Summer Vacation: Part One {Nashville}

Phew! These past two days of in-service have been long and full of info. They’ve been exhausting for sure, but after meeting the parents and students last night, I’m even more excited for school to start on Monday! It’s also made me even more thankful that Tommy and I were able to fit in a wonderful little getaway the beginning of last week. it was just what we needed- a break from the hustle and bustle, surrounded by God’s beautiful creation.

When we first planned our trip, we based it off a Groupon we bought for a two-night cabin stay at Pisgah View Ranch in North Carolina. But as the time got closer {read: two days before we left}, we decided we wanted to lengthen the trip a bit. Due to this last minute decision, we decided to not plan ahead or make any overnight reservations. Instead we relied on spontaneity. This OCD planner was stretched, but I think I did pretty well going with the flow, And it turned out to be absolutely relaxing. 🙂

So Saturday afternoon we headed out and drove a while before we were ready to crash for the night. We ended up just finding a hotel in Jackson, TN, and decided we’d spend Sunday in Nashville. We started our Sunday with a tour around Belle Meade Plantation just outside of Nashville.

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Belle Meade means Beautiful Meadows, and lived up to its name completely. The plantation was used for horse breeding and selling for many years. Almost all of the horses that have competed in the Kentucky Derby belong to the line of descendants of a horse raised at Belle Meade.

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We started by touring around the grounds which was followed by a guided tour of the mansion.

20130810-193354.jpg We finished up with a complimentary wine tasting which included Blackberry and Muscadine Wines. They were sweet and refreshing!

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By the time we finished the tours, it was past lunch time and we were both feeling it. We decided to eat in the quaint little restaurant on the plantation and each enjoyed refreshing salads before heading into the city.

Our first stop in Nashville was Centennial Park which was absolutely gorgeous. It is located right next to the Vanderbilt campus, and is home to the Parthenon, a replication of the Greek temple.

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20130810-193328.jpg We enjoyed a lovely stroll around the park, taking in it’s beauty, people watching, and soaking up some sun.

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After a while, we got thirsty so we hit up a coffee and icecream shop just a few blocks from the park. Hot & Cold is a branch of Bongo Java, the first coffee shop to open in Nashville. We each enjoyed a couple scoops of icecream along with a cup of joe.

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We finished our evening with some shopping at Opry Mills Mall, and a drive around the Grand Ole Opry, which, by the way, is now on my list of places to really visit!

We found another hotel for the night and enjoyed an evening swim before calling it a night.
It turned out to be such a treat to have a couple of days with no deadlines. We enjoyed taking our time getting to North Carolina, and finding things to do and see along the way! Nashville was the perfect place to kick off our vacation, and we plan on going back again!

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