A few weeks ago, my husband and I set out on a journey to explore new cities for our future home. These are the three cities we visited. The only one we were actually scouting out was Nashville. And to be honest, I didn’t love at it first. Maybe that’s why there are only a few pictures of it.
First we visited Asheville, NC. This is home to my brother and a beautiful quaint city full of local food restaurants, music and a laid back feel all surrounded by big beautiful mountains. Although it’s not much bigger than my current city I call home, I loved it there.
Next stop was Savannah, GA. Now this place was gorgeous. The trees that garnish each street, corner and square are breathtaking. Not to mention the horse and buggies that sprinkled the streets and the historic buildings that screamed for attention. I was in love. I can’t imagine living here, but the slower paced lifestyle and southern charm made it easy to relax and enjoy our time there while attending a friend’s wedding.
Last stop was finally our possible future home, Nashville. When we arrived I was tired, hungry and it was close to 7pm. We decided to grab a bite to eat and catch up with a friend at a local bar. The food was sub-par but the company was comforting. We talked about his own experience moving to Nashville and all of what he loves about Nashville today. It was exciting to daydream as he painted a picture of what it’s like down there. I would say the biggest downfall that I noticed and was not happy about was the smoking. This particular bar allowed smoking on the outdoor porch. Yeah, I know we’re outdoors and all, but the second-hand smoke ruined the mood about every 5 minutes or so. I learned this is very common in Nashville. And some bars allow smoking indoors!
Moving on…the next morning we woke and explored the downtown city of Nashville. I was shocked at how small and touristy it was. Honky-tonk bars, Elvis manikin’s and souvenir shops infested the downtown strip. I was unimpressed, in fact I was very discouraged. After expressing this concern to my husband, we got in the car and started to explore neighborhoods and possible places where we would want to live. One place that I really liked was Historic Edgefield. There was a little cafe, a natural food store in walking distance and beautiful tree dressed sidewalks. We even witnessed the filming of the TV show Nashville.
By day three I could imagine us living there.
Today, we are planning to take our next trip to explore a completely different part of the US. We are leaving next week to fly into San Diego, CA, rent a car, then drive up the coast all the way to Seattle, WA. I will be sure to take lots of pictures and have plenty to gush about when I return.
Do you love where you live? What city do you love?