Sunday, June 30, 2013

Nashville Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee

A great opportunity was presented to me a couple of weeks ago, so my wife and I took full advantage.  Leaving our home in northern Virginia, we headed to east Tennessee to spend the weekend with a dear friend.  Well, they did not want to sit around and do nothing, so we loaded up the old SUV, and headed to Nashville.  It was only a day trip, and we had had Tickets to the General Jackson showboat.  

The folks that put on this show are very friendly. We load up the car, pick up another friend and off we go.  Arriving about an hour before departure gave my wife and her friends the chance to go shopping at the near by mall.  Then we grab our tickets from the desk and off to the pre-boarding area, where there is a musician entertaining us while we wait.  Directions for what to do are announced and then boarding begins.  During the 3 hour cruise there are two separate lunch settings.  Since we were a little hungry, we got the 2nd seating.  Figures.

From the fan tail, that is the back of the boat for you land lovers, we can see the other showboat docked next to the pier.

The general idea, is you load up, look around, by some drinks and enjoy a cool day on the Cumberland river.  The boat, a paddlewheel, takes about an hour to get to downtown Nashville.  You can see the coast of the river and they have a couple musicians entertaining you on the top deck of the ship.  These guys were really good, and they mixed in a lot of comedy with music.

After the ride to downtown, and setting in the sun for an hour or so, we were ready to eat.  Lucky for us, they were ready to serve.  It is an unlimited buffet and show.  We were watching Shotgun Red and a his something or other.  I forget now.  Regardless, it was also a comedy musical show.  All though the show seemed a little rushed, we still enjoyed the entertainment very much.  The scenery was also a good way to relax on a Saturday in Nashville.

Cumberland River

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Places to go, Places to eat.

Where has Tronster been for the last couple of weeks.  I like to try and update the blog about once or week or so, but work has been tough, and we have been traveling again.  Once my dad told me "Young people go see stuff, and old people go eat stuff."  They live in a small town, and the culinary selections for my parents are limited.

A couple of weeks ago, Sunshine and I loaded up and headed to east Tennessee.  This past Memorial Day weekend as a matter fact.  We first joined some friends at the Philippine American Association of East Tennessee.  There we have some great fellowship and some great food.  Because we traveled 8 hours to get there, some of our friends saved us a little bit of the food.

But this post is about the Applewood Farmhouse Grill, in Pigeon Forge.  Its not on the main road, but just a block off.  The grill front yard is full of apple trees.  There are a couple of shops around that I would liked to have checked out, but we had to get to Dollywood.  As we arrived around 10 am, the Applewood Farmhouse Grill was pretty busy, a table for 3 was about a 30 min wait.  When we were seating in one of the 3 dinning rooms, we were greeted by a friendly staff.  They bring out apple fritters and muffins with apple butter.

Sunshine orders a nice breakfast combo, with a side of suger ham.  It was the size of a platter.  Needless to say, we had a half a platter of ham for sandwiches.  I had the pecan pancakes.  They were awesome. The were thick and fluffy.

Overall the Applewood is a place to stop by for a real big breakfast on your way to Pigeon Forge or Dollywood.