Our Holiday Vacation Part 2 – Bolton’s & Indigo Hotel

Bolton’s Spicy Chicken

How can something be spicy enough to make you cry, yet so tasty you can’t stop eating? I don’t know the answer but the chef’s at Bolton’s Spicy Chicken do. I chose mild and my brave hubby chose medium. Extra napkins were needed all around. He got sweaty. I got teary. A couple of things I wish I had known before ordering. 1 – you can order the chicken with no spice. Don’t be fooled mild is still really spicy 2 – the sides we ordered, green beans and spaghetti, were spicy too so no relief there.

The chicken was so perfectly fried. When it was suggested that I peel off the skin which was red with spice, I refused because I couldn’t part with the crispy, tasty skin. It complimented the juicy chicken in the comforting way you expect from soul food. By the end I needed to alternate bites drenched with ranch dressing, mouthfuls of lemonade or big bites of the white bread.

Even though the sides were nothing special when chicken that makes you cry yet has you craving it later, that’s worth a visit on its own.

624 Main St
Nashville, TN 37206


Honorable mentions – if we’re ever back in Nashville these will be next on the list for spicy chicken

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It looked so nice. It had so much potential. Sadly, it was so bad that we had to find another hotel. It’s in an old building but the common areas on the first floor have been updated. The lobby was inviting with a cozy den/library space complete with a Christmas tree for the holiday season. We were allowed to check-in early and even received an “upgrade.” If we weren’t specifically told that we can been upgraded to a corner room, we wouldn’t have known.

We noticed right away that there was n11510110094_233f78e1ef_co carpet. The floor was linoleum. It seemed odd but the rest of the room looked nice so we settled in. Evening came and we could hear the TV next door so we turned ours on as well. It was a bit drafty so we turned up the heat.  There was a severe weather warning. Being from California, this was our first near tornado experience and we were easily distracted by sirens, sheets of water banging against the window and the howling wind. Turning up the heat didn’t help so that night I slept with my down jacket and long johns.

11510095864_8db4612c49_cMorning came early and in the form of high heels. 7AM and it wouldn’t stop. After 30 minutes I tried calling the front desk but they said there was nothing they could do since there was no one in any of the rooms next to us. When it continued for another 20 min I called again. When he reiterated that there as nothing he could do,  I told the gentleman on the phone that he was wrong, I’d be checking out early and he could ensure that I wouldn’t be charged a fee. Not sure if it helped or hurt that I was really cranky but he agreed.

The Indigo may have gotten us through our first near tornado experience safely but robbing me of my chance to sleep in during vacation is unforgivable.


Our 2013 Holiday Vacation Part 1

Logistics of Travel

Our Holiday vacation itinerary went through several iterations. Airports in CAPS are destinations. lower case are layovers.

It started with OAK-mdw-atl-SJU-atl-las-OAK

Then my company announced our holiday schedule so it changed to SFO-las-BNA-las-SFO. Christmas in California followed by OAK-mdw-atl-SJU-atl-mdw-OAK.

Then I thought about all the time we’d spend flying back and forth and wanted to maximize fun time and minimize transportation time. After overcoming the guilt of not spending Christmas with the rest of my family, plans changed to OAK-LAS-BNA-mco-SJU-bwi-mdw-OAK.

I had been suggesting to the hubby that we try to take a day trip to the Dominican Republic for weeks so he surprised me and added St. Croix (Unite Sates Virgin Islands) to the itinerary. So our final plans were OAK-LAS-BNA-mco-SJU-STX-SJU-bwi-mdw-OAK.

Southwest’s flexibility gave us the opportunity to take one of our longer and more random trips but packing everything for a 10 day trip covering temperatures from 15-85, fine dining, work and nature adventuring, in a carry-on and backpack isn’t easy.

Here’s what I packed
flip flops
sweater dress
2 tee shirts
2 sweaters
cargo pants
lounge pants
turtle neck
puffy jacket
light sweater
swim suit
long johns
also managed to fit in googles, water shoes and a snorkel

Whenever we take longer trips, I bring at least one piece of clothing that I plan on leaving behind. It lets me add variety to my wardrobe and still have room for souvenirs. This time it was a bulky sweater that stayed in Nashville. I also pick a color or theme so I can easily mix and match clothing. For Vegas and Nashville the dominant color was brown. For the Caribbean, I took inspiration from a pair of earrings and wore yellows and blues.

We left work a little early on a Friday to avoid traffic to OAK. It took 35 min to drive the seven blocks from my office to the bridge. We got to the airport on time for our flight which had been delayed. We barely made it to dinner at Mastros. Even though they close at 11, they had noticed that we keep moving our reservation back and figured we were delayed and welcomed us in at 10:45PM. On the plus side for us, it was like private dining. After dinner we browsed the Christmas decorations in Crystals, Aria and the Bellagio conservatory garden before we were off to bed. Our 7AM flight out of Vegas was just hours away.