You’re The Only Tennessee

December 30, 2016

Quick update: I have finally settled into my new home in the Pacific Northwest and dove right into my studies. A lot of changes have happened and it has been quite a few months since my last post, which I am upset at myself for not being able to keep up with my postings. So with that, here is a look into one of my top favorite cities I have visited thus far!

Tennessee is a one of a kind place and in my eyes it is the only Tennessee.

Back in early August I decided to take a little trip to Nashville, Tennessee. I had free mileage and the Airbnb was cheap so why not? I don’t know if it was something in the air or the timing of it but I absolutely just fell in love with this charming city. From the sounds of honky-tonkin country music whistling through downtown to the sweet southern charm displayed throughout the city, I was mesmerized. First things first, this was my first time booking an Airbnb and I have to say it was a very pleasant experience! My boyfriend and I stayed with a couple in their house about 15 minutes outside of the city where it made for a convenient drive without the struggles of downtown traffic.

So we arrive our first night and what do we do? We go looking for cowboy boots and line dancing! Downtown Nashville is SO lively at night and it seemed like it was like that any day of the week. As you are walking down the streets you can hear live music playing from every direction. What was also great was the smell of the food! A hot recommendation was trying hot chicken. What is hot chicken? It is like eating chicken that causes your mouth to catch on fire. I like spicy food and eating this was pretty rough on the palette but it was SO good! You basically only got two places to try when you are in Nashville for hot chicken, Hattie B’s and Prince’s Hot Chicken. I have only tried Hattie B’s but Prince’s has been around for over 100 years so there is some deep rooted history at that place. Both worth a try!

Aside from the delicious southern food, there are a couple of wineries nearby that are worth a visit. About 30 minutes from downtown is a little winery called Arrington Vineyards. The drive there is very scenic and you will start to enter the country side of Tennessee. The winery is on top of a hill with a view for your aesthetic pleasure. Like any vineyard, you can do different kinds of wine tasting here. We chose to sample 8 of their wines. The wine was fantastic and you can even get some to go with some goodies from the store and go on a picnic on the hill. If you enjoy your wine with a nice fruity blend, Arrington has some very delicious options for you to try.

Back in the city, I stumbled upon one of Nashville’s hidden gems. Tucked away from the main streets of Nashville, is a full scale replica of Athen’s Parthenon! Say what?! Yes, I was really confused myself but there is a full size replica of it in a park. What is also fun is that there is full scale replica of Athena inside the Parthenon. Why was this monument created exactly? The full scale replica of the Parthenon was created as the highlight attraction for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition back in 1897.

Fun fact: The movie Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightening Thief was filmed here and not actually in Greece.

While Nashville has it’s own fun culture, I also visited another city while I was in Tennessee. About 3 1/2 hours south east of Nashville is Chattanooga and east of Chattanooga is also where the Ocoee River runs. In my next post I am going to talk about this area and the fun adventurous things you can find while exploring this side of Tennessee!

Thanks for reading!

Yours truly,

Linh

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