The Rainy Road To Nashville

Trip Start Feb 09, 2010
Trip End Mar 17, 2010

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

(Written by Jessica)

Monday was clear and sunny—perfect for setting out on a road trip. Instead, we left on windy rainy Tuesday. We were recovering from a Superbowl party and busy packing. Nashville-bound, we stopped in Chattanooga for lunch. We ate at a coffee house—had sandwiches, soup, and salad. A nice, light lunch that didn't leave us feeling stuffed. We also stopped in at an art gallery; if we had had an extra $2000 or so, we could’ve bought a really nice painting or sculpture.

We arrived in Nashville after taking an accidental detour, where we saw pretty rolling landscapes, streams, and Angus cattle. We headed to the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the actual Parthenon. We were surprised at the size of it, thinking it would have been somewhat bigger; it was still impressive, nonetheless.  Next stop: the Drake Inn/Motel to get a room for the night. Upon entering the cigarette smoke-filled lobby, we found it looked a little familiar. Justin and I could swear part of "The World’s Fastest Indian" was filmed here.  Dinner consisted of microwaved soup in the room; I’m all for any way to save money, and the soup was great for warming us up. We wrapped up the evening by driving to the Corner Pub, 15 minutes outside downtown Nashville. We warmed ourselves even more with chips and salsa that was potently spicy. This was paired with a few beers as we watched the Vanderbilt and Tennessee basketball teams play each other on TV. At this point I became really tired even though Justin had done all the driving; I looked forward to returning to the Drake Inn for a good night’s sleep. (With the noisy window unit heating the room every 20 minutes.)

(Written by Justin)

The drive to Nashville took a little longer than expected, mostly due to the constant rain, strong wind, and poor visibility.  Following our guide book, we checked out the Rembrandt Coffee House in Chattanooga for lunch - it had good food and a nice "Bluff" view of the Tennessee River. 

Both of us had been to Nashville before and neither of us has much of a passion for country music so we decided to spend our last remaining hours of daylight visiting the non-traditional Nashville landmarks.  The Parthenon was cool, but getting "2-for-1" domestic beers (1.50 bottles) at a local bar was slightly more fun. We found the Corner Pub after visiting the famous "Blue Bird Cafe" twice and it being closed.  Some business dudes behind us had ordered too many beers in their bucket and gave us two free beers, which was a first for me.  As we finally left the Corner Pub I insisted that I wanted to at least stick my head inside the Blue Bird Cafe to see what was so great about it.  $12 Cover fee, some mellow country-rock live band, and a cramp dark room were all that it had to offer me.  I'm glad that we ended up in the right bar. 

I'd recommend the Drake Motel for anyone staying in Nashville on a budget.  For $45 including tax we had a decent two-double bed room that was a $7 taxi ride from downtown Nashville.  The rooms could have been nicer but after a drink or two neither one of us cared.  As far as keeping the blog updated, we have had crappy luck getting rooms within range of the accompanying lobby's wireless router.  I am currently writing this entry from a very fun bar in St. Louis that happened to have free wifi access. We will try to catch up this weekend as we are staying at nicer hotels in Downtown St. Louis for the Mardi Gras celebration.

Good night!
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Brian H. on

Great post! Love the pics. Keep them coming.

Jim O'Sullivan on

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Thanks for the kind words friends!

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jean w. on

aww, and you could have gotten such good pictures here! Stay safe and warm, guys. We'll enjoy the snow for you.

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