In case you didn't guess from the photos two weeks ago, Mike and I were in Nashville last week. I went for work and Mike decided to come join me for the weekend. We were trying to plan a weekend trip away so the timing worked out great!

I flew in on Wednesday,

did a little shopping, finally checked in to my hotel and was promptly greeted with a snowstorm that shut the city down. I was very glad I got to the hotel when I did, apparently it was taking people hours just to go three or four blocks.

Thursday was a work day for me. I picked Mike up at the airport that night and headed off to dinner at Jack's Bar-B-Que.  Critics from NY Times, LA Times Southern Living and USA Today all gave Jack's high acclaim, so I figured it was a good bet to try. 

Just fair warning in case you ever get the chance to go there, they mean it when they say first come first serve for getting a table. And don't even think about sitting down until you have you're food. Luckily we didn't do this, but we did get to see some bouncer guy come around the counter and yell at someone who did. I wouldn't want to be the one making him angry!

The food was good, definetely a great place to go if you're in town!

Friday was another work day for me. Mike stayed behind and worked at the hotel for a few hours. Once I got back we decided to take a little road trip to Arrington Winery. It is a winery owned by Kix Brooks, of Brooks and Dunn.

We tried a few of their wines, bought some for home and ventured out for another Nashville dinner. We tried a local microbrewery. Really good food and great beer. Sadly no pictures.

Saturday was a busy day doing the typical touristy things. First up was breakfast at a local place called Fido. It was super cute. All the food and drinks had names related to dogs. I tried the Milkbone:

Next was the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Elvis's Gold Piano

Mike enjoyed all the old sound equipment -

We laughed when we realized Tim McGraw and Faith Hill donated money for a staircase. Couldn't they have found a more interesting use of the money? 

Here was the dress and suit that Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley wore at the CMAs:

(Bonus points if you can spot just how excited Mike was ;)

 One of Taylor Swift's dresses -

 And the Hall of Fame-

We both agreed that we would need to come back in 20 years so we experience the country music that we enjoy, not the music from the early 1900's.

We had a little time to spend before our next stop, so we wandered around downtown Nashville. We stumbled on another microbrewery and decided it was time for lunch. (This time I took pictures)

We decided since we were in town, we had to go check out the Grand Ole Opry. Being the techies that we are, we took a backstage tour.

The post office where you can send your favorite artist mail. Apparently all you need to do is put their name and the Grand Ole Opry. No town, state or zip code is needed.

Here is the flood line in the green room, from the flood in May 2010. Everything, including the historic stage was 4 feet under water.

We also got tickets to the show that night. Here are just a few of the pictures.

Jimmy Dickens

Terri Clark

Danny Gokey

Cool lights in the lobby

Nashville was not what either one of us expected it to be, but we had a fun time. 

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