Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Tennessee Brew Works -- Nashville, TN

Live music all the time, and they have great beer.  They have a double-IPA that reminds you of how Alesmith X had tons of hops without tasting like a pine tree.  Go back some time when you're not driving.

Headquarters Beercade -- Nashville, TN

Full of pinball and eighties video games on free play mode -- and pictured is a wall of audio cassettes -- this was kind of fun to check out.  Remember though, you lucked out, finding street parking when all the lots wanted a thirty dollar flat rate.  Also make sure to go early, as it seems to turn into a retro nightspot for hipsters later in the evening.  Great for a happy hour beer, though!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Hotel Preston -- Nashville, TN

They ask, "where are you staying?"  You say, "that place right by the airport ... the uh, 'Hotel Preston?'"  They consult each other, "isn't that the place where those hookers died?"

It's not that bad now, but you can imagine that it was, in fact, "the place where those hookers died" in recent history.  It's the sort of place that used to be totally run-down, but then they threw on a fresh coat of paint, rubbed some Boutique on it, and started advertising to hip kids on a budget.

Sure you could stay elsewhere.  But there's a sort of charm to the climate control equipment coming from a Motel 6 in the seventies.  And instead of a bible in the nightstand, there's a card that offers a "spiritual menu" of a dozen faith-based texts you can request from the front desk.  (Though none is an eighth grade science textbook.)  And it's kind of sweet how the "lounge" has its "unsigned acts show" on Tuesday nights.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Holiday Inn Express Waterfront -- Windsor, Ontario

This worked out just fine.  It's right next to the border.  There are plenty of little bars and things within a block or two.  There's a river-front running route just across the street.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Hilton Garden Inn -- Mayfield, OH

You like this one.  These places are usually just fine, and this one's better than most.  The bar staff are quite nice, and they have a couple of local (bottled) beers.  The kitchen is okay, though the salmon is grilled into oblivion.  I'm going to bet that's a corporate policy, not the choice of the chef.

You visited in the winter, and happily they have a good contract with a snow plowing company so that the parking lot egress was cleared by the time you had to leave for work.

The first time you stayed here, your room's heater did not work, but they quickly moved you.  The second time, it all worked right from the start.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Stoneyard Craft Beer Hall and Grill -- Webster, NY

This was a good spot to go after work and get a couple expense reports done.  They've got a couple dozen beers on tap, and no one cares if you're on your laptop.  In fact, the bartender is over at the other end of the beer watching YouTube videos at full volume, so obviously no one cares.

Happily, they had a session IPA, so work was possible ... as well as getting home.  You did not try anything from the kitchen.

Julian's Dry Cleaners & Laundry -- Webster, NY

Hard to tell if you're in a laundromat or an antique store.  Some of these machines might fetch a great price from collectors!  Not much else in the area though.  Try elsewhere first.

Holiday Inn Express -- Webster, NY

Not too bad, if you're stuck here.  Not much around, though.  They have a guest laundry room.  Careful in the winter -- they don't plow the parking lot all that early, so you might end up skiing to the street.