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Nashville: a week full of country music and awesome accents

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. As much as everyone keeps talking about fall, I don’t believe that any day over 70 degrees counts as a “fall day.” If you can wear shorts and play outside in the sun without a long sleeve shirt, that’s still summer. Fall means jeans, long sleeves, football, crisp air and coats at night, any of which we haven’t experienced yet!

Anyways… Geoff and I spent last week in Nashville. His client had a marketing summit Wednesday through Friday, so we stayed Saturday to see some sights. They had us in a hotel downtown, which made it nice to walk everywhere.

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Proof that Geoff has to be an adult in the real world sometimes.

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We went to honkytonks almost every night. Ever since I was 12, I thought that “honkytonk” was a made up word from an Alan Jackson song, not a bar where a band sings a mixture of country music covers, countrified rock songs, and a few of their own written pieces.

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This is downtown Nashville, you can kinda see all of the neon signs for the music bars. If you ever go, we liked Tuesday through Thursday night the most. There wasn’t too many drunk people yelling or bachelorette parties, and you could find a table and chairs or a spot at the bar to sit.

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Thursday night, Geoff’s client took them (like 80 people) out to dinner to Margaritaville, and his client’s boss invited me too. Am I too old to be excited about free meals and unlimited margaritas?

We moved to a cheaper, yet nicer hotel near Vanderbilt on Friday. Look at the awesome view out our window. If I was a Vandy parent, I’d stay out of the cold and watch football games from here.

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Geoff was done early Friday, so after he caught up with Distilled work, we went out to see some stuff. Like Nashville’s replica of the Greek Pantheon.

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And the Yazoo brewery.

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And more honkytonks.

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Saturday was probably the best. First we rented a car through someone Geoff works with (and got a cheap rate) then we were upgraded. For free.

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How do we get this lucky? I don’t know. I do know that we had fun driving it. To the Jack Daniels distillery that is.

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It was a great tour. Our guide had an awesome accent and it was interesting to learn how they make their whiskey. They make their own charcoal to filter it, all their water comes from a nearby creek that’s iron-free and filtered through limestone, and they use new barrels every time. Oh, and they’ve never lost a barrel of whiskey to a fire. They say that all their whiskey is made on site, right there, then aged 4-6 years.

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After we had some great BBQ, we headed back towards Nashville and stopped at The Battle of Stone’s River for a civil war history lesson. Crazy to think about how much happened in that area, from being captured multiple times to this huge battle that killed over 23,000 people.

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Our last fun activity in Nashville was dinner at The Listening Room Cafe with great entertainment. It was a few artists that took turns singing songs they wrote, all of them were so good! It has to be incredibly hard to “make it” especially with how much talent seems to be in the area.

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And we ended with ice cream. And an apparent photo shoot? Don’t ask me, it was all Geoff’s doing.

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