Peter and I took a long weekend exploration trip to Nashville TN. We are enjoying discovering the South and all of its beautiful landscape and lovely people. I’m having a long standing love affair with the South that I think I need to satisfy with a permanent vacation home and right now Nashville is winning. Then again, it seems every new location I visit wins my heart; some may say I’m a fickle girl, but I think I’m just a flirt, LOL
Here are some of the fun places that we visited in chronological order:
We stayed at Union Station Hotel by Marriot; it is a beautiful remodel of the historic downtown main train station. Above and beyond the charming nature of the hotel architecture and the lovely rooms, I have to give this hotel a 5 star (out of 5 stars) rating for its customer service. I booked the reservation through Hotel.com and somehow booked it for the wrong date and never caught the mistake. That date came and went we were charged for a no show day, we are still unaware of this, we show up give them our name and there is no reservation. I give the front desk our print out and she notes the mistake, she also notes my distraught nature, as I’ve NEVER done this before (I’m the check 3 times girl). What does she do, she finds us a room, at the same rate, applies the “no show” charge to our current stay and never treats me like the fool I felt. In fact, she treated us like it was their mistake, making sure we were more than tricked out in our room since it was two doubles and not the King we originally booked! Customer Service beyond compare! Shelby was a jewel and made what could have been a terrible first day into a wonderful experience and permeate warm spot in my heart for the hotel and any return trip. I will only recommend this hotel in Nashville and this is where I will stay from this point on, what a fantastic experience. If people in the Service Industry only realized kindness and understanding goes a long way and using it as a tool can be a biggest asset you have in building a business and it is the easiest thing to do, just smile.
Our first stop for amazing Tapas and drinks was a fabulous Happy Hour at Sambuca in the fun Nashville neighborhood called The Gulch. The Gulch is going under revitalization and is becoming a LEED certified Green Neighborhood. It has some great food, music and cute shops. Definitely a must see if you visit. Our server/bartender at Sambuca was a doll, treated us like family and made our first experience in Nashville a pleasure. She actually has family in the same city we live in Florida so we had fun sharing FL vs. TN stories. The food and drink menu was extensive and we tried 6 different tapas and loved every one of them (Crab and Shrimp Dip was our favorite, absolutely decadent). Don’t miss Sambuca on your trip to Nashville.
We took a walk to burn off the food and drink and stopped by Two Old Hippies and Lucchese. Lucchese has the most amazing custom boot I’ve ever seen. If you want to splurge on a boot this is where you should do it. The aroma of leather as you walk in makes you want to be a cowboy or marry one. Two Old Hippies is a big store that is as eclectic as its name would imply. I loved the rhinestone guitars where I left Peter to drool and I perused through all the goodies from jewelry, shoes, clothing and gifts. I landed on some fun fur vest that I have wanted for years. I loved that so many of the stores and eateries had live music in them and Two Old Hippies was setting up their venue for their mini concert.
We had to find an Apple Store and ended up in a Mall of all places but to my surprise found the cutest gift boutique (that does sell online) called Absolution. Their manager, Curry, told me they have a strong Instagram presence, which I am going to start to follow, based on what’s in their store. There candle selection is amazing and they have home décor and creative gift ideas seriously worth an Internet visit!
The next day we did a hard core shopping day visiting the Green Hills area and shopping at Kendra Scott, and Lizard Thicket. There were a lot of other cute boutiques there in the area we were and also a big mall very close by. We also went back to the Gultch area and stopped into eAllen and I picked up a very cute top there.
That evening we took advantage of the Americana Music Fest and ate at City Winery. The food was good and we ate from the fixed wine tasting menu. I would probably not do that again because it was too much food, Peter was fine. Next time I would just order off the regular menu that looked really yummy. There were 5 bands playing that evening and we stayed for 4 of them. The two that I took photos of are T-Sisters out of Oakland, CA and you can understand why they caught our eye… We had to favor CA girls! Anderson East was amazingly dynamic and rocked the house! We both really enjoyed watching them. Their energy was contagious and a lot of fun to watch. The T-Sisters had beautiful voices and a wonderful harmony. Their stage presence was fun also, they were more than their music; which made it a show!
If you want to see more of our trip; with full photos and video, visit my YouTube channel and my Nashville Vlog for the full rundown of our trip.
Here are links to all the shops, restaurants and bands we saw:
The Gultch Area:
Union Station Hotel: http://www.unionstationhotelnashville.com/
Sambuca Restaurant: http://www.sambucarestaurant.com/home
Lucchese Boots: https://www.lucchese.com/
Two Old Hippies: http://www.twooldhippies.com/
The Green Hills Area:
2126 Abbott Martin Road, Ste. 146, Nashville, TN
Lizard Thicket: www.shoplizardthicket.com
2122 Hillsboro Dr., Nashville, TN
Kendra Scott: www.KendraScott.com
4025 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 505, Nashville, TN
Other Nashville Areas:
Opryland Hotel: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnago-gaylord-opryland-resort-and-convention-center/
Jack Daniel’s Restaurant: https://locu.com/places/old-hickory-steakhouse-nashville-us/#menu
Music we saw during Americana Music Fest:
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