Last weekend we took a short trip to Gainesville. Both halves of Robgeleen are Gators and previous residents of Gainesville but it’s been a while since we lived there so we’re almost real tourists again. We did our favorite thing to do when we travel: booked a room near the restaurants and bars and proceeded to walk them. On our drive there we saw several clever, Southern billboards like this one.
When we got into town we stopped at The Jones Eastside for a late lunch. Robbie got the T(empeh)LT and I got the tempeh reuben sandwich. Both were pretty delicious.
My tempeh reuben
After lunch we headed to our hotel to check in. We stayed at the relatively new Hampton Inn & Suites in Downtown Gainesville right off of Main Street. It has a great location just a short walking distance to a lot of restaurants and bars, as well as other downtown stuff like the Hippodrome State Theatre and the courthouse. It was quiet and clean and they have free breakfast. The woman at the front desk was really sweet and watched part of the Olympics’ closing ceremonies with us in the lobby when we got in that night.
Very intimidating Gators mosaic at the Hampton Inn & Suites
Our first stop was Loosey’s in Downtown Gainesville. Loosey’s is in part of what used to be Market Street Pub. Pretty small but comfortable with a full liquor bar and some better beers on tap. We happened to run into our friend Kevin who sorta recently moved to Gainesville so we hung out and went to a couple more bars.
Our next stop was the Palomino Pool Hall which is part of a triumvirate of connected bars – the other two being The Back Yard Bar and Boca Fiesta, which also serves food. We pretty much had the pool part of this establishment to ourselves on Sunday afternoon. Our friend Ben, who also recently moved to Gainesville, came by with his friend to have a beer with us.
Robbie talks to Ben and Will while Kevin is aware that I am taking a photo.
Obligatory tipsy self-portrait. Robbie looks happy to be involved in this!
We made our way to the Boca Fiesta portion of the venue and had another round and some food. I think we ordered poorly because Kevin’s food looked pretty good and the chips and salsa were great but the vegan queso we got seemed more like vegan gravy.
For our last stop of the night we went to everybody’s old favorite, The Top. We should have eaten there because the food is amazing but we were foolish and just had one more round of drinks. I got a skinny margarita which was awesome and made with agave nectar. It was really dark in there so all I have to offer is this blurry iPhone photo. Sorry!
Aww, we’re still canoodling newlyweds.
The other purpose for our trip was to stay close to the Ichetucknee Springs State Park so that we could go tubing in the morning. It’s pretty much impossible to get a camera in there so I have no photos sadly. The highlight of the tubing trip was seeing three totally awesome river otters playing and eating right next to us! They might be the cutest animals in existence.