Well, the bus trip got cut short. Then I got busy again back in DC.

I did, however, get to visit one of my favorite cities as a result, so it was all in all a good thing. I spent Labor Day weekend in Nashvegas.

The Batman Building.

I spent five years there, and it remains one of my favorite places in the country. Then, if you have a weakness for music and good food, it’s totally the place to be. My best friend and I essentially ate our way through the city, visiting some of my favorite restaurants, like the Pancake Pantry, Mafiaoza’s, and Dotson’s, out in Franklin. Then, of course, there’s Lower Broadway.

Honky Tonks!

Girls on the town.

If you aren’t familiar with any of those places, consider them fully endorsed if you ever have the opportunity to go.

I spent two hours driving around Williamson County and reminding myself why it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.

Lieper’s Fork is little town about 40 minutes south of Nashville, outside of Franklin. It is basically horse pastures decorated with mansions belonging to country singers. The town itself consists of a grocery store that also serves as a restaurant/performance venue/gas station, a couple galleries, and a General Lee style car that has been there for as long as I can remember.

Lieper’s Fork

Yes, it is a place where people smoke inside and sit on benches and smoke meat in the parking lot. Old ladies bake pies and Coca-Cola cake. At the same time, Michael McDonald brings his kids in for ice cream and Alison Krauss leads worship at the church up the street and Vince Gill flies his plane over the Judd farm to scare Wynonna’s buffalo.

Yes, I’m serious.

Meanwhile, it’s thousands of acres of perfectly manicured farmland that is nothing short of breathtaking.

Horse fencing.

Random barn off Hwy 46 in Lieper’s Fork.

Church on Franklin Pike headed out of Franklin.

Coming back to DC from this was painful, partially because I opted to drive the 11 hours… and it didn’t stop raining for one second of the trip back. It was, however, worth it.

6 Responses to Nashville

  1. Always nice to see pix of Nashville and nice words about this wonderful place I am lucky enough to call home. I post lots of pix of Nashville and the surrounding area on Facebook all the time (I live in Williamson County). Check them out at

  2. I’ve lived in Nashville for a couple years now, but haven’t been to Pancake Pantry yet. I’ve been pretty much everywhere else, but I’m going to make it a point after reading this blog.

  3. You totally should! I recommend the blintzes and the sweet potato pancakes. :)

  4. You forgot Loveless cafe

  5. Dotsons is better than pancake and you can stay all morning.

  6. Excellent post. We did a thunder run once across Tennessee from Nashville into the Blue Ridge mountains to see an old uncle of mine once. One of the most beautiful drives in the world. Oh yea it rained on us too.

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