Bartender Can I Have A Blankie?

This is Union Station Hotel in Nashville, TN.

Union Station Collage

We went for the Mother's Day brunch on Sunday and it was a delight!

It's perfect for Mother's Day because it is elegant yet kid-friendly. The central lobby is set up with tables of delicious food (there is a salad table, a table where they are carving meats, a table that will custom prepare an omlet, a table of cheese and fruit, a table of waffles/bacon/sausage, a dessert table, and MORE.)

There are musicians playing in the corner by the fireplace. The setting is beautiful!

But it is kid-friendly, with a special kid-food table in one of the main dining rooms and ice sculptures (perched atop mountains of shrimp!) that the kids loved!

We had a lovely time and Bear got to see the trains (his favorite thing) from the back veranda.

A nice fellow took a picture for us.

Union Station Mothers Day

What do you suppose Bear is looking at?

The guy took another picture:


We tried to get the baby (shut up he is so still a baby) to look at the camera, but he was riveted on something.

Union Station Nashville_Bear

The music! He stared and stared at the drummer and then the trumpet player. Completely in a trance. (Notice how we've all walked away and he's still standing there?)

Due to lack of advance planning (*cough*itsimportanttoplanformothersday*cough*) we did not have a reservation, so they put us in the bar.

However, it's a very swanky bar (see collage above, bottom right) and we ate on couches. The only real problem was that when the kids got sleepy after a morning at Mass followed by a big lunch, they curled up and asked their bartender for a blankie.

Union Station Bar

Union Station Bar

But it was overall a smashing success! I highly recommend!

Check out the Union Station web site to see how gorgeous this place is. An Historic Hotel of America and a National Historic Landmark, this railroad station that opened in 1900 is now restored as a hotel (a Wyndham Hotel). The stained glass ceiling (barrel vaulted 65 feet above you) is just one of the stunning features of the building.

If you are ever in Nashville, try the Sunday brunch. The mimosas are good and the Eggs Sardou is wonderful! Oh and the Mandarin Orange Cheese Blintzs! (ok I'll stop now.)


Life As I Know It said...

I love how he was looking at the drum set...so funny!
Looks like a fun Mother's Day!

Amo said...


Tell them to not feel so bad, I've had to ask the bartender for a blankie too...

Amo said...

...and a night cap.


Amy said...

This post is eating comments-- Ack! I'm sorry - I don't know how to fix it and make them show up!

Unknown said...

The picture of him just staring at the drums is adorable! Sounds like a nice Mother's Day!

laurie said...

Adorable pic of you guys! I love the riveted stare at the drum. Looks like a great day!

Amy said...

Karly - Yeah! Comments appear to be appearing again. (But yo Blogger - WTH?)

Momo Fali said...

I can't say I blame him. There have been times when I've wanted to curl up in a bar too.

Rima said...

Ooo, I love hotel brunches! That place seems a lot like the Palace Hotel in San Francisco - they have the best brunch!

P.S. Those pictures are great! You are a beautiful family. Oh, and remind me to get Bear a drum set for his next birthday.

Amy said...

Rima - Shark has asked for drums before too but he has never persisted. Just what I need - both of them with drum sets. My insurance won't cover that much migraine medicine.

I'm super glad comments are showing up again but I'm more devastated than I should be (WAHHHH) that some are in my email and not publishing on this post. (WAHHHH~sniffle)

Michelle Smiles said...

Looks fab! (Those moving photo tours on those website make me motion sick.)

Anonymous said...

Ooh, it looks fab! Love the photos -- very cute!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

I love it! That is a great picture of ya'll and now you have a neat background story for what Bear is looking at. Maybe he's a born drummer. ;)

Oh and I need a blanket and a drink (but minus the bar.) I'll take that right now at home thank you very much.

Pop and Ice said...

Oh, I love brunch! It's soooo yummy. At the Hotel St. Regis in Detroit there's a fabulous brunch and I think I'm going to finagle my hubbie into taking me there Memorial weekend since the kids will off and away. Or maybe we can go up to the Leelenau Peninsula. Either way, you inspired me for a late Spring get-away.

That hotel looks absolutely fabulous! Next drive through Nashville we'll be taking a peek.

Unknown said...

Awwww, really cute pics. And how fancy was the place. Wow xx

evenshine said...

I don't know why, but my blogreader doesn't update your posts for me. I have to go in search of great mommy fabulousness. What a great time you all had! I got burnt eggs and dry toast. In bed.

Amy said...

evenshine - that stinks about the Reader. Do you have it in there with or without "blogspot?" I dropped the blogspot a few months back.

So you had to clean crumbs off the sheets huh? Classic Mother's Day!

Loukia said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE IT! Haha...
The pics are gorgeous - beautiful family you have!
Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun.

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Seriously there is NOTHING (NOTHING) better than a hotel brunch.

You and your fam are GORGE Amy!

Jill said...

One of my favorite foods in the world is hotel buffet scrambled eggs. I can't explain why, but I can't get enough of them!! I bet they had some goooooooood scrambled eggs at that fancy place!

Meredith said...

I have never eaten there! And now Martha's At The Plantation is closing, so I'll miss my chance to go to that brunch spot, too.

As much as I love my kiddos, I look forward to eating at real restaurants again soon.

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

Looks like a perfect day!! I would have wanted a blankie too. I always need a nap after a big meal.

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