ROAD TRIP! We're looking for a route from Buffalo to Nashville that lets us stop for great food, cheesy retro attractions and things each of us would enjoy.
Soon we'll be hitting the road, headed for Nashville (for Mas Tacos
and the Bakersfield Sound
Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame.) We've done this drive before, but about ten years ago, taking this route
and stopping the first night in Columbus. The only thing we remember about Columbus is that we had a great dinner at a microbrewery's restaurant, but we don't remember what it was.
This year, the only thing we know we want to do for sure is spend our second night at Wigwam Village
in Kentucky and hit Nashville in the morning. We'll also probably go on to Memphis, as (be still my heart) the kid wants to see Graceland.
Things I like:
Two-lane blacktop through small towns - but only if it adds an hour or two or three - not ten - to the trip. Used bookstores. Good pie. Yard sales. Stopping at farm stands for snacks. County fairs.
Things the kid likes:
Animals - small farm/petting zoos/refuges and weird Reptile places like this one
we came across in PA. Hotels and motels with a pool are her #1 favourite thing. Scooped ice cream in interesting flavours. Funky stores with nice people who'll let her be proud of how she's learning to make her own purchases politely. Book stores with graphic novels. Anything Spiderman.
Things the husband likes:
Vintage guitar and clothing stores. Letterpress. Signage like cool neon and old hand-painted signs. Businesses where nothing has changed in sixty years. Diners and diner food. Live music in the rockabilly/bluegrass/honky tonk/garage punk (together or separate) vein. Mom and pop motels. Local breweries.
Please help us stay a little offbeat, and a little off the beaten path?