A month ago, HH and I went meandering by motorcycle through Tennessee, the Virginias, Kentucky, and back through Tennessee toward home. On our last stop in Carthage, Tennessee, I saw interesting DIY projects to share with you. I’ll get to that, but first let’s look at some pretty scenery.
Gorgeous horse farms in Kentucky – my favorite.
HH got his tour of the bat production process in Louisville. I found it interesting, as well. 🙂
Our trip had been wonderful as we meandered along, stopping to take in areas of interest. It was a very pleasant trip with fairly good weather (except afternoons were blazing).
Sometimes on motorcycle trips, I hit a point where I have to say, “Please, I can’t go any further. I’ve had it. I’m done!” (I’m sure HH hates that, but he never says so.) This was such a day. The problem was that we were in the middle of nowhere when I hit the wall. HH said we’d stop in the very next town we came to.
I was sad to see there were no hotel chains. As we drove down Main Street, we noticed an old hotel that looked very nice.
The question was…was it open?
HH called the number on his phone, and we were in!
Much on that side of the block burned in 2004, so the hotel was renovated. Everything was fresh and newer than the age we saw on the front door (1904). The dining area on the first floor was a restaurant for a few years. I imagine it was a popular spot – but long hours for the owner.
After unloading our things, we set out for dinner at a newly opened eatery. It was very good – complete with fried green tomatoes. 🙂
We took a stroll as the sun set.
Carthage is a typical small southern town – friendly. I was inspired as I passed by this sidewalk display. I love that Jack-o-lantern can! 🙂
As I stepped closer to look at this painted gas can inside, the owner came out and said, “Come on in! Don’t mind the closed sign. I’ll be here ’til late. We’re getting ready for the festival on Saturday.” (Yippee!) I took my time and chatted with him as I looked around inside.
I wish I’d snapped more pictures. Things were priced very reasonably. From fine antiques…
to fun accessories…
and more DIY ideas for fall next year. 🙂
The next morning, coffee was ready in the upstairs dining area.
We stepped out onto the upper level porch to enjoy coffee in the morning coolness.
Small towns are fun to visit, and they can be so inspiring! 🙂
I plan to start collecting cans for future pumpkins. How about you? Would you like to paint metal Jack-o-lanterns next year?