Visiting Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and Grounds | Hermitage, Tennessee

On a cool crisp early afternoon we headed for our 1:00 p.m. Mansion walkthrough reservation. A perfect day for a visit to the Hermitage grounds. Most of our time was spent outside during our visit. You can visit the grounds earlier before your mansion tour or after – or both. Either way, your visit starts with the check in at the ticket booth and then you proceed through the museum and to the grounds. There is also a nice gift shop and restaurant and wine tasting on the grounds.

We enjoyed our day very much. It should be noted that the mansion rooms are mainly roped off and you cannot enter most of the rooms but are peeking in at the doorway. Our group had approximately 12 people and a guided tour explaining each room. So as you can probably guess there was not much time to peer in as you had to let others do the same and to linger long after your group goes to the next room meant you were going to be in the way of the next group and not hear the story for the next room. Since I feel I didn’t get a good grasp of the house I bought the Hermitage guidebook. I can read more about it. This was the only downside. I get they need to preserve the things in the rooms. I’ve visited other houses and they allowed entry to the room but had furniture areas roped off and this allowed you to take in each room. No photos allowed in the house. I get it. They have to make their money somehow and if I’d taken photos I might not have bought the book. So I was ok with that. But the photos could be taken on the grounds. Even though I was disappointed about not getting to actually walk into each room, I still thought the tour and information was worth the price. So don’t read too much into my honest review of the house. We VERY MUCH enjoyed our overall time here. The staff was knowledgeable and great. I’m just an honest critic and if you know me, you know you get the good, bad and indifferent, lol!

While it was interesting getting to see the log cabins and/or slave quarters on the grounds, I mostly enjoyed the hiking around the creek and playing in the gardens. Well, I guess you could call it playing. I used my iPhone for the photos.

There was another mansion on the property – Tulip Grove. Sadly it looked to be in a state of disrepair – especially seeing the front porch. It is sad that this place is not being kept up. It wasn’t even mentioned or pointed out in any of our materials or guide – that I remember anyway. It wasn’t highlighted for sure. I think they could use this as additional money maker for them in some format. I’m sure it’s probably on the map and in the guidebook or something, but I need to read more about it.

Lots of pretty trees and magnolias on the property. The trees are huge. A few years ago a tornado came through and many many trees were destroyed. George worked at Gibson Guitar at the time and they were able to make some guitars out of some of the wood from these downed trees.

Several log cabins on the place, including the house that Jackson lived in while the mansion was being built. The grounds were just beautiful.

The hike around the property went into the woods by a stream and well, it just seemed about as near to heaven and Garden of Eden as I could ever imagine. It was peaceful.

If I lived there I would walk that path often and take seat here and read and plan and think. I believe that these were once cotton fields for a brief time just beyond the bench.

Then there was the garden paths. Just beautiful.

Yes, a raccoon sleeping on the property. We reported it and the staff said it was not rabid, just sick and they were aware. Bless him.

Then there was the museum!

So there you have a our Hermitage visit. I hope you enjoyed seeing a home of one of our past presidents. I intend to dig more into the history of it, when I have time. There are also some YouTube shows. Maybe you would like to do so as well. Or better yet, come to Nashville. There’s a lot for you to see and do and experience. As well as the communities all around Nashville too.

Would I do this again? You betcha. I’ll be back to the restaurant and for some more wine and you can join and be a member and visit the grounds, I believe. I’ll have to check out their website and give it consideration. I would love to do that hike repeatedly! The gift shop has things we might actually buy people for Christmas too. So we’ll be back! It’s a gem of an area and I’m ashamed we hadn’t been already.

I have a lot more things to share from this week as well since the Hermitage. I’m really running behind it seems. I’ll try to pop in, in the morning for the last few days updates.

Whew! This was a hard post to do uploading all the photos. I need to get ready and get into work. Hope you all have an excellent Friday.

Music City Brew Hop, Monday Night Brewing, and Easter Meal Menu

Well, George and I had a fabulous day yesterday. We’ve looked forward to the day for a while. I wasn’t convinced that I could endure the “number” of breweries we visited yesterday but I knew I’d enjoy the journey of it – as we were going by trolley with the Music City Brewhop! If I counted right, I believe we managed to hit five of them. :-/. Katy had given this to George for Christmas.

Well, so, what was my strategy? For me to enjoy this length of a day and get to experience each one, I only had 1/2 pints. And honestly I think that will be my strategy for any visit in the future as it worked well. We were at each place for about an hour. We started out at Tailgate East where we actually parked at a nearby Kroger, as had been suggested as we started our tour there. While waiting for the trolley we had our first beer of the day.

Our trolley tour line up included:

  • Tailgate East
  • Monday Night
  • Crazy Gnome
  • East Nashville Beer Works
  • Barrique Brew

Here were the choices but we didn’t hit all of them.

My favorite was “Monday Night”. I’ve never seen anything like it. The charm of it’s half torn down former meat packing plant – now open – in the state it was for a brewery. As we got closer to it, it seemed like we were in a live computer game. I know some of you are not into video, but you’ll see what I mean below.

It also had amazing views of the Cumberland River.

Monday night had tons of room. And a very unique place. Above are some inside photos we took.

The Crazy Gnome

We also went to one called the Crazy Gnome. I didn’t take pics at all places though. The crazy gnome was fun. Both inside and outside seating. Our day started off completely sunny and mostly without clouds. But as the day wore on layers of cloud cover developed and it never rained on us but we wondered if we would.

George got the sampler flight here. And then we were getting hungry. We ate a pizza at East Nashville Beer Works. I love the breweries that serve food too, even if it is just appetizers. But we went for the pizza and it was perfect! It was kindof between a small and medium size pizza. It was perfect. I forgot to take a picture of it as we inhaled it upon arrival. lol

East Nashville Beer Works had the Pizza!

So I have to explain going into the video below….I am laughing because right before I shot this, I had to wait until George finished “adjusting himself”. This is normally not something I would share, obviously. But being that I interrupted this activity and said “when you get through diggin’ in your britches, I wanna do a video”. So we are laughing here and then George makes this statement at the end…..well, I’ll let you watch the clip. All these clips are short so no worries on time. If you got time to read, you got time to see them and you don’t want to miss this. So I had to explain what was going on otherwise you’d think us to be nuts. We are anyway but…..you’ll see why I had to explain.

Barrique

So we also went to Barrique, which was our last stop. It was in Little Harpeth Brewing’s old building. Little Harpeth moved to “the Nations” part of Nashville where several other breweries are. We think we may do our own little tour over there in the Nations at some point. I was disappointed that the view out the back was covered up so you couldn’t see. That had been the perk of Little Harpeth – seeing the trains and the Nashville Skyline out the back warehouse door. Barrique is losing some charm by not allowing that view as a part of their setting. I tried to capture it in the video above! I was ready for a munchie here and all they had were pretzels. I could have used some carrots and hummus, lol. But no, expect no prepared food at Barrique.

Barrique is unique as it has more sours than anything. Matter of fact. I got water there which was nice that the gentleman actually gave to me at no charge. It was time for water as I’d not had much water. I’m not into the sours but I will say I have not given it much of a chance either. But yesterday was not my chance as it was our last stop and I was done for the day. I tried a sip of George’s and realized it was pretty good. So there is hope for me yet on liking the sours. And I’ll give Barrique another chance.

While my strategy worked for me yesterday of just 1/2 pint or 1/2 pour at each – it’s still important to stay hydrated and alcohol can be very much the opposite so I’d recommend having a water bottle or container with you for sips here and there. They didn’t seem to mind us having water on the trolley as long as we removed the trash.

At that rate, I was also going to be fine to drive. As was George b/c it was usually over an hour before each beer and you lose them at one per hour. So no intoxication in case you wondered. But we didn’t have to drive until the end of day. We looked into hotels and the prices drew us away. Too unreasonable!

We (the trolley) also dropped some visitors off in downtown Nashville and that was fun being on the trolley. There was a Garth Brooks concert only two hours from that point and the roads were starting to be filled with police set ups, road closures, and various traffic set ups for that. But we got in and out quickly.

Before heading home, George and I went out to eat in Mount Juliet for a proper meal at Chada Thai Restaurant as the pizza had mainly kind of been an appetizer as it was small and we were ready for dinner as it was wearing off. We chose Asian for a hot meal. And we both enjoyed hot green tea as well which was very good.

I got the Bento Box as it had a lot of everything. But it was too much for me to eat. I loved the salad and the chicken dish and the sushi and the sweet potato tempura. The rice was a bit too dry and the egg roll was more like tempura’d instead of the egg rolls I am used to. I was not a fan. The crab sticks tasted really fishy as did the seaweed of course. But it was fun to try it all and I had plenty of it to eat. And of course as you see below, nothing would be wasted.

Overall, it was a great day. I failed to mention we started our day at Chic Filet so we’d have something on our tummies and I think that was important as not all the breweries had food. I think some type of food is expected and appropriate. But we are foodies as much as we love a good brewery. I think their beer sales increase also when you can get some food in you and stay longer. Sometimes we’ve opted out on restaurants because we ate the brew food instead. There’s just my plug for more food at breweries – not a complete menu lineup but a few things at least – salsa and chips go a long way as does hummus and carrots. There are a lot they could without having to cook a thing. Pimento and cheese and celery and pita chips. No stoves necessary. Come on. Just do it breweries! 😉

Weekend Outlook and Easter Meal

So, today is Saturday and our Brew Hop is over and I’m the one cooking the easter meal for tomorrow. George is cooking the ham. I’m fixing the rest. I am happy to say that it gives me great joy to be able to fix the meal for my family. For some reason George has not seemed invested in the meal like he normally is and that is ok, because it gives me a chance to cook and claim back some kitchen time. Here’s what we are having:

  • Honey Spiraled Ham
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Green Beans mixed with Speckled Butter Beans
  • Corn
  • Dressed Eggs
  • Sister Schubert Rolls
  • Lemon Ice Box Pie
  • Half Sweet Iced Tea with Lemon

Then we will have leftovers. So I’m fixing what I can today – macaroni salad, dressed eggs, dessert and tea. Then the other can be heated up tomorrow for dinner tomorrow night. I have to see what we are doing for lunch though because we’ll be hungry for something after church. Since George wants the Easter meal to be at night instead of lunch we’ll have to do subway or something. I wonder if anything will be open. I may need to run to the store again and get sandwiches to hold us over. If it had been up to me I’d do the Easter meal as soon as we got home and got it all heated up. But he wanted to do dinner I think so he could do yard work. So I will try to comply. ::sigh::

Anyway I have a lot to do today so I’m getting started. I will need to set the table decor for Easter and also want to finish cleaning up the sun room for sitting in there for the next six weeks or so before it gets so hot you can’t stand it.

Things I’m Looking Forward To

Enjoy it because I’ve not looked forward to much of late.

  • I’m going to enjoy attacking the hell out of quarter end, lol – believe it or not. I’m ready to get it done and over with. And not much time left.
  • I’m looking forward to George getting my office file cabinet put together and it’s on his list, but then I can get my office back together for the first time in about a year. Everything will be accessible then and I can function and I plan on doing a lot of writing and creating after a bit of an organizational period.
  • I’m looking forward to having some reading time at some point
  • Working the puzzle from Christmas that I can finally begin to work on. Some of these things may not happen til May as I’ll be losing some personal time due to working more because of quarter end.
  • Working on a list of things I want to happen to manifest (bring to fruition)
  • Work on the Bucket List for Summer
  • Put out my summer wardrobe
  • Buy some new sandals
  • Watch some hair styling videos
  • Buy a new shirt or two for summer
  • Work on my new way of doing videos
  • Start my new video
  • Do some writing I’ve been wanting to do
  • Analyze a few things (good things no worries, lol)
  • Plan some things – we have a few things to get on the calendar for May and June – May is filling up fast and about to spillover into June now. (Company coming, Mom has some things she needs us for and then we have an excursion or two).

So as I long as I don’t get frustrated over the time pieces – we are good, but I’m trying to learn how to do more with less time and getting the office reorganized will help me with a few things. I’m tired of sticky notes and index cards laying everywhere! I’m ready to get back to being me and being functional with the little bits of time we can find!

Ok I better get on with my busy day. What are you having for an easter meal? And let me know if you made it this far in the post! 😉

Hair Cut Decisions, Nashville Predator Hockey Game, and Mid-Week Update

The Contest Winner – but NO PURPLE!

Good morning! I prompted a little voting situation on Facebook and asked everyone to let me know what style (I had them numbered) I should get, when I cut my hair next week. This one won. But I will not be getting the purple, lol.

I am just really undecided if I want to cut it like this yet. My hair has a bit of curl to it these days I’m not sure I can make mine look like that. But, even wavy, or curly I guess that cut could still work. Wish I could see the front! I imagine the front to look something like this below. I know I’m not going for bangs yet. But I’m ok with pieces that fall at my ear lob similar to this one.

Straight Bob Shaped to Head with Wispy layers at Bottom

These styles below also really appeal to me. One has long bangs and the other does not. Both are longer in the front and I wouldn’t want mine to be a LOT longer in the front but I’m ok with subtle.

Messy Bob with subtle layers.

I’m also really drawn to the look of this one below. With it’s long layers. Keeping in mind mine would have waves and would not be straight unless I did a lot of styling which I’m likely not to do more than a blow dryer and round brush or round air brush dryer.

Straight Shag Layered Cut

I also really like these below but I think I want more layers than just the bottom layer, but this looks really nice. II think the one on the right is better as far as that type of look goes and I think I actually like the one on the right quite a bit now that I think of it. I think I like it better than the one with purple above. This would still work fine with a little waveband the layers will look good straight or with waves or even a bit of curl. I think I may have made my decision by doing this blog entry. It’s really not far off from the top one except the top one (with purple) is more like a wedge in a way – instead of only having this cut on the back it comes on around to the sides a bit. I like mine longer in the front. I can straighten the front to come down like a long bob in one piece around my face (no layers unless they start at my ear lobe) and then the layers can start pretty immediately as you go around my face.

Bob Layered at bottom and/or subtle layers with tapering at the bottom. I’m not really sure what you call all these!

These below are the cuts that I had been getting all along and grew it out. Sometimes I miss it. But those bangs are so hard to grow back out. And I kinda like me without bangs now, but again, I’m a little undecided. I call this the “Meg Ryan” look – the way she used to look when she was in all the movies.

And one daring day, I’m liable to just go ahead and do a pixie cut! This one got several cuts. But wow my ears would stick out and it would be interesting. I think as long as the layers were long and it was cut lie this, it would be ok. I just don’t want to look like a man! lol. This is when big earrings would have to be worn all the time, lol! But I’m not that daring yet. It does seem to go good with turtle necks, which I don’t wear much of anymore.

So what do you think?

My appointment is next week. I will let you know for sure. I may just start with the long layered bob and after that go for the one that is a better shorter like the red head above. And then after that maybe go for the pixie and after that grow it all back out again and start over! lol. I really like having varying hair styles.

An Evening Out to the Predators Hockey Game

We drove in with our neighbors with us for a hockey game Tuesday night as George had been given tickets through his work. Since the photos are already on social media and shared, I figure it’s ok here as much of the same folks are on here.

Meet Chip and Anne and me and George.

And then we caught up with our other neighbor David as well centered.

We were laughing trying to get us all in the picture.

I had to laugh at this big hat but how annoying if you were seated directly behind him. I’m surprised such is allowed.

We went back into a special section of the building where there were some prehistoric bones found in Nashville and excavated while building things downtown. I guess that is where the Predators name came from.

There was a museum of Nashville sports back there in the “secret special location” of the building. lol

And of course there was a win! (Played against a Canadian team.)

The deer were hanging out with Sasquatch next door at our neighbors house when we took them home. We got home close to 11 p.m. So by the time I got in bed I was already 2.5 hours down on sleep.

Other Updates

So, I talked with Mom and her love sofa arrived. She likes it but says it is smaller and there is not much room for Fancy to sit and it is hard to nap in as it leans to far back for her liking. But she is “making it” she says. lol. I figured something would be wrong with it, but she picked it out over the others and liked it the best. So I hope she will come to enjoy it. She is like me (or is it I’m like her, lol) and we both notice what is not right about things. We are live critics of everything trying to make our world and our environments better places. At least that is MY story and I’m sticking with it.

She has also been having trouble paying her HOA. She pays it and they send the check back and then tell her she still owes money. I’m not sure what is amiss but thinking maybe she is sending to the wrong place or either they don’t have the right accounts set up or something. She is having a devil of the time getting someone on the phone.

We had storms to roll through – well it was more like very high winds with rain. It was windy all day long yesterday. I was afraid to go to sleep til they storms or line passed through b/c we were under a tornado watch and the energy within could pop up and rotate at any time so I stayed alert til the line passed. It was about 10:15 when I went to bed and slept. So I’m behind on the sleep this week. I’m feeling a little moody this morning and overslept by 45 minutes. George had to wake me up. I really don’t have time to blog but decided I’m doing it anyway as I had planned to. I’ll just have to work a bit later or do without much of a lunch break.

Ok so I’m over and out. This week has been a fast one. The next two days I will be heavily involved in quarter end. I’m making some progress, a little quicker than usual, so far. We’ve not had much time to get anything done this week with working all day and doing things in the evenings.

We talked with Mom and also FaceTimed with River last night for a long while. He is WALKING NOW! He has been taking like 8 to 11 steps at a time now. And he is suddenly talking more. And he will point to his face body parts when you ask where is your nose, eyes, ears. And he will say “Bye Bluey” and wave, and he and I made O faces at each other. He laughed when we did it back and forth. I love that he is communicating. He goes to the window and says “da da” b/c he knows his Daddy is out there (hunting).

So tonight I’m getting my nails done – I guess that means I won’t be working too late though. lol. I’ll just cut my lunch shorter then.

WE are looking forward to Saturday as we have a day at home and then Sunday is church day and we’ll take Mom to lunch and to AT&T. And before too long we’ll schedule another work day at her house to help more with her garage and haul off any Good Will items.

Well I better get out of here. My blogs are long when I miss a couple of days.

The depression is still on the way out. It’s been a good week. Thank goodness. And I’m hoping to get some things off of my list as we go into the next few days! Weekend approaching. Sleep is up there at the top. Getting more coffee and getting myself out the door. Take care! What is going on with YOU this week. Let me know!