale Ale. It's a lot lighter than an IPA and super delicious!

So, if you're thinking about a road trip and ever thought about visiting Nashville, I highly recommend it! We had a blast and the experience made us realize that we need to venture out and explore the world. We officially have the travel bug! So we're planning more trips and hope to share our experiences with you here on our blog. I hope you enjoyed this post. It's totally different from what I usually write, but I really enjoyed sharing our little adventure with you!

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