We drove over from Christmas in Missouri on Sunday, the 27th, to have a few days of fun in Nashville, Tennessee, before Tab officiated the Music City Bowl on Thursday, December 30th.
The second we arrived in town we dropped off our bags and hit up Broadway. We stayed at the Renaissance Hotel which was only about two blocks from the main strip area. We walked around seeing the sights and grabbed dinner at a brewery. By the time we were ready to grab dinner, it was already 7:30. We tried to go to Acme Feed and Seed (someone recommended it), but the music was crazy loud by that time. And we all were in lounge-y clothes, so we hit up this brewery instead. I heard GREAT things about Acme while I was in Nashville. Sad we missed it!
Decisions, decisions at the candy store!
Watch out, Nashville!! We're here!!
We started off with breakfast at Another Broken Egg Cafe. It's one of our favorite places when we go out for breakfast in Destin.
Then it was TOUR TIME!! I was SO excited about this part of the trip!
We used, Tommy's Tours, and it was great! I have only one recommendation....they should make it a little shorter. The tour was three hours, which was too long for any age! The kids actually did GREAT! They toured, they slept, and they played their ipads. ha!
This is us in Union Station checking out the ceiling!
Everything was gorgeous all decorated for Christmas!
The part of the tour I was waiting for...
I included the arrow so you could tell which apartment it was. :)
This is Martina McBride's house...I must say I googled this picture. ha! It was raining and my pictures were a hot mess!
Dierks Bentley is remodeling this home in Nashville. And for fun, my picture above...
Google's picture :)
The Bluebird Cafe (that you see on the show, Nashville) and where Garth Brooks caught his big break!
The home above Taylor Swift bought for her mom. See Taylor's white Jeep?
The home above was where Tim McGraw and Faith Hill lived for several years (but not anymore). We saw several others, but I won't bore you with tons of pictures. If you're in Nashville, I'd highly recommend the tour!
Dinner downtown at Merchant's....another recommendation. We ate downstairs because the wait was WAY less when we walked up. And the burger was delish!
We really got into the Nashville spirit. Don't you think??
And apparently we made ourselves right at home in the middle of the boot aisle.
What is Bowen doing??
We hit up Opryland Hotel for the Coaches' Luncheon.
The Music City Bowl this year was Texas A and M against Louisville.
Before the luncheon began, we spotted the Aggie yell leaders. Trust me, Nixon had his eye out for the Louisville cheerleaders, but we never got close enough for a picture. ha!
Our table was right beside where the Louisville players marched in.
Our table...the Eck family is near and dear to our hearts. Tab has been on a crew with Mr. Alan for a couple years and he loves him dearly. We had a great time getting to hang with Michelle and their children on this trip!
The dessert was good but crazy messy! It didn't slow Bowen down though...haha! He was a MESS!
We walked around the hotel to take in all the sights before heading back to the hotel for this...
An afternoon spent in the pool. I've come to realize indoor pools just aren't my jam. Any other moms?? Give me a pool in the summer ANY DAY, but for some reason-an indoor pool in December? I just can't.
We saw "That Statue Guy" before making our way to dinner.
Puckett's was on the dinner menu and it did not disappoint! We had a table for twenty-one people and then this little two-seater off to the side. It made the perfect place for these two.
We spent our nights in the hotel playing with new Christmas toys.
Tab was busy all day with meetings and then the big game. The kids and I hit up the mall to watch the new Alvinn and the Chipmunks movie. Bowen missed the movie by taking a killer nap!
He woke up for the ending credits. ha! We had to grab some cold weather gear at the mall before heading back to the hotel to hop on the shuttle for the game.
These three did AMAZINGLY well during the game. The first quarter was long, but they hung in there. During the second quarter, we went inside to thaw out and grab a bite to eat. We had club-level seats to the concourse area was indoors.
Check out the guy running down the middle of the field??! That's our guy!
This girl was totally into the game! She was cheering and screaming!
This guy did great too! Bowen got bored and watched Neflix. #ididwhatihadtodo
Gorgeous chilly day in Nashville
Afterward, we waited for the stadium to clear out before we got a picture with this hunk.
So glad we got to watch this guy do his thing. So proud of him!! Nixon looks proud. Doesn't he??
We got back to our hotel at 12:30 and CRASHED!!
Nashville girls...we LOVED your town!! When we visit other cities very rarely, do we say we could move here, but we said it about Nashville! We all loved Nashville!! Thanks again for your help making our trip so much fun!