Greenville Anniversary Trip, Part Two

Greenville Anniversary Trip, Part Two

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I didn’t say so in Tuesday’s post, but getting to spend this last week in Greenville has been a little surreal for Tim and me. We started talking about our upcoming anniversary back in September, tossing around ideas and discussing budgets, and I thought more than once that I didn’t know what to do. Stay in Nashville? Go up to Chicago? Keep checking cheap flights? Maybe Asheville or Knoxville or Birmingham? It’s not like we think we have to take a trip every anniversary, but we do enjoy getting to set aside a few days to be together each year, away from work, away from routine, as a tangible way to reflect and remember and connect. So when Greenville offered to host us and let us sample its food scene, it felt like more than a good opportunity—It felt like a good gift, straight from the One who sources every good thing. All week, as we met passionate food professionals and ate plate after plate of beautifully prepared meals, we kept thinking how thankful we were for what we received. Thanks to you guys, too, for following along with us on Instagram (@foodloves and @mitnollam) and Facebook and here. We wish we could have taken every one of you along with us, through the scenic eastern Tennessee landscape and down into the Asheville mountains. In this post, we hope to offer the next best thing.

Downtown Greenville  FoodLovesWriting.com

This week, we learned there’s a lot more to see and do in Greenville, South Carolina than either of us had realized. But mostly, there are a lot of good things to eat. Here’s a look at where we stayed, what we ate and what we saw in Greenville.

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Day Trip: Asheville

Day Trip: Asheville

Wednesday, Tim and I spent our first five waking hours driving, through twists and turns and mountain ranges, to Asheville, North Carolina. Just before we left, while I was packing a bag of toiletries in the bathroom, my hair still wet and the window letting in cool morning air, Tim came in and said “I love taking trips!” Or, really, he said, “I LOVE TAKING TRIPS!” because he said it with the same gusto one might have when announcing “I JUST WON THE LOTTERY!” It made me laugh. It made my heart swell. For the record, Tim and everybody: I LOVE TAKING TRIPS, too.

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We packed our car with a small overnight bag, a few snacks we grabbed on our way out the door, our camera and a handwritten list of places to visit. Our laptops, and all the emailing and freelance working that goes with them, stayed behind. For people who are on their computers as much as we are, it felt strange to leave our laptops behind. For people who are on their computers as much as we are, it felt wonderful to leave our laptops behind.

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Our Nashville

Our Nashville

Although Tim’s lived in Nashville almost four years longer than I have, we both consider ourselves transplants—he from Ohio and me from Illinois. As born and bred Midwesterners, we can tell you this town’s a whole lot bigger than Dayton and much easier to navigate than Chicago; the weather’s nice, especially this time of year; and, mostly, the food’s fantastic, with locally sourced ingredients aplenty. Because it’s almost summer travel season and because we get emails so often requesting recommendations for the area, we thought, in today’s post, we’d take you out and around our Nashville, which tends more towards food than the music scene, and show you some of the spots we like best.

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Kendra’s Honey Oat Grapefruit Scones

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Tim and I came home yesterday from a quick weekend visit to Chicago. The first time we’ve been back since Christmas, this trip was a whirlwind of loud, excited family conversation, the kind that leaves you out of breath, with everyone talking over everyone else; long, lazy mornings, the ones you almost forgot how much you loved, complete with a certain white, fluffy dog breaking down gates and waiting outside your bedroom door until you let him in; a blog meetup downtown, organized by the just-as-lovely-in-person! Nicole of Eat This Poem, whose months-ago idea for extending her work conference led to a Saturday lunch made up of six people who’d driven, taken trains, walked city blocks and navigated parking garages to come out and share a few hours with some of the Internet voices they find dear.

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