We have clearly been listening to too much Chris Stapleton because baby girl could not stop calling our road trip “Tennessee Whiskey”. I’ll take that as a parenting win. I’m also going to go out on a limb and say that this was my last road trip. Aviation exists for a reason. The kids were champs. I, on the other hand, went into meltdown mode 12 hours in. So much so, that we never made it to Memphis [insert laughing emoji]. Graceland will have to wait until next time.
Stops Along The Way
The VA Safari Park – I would 100% go here again. The safari park was absolutely amazing. I have never been that up close to an elk and holy hell they’re strong. It almost ripped the bucket of food out of my hand. Being able to feed the animals from the safety of your SUV was so. much. fun. The kids loved it!
The Natural Bridge – We didn’t make it to the bridge but we explored the area. Definitely worth doing!
Where We Stayed
The Gaylord Nashville – I believe that this is what it would feel like to live on Mars. I’m a huge fan of this hotel. There is so much for kids and adults. We’re planning to go back to Nashville, sans kids and we will definitely stay here again. It’s like living inside of a dome. Sitting on our balcony overlooking the atrium and people watching (while drinking Moscow Mules) was a great end to our nights.
SpringHill Suites Pigeon Forge – Yup. PIGEON FORGE! That’s as good as it gets when you go to Dollywood. I must say though, it wasn’t half bad. I’m a
picky very particular traveler and I would stay here again. The rooms were spacious and it was clean. Plus, I didn’t feel like I was going to be murdered in my sleep. Win.
Cribs were easily attainable in both hotels. Its nice not to have to drag one around with us.
Tennessee Whiskey Stops
The Parthenon – So beautiful. This is on the “Top 10 Things to Do” in Nashville. Visiting here will hold me over until we go to Greece.
The Country Music Hall of Fame – Makayla learned to play a mandolin and she saw Blake Shelton [his clothing anyways]. Mission accomplished.
Dollywood – There is a lot of kid friendly rides and activities. It was well worth the trip. My favorite was the 20 min train ride through the mountains. Breathtaking views once you get to the top!
Ultimately, we squeezed a lot into a 4 day trip. I wish we had more time and we will definitely be going back to explore more but you can be certain that we will fly next time!
My Tennessee Whiskey Finds:
I’ve had an obsession with rompers and anything 80s lately (even though my husband hates them and will only refer to them as onesies), so I’ve added a couple that work for a lady with muscles. Just beware, if you have a longer than normal torso, the length is hit or miss! These also work well for nursing mamas! Easy access for the little one.