We just got back after spending the weekend in the city of whiskey and country music – Nashville! This city is just a 5,5 hour drive away from Columbus and it’s the perfect place for a weekend trip.
We arrived Thursday afternoon, on Thanksgiving day. After we checked in at our hotel downtown, we went to the first bar we could find and ordered a drink, with whiskey of course!
For thanksgiving dinner we’d made reservations at the Thompson. It was a set menu with a four meal course and everything tasted amazing. My favourite was the turkey, which was served with a family style side dish (=4 side dishes!!). With full bellies we got back to the hotel and fell asleep right away.
We hadn’t booked any activities for this weekend, our plan was just to stroll around and make a lot of pitstops for drinks and food. The city was quit familiar to how Columbus is structured, with a lot of different neighborhoods. So our first stop on Friday was The Gulch neighborhood, I had read that it’s “a hotspot for young urbanites”. A cute area were we had breakfast at the very popular Biscuit Love. And we weren’t the only one who had read about this place…
After breakfast we headed to the famous Broadway street, also called “Little Vegas”. I think it was about 11 am when we got there, and you could hear live music playing from every bar. These bars are called Honkey Tonk bars, I had to Google and see if I could find a definition of what it meant and this is what I found on Urban Dictionary:
Honkey Tonk – A loud, rowdy bar that plays “honkey tonk” country music. Typically full of drunken hillbillies having a good ole’ time. To go out “honky tonkin” is to go out on the town to honky tonk bars and get drunk.
Broadway was filled with tourists, so between the honkey tonk bars there was a lot of souvenir boutiques, selling cowboy shoes/hats and Jack Daniels merchandise. Not our preference of shopping so after agreeing on that it wasn’t to early for a beer we walked in to the Legend Corner Bar and listened to live country music for a couple of hours.
We decided that we wanted to see this Honkey Tonk spectacle at night as well, so we made dinner reservations at Merchants restaurant. A restaurant placed in the heart of Broadway in an old building from 1892. This historical building was in the early 20th century a popular hotel for traveling salesmen. And in its origins it also operated a pharmacy, were it’s said that infamous outlaws of the Wild West, like Wild Bill Hickok and Jessie James visited frequently. You could really feel the historical vibe while having dinner. A funny thing they did was to offer shoe shine while having dinner. So Andreas had his dinner in these lovely socks…
With shiny shoes and another great meal in our bellies, we walked out to the craziness of Broadway and ended our day listening to more live country music.
Took to many photos!! 😛 I’ll continue in the next post…