I feel like I've been looking at hotels online for the past four days straight but I still haven't booked anything for the upcoming trip. We'll be staying two nights and now that I'm a pretty frugal gal and haven't really vacationed in several years, about four, (and considering I'm horrid at making decisions about anything) this booking a hotel situation is driving me batty.
So I come to you all for advice:
First off does anyone have a favorite place to stay in or around Nashville, preferably not south of Nashville?
How do you go about picking a hotel? (I've been using hotels.com and I've narrowed my search to hotels with free breakfast, free parking, and a pool (we WILL use the pool))
Are there any attractions in Nashville that we must see? (remember we'll have a three year old along that I would like to keep entertained) And for that matter any favorite restaurants?
Do you have frugal tips for eating on vacation? All the hotels I've looked at so far have a fridge in the room and I plan to bring snacks, take full advantage of the free breakfast (not like crazy advantage but you know), and pack food for the LONG car ride.
Lastly, favorite ways to keep a small child entertained in the car??? We have nothing. When I say low tech frugal I mean, no cell phone, no tablet, no kiddie car DVD player... we have nothing! I need some creative ideas here, please! I am hoping to bum something off friends just for the trip but I'm not sure how successful I'll be in that.
This trip will be the end of this month. I know it will be great regardless of details and money. In truth, one of the reasons my husband and I had spent so much credit card money on trips in the past is that we enjoy each other so much and have the highest quality time when we're traveling (and we've never been luxurious travelers). We just like to get away I guess. We like seeing new things and new places together. We like spending time away from the ordinary with each other... the ordinary tends to distract us from spending time with each other at all (I know, we're normal, right). We like eating at new places and pretending we're highly paid food critics as we discuss our dinners with each other. Oh there will be bickering. There will be moments of intense frustration when we hit Nashville traffic and aren't entirely sure where the exit is for the hotel. There will be snappy comments in the morning when I've not yet had my coffee and quite possibly spent 3 hours the previous day listening to a 3 year old whine and cry and get beyond frustrated in his car seat (oh, I am hoping not though). But we will enjoy each other. We will get away, get to see new things, and we will remember this vacation forever. I've said it before, right, I LOVE TO TRAVEL! Four years is really too long (but the debt payoff is really important).