After much googling, we realized if we went, we'd be staring at a tv in some hotel suite and couldn't even see Mangum if we had braved it because the show had been cancelled. We could have been stuck in Maine or Massachusetts or on a highway somewhere. So. We did a little brainstorming and decided that a short drive to Nashville would grant us the opportunity to get away from the A for a bit, and give us a chance to explore a city that we often only drive through.
It was wonderful. Top ten vacation material there.
We visited a nice French-inspired spot for some brunch (hello, croissant french toast), and even got a little taste of the high life at a speakeasy. The Patterson House is an unassuming little building that doesn't promise much; however, when you're inside, you'll find fancy cocktails served by handsome fellas in suspenders, while oldies play softly in the background, and striking chandeliers provide a dim light for complete intimacy. We cancelled our dinner reservations and spent the night toasting one another and laughing into each other's ears. If you're in Nashville, find it, consume cocktails, and quote your favorite Fitzgerald lines.
We also made it a priority to to visit Parnassus Books, you know, the bookshop owned by Ann Patchett. It was beautiful and perfectly arranged and made me want to spend all of my money on the shiny books that I often lust over on goodreads. I'm definitely going all in and naming it one of the best independent stores I've visited yet!
Here are some photos that should convince you to visit:
This a top secret space that's just big enough for the kiddos. Look at that treasure trove of books! Seriously, I would have died of delight if I had stumbled upon this when I was a wee gal.
And, of course, the damage. You had to know it was coming. How could I not splurge and get myself some new books?
Last one, I swear. I snagged this beauty for my niece because she's learning numbers and because it was so darn awesome. Check out the Babylit site for more options!
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