Well I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend! I’ve been spending the weekend doing a little end-of-summer cleaning and organizing. Long weekend means more time to at least try and check some things off of my to-do list. One of those has been writing a new post about my trip through the southern states a few weeks ago. It took forever to decide where to go on our vacation weekend but we finally decided on driving through Chattanooga to Shaker Village in Mount Pleasant, Kentucky and then heading to Franklin, Tennessee. Mom and I had never been to either place but have heard good things and we were ready to see some new and interesting places. It did not disappoint! We had an amazing time and saw and did so much in just a few days in two towns.
I’m still sad it’s over. I took so many pictures, as I usually do, so it took a while for me to go through them. Some of them can be seen on my Instagram feed, which is here on my blog now! I’ll be breaking up the trip into several posts. Lots of great pics and of course Miss Jane had a wonderful time. In fact she felt right at home surrounded by so much history and beautiful homes and gardens. So be sure to check back soon for more about our journey.
Miss Jane’s bags are packed! Ready to go!
On the road!
Miss Jane loved this dress made of invitations and announcements at Warehouse Row in Chattanooga.
Delicious lunch at Public House! Mmmm.
Veggie platter~Summer succotash, pickled radish and cucumber salad, and fresh squash casserole with cheddar muffins. Delish!
Deviled eggs with candied bacon
Fried chicken livers with grits and Tabasco butter. We also had the roasted beets with goats cheese. Yummo!
Back on the road, headed to Kentucky. Driving through the Cumberland Gap!
Sooo, it’s a long drive until another Starbucks is close at hand. FINALLY we arrived in London…Kentucky…where we got a much needed boost. Onward!
It’s a little disorienting driving through so many corn fields.
Finally the Shaker stone walls have emerged from the corn. We’re there!!!
We were greeted by many different creatures in Shaker Village. These content, grazing geese said hello first.
Eeek! Snake in the road! Well, hello to you too!
It was so peaceful and quiet arriving in the village.
This is where we stayed. It’s one of the actual buildings built by the Shakers and served as their housing.
Feels like home!
We officially have arrived!
Walking to the Trustee’s office for dinner. Such a nice day!
These are some of the oldest buildings in the state.
Jane feels right at home!
Ready for some R&R! We had a delicious and quiet dinner at the Trustee’s Office. Fresh veggies from the garden, homemade breads and French onion soup using onions from the Shaker gardens, and fresh Shaker lemon pie. Fabulous way to end the day!
Going for an evening stroll back to our lodgings. Low and behold out from the shadows came two resident cats. We cannot escape the kitties. Purrfect way to end the night.
Kitty followed us all the way back to our room! We stayed and chatted for a while while watching a thunderstorm roll in then called it a night.
See you in the morning!
More from Shaker Village and Franklin coming soon. In the meantime if you want to learn more about Shaker Village check it out here!
On the road again tomorrow!
Have a bright night!