We spent Father’s Day weekend in Nashville with our youngest son and his girlfriend. After the last time here, I looked only at Corps of Engineers’ campgrounds around the big lakes and found a very nice spot at Cedar Creek Campground on Old Hickory Lake.
Although the road in was NARROW, with no shoulder and a couple of 90º turns, the campground is lovely. There are lots of trees and the sites are mostly in circles with water and electric hookups, good satellite visibility but no WiFi. Our site (#38) had a little peek at the lake from the front window, with a large fire pit and chat-gravel picnic area. If we would return here, I would try to get the lakeside sites first, much larger and they all look right out on the lake. There are nice shower-houses, a sand volleyball court, public beach and boat ramp here also. Apparently the Cedar Creek Marina has a kick-ass breakfast which we will try next time here!
We agreed to tour Greenbrier Distillery for Father’s Day and booked our tour for 2:30 pm. We have toured other distilleries in this area and this one has a great history of money made and lost and found (greenbrierdistillery.com); however, they are very proud of their product. We did not want to spend $80/bottle for good whiskey and had to leave it there after our tasting. P.S. The tasting starts with white whiskey which is basically liquid fire and then progresses to the good stuff. I don’t know why though, my taste buds were burned off after that first sample!
The distillery is in a little industrial-turned-retail area and is next to a huge old brick building that was formerly home of the Marathon Motor Car factory. It has been reconfigured into offices and shops, a wine house, deli, etc.. Although it was raining outside (well that’s no surprise), the entire place is under roof and you can pop into each spot easily. The Antique Archeaology shop here is a pickers store and fun to visit.
After we left the area, we met some of Tyler’s friends, Adam & Amanda, for dinner at Five Points Pizza. Delicious pie, NY style with great toppings!! They serve Garlic Knots as an appetizer; big pizza dough rolls tied in knots brushed with basil and garlic butter and served with a side of their very fresh tomato sauce. Great stop even with a 45 minute wait! They also serve my personal favorite: sweet southern tea! I have been drinking that since I got off the bottle as a baby and can’t imagine having to do without it! By the way, adding sugar at the table to a glass of unsweet tea is not the same!
We left Nashville on Monday morning and headed north to Illinois to work for a week there. I will bet the sun will shine on us as we move and work!