Monday, June 9, 2014

Wall Street Journal 'Weekend in Nashville' Picks Violate the Space-Time Continuum

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 12:03 PM

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Travel readers — present company included — love those long-weekend/48-hours-in-City-X pieces. They generally offer a slew of places to shop, things to see and food to eat in some exotic locale.

No matter that trying to adhere to the prospective itinerary in some of these features would require repealing certain laws of physics that only Jack Bauer seems capable of (I mean, really, 24 producers? He can just shoot across L.A. to stop the bad guys and never hit traffic?).

But I digress.

It City showed up in the Wall Street Journal for "A Pitch-Perfect Long Weekend in Nashville," and it's a fine summation of things to do in our city.

If you're following the author's itinerary, however, you're going to have a few problems:

1) You can't spontaneously pop into City House or The 404 Kitchen. You're going to need reservations, likely weeks in advance, if you want to go during prime time. For example, checking Open Table for this weekend's Sunday supper, City House's only available reservations are 5 and 5:15 p.m. (and those are probably going fast).

2) Arnold's isn't open on weekends.

3) Meridee's isn't open on Sunday.

4) The whole trip to Franklin, in fact, is a bust, as most of the shops listed either aren't open or open late on Sunday.

First rule of travel writing: Don't send someone to a place they can't get in.

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