Kids are away so we are off to play!

Since this was our off year with the gang for Thanksgiving we decided last minute to jet away for the weekend. Trying to decide where we could use some hotel points, snag cheap tickets, and go someplace we had not been together. LOVE the GOOGLE Flights search (I inserted the link below) It makes it super easy to look and see what options are out there for any dates and destinations. So we settled in on Nashville. I was super excited because I love Nashville and Pat had never been. I had been trying to drag him there for years and it finally worked.
We ended up booking the Hyatt Place Downtown Nashville on points and it was just blocks from the famed Broadway drag.
So a week later we were off…..

We started our morning by dropping the kids at their gate at the airport and heading to the other side of the airport to board our flight. YAY! Vacation mode commence. Also, a bump to first class was a nice surprise (thanks hubs for your diamond status) and we were on our way……
First Class Baby

When we landed; not wanting to shop rates and wait for an Uber we decided just to Taxi it to the hotel, it is simple and a flat $25 rate to the downtown district. About 20 minutes later we were dropped off at the hotel, checked in and dropped our luggage (since it was just after noon our room was not ready yet). We then made our way down 3rd Ave to Broadway and since I was the tour guide I suggested we walk down to what I refer to as the end of Broadway, basically the opposite end from our hotel by 5th Ave and make our way back for a make shift pub crawl. I figured I’d give Pat a taste of each place we could get to and then pick our favorites for the next day.

We hit up Rippy’s Bar & Grill to grab some lunch. We each had a pulled pork sandwich and a Yuengling or two. For those who do not know me Yuengling is one of my favorite beers and it is sadly not distributed in Michigan, so this was a great start to the day.
Lunch - Rippys
Once we were no longer hangry our next stop was the Famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge. GUYS they had some famous Fiddler!!! Sorry, bad memory, lack of note taking and lots of drinks later I cannot remember his name. You have to watch the clip. He is in some famous country singers band.
He was amazing. FIDDLER CLIP HERE Tootsies
This of course had Pat hooked. He immediately fell in love with Nashville, which is great and means another trip in the future. Pat could not believe how great the “day time” music was. It is true the music is fantastic all day in every bar.
A few more Yuenglings and we were on the way to the Stage on Broadway. I think this is when the whiskey started…..Some more great music and people watching.
Now on to Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, holy smokes now that’s a pour, IMG_5274
after our giant bourbon and more live music we were thoroughly enjoying ourselves. Next up the Tin Roof. This is where the memory of the day gets foggy….I do remember that the drinks and beer were about half the price of everywhere else. So much so I asked the waitress if she charged us correctly. She said yes and mentioned that it was Happy Hour. SWEET. This was as far as we made it for the night. We gave it a good run for day one.
The next day was Thanksgiving. We knew we would have limited daytime options but headed out to see what kind of trouble we could get into for the day. Most places would be open after 5pm. We made our way to Broadway, scoped out the scene and settled on Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Restaurant.  WOW IT WAS SUNNY! Yes, basic and a chain, however the football game was on, they had cold beer, and live music, good live music. The nice part about Margaritaville, is that if you have been to any of them around the country you know what you are getting. A fun party environment. We had a nice afternoon watching the game (Go Lions). It was a good spot to wait out the opening of the rest of the town and nurse us back to 100% from the night before. After lunch we went back to the hotel for a nap before making our way out for the night. For Thanksgiving Dinner we went for the non-traditional Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge Chicken and Ribs. It was really good. Sorry no pictures. I must have been enjoying my company and the cheese curds too much to pull out the camera. (A few places did have traditional turkey dinners available, just in case you were curious) After dinner we went next door to Tequila Cowboy. This was pretty much our home base for the night. We sat through two live bands. The last one we stayed for was Joe Barron. I immediately followed him once he shouted out his Instagram. He and his band were fantastic.
The next morning we packed up and headed back home. We decided to Uber back to the airport to see if it was a savings. About $3.00. It was a bit sketchy, the car did not match the one listed in the app but since we were together we took the ride. If I would have been by myself I would have declined the ride and called a cab. All in all a great fun and relaxing weekend. We would definitely come back, especially Thanksgiving weekend. Not too busy and a ton of fun.
So my tips and recco’s
1. Hyatt Place Downtown – Can’t beat the price and location
2. Rippy’s BBQ – Great to subside the Hangry but nothing to write home about
3. Tootsie’s – A must, but you probably already knew that.
4. Best pour per dollar – Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
5. Tin Roof – Great Happy Hour Prices
6. Joe Barron Music – Find out where he is playing and check him out
7. Taxi over Uber

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