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Win A Trip To The Bourbon Classic in Louisville, KY

Screen Shot 2014-01-07 at 1.05.11 AMTime Out New York tweeted about this contest which I felt was worth sharing.

Blood, Seat & Cheers is sponsoring a contest where you could win a trip for 2 to the Bourbon Classic in Louisville, Kentucky.

At the end of 2012 Kim, Lucas and I visited Louisville but we didn’t have time to stop at any of the bourbon distilleries while driving to Nashville. I can’t say that I’m a bourbon drinker but I would love to go back to Louisville and check out the event.

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Flashback Friday: Our First Time Flying Southwest Airlines- I’m Impressed

FlashbackFriLast week’s Flashback post was related to Southwest Airlines so I figured it was best to follow up with one about our first time flying with them.

Many people would rather not step foot on Southwest but Kim and I feel quite differently about the airline. We find them to be a bit quirky and different in the way that things are done… and we like that!

Since writing about our first trip on Southwest, we’ve flown with them 3-4 more times. We’ve had positive experiences and find them to be a great option for domestic flights.

Here is the post:

  • Our First Time Flying Southwest Airlines- I’m Impressed

This post was originally published on January 14, 2013

Flashback Friday: The Oddest Checked Luggage I’ve Ever Seen

FlashbackFriA couple of weeks back I posted about a museum featuring medical oddities and this week I want to share a different kind of odd post from the past for Flashback Friday.

I can’t recall seeing anything odd ever get checked at the airport up til our trip to Louisville and Nashville last December. At the counter next to ours, a man was trying to check two 50 pound dumbbells!

Here is the post:

  • The Oddest Checked Luggage I’ve Ever Seen

This post was originally published on December 29, 2012 Continue reading Flashback Friday: The Oddest Checked Luggage I’ve Ever Seen

An Incredible Breakfast: Pancake Pantry- Nashville

During our trip to Nashville we read about a place for breakfast that we had to try.
The Pancake Pantry sounded pretty amazing due to offering 23 varieties of pancakes. A couple of the options are pretty typical but the bulk of the options are really interesting and somewhat odd. All I know is that once we looked over the menu, it was not easy to make a decision on what to order. Oh the problems we face at times…

We made two attempts to eat at the Pancake Pantry and ended up eating there on day 4 of our trip. We drove by the previous morning but didn’t bother to wait due to the ridiculously long line.
However, we were determined to eat there so we arrived a bit earlier the following day and still waited on line about a half hour.

The wait didn’t end up being too bad since everyone on line seemed to be in a good mood and patiently waited to get inside. We spoke to various group of locals and the consensus was that the pancakes were well worth the wait.

Besides pancakes, the menu was full of all of the regular breakfast items like eggs, waffles, french toast and hash browns. Many of these items sounded great but I couldn’t go to a place called Pancake Pantry and not order pancakes!

We looked over the menu for a while and had some hard decisions to make. A few options caught our attention. We both usually like chocolate chip pancakes but at the Pancake Pantry we both had to go with options that were a bit more unique.

To help with our decision we decided to check out what Adam Richman had while visiting P.P. for his show Man vs. Food. It just so happened that the pancakes Kim planned to order were one of the varieties that Adam had during his visit.

So what did we order?

Santa Fe Cornmeal Pancakes

I went with the Santa Fe Cornmeal Pancakes aka the Village Smithy. The order of pancakes are made up of three stone-ground cornmeal pancakes with chunks of bacon, cheddar cheese and roasted green chilies cooked inside. It’s served with hot maple syrup, hot picante salsa and sour cream.

The pancakes were really odd but also really good. The dish seemed like a great Tex-Mex creation subbing out a taco shell or tortilla with pancakes. All of the flavors seemed to work really well together. The pancakes and syrup were sweet, while the chilies and salsa added just a bit of heat. I’d definitely recommend this dish to anyone planning a visit to Nashville.

Kim decided to order the Sweet Potato Pancakes. They are made with real sweet potatoes in a fluffy batter, sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Cinnamon cream syrup and butter was also added.

Once Kim tasted her pancakes she knew that she made the right choice. She loved the pancakes due to the fluffy texture and the sweet (but not overly sweet) flavor. A favorite part of the dish was the cinnamon cream syrup which added a lot of flavor.

I’d definitely recommend a visit to Pancake Pantry if you plan to visit Nashville. Just remember to show up early and expect a bit of a wait.

Find out more about Pancake Pantry by visiting their website here.

Happy Birthday To You Plaque- Louisville, KY

On Day 1 of our trip to Louisville & Nashville I had mentioned that we visited a few quirky sites like the Happy Birthday To You Plaque. I had read about the plaque online and didn’t just happen to come across it.
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We had read that the plaque was located under the entrance ramp to I-64 so we decided to wander around and look for it. The entrance ramp description was a bit confusing. After a couple of minutes looking around, we found it. The plaque was pretty small and located across the street from the ramp.  Continue reading Happy Birthday To You Plaque- Louisville, KY

Our First Time Flying Southwest Airlines- I’m Impressed

Kim and I were pleasantly surprised by our flights on Southwest. We found the airline to actually be very good! (We flew SW on our recent trip to Louisville & Nashville.)

I earned Companion Pass status with Southwest which allows Kim to fly for free on any flight I book with points or cash. This will allow us to take (most likely) 2-3 more domestic trips with SW during 2013.

The employees just might be the friendliest out there. From the ticket counter, to the flight attendants to the pilots- they all seem to have a smile on their face.

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Louisville & Nashville- Day 4 Recap

We spent the last day or our trip in Nashville doing a variety of things. We ate some unique foods and visited a few historic sites. We also took some time to walk around Broadway to check out preparations being made for the New Years Eve Bash.

Here is a recap of Day 4:

  • Breakfast at Pancake Pantry
  • Toured President Andrew Jackson’s home The Hermitage
  • Checked out the amazing posters at Hatch Show Print
  • Tried a unique kind of food- Meat and Three
  • Stopped for a quick jump at the State Capitol
  • Visited the New Years Eve Bash On Broadway stage & surrounding area

Louisville & Nashville- Day 3 Recap

We spent all of Day 3 in Downtown Nashville exploring various Country Music sites. Neither Kim or I are Country Music fans but the sites we visited seemed like must sees. If we skipped them it would’ve just seemed wrong. I couldn’t come to Nashville and not see why it got the nickname Music City.
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Here is a recap of some of what we did during our first full day in Nashville.

Day 3: Nashville

  • Visited the Ryman Auditorium- “The Mother Church of Country Music”
  • Had a drink & heard some music at “Honky Tonk” Bar- Legends Corner
  • Toured Historic RCA Studio B
  • Wandered around the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Had one of the best burgers in Nashville at Brown’s Diner

Happy New Years From Nashville

Kim, Lucas and I want to wish everyone a Happy & Healthy New Year!

Hopefully 2013 will bring great mileage earning opportunities and plenty of travel for all.
We already have flights booked for three trips with more to come. I’ll be mentioning where we’re going in future posts. We’re planning our trips early this year!
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This year we got to spend the last days of 2012 in Louisville & Nashville. Check out my posts about Day 1 and Day 2. I’ll be posting about Days 3 & 4 very soon.

Nashville hosts a big event called Music City New Year’s Eve Bash On Broadway. The event features performances by some bands and they countdown to midnight with the Music Note Drop. Streets are closed all over the downtown area and vendors are out selling food, drinks and souvenirs.

I had hoped to check out the Bash on Broadway but it wasn’t the best idea due to my little man Lucas. The weather has been chilly in Nashville and it’s been drizzling/ raining on and off all day. (Lucas also needs his beauty sleep way before midnight!)

My last jump of 2012

We decided to walk to the end of Broadway to get a closer look at the New Years Stage & Music Note.

During our stop near the stage, we figured it was a great time to take some photos. The area had lots of activity going on. Last minute preparations were being made and many others seemed to have the same idea as us- get some photos before the crowds showed up.

Nashville’s Broadway

Once again, I want to wish everybody a Happy New Year from the Michael W Travels Family!

Louisville & Nashville- Day 2 Recap

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The second day of our Louisville & Nashville trip was a very long and busy one due to a good amount of driving. Driving from Louisville to Nashville directly would take around 2 hours and 45 minutes but we decided to break up the drive with a stop at Mammoth Cave National Park. This added a little under an hour onto our drive with traffic.

Regardless of the time we spent on the road, we ended up having a pretty productive day. We got to visit some interesting sites, Lucas had a lot of fun playing in a museum and we got stuck waiting (for what seemed like) forever for a famous chicken dish created in Nashville.

Here is a recap of some of the things we did.

Day 2: Louisville to Nashville Continue reading Louisville & Nashville- Day 2 Recap