Rules of vacation: Nashville

Flashback to last week in Nashville, TN! (I already shared some here)

Is it normal to vacation at your friend’s home? Because that is totally my style. I love my friends dearly so any extra time I have, I can’t help but want to use with them.

We had a great trip, as usual. Rather than recapping the trip, I thought I’d share 10 of my “rules for vacation”.

1. Meet someone famous.

The biggest highlight for Terry was meeting his internet hero, Olan Rogers. Ever heard of him? I hadn’t until Terry introduced to him to me via Youtube videos. He’s a pretty funny guy. Anyways, he has a Soda Parlor in Nashville and just so happened to be having a fan appreciation night the weekend we were there. Terry was giddy.

While I didn’t exactly get excited to meet this guy, the free pizza & floats didn’t sound too bad. Plus it was a fun time with Rachel & Paige too.

2. Be a tourist and check out a popular hot spot (that fits your taste).

After the pizza we hit up Dragon Park, a popular artsy park in town. Parks are my favorite type of “tourist” attractions. On our honeymoon Terry and I hit the state parks around where we were staying.

3. Eat at your pal’s favorite local restaurant.

Baja Burrito is favorite among my friends and I totally get it. It reminds me of Moe’s Southwest Grill, but it seems a little more authentic and the ingredients seem fresher. The pineapple salsa is to die for and Terry’s fish tacos were out of this world.

4. Have your favorite breakfast.

Bagel + cream cheese + coffee. This is my very favorite breakfast. I like store bought bagels, but getting bagels out is part of the experience for me.

Whole wheat at Red Bicycle and cinnamon raisin at Panera Bread.

5. Take lots of photos with your friends.

Seriously, this has been my rule since disposable camera days.

The weather was perfect.

Check out my love Anakin Skywalker in the background (yes, I mean Darth Vader).

6. Have dessert often.

Pistachio popsicle? Yes please!

The dreamiest ice cream from Jeni’s.

7. Sing the praises of your amazing host.

Paige and her cool husband Andrew make the best hosts. They’re the kind of people who really have their stuff together but don’t seem to mind that I don’t ;). Really, they are both just super stylish. When I have a big girl job I’d pay her to style my house. She is also amazingly kind and so gracious. Thank you love!

8. Get a picture of a funny sign.

Because Hot Rod.

9. Be active, but in a way more relaxing way than normal.

Paige took us to a nearby park for a light jog and it felt great to stretch our legs after the 8 hour drive the day before. Though I’d say the best kind of activity on vacation is walking! It’s the perfect way to explore the city.

10. Realize how lucky you are to have special time with the ones you love.

Enough said!

What are your vacation “rules”?