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thejab
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2005-08-15 10:14 pm   Permalink

Aloha friends,

Here's my tentative itinerary for my upcoming pre-Hukilau road trip through parts of Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. I wish I had more time than one week but I'm going to try and see most of the tiki spots that I've been wanting to visit for some time, and as many roadside attractions that I have time for. I hope to drive the old U.S. highways exclusively if time permits (such as US41, US25, US17, and US1).

Thursday 9/29 - fly into Nashville and drive up to Cave City KY to stay one night at Wigwam Village

Friday 9/30 - quick exploration of Cave City; drive back to Nashville to see the Country Music Hall of Fame; dinner at Omni Hut; overnight in Nashville

Saturday 10/1 - drive through Chattanooga (seeing Rock City and other roadside attractions) and on to Atlanta; drinks at Trader Vic's Atlanta; overnight in Atlanta

Sunday 10/2 - explore Atlanta during the day; drive to Macon; overnight in Macon

Monday 10/3 - Visit Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon; drive to Augusta; drinks at Hale Tiki; overnight in Augusta

Tuesday 10/4 - drive to Savanna; overnight there

Wednesday 10/5 - drive to Daytona Beach, FL; stop for drinks at Julian's in Ormond Beach; dinner and show at Hawaiian Inn; overnight at Hawaiian Inn or Aku Tiki

Thursday 10/6 - drive to Fort Lauderdale and Hukilau!

I've done my usual extensive planning so I don't miss the best old roadside eateries and attractions. I've been using a 1962 road atlas along with new maps to plan my routes on the old highways. And the Tiki Road Trip book and Critiki web site have been indespensible in planning my trip around the open hours of the tiki bars on the route.

I welcome any comments and suggestions on must-see places, eateries, and lodging, since I'll only have about one day in the major cities so I won't be able to possibly see it all.

[ This Message was edited by: thejab 2005-10-19 20:43 ]


 
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Posted: 2005-08-15 11:25 pm   Permalink

I got one word: Jealous

Have a good trip. I'm looking forward to all the pics
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tikibars
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Posted: 2005-08-16 09:04 am   Permalink

An awesome trip.

I have been to all the places on your itinerary more than once, and I am still bummed that I can't go again! Your Nashville day looks pretty busy, so just remember that Omni Hut is a good 45 mins to an hour southeast of Nashville, so make sure you plan that drive time accordingly.


Also, in Cave city, a lot of the old attractions are still there, but few are worth spending more than a few minutes checking out. Don't get me wrong - Cave Ciy is a must-visit for the roadside attractions stuff, but do plan at least 3 hours to see at least one of the 5 or 6 different Mammoth Cave tours.

...and drive safe, we'll see you at Hukilau!


 
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Posted: 2005-08-16 09:46 am   Permalink

Sounds like a great trip. If you are a nature buff and want to see something unexpected - visit one of Florida's many natural Springs. Not very tiki but its a great roadside stop. Some of the best are located just a short drive from the main highways. Florida's beaches are nice but everyone knows that - the Springs are a hidden jewel. October is the perfect time to visit - crystal clear water, few bugs and the weather is still nice. Here are some links, and there are alot more.

http://www.ginniespringsoutdoors.com
http://www.floridasprings.net


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Posted: 2005-08-16 10:06 am   Permalink

I think single women should meet the Jab at every stop, so we can see WWJD ---that is "WHO would Jab DO"!!!

OOPS, did I just make a "cue smiley" tasteless comment??
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thejab
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Posted: 2005-08-16 10:56 am   Permalink

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On 2005-08-16 09:04, tikibars wrote:
Your Nashville day looks pretty busy, so just remember that Omni Hut is a good 45 mins to an hour southeast of Nashville, so make sure you plan that drive time accordingly.

Also, in Cave city, a lot of the old attractions are still there, but few are worth spending more than a few minutes checking out. Don't get me wrong - Cave Ciy is a must-visit for the roadside attractions stuff, but do plan at least 3 hours to see at least one of the 5 or 6 different Mammoth Cave tours.



Thanks for the advice. I was thinking it may be difficult to do all that and still make it to the Omni Hut on Friday night. I'm already taking 2 additional days off work (Thursday and Friday) to start earlier. I may have to skip Kentucky for a later trip so I can spend more time there. I have always wanted to do the Bourbons tour in Kentucky.

There is an exhibit on Nashville R&B from 1945-1970 at the Country Music Hall of Fame that I don't want to miss.

This is mainly a Georgia trip this time as I've never been there and I've been to Florida twice.


 
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Mai Tai
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Posted: 2005-08-16 12:45 pm   Permalink

Hey Jab, I've done this trip twice, but in reverse order, from Florida through Georgia and then Tenessee. Here's some of my comments, for what they're worth.

Maria and I were very disappointed with Nashville. We figured that we'd spend at least a couple of days there. We ended up spending almost a full day day there, and then headed off to greener pastures. We liked Memphis much more, we'd recommend that over Nashville. We were on a cross country road trip for several months, and the best bbq we ate (and is still unmatched) was at the Blues City Cafe on Beale St, right across the street from B.B. King's club. And everyone said that it was Memphis' second best bbq - but the best bbq place kept weird hours, and closed for the day after lunch, so we were unable to make it.

The Jack Daniels Distillery tour in Lynchberg TN is a hoot! We went on this for both trips. And the drive through the Tenessee countryside is beautiful!

In Georgia, try to squeeze in a trip to Athens, GA - it's on your way to Atlanta. That was a great stop for us as well. Eat at Weaver D's "Automatic For The People" Soul Food Restaurant. There's a great record shop there, Wuxtry Records, and of course the 40 Killowatt Club, where countless bands like the B-52's and R.E.M. have been discovered (but I'm sure you already knew that).

On the way from Athens to Atlanta, make sure you stop off at Stone Mountain, which is outside of Atlanta. It's a big park, where they have the confederate generals from the civil war carved into the stone mountain, basically the South's version of Mt. Rushmore. Every evening during the summer, they project a laser light show onto the mountain, and it's all synchronized to music - you'll get to hear all of the rebel yells when they play "Dixie". Stone Mountain has a large campground, and a lake with Mark Twain style steam paddle boats.

You've got Atlanta nailed down. Check out the original Krispy Kreme doughnut shop if you get a chance, although it's in the 'hood. Also, World Of Coca Cola is in Atlanta.

An absolute must in Savannah is breakfast or lunch at Mrs. Wilke's Boarding House. We ended up eating there almost every day!!! They have a restaurant in the basement of this old boarding house for women. They serve up fantastic Southern breakfasts and lunches, all family style. You sit at a large table that seats around 16 people, and the waitresses bring out huge plates of fried chicken, corn on the cob, fried okra, potato salad, macaroni, corn bread, etc., and you just start passing plates around like it was Thanksgiving. By the time you leave, all of the strangers at your table will have become your friends.

Oh, and here's a good book to pick up before you leave. It's called "Where The Locals Eat", I don't remember the author, but it was fantastic, and their recommendations never failed to disappoint! Have fun on your trip!!! Can I come along too?
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tikinoobie
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Posted: 2005-08-16 1:34 pm   Permalink

I went to Nashville with my mom and dad. We rented a car and had fun driving to different spots. I don't remmber the spots, but I do remember that my mom and dad were very happy - almost silly happy. It was nice to see them smile so much. We did not see any tiki things. I hope you have a good time and drive safely.

 
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thejab
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Posted: 2005-08-16 2:31 pm   Permalink

Hey Mai Tai, Thanks for the tips! I have been to Memphis already, and I loved it.

Just from reading guide books I feel that Nashville may be disappointing for me as well, mainly because the big chains have taken over so much there. I could care less about the huge new Opryland casino, hotel, and mall. I can't believe they closed Dollywood amusement park and built a huge indoor shopping mall in its place! I hear that the Country Music Hall of Fame has more space devoted to Elvis than anyone else (don't get me wrong - I love Elvis but he ain't country). And it's been nearly impossible to find non-chain lodging in Nashville (with the exception of one very expensive historic hotel). I've given up so I'm just going to look for a cheap motel near the Omni Hut.

I really don't understand the typical American tourist, who wants to eat at the same chains they have at home, stay in some boring chain "Inn", and shop at the same stores they have at home.

I'm mostly looking forward to the drives through the country and smaller towns like Macon. Their Georgia Music Hall of Fame sounds great. I'm also looking forward to seeing Chattanooga, Augusta, and Savannah. Athens sounds neat too but I won't have time to make the big detour from Macon to Athens and then Augusta in one day.

Another stop that I'm going to make is the Okefenokee Swamp, which sounds like a real beautiful spot.


 
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ikitnrev
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Posted: 2005-08-16 2:49 pm   Permalink

I'm with tikibars - if you go to Cave City, you should also try to take at least one of the Mammoth Cave tours - especially if you have never been in a big cave before.

A visit to the old Ryman Auditorium - the home of the original Opry, is recommended when in Nashville. It is just a few blocks from the Hall of Fame, and I think you can do some quick self-guided tours. They have some neat old Nudie suits on display there. Also definitely spend at least 5 minutes at the Hatch Show Print place, which has way more character in its small space than the entire Country music hall of fame.

After the Omni Hut, go back into Nashville and stop in for a beer at Roberts Western Wear, a country bar on lower Broadway, to hear some live country music. It is the former home of BR-549, and the bands there play country with the old 50's/60's sound. You know you're in the right place when you walk in and you see a wall of cowboy boots for sale. I was in Nashville about a year and a half ago, and ended up spending three nights at this place. If you love fiddle playing, and a band name BrazilBilly is there, definitely pay a visit.

South of Rock City, in Summerville, Georgia, is folk artist Howard Finster's Paradise Garden, which I believe is still open for tourists.

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Posted: 2005-08-16 2:58 pm   Permalink

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I really don't understand the typical American tourist, who wants to eat at the same chains they have at home, stay in some boring chain "Inn", and shop at the same stores they have at home.




I call them "Sheep". These boring tourists are so used to not making choices that they feel comfortable eating at MacDonalds, Taco bell, etc. Instead of some local burger joint or Mexican restaurant/taco stand. These sheep miss out on the variety of life. Sure , sometimes you take a chance and go to some "cute" vintage place and the food is sub-par. But taking those chances and eating at the occasional sub-par place is worth it because of all the great cool places you can find. Imagine, Jabbo, if we had got a sandwich at Subway in Miami instead of Wolfie Cohn's Rascal House-we would have missed out on LIVING (and a great meal in a great restaurant)!!
Of course, I am not trying to sell you on not being a sheep--you are the best example of a black sheep(in this context) that I know. I am just ranting. Don't forget folks, explore the little places in your own hood, too!! There are jems to be found. Happy eating!


 
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Mai Tai
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Posted: 2005-08-16 3:16 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-08-16 14:31, thejab wrote:
Just from reading guide books I feel that Nashville may be disappointing for me as well, mainly because the big chains have taken over so much there. I could care less about the huge new Opryland casino, hotel, and mall.


They were in the process of doing that when I was in Nashville, and that was summer of 2000, so I imagine that the restructuring has grown. But for me the big disappointment was that their "downtown" strip was a small stretch of po-dunk nothingness. Really nothing to see or do, and really really run down, with only one or two refurbished and extremeley expensive hotels and the Hard Rock Cafe as the only points of interest. Think downtown Hayward Mission Blvd, only with one or two nice hotels. It made Park Street in Alameda seem like 5th Ave. I found more things to do in little towns like Henrietta Oklahoma than I did in Nashville. But then again, it was at night, and all of the major things to see where already closed, so that was my experience.
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I can't believe they closed Dollywood amusement park and built a huge indoor shopping mall in its place!


Holy Shnikeys!!! I hadn't heard about that! Man, that is terrible! We didn't have a chance to make it to Dollywood on either of the trips that we made through there, and I really wanted to go. Bummer.
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And it's been nearly impossible to find non-chain lodging in Nashville (with the exception of one very expensive historic hotel). I've given up so I'm just going to look for a cheap motel near the Omni Hut.


Yeah, when we wanted to cut back on lodging, we would stay at motels that were in nearby local towns about 30 miles away. You can usually stay in one of those for really really cheap, then get up in the morning and head into town to start your sightseeing.
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I really don't understand the typical American tourist, who wants to eat at the same chains they have at home, stay in some boring chain "Inn", and shop at the same stores they have at home.


Yep, I hear ya. I definitely like to find where all the cool local independent shop, restaurants, etc are, and patronize those. Gotta keep those places in business, so the country doesn't become one giant Wal-Mart. Although we did frequent Cracker Barrel quite a bit, and would mostly stay at the cheapest places we could find whether they were a chain or not, as long as they were clean and safe. The cheaper our lodging price, the longer we could stay out on the road.
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I'm mostly looking forward to the drives through the country and smaller towns like Macon. Their Georgia Music Hall of Fame sounds great. I'm also looking forward to seeing Chattanooga, Augusta, and Savannah. Athens sounds neat too but I won't have time to make the big detour from Macon to Athens and then Augusta in one day.


Yep, beautiful drives through the country there. I thought the prettiest was around the Chatanooga area, on the way to Lynchberg.
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Another stop that I'm going to make is the Okefenokee Swamp, which sounds like a real beautiful spot.


Yeah, there are several cool swamp type places. Lake Okeechobbee is a good place as well. They have a few places over on the gulf side as well, outside of Tampa near Cypress Gardens. Make sure that you go on an airboat ride, they're definitely an "E" ticket! There is a great alligator farm place that gives great airboat rides down by Homestead and Florida City, but that is way south of Miami, and might be too far away from you. Lots of wildlife in the everglades - on top of wild alligators, we saw leatherback turtles, tons of poisonous snakes, and even a goat!

Have fun on your trip, wish I could go! Maybe we can together one of these days in Alameda before you head out, and talk about this stuff over a few drinks.
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thejab
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Posted: 2005-08-16 3:41 pm   Permalink

Vern - Great tips! I love the old Nudie suits so can't wait to see those. I was a fan of BR-549 and I love that late 50s early 60s Countrypolitan sound, so I was hoping to catch a band like that.

One reason why I plan so much for road trips is so I don't miss the hidden jems (like you folks are pointing out). "Winging it" is fun but you could miss a tiki bar or great old joint by one block and not even know it!

I've mentioned them before but the Moon Handbooks are by far the best travel books I have found. For example, the Omni Hut is in the Tennessee Moon Handbook.

http://www.moon.com/

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Posted: 2005-08-16 10:53 pm   Permalink

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The Jack Daniels Distillery tour in Lynchberg TN is a hoot! We went on this for both trips. And the drive through the Tenessee countryside is beautiful!



I have to agree with this... my friend and I searched out Jack on the drive home and it was well worth it! A great tour and at the end is the best lemonade I've ever had... Of course no Jack samples 'cause it is a dry county.


 
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tikibars
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Posted: 2005-08-17 08:16 am   Permalink

Once again, Vern and I are in complete agreement, and in fact I was going to mention this but he beat me to it: Roberts in Nashville is the best place to go after dinner at Omni Hut!

I have been there 4 or 5 times, and every time there has been a great 1950s/1960s sounding country or western swing-ish band playing in there. The rest of the neighborhood is revolting ultra-touristy (except for, perhaps the Ernest Tubb Record Store across the street from Roberts). But do hit Robert's. No cover, but if you like the bands you give them a tip in their jar. There's a grill in the back making cheap burgers, the beer is reasonable, and if you need a pair of boots...

Also, after reading my first review of Omni Hut on the crusty old Tiki Bar Review pages, this guy DAC Crowell sent me a looong list of things to see in Nashville. It is still up on my old site:

http://www.tikibars.net/tiki/OmniHut.html

Scroll down towards the bottom of the page and check it all out. It is a pretty exhaustive list.

Too bad you're not going through Memphis too - Graceland and, even better Graceleand Too. Graceland Too is my fave roadside stop EVER.






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