Greetings from Kentucky! I’ve just arrived in my twentieth state and am so excited to be speaking at today’s PRSA Travel Conference. However, I’m still basking in the glow of state nineteen — Tennessee! It was a whirlwind inaugural visit, planned to perfection by my dear friend and hostess with the mostess, Kristin Luna. The trip kicked off with four days in Nashville where we went country music crazy at both the CMT Awards and CMA Fest, and I embarrassed Kristin to the maximum by wearing both cowgirl boots and a cowgirl hat. But we went beyond the country classic — Kristin made sure I experienced a bit of both the arts and food scenes before we made our way to Manchester.
Because then it was onto Bonnaroo! I couldn’t have been more pumped to add another festival notch to my belt, and Bonnaroo didn’t disappoint. We had a fantastic crew, saw some fabulous sets, and noshed on some serious treats.
Obviously, there’s so much more to come on all of those adventures. But first, this week on the blog, I’ll be posting about a very big milestone this blog just passed. This week in real life, I’ll be heading from Lexington to Nashville to Los Angeles. Hope you all are having a wonderful week!
Exploring Nashville’s art world at Cheekwood
Diving into the dining scene at Jeni’s and Biscuit Love
Nightlife in Nashville!
Bonnaroo! Soaking up the view from atop a ferris wheel
Rocking out at the main stage
Cleverly named tents for a carefree festival
Which photo is your favorite?
Favourite photo for me has to be A. The beautiful head sculptures look like there are bodies supporting them under the water. it’s almost a CGI effect. Gorgeous!
It was a really gorgeous exhibit. Well worth a visit in Nashville!
Photo A for me as well! Though D is a close second. So fun!
And how dare you leave us in suspense about your big milestone??? 😉 Congrats, whatever it is!
Don’t worry, there will be a major post coming up to celebrate it 🙂
Love seeing these photos, Alex, because (as you might remember) before leaving on our travels Tony & I lived in Nashville for five years. We actually got married at Cheekwood and our last hurrah was to head to Bonnaroo before packing our bags and hitting the road. We haven’t made it back since we left in 2012, so it was a nice blast to revisit through your photos.
Wow I can’t think of a more gorgeous place to get married, Steph! How stunning! I’ll have lots more Nashville for you to relive soon 🙂
A fellow Nashvillian! I wish I’d known you then as it’s a dream of mine to attend a wedding at Cheekwood =)
That’s a hard decision – D or E because it just looks like fun 🙂
Oh man, Bonnaroo was a blast! Can’t wait to post all about it.
We did an East of the Mississippi Roadtrip a few months back, but never made it to Nashville…Photo B is making me regret that decision!
So many delicious things in Nashville… it’s a good thing I did a workout for every other day I was there!
Photo D! Love the vintage style
I went a little crazy with that ferris wheel 🙂 It was just so darn photogenic!
Really jealous of your Nashville trip as that is somewhere I would love to see as well. If you enjoyed the country scene of Nashville perhaps you should look up Boots and Hearts Music Festival here in Canada! Not sure how big of a country fan you are but it would be another festival to add to the list! People come from all over Canada and the US 🙂
I am indeed a country fan and always looking for new festivals! Definitely going to look that one up… thanks for the tip!
I have to go with Photo E because I love music festivals and this definitely captures the joy!
Thanks Hayley! I was squealing when I took that picture — such a magical moment to capture.
I love photos A and D. It sounds like you’ve had an incredible week. Also congrats on your mystery milestone 🙂
All will be revealed as soon as I get my act together to write a post about it 🙂
I choose Photo E – I could use a good music festival.
The UK is awash with them! I definitely want to make it to Secret Garden Party one of these years…
Unfortunately, I’m not in the U.K. now – but I’m dying to return. But who knows? I might attend a festival in the U.K. one day.
Photo A wins for me this week!
The heads just create this effect that make them look like they were created with CGI, and I love the curvature of the previous sculpture.
It was a stunning exhibit. I love botanical gardens… art in them is a bonus!
I think I know what the milestone is…I won’t spoil the big reveal but congrats, quite the achievement!
I vote for Photo A, the heads on the right look amazing!
Thanks Caity 🙂 It’s been such a crazy month, I can’t believe I haven’t written a post on it yet! Coming soon!
Photo D! I love Ferris wheels!
Tell me about it… me too! So much fun. And such great photo opps 🙂
I’m going for D. Great view
Thanks for voting, Steve 🙂
Photo A is absolutely breathtaking – I adore the head sculptures!
It was an awesome exhibit. Love when I can fit in a little art with my travels.
A! Hurray for floating sculptures. Aside — did you not find the men in Nashville hella fine?
There certainly was an abundance of beards, man buns, and other attributes that I have a weakness for 🙂
I really like D – getting me excited the festival season starting over here! 🙂
Woot woot festival season — I love it! Can’t wait to see which ones end up on my docket for next year!
Check out this Festival in CO! It seems like it might be something you would love. I haven’t been yet but I’ve heard great things and I know a few of the speakers/instructors for this year.
I’m definitely dying to get to Wanderlust one of these years! It looks like the kind of event I would love.
E! But you knew that already =)
Magic paparazzi moment 🙂 Love it!
I vote for photo F, cause I love neon lights and the name of “this” tent !
Second would be C (love nightlife), third would be E (love music at sunset).
All the tents at Bonnaroo were named so whimsically! This Tent, That Tent, Which Tent, etc… loved it!
Looks like a blast Alex! Gotta love festival season woo hoo! i’ve always wanted to check out Tennessee 🙂 glad you had a great time!
This was my first but definitely won’t be my last trip to Tennessee. Really enjoyed it — what a great state!