Last week, my friend c.a. and I headed off to spend the day in Fayetteville, Tennessee.
We parked on the square near the courthouse, and the first thing we noticed was the beautiful historic theater that was still in use. The next thing we noticed was that we were utterly surrounded by antique shops and boutiques. Our excitement was unquenchable and we immediately headed into the first shop of the day where I discovered and purchased a vintage camera for my office.
The charm of Fayetteville is clearly on display, wherever you look.
It is a rare occasion to find a barber pole that is still in use and working – we saw not one, but two working barber poles on our trip this day.
c.a. trying on a beautiful vintage cape. So her!
The last shop we visited on our trip was this one, where we met the sweetest couple and learned about some of the upcoming events that Fayetteville will be having – like the Slawburger festival on April 18th. You see, there are two “pool halls” right next door to each other. The “slawburger” originated in Fayetteville, Tennessee and both of those pool halls claim to be the originator of the concept. It is a rivalry that has gone on for countless years and has led to the creation of a festival by the town in its honor.
The cow paintings you see in the windows of all the shops were created by high school students and will be auctioned off for a fundraiser in conjunction with the festival.
During the afternoon, we stopped at Sugar Shack Farms for ice cream. The weather had turned unexpectedly warm and humid and this “homemade” ice cream was the perfect refresher. I chose a scoop of strawberry and a scoop of vanilla bean. The vanilla bean was creamy and delicious, but the strawberry! Oh my word, was that good!
The most memorable part of our trip however, was our lunch. As soon as we heard about Cahoots we knew that this was exactly where we needed to go. Cahoots is a restaurant located in the old jailhouse in Fayetteville, just off the square. With tables in the old cells – bars still in tact inside the foreboding stone walls, how could we not eat here?
We requested a table in a cell, and this was the view from our table.
We couldn’t resist having fun with the atmosphere and even pulled out our pens to sign the walls like thousands of others have in the past.
But the unique setting of this restaurant wasn’t the only thing that was memorable about this restaurant. I had heard that their steaks could give Ruth’s Chris a run for their money. I do love a good steak so I ordered an 8 ounce rib eye cooked medium, with a baked potato and salad. The salad was your typical house salad – but the steak! I know this isn’t the greatest photo (but what do you expect when taking a picture with a cell phone in a dungeon?) – This steak though. I have to say this was the best steak I have had in a very long time, if not ever. Forget the steak sauce, there was so much flavor in this juicy, tender hunk of beef that I savored it just as it came. I’ll be bringing my husband back here, that’s for certain.
At the end of the day, we hit maybe half of the shops on the square. After spending a full day there and squealing over beautiful finds and trips down memory lane – we know that we will have to make another trip to Fayetteville, Tennessee in the future.
Watch the vlog about our trip here: