Nashville, Tennessee Family & Friend Fun

This past weekend we packed up the car and took a road trip to Nashville, TN. It was about a 4 hour drive from the Atlanta area. One of my best friends from high school, Ashley, moved to Nashville over the summer and we were excited to stay at her house and make some fun memories. Nashville has a great atmosphere. There’s lots to do and tons of many great “foodie” restaurants to choose from. We stopped at Edley’s for dinner, voted best bbq in Nashville. (Not sure who’s voting but that’s what their website claims) We had some yummy bbq, big portions and homemade banana pudding. Make sure you order the fried pickles too. Yum! Afterwards, we headed back to Ashley’s house to rest up for our next day of adventure. We were exhausted, especially since we forgot we lose an hour with the time change to Tennessee.

Saturday, we had chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast made by Chef Ashley, played and then took a walk to a nearby playground in East Nashville. The kids enjoyed some Hide and Go seek, Barbie and Twister and then a picnic lunch in Ashley’s backyard. Afterwards, we headed to the Centennial area of Nashville to the Kid’s Festival. We got there at the very end of it so we missed out on the majority of the festival and the face painting fun. It happened to be free museum day when we were there so we ventured into The Parthenon to see the Athena statue and check out the rest of the museum. It held the kids attention for about 20 minutes. They preferred hanging outside of the museum near The King of Pops stand since it was toasty outside. We had plans to head to Dragon Park afterwards but never made it due to the heat and kid meltdowns. Not a good combination. For dinner we celebrated Ashley’s nephew’s 999 days of being alive party at her parents home in the Mount Juliet area. The kids had a blast celebrating Arlo, swimming and running around the house 78 times.

Sunday, we went to Hillsboro church and then drove to The Gulch, located between Music Row and Downtown Nashville. For lunch, I experienced my first ever chicken and waffles at Whiskey Kitchen. If you like super sweet chunks of sugar in your waffles then this is the place to go. While we waited for a table we walked around taking pictures in front of a few of Nashville’s awesome mural walls. If you look closely you can see how excited some of my kids were about this experience. ;) Granted….it was super hot outside and the line to get pictures in front of the What Lift’s You wall was about 45 minutes so, they were troopers.

After lunch, we went back to Ashley’s home, packed up and got dressed for family pictures. We met Bobbie from Twig and Olive Photography at Radnor Lake Natural Area for our family photo session. It was a beautiful location that I highly recommend. Not crowded, beautiful scenery and light and plenty of parking. When our session ended we headed home and wrapped up our weekend visit. Thankful for great friends and my family.

Elizabeth Darley