We made it to Tennessee!
See the mountains in the background? That’s how you know you’re not in Florida anymore. 🙂
And I lied. We’re not in Nashville.
We’re an hour outside of Knoxville in a family friend’s cabin.
That’s why we were in SC and that’s why we took a funky route. It worked out being cheaper for us to stay at the cabin tonight rather than Nashville (aka staying in the cabin was FREE). We’re heading out tomorrow morning for the expo and to get settled and stay the night in Nashville. Then we plan to drive back to the cabin after the race on Saturday. When it comes down to it staying in the cabin two out of the three three nights in Tennessee will save us $300. Win. Win.
Plus, the cabin is BEAUTIFUL.
There’s a full kitchen.
And one heck of a view.
Did I mention the hot tub? 😉
Yep, I think we’ll be just fine here.
The rest of the car ride was a breeze. Ashley took over driving for the final 3 hours and the car demolished a bag of blue corn tortilla chips.
Plus, more Sour Patch Kids. Those kids are dangerous.
Ashley and Ben took us to a family restaurant down the road called Apple House.
It was a real country place, complete with the southern charm and heavy comfort food.
They were also heavy on the apple theme. Each meal came with homemade apple cider and apple fritters with apple butter.
The apple cider was fresh. Almost too fresh. The two sips I had were very earthy and, well, tasted like dirt.
The apple fritters, however, were great. I had one and a half of the deep fried blobs of apple dough and a heavy heaping of apple butter to go with them.
The pre-meal ‘salad’ was really just a plate of lettuce with a single tomato slice and dressing. Not impressed.
I ordered something for dinner I never order, but though sounded great on the heavy southern menu.
Chicken & Dumplings
I was expecting chicken and dumplings like I cook at home, with lots of vegetables and broth. What I got was a more traditional take on the classic comfort food dish – extra thick and creamy. It was good, but really heavy. Definitely not something I would normally order, but it was fun to try something new.
On the side I added a little color to my plate with my vegetable choice of green beans and corn.
I thought Kelly’s meal was fun. She had the only 4 dishes on the menu that contained no meat.
You know you’re out in the country when…. 😉
We declined dessert at Apple House and instead stopped for some ice cream on the way back to the cabin.
I’ve never tried Mayfield Ice Cream before, but it was really airy and light. I especially enjoyed the birthday cake flavor. 🙂
You know the best way to end 9 hrs in the car?
It’s Hot Tub time!