2016 started off with a bang! I spent an amazing night with as many of my closest friends could make it getting bottle service and dancing the night away at Whiskey Bar in MKE. A few days later, my boyfriend and I packed his car to the brim with ourselves, our things, and all of the trappings necessary to promote his business at the American Baseball Coaches Association annual convention.
Destination: Nashville, Tennessee.
Thinking back on a few weeks ago, we were blessed with clear skies and safe travel conditions – nothing like what the south is experiencing now with #Blizzard2016. We literally drove all night and arrived at 3:30am, ready to take on the convention and the Music City.
This was a first for us. It was our first road trip together. It was also our first trip to a new city where we weren’t staying with a friend or family member. It was up to us to plan our agenda to explore the city. For me, I had a few activities in mind;
- A visit to Reese Witherspoon’s store, Draper James.
- A picture in front of the Tennessee State Capitol building (it’s on my bucket list to visit them all)
- Live music at a few local establishments on Broadway
- A trip to the Grand Ole Opry – we were staying in Opryland, but unfortunately the nights we had open, there were no shows
- Did I mention BBQ?
It’s not a long list and was one that we very easily managed to cover. Nashville is an amazing big city with a ton of small-town charm. It was everything I expected it to be and more. The music was loud, the barbecue was hot, and the tea was sweet. I would not be opposed if our life journey ever took us back [permanently], and I’m secretly coming up with an excuse to visit again.
We had so much fun, I almost forgot we were down there to work! But despite my sore feet and jaw after standing and smiling all day chatting away with baseball coaches from across the country, I came home with a ton of great memories and a few new pieces for my wardrobe.
And for those of you who have never been to Nashville, change that as soon as possible. I’m serious, buy your plane ticket now! Here are a few of my recommendations for making the most out of your visit.
- Martin’s BBQ Joint – homemade sauces and meat that falls off the bone!
- Tootsie’s & Honky Tonk Central are a must for a night out on Broadway!
- Skull’s Rainbow Room in Printer’s Alley is the place for a casual but cool atmosphere and a crafty cocktail!
- Wildhorse Saloon – if you’re in the mood for line dancing!
- 12 South Neighborhood – great shopping plus the home of the “I Believe in Nashville” mural as well as Draper James.
Life is about the journey, and Nashville was an amazing stop along the way, as well as an amazing start to the new year. Can’t wait to see where else this year takes me – thankfully, I have a few ideas already!
What new destinations are on your pursuit for 2016?