One of the things I love about CLE is that we’re in a great location for a quick weekend trip here or there. Hop on a plane and you’re an hour from D.C. or Chicago. And, as I discovered this weekend, two hours from Nashville. A group of us headed to Nashville to celebrate my CLEfriend Beth’s bachelorette party (you may remember Beth from her guest post).
Yup, that’s Hungry in Cleveland you see in the picture too. So, for any of you who might be thinking of quick country weekend getaway, here’s where we went:
We started on Saturday at the Grand Ole Opry. We took a “backstage” tour, where you see the Opry through the eyes of an artist performing there, including getting to stand out on stage and sing (“You are My Sunshine,” but still…). In a complete fail, I left my camera at the hotel for this portion of the trip. After the Opry tour, we headed to Gaylord Opryland Hotel. This hotel rivals anything you’d find in Vegas, with an indoor waterway, a garden conservatory, and tons of shops and restaurants. After a margarita break at Solario (and some delicious guacamole too), we went back to our hotel to get ready for an evening on the town.
The bachelorette bash started our evening with dinner at Cabana, where no fewer than 5 other bachelorette parties were also getting ready for a fun night. The food was delicious – I enjoyed peach-glazed mahi served on top of mashed sweet potatoes and English peas – and the atmosphere was relaxed. The restaurant had huge garage doors on two walls, turning the one room into a huge patio. We enjoyed some yummy “Sweetini’s” too…sweet tea martinis…how southern! But the best part was the dessert…
We shared a blueberry lemon poppyseed bread puddin (seriously, the menu dropped the “g”) that was out of this world good. It tasted like the best breakfast muffin I’ve ever had, but with ice cream and cream anglaise. Delicious!
Then we headed downtown to Broadway.
Since we spent both Saturday and Sunday down on Broadway, I’ll give you the quick rundown of some of our favorite bars: The Second Fiddle, The Big Bang Dueling Pianos (totally reminded me of how much I loved Howl at the Moon), Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Wildhorse Saloon (line dancing lessons throughout the night), and Wanna B’s Karaoke Club.
We also checked out Jack’s Bar-B-Que on Sunday. This simple, cafeteria-style restaurant dishes up some of the best Bar-B-Que in Nashville. I had the pulled pork shoulder, with sides of baked beans (with green peppers…yum!) and creamed corn. You also can choose the type of BBQ sauce you like – Tennessee (vinegar-based), Texas (sweet hot), or Carolina (mild sweet). I divided my plate in half and had both the Texas and Carolina…finger-lickin’ good! We also ended up at Mike’s Ice Cream Fountain, where I recommend the Red Velvet Cake ice cream – it has pieces of red velvet cake and a cream cheese icing swirl!
Finally, on Monday morning, we hit the famous Pancake Pantry, where the stars go to eat pancakes.
We didn’t see any stars, but we did have some yummy pancakes and some very strong coffee.
All in all, a great weekend celebrating one of my dearest friends. Nashville is a fun town, especially if you love country music, and it’s just a quick flight from CLE. Check it out sometime!
How was your holiday weekend? What fun things did you do?