Steve was slated to work over Labor Day Weekend, meaning we couldn't make any plans to go anywhere. However, his project got pushed back a little, allowing us to sneak out of Jackson for a few days.
We left Jackson Friday afternoon and headed to Nashville, just a couple hours drive. We went to dinner at The Loveless Cafe, which has been featured on Man V. Food & Diners Drive-Ins & Dives. It is known for it's fresh, hot biscuits, homestyle southern cooking, and fresh jams. It was one of those small town hole-in-the-walls. We enjoyed the experience but probably wouldn't go back. The biscuits were good, but I prefer mine to be more flaky.
After the cafe, we headed to Centennial Park in downtown Nashville. We went to see the life size replica of the Parthenon (for you non-history buffs, the Parthenon is located in Athens, Greece and house a statue to the Goddess Athena). The replica in Nashville is home to Nashville's Art Museum which also houses a re-creation of the Athena statue. We went after the museum was closed, so we just got to walk outside the Parthenon.
The next morning, we headed to Andrew Jackson's home -- The Hermitage. We spent several hours touring the grounds, which include a Garden (his tomb is located there), the house, and replica cabins where the slaves lived. The tour of the grounds included a very interesting audio tour. It was a little hot while walking outside, but most of the grounds were shaded with trees.
The best part (both Steve's & my opinion) was the tour of the actual house. It had been renovated because the Great Depression left the family without money and the house ran down. However, the wall paper in the main entrance, and almost all the furniture were all original. Unfortunately, we couldn't take any pictures inside the house :(.
After visiting the Hermitage and a quick bite to eat, we went to Lane Motor Museum (homes unique cars). We spent awhile there looking at old, foreign, and innovated cars (like cars driven by propellers, a boat/car, and lightweight mini-cars). Even though Steve is the one that is more into cars, I enjoyed myself and got a kick over some of the cars.
We ended off the evening going to eat at Caney Fork located next to the Opryland Hotel. We had originally planned to go out to eat at lunch and dinner at other Man V. Food locations (Pancake Pantry & Prince's Hot Chicken Shack). However, the wait for the Pancake Pantry was way too long & Prince's Hot Chicken Shack was a hole-in-the-wall that was located in a sketchy part of town. We went into Prince's and the place was extremely small with only 4 tables and lots of people standing around. There wasn't a real menu, no prices, and the ordering didn't make sense to us. So we left and quickly found Caney Fork (thank goodness for Smart Phones! How did/do people survive without them?!).
We returned back to Jackson early Sunday afternoon and spent the rest of the weekend just being lazy. It was a nice little get-away, especially since we weren't able to go anywhere for our anniversary.