When Adrienne Eller first saw it, the student at NYU knew she had to make her way to that stage one day. It was 2013 and Eller was watching “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” on Broadway … Continue reading
The rooftop sunset with fabulous cocktails overlooking the Mississippi River or three creative chefs, competing to see who can prepare the best of three courses in the hotel restaurant below. This is the story of a night of exquisite competition at the Madison Hotel Memphis, one of the Bluff City’s great hotels. The chef of the hotel’s restaurant, eighty3, found himself competing against two visiting chefs, one from Las Vegas via Los Angeles and the other from the Northeast with a hint of Hawaii.
Let’s cut right to the chase. This isn’t a post detailing all the fun ways to experience Nashville with children. It probably should be titled “How NOT to Spend One Day in Nashville With Children.” My 8-year-old son is a typical kid, but he also has a lot of things in common with men three times his age. He is OK sitting in bars, he loves attending sporting events and he demands a table in a restaurant closer to the televised basketball game. If you’re visiting Nashville with children, consider learning a few lessons of how best to map out your own trip.
Sleeping in until 10 only to wake to a beautiful view of the Mississippi River isn’t an everyday experience. Getting to casually enjoy my cup of Keurig coffee with that view before going down for a swim in a historic hotel’s basement lap pool is also a rarity, especially for a family traveler. But on this overnight getaway to the Madison Hotel in Downtown Memphis without our son, it was an accurate picture of my morning. And this one-hour snapshot of the Madison Hotel doesn’t capture the full picture of what makes this property so unique – and relaxing.
I know readers don’t visit this site to learn about trends in travel blogging or “inside baseball” information about my career as a journalist and travel writer. And I won’t start today. But as I stand here in a beer garden in the awesome Tennessee Brewery property in Downtown Memphis, I can’t help but reflect on what I see a lot on other travel blogs: the desire to escape something. If you’re like me, you have roots in a particular place, probably with family obligations and, while you enjoy traveling, you also enjoy where you live. Sometimes, travel at home can be enough. Why do we have to escape something?