As is normal for us when we go on a trip to – well, anywhere – my boyfriend and I pretty much ate our way through Nashville, Tennessee. I guess you could say we really like to get the local flavor of a place…or maybe we just like to eat. Luckily for us, our hotel, Sheraton Music City, was very close to downtown Nashville, less than a ten minute drive. So, in between gastronomic investigations, we were also able to sneak in a couple of cool sights, too.
The first was Belmont University, where the second presidential debate took place. We weren’t able to go inside he actual room where the debates had been held, but we were able to peek through the glass. BelmontUniversity is a really pretty place, with lots of trees and nice landscaping. It’s a strong liberal arts school, and not surprisingly, it has also has one of the nation’s top-ranked music and stage production programs
After touring Belmont we went back to the hotel to relax and unwind a bit. The Sheraton Music City has an indoor and an outdoor pool, as well as a nice gym located directly next to the indoor pool and jacuzzi. My boyfriend and I decided to take advantage of these amenities and have a good workout before soaking in the (really hot) jacuzzi for a bit. The pool was about 84 degrees, the perfect temperature for me.
After our two-hour break at the hotel, we decided to hit up downtown Nashville that evening for some good barbecue. I’ve been craving beef ribs since living in Austin, Texas for three weeks last year, and Atlanta just hasn’t been cutting it in that department. I fully admit that my first question to the hotel clerk at Sheraton Music City was: “OK. Where’s the best barbecue in town?” She suggested Jack’s, in the middle of downtown, which was only seven miles away. Jack’s was definitely good – they didn’t have beef ribs! The pork ribs were fall-off-the-bone tender though, and the sauces were savory and spicy. I have to say that the creamed corn came out of a microwaved bag, though. We saw it being dumped into the serving bins. It actually tasted quite good, but it kind of ruined the “real barbecue” experience for me. I’m sure the macaroni was from a bag too, but oh well.
After dinner we tried to go buy some cowboy boots at a store just down the street. They were having what seemed to be a spectacular sale – but one pair, get two free. However, the “one pair” cost $200-$400. Weren’t these boots supposed to be worn in horse muck? Apparently not – they were good looking boots though. I almost bought a cute black cowgirl hat, but decided better of it. Our dog Penny had eaten the adorable pink one I had bought while in Austin, and since she was with us on this trip, I didn’t want to take my chances.
I have to say the the most bizarre part of our short trip was seeing a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in
Athens. I know, I couldn’t believe it either! It was built in 1897 for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, and it’s a pretty amazing sight. It’s in Centennial Park, and I was really disappointed that we couldn’t go inside the Parthenon (it was Sunday) because it apparently houses a beautiful art museum. I especially wanted to check out the 42 foot Athena Parthenos statue, but that will have to wait for next time. That’s when we’ll see all the other things we didn’t have a chance to even drive by this time.
And by the way – the hotel had a very generous check out time of noon, so we were able take our time getting ready in the morning before we went to visit the Parthenon and, and we still had plenty of time to drive back to the hotel to collect our bags and then head back to Atlanta. This much appreciated, because I hate asking for late checkouts. No need to this time!