After the tour we headed down the scenic Hwy 100 to have lunch at the famous Loveless Cafe. This place was so much more than I was expecting! Such a cute spot and definately worth the drive for some character and good made-from-scratch Southern cooking.
The Country Market.
The General Store.
Inside the lobby of the restaurant.
Buscuits and jam; catfish, hushpuppies, fried green tomatoes, macaroni and cheese; fried chicken, mash potatoes; pulled pork, beans.... Oh my!
I am a big fan of the TV series Nashville and one thing I had really wanted to do on this trip was to see a show at the Bluebird Cafe-- which is seen frequently in this series. Tickets for shows at the Bluebird become available one week before the show date and are sold out with in 3 minutes. I was bummed we weren't able to get tickets, but Pete insisted that we at least drive by and get a picture.
There was a line forming out front to try and get in if there are is room or cancellations. Pete insisted we get in line and just see... I will add that we were in the direct sun in the sweletering heat!!! There were maybe 25 people in front of us with about a 45 minute wait until the doors would open.... Finally at 5pm they opened the doors and started slowly letting people in.
We got in!!! I was so happy!
Bluebird Cafe is a small listening room where songwriters come to perform 'in the round'.
This was such a fun night and not having tickets beforehand actually added to the experience! Thanks Pete for insisting we stop! :)
The next morning we were on the road leaving Nashville at about 8:30am. It was a long, long day of driving but it was a gorgeous day, with low traffic and pretty scenery.
We pulled into our driveway 15 hours and 2,409 roundtrip miles later, very exhausted but filled with so many great new memories!