Grounds for Sculpture IS for ALL ages

Have you heard of Grounds for Sculpture? It’s one of my in-laws favorite places to take people from out-of-town. We’re not from out-of-town so they hadn’t asked us…

I’m kidding, of course! They had asked us to go a number of times but it never fit into our schedule…until now! We planned to meet them there and arrived within minutes of each other, which is a fantastic omen of a good trip!

Grounds for Sculpture is exactly what it sounds like it is, a huge area filled with all different sculptures. I was concerned taking my daughter there. She only just turned four and I wasn’t sure she was going to appreciate the artistic endeavor of sculpture.

Guess what? I underestimated her artistic eye. She had a great time. We all did.

There is so much to see there (see the eyes of the sculptures between the trees?).

Leah loved these dancer sculptures.

But, these indoor sculptures were her favorites!

If you go, be sure to check throughout the trees. There are tons of hidden sculptures. And things that look real but aren’t (hint: the whole table scape below if a sculpture).

My favorite area was the water gardens.

And here’s my favorite sculpture. I don’t know why I like it so much. Maybe its simplicity? What do you think?

And, here’s my favorite picture of the day!

Just had to throw that one in 🙂

Have you been to Grounds for Sculpture?
What did you think?

l

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Flashback Friday: Greece

Of all the places I’ve blogged about, one of the most popular remains my trip to Greece. It was an awesome trip with friends sailing around a few Greek Islands and ending with a night in Athens.

I wanted to share it with you again. If you have the opportunity, I highly suggest a Greek sailing trip and I highly suggest trying to secure our captain, Dimi. He definitely made the trip memorable for us!

Here are the posts associated with the trip! It’s a repeat but I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Alison’s Greek Odyssey – The Beginning 

Our Greek Adventure Continues

Hydra and Our First Gyros!

The Greek Islands Get Even Better

Charting Our Greek Destiny

Greek Islands — Trip Itinerary 

Remember Johnny Appleseed?

Remember learning about Johnny Appleseed? Walking around barefoot, planting apple seeds to grow all those apple trees throughout the US. What a guy!

In his honor, we went apple picking this year. Apple picking is cool because, it’s easy! And, you get to eat the fruit of your labor. Wait until you get home though, you still want to wash those apples before you eat them!

We went to Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford NJ, which has got “fall fun” down to a science. If you’re in the area, you definitely should check it out. It’s not free but it is a good time for everyone. Here’s a few pictures from our adventure.

Have you been apple picking this year? 

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How to Spend 48 Hours in Nashville, TN

GIRL’S TRIP!

That’s right, it was time for a Girl’s Trip! And, where do three cool chicks pick?

Nashville, of course.

Okay, not really “of course.” There is only one of who really likes country music but the others are adventurous so off to Nashville we went! After 48 hours in Music City, here’s what you should do!

1. Get an early flight

There’s music all day so you don’t have to wait for things to start – they’re started.

2. Stay downtown

You can walk to a lot of cool places so will save on transportation costs.

3. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame

I was one of the people not too into country music so my expectations were low for this stop. But…it was awesome. The Country Music Hall of Fame is set up in a beautiful way. They give a great look into the history of country music. You can actually listen to different types of music in a really personal way with these funnel/shell pods. And, the Patsy Cline exhibit is small but cool. It’s now on my Top Five Best Museums list (I can’t believe it either).

3. Visit Jack’s Bar-B-Q

It is mostly tourists but so are all the spots on the Broadway, the main strip. The cook behind the counter at Jack’s Bar-B-Que is fun and has something to say to everyone. It’s paper towels and plastic but the food is good. Try the mac-and-cheese, skip the cornbread.

4. Check out a Spa

It wouldn’t be a girl’s trip without a spa visit. We tried Adagio and LOVED it. You get a glass of wine prior to your service and a delicious dessert after. Okay, those two things might not be spa related but it made the facials and massages even better. Don’t let the outside of the building fool you.

5. Walk by the water front area

They have done a great job making this area beautiful. We were there on a Saturday morning and it wasn’t crowded at all. I’m not sure where all the locals were but if I lived here, I’d be visiting the waterfront area. Don’t forget to stop by Fort Nashborough, it’s secretly tucked away.

6. Browse the Bars on Broadway

There are tons of places to stop on Broadway. Take your pick. We tried a few 🙂 Our favorite, The Neon Cowboy offered free chips and salsa and great acoustic music. We also loved The Swinging Door.

Go day or night but at night, it’s like NYC or Vegas. Honestly, I’ve been to all three and Nashville, by far, had the most bachelorette parties!

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So, there are six things to do during your 48 hours in Nashville.

Here are some other cool ideas. We didn’t do these but I’d love to go back and check these out.

1. Little Athens

That’s another nickname for Nashville. They’ve got a mini Parthenon and Athena statue, all around Centennial Park.

2. Opryland

Weird that we’d miss this one, huh? But, we were in the downtown area and Opryland isn’t too close so we opted to miss this icon.

3. The Gulch

The up and coming area is The Gulch. There seem to be a ton of great restaurants here.

4. Loveless Cafe

Again, an icon but too far from our downtown, walking area.

5. Printer’s Alley

This area is downtown and we did walk through it but it was during the day. Let me tell you what’s going on there during the day — not a thing! I’d like to go back and just check it out at night. We were having so much fun on Broadway, we never got back there.

6. Pedal Tavern

Can you tell what this is? You drink beer and pedal around touring the city. It looked like SO much fun!!

Have you been to Nashville?
What do you think about my picks?

l

My next Nashville post will let you know what to skip when visiting!
And, don’t forget to check out where we stayed…The Hampton Inn Downtown.

ll

Let’s Stay: Hampton Inn, Downtown Nashville, TN

For our quick trip to Nashville, we stayed at the Hampton Inn – downtown Nashville. The hotel is only about 15-20 minutes from the airport, which is a $25 cab fare.

The hotel is centrally located. It is a block away from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Walk of Fame. And, only a few blocks away from the waterfront area, Broadway (the main music/club street), and Printer’s Alley.

They are currently building Music City so there is a lot of construction around the hotel but that did not bother us during our stay. It will though, put the hotel in an even better location situation.

Our flight got in pretty early but the hotel was able to accommodate us and we even took advantage of the free breakfast that was still available.

The room was just like every Hampton Inn, which is nice. The extra luxury I liked about this hotel is they ALWAYS had lemonade and bottles of water available. That was a nice touch.

Here’s what I loved:

  •  friendly service
  • early check-in
  • free water
  • great location

Here’s what I liked:

  • free breakfast
  • nice room
  • extra big breakfast area
  • nice lobby area with a fireplace

Here’s what I didn’t love:

  • nothing 🙂

Have you stayed in Nashville?
Where?

l

PS – When we were there, it was the same weekend Shaun White had his “incident” at a Nashville hotel. Luckily it wasn’t at the Hampton Inn 🙂

l

The End of Summer? Nooo…

This past Saturday was the first day of Autumn.

Can we please have a moment of silence for Summer 2012?

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Thank you.

Summer 2012 will be missed. Those afternoons at the pool, beautiful warm breezes, rainy summer mornings, beach retreats, early evening thunderstorms, after-dinner ice cream treats, *sob* – I can’t go on…I’m too sad about the whole thing!

If you haven’t guessed summer is (by far) my favorite season. I live in the Northeast so we experience them all. I do feel bad for those who don’t. There’s nothing like absence to make the heart grow fonder. By May, I’m going crazy for a hot, summer day!

But it’s officially, over.

I leave you with three of my favorite pictures from the summer:

Now, I’m off to find my winter sweaters…

l

What’s Eating You…

Do you remember that movie, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? It starred Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio. I love that movie.

But…

We are not here to talk about loving things. No! We’re here to discuss what’s annoying. And, here are my top three:

1. Survey Says

I hate when I visit a site and I’m there for all of 10 seconds and they want me to do a survey on my experience. I just got to your site! I haven’t had an experience yet!! Give me at least a minute, will ya’? At least let me click to another page.

When I encounter this, not only do I not answer the survey questions, I normally leave the site entirely. How’s that for an experience? You’ve lost me completely! Your welcome for my feedback.

2. Poor Phone Service

It’s the end of the summer (just about – I’m hanging onto it by a thread). Our grill has been gasping its last breath for a few months but we’ve been holding off for the grills to go on sale. We finally decided, this is it – new grill time. We knew exactly what we wanted (we’d had a few months to look things over) and we went to Home Depot to get it.

We wanted a grill that was pre-assembled since the biggest compliant in the online reviews for any grill was putting it together. The guy who helped us was awesome. He helped us measure and then told us there were no pre-assembled grills of the one we wanted but they can put it together free of charge. We’re in!

The woman who rung up the sale was also awesome. She made sure the boxed grill was in the right place so it could be put together. It would take a couple of days so we happily left the store.

When I hadn’t received a call by Friday (we purchased it on Sunday), I called them. They transferred me three times and none of the people I spoke to were nice. Finally, a woman said, “Yeah, it’s ready.” And, that was it.

We hoped to pick it up that afternoon but time slipped away. We were leaving on a trip for a few days so figured we’d just pick it up when we returned. It didn’t seem to be bothering them since they never even called me about it, right? Wrong!

Sunday while I was on vacation, they left me a nasty message asking me to call back and tell them when I was going to get it. I called back and the woman was so completely rude. I advised her I was out-of-town and would pick it up on Wednesday. She said, “Fine. I’ll tell them because it’s just sitting here in the way!”

What-ever. You didn’t even call me to tell me it was ready!!! Annoying!!!!

3. Bites

I’m tired of the mosquitos this year. I normally don’t get bit but these buggers are relentless. And, they won’t go away. Right now, we have a teeny, tiny variety that are just as vicious as the bigger ones and even more annoying than them!

Tell me your annoyances so I don’t feel alone in my griping!

l