Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April 14 to 16, 2012 Nashville to Heiskell TN

So – Nashville, David said we would only stay 2 nights, and leave on Sunday because he didn’t want to drive through week day traffic.  We had a fantastic dinner Friday night at the Moose Club, strip steaks and all the trimmings, got up Saturday and headed out.
First stop –Loveless Café, famous for their breakfast and biscuits, and many music stars that have eaten there. I will say that it was very good, the biscuits were fantastic, but the noise level was atrocious! We couldn’t hear each other without yelling, and it actually hurt David’s ears :( Also, it was pretty expensive – cost us $25 for breakfast, which is way more than we are comfortable paying – but we did it and won’t need to go back there! 

Then, we plugged ‘The Hermitage’ into our trusty GPS and off we went.  This is one place that you should NOT miss if you are anywhere close.  Our cost for the two of us INCLUDING the carriage ride was $50, and it was well worth it.  We spent over 5 hours there – each person is given a map, a headset and a monitor – as you walked along, there were numbers on things, you plugged in the number (100 example) and it told you about something that happened there, or something that was happening in the country at a particular time.  There were brown signs that were all about Andrew Jackson, green signs that were all about his wife, Rachel, and blue signs that were informative about Daughters of American Revolution.  WOW, the house is beautifully restored, including the wall paper which is well over 100 years old – furnishings, china, carpets and other things – the guides were all in period dress, and very knowledgeable.  We took the carriage ride around the grounds – they are so expansive that there was no way David could walk the entire grounds.  Highly recommend this place!!! 
So, I've downloaded the pictures and now can't find 'em!!!  Sheesh...this getting old is for the birds!!!

It balanced out my disappointment in Tupelo, which I thought would be great and wasn’t, with a place I thought would be so-so, and it turned out to be quite a gem!  We got back to the Motorhome and were just exhausted – took naps and then went to a ‘Brewhouse’ for excellent burgers and fries! 

We got up Sunday morning and by noon we were at Deer Run RV Resort in Crossville, TN, where we didn’t even unhook the car – we simply enjoyed the lake and the down time.  Being a tourist is HARD work!

Monday morning we were on the road to Heiskell, TN, Raccoon Valley an Escapee park near the Smoky Mountains.  Once again, we just kind of vegged out, had a very nice social hour – and I recognized a couple that were parked beside us in Hondo, then at social who walked in but Clare and Sandy Souter from our home park in Hondo!  We talked and talked, and Sandy invited us over for dessert – she made yummy strawberry shortcake!  Thanks so much for a great dessert!

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