Nashville: Music City, Home of Country Music, Buckle of the Bible Belt – Nashville has many names but for me it’s friendly, welcoming and I love it.
Nashville has long been on my list of places to visit and this year I fulfilled that ambition. I love country music and the show Nashville. Access to live country music is in short supply here in the U.K. it is improving but you just can’t beat the real thing and I couldn’t wait to get there.
I was not disappointed and I will go back – in fact the next trip is already in the planning.
From arrival at the airport until we left – true southern hospitality was everywhere and when people are that warm and friendly it rubs off on everyone around them.
We stayed at the Guest House Inn and Suites, a bit out of the centre but was within walking distance of the Grand Ole Opry. Some might prefer to be close to downtown Nashville and who can blame them, Broadway is full of some of the best bars I have ever frequented and with wall to wall live music in them all, you can’t go wrong. In among the bars you can get yourself kitted out in the traditional clothes – cowboy boots and hats. If you do want an amazing pair of cowboy boots then Broadway is the place to head to and I would absolutely recommend The Boot Barn.
Back to where we stayed. I quite liked being a bit out of the way of the centre of downtown and the main buzz later on at night and the local bars around our hotel did not disappoint for entertainment. A particular stand out for us was The Nashville Palace where we finished each night during our stay.
So what else did we do other than soak up the amazing music. Well we toured areas related to music and in a few short days we crammed in as much as possible. Our highlights were:
- A show at the Grand Ole Opry
- Visit the Ryman Auditorium
- Tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame combined with the RCA Studio Tour
I cannot recommend the studio tour enough. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and brought the whole tour to life with tales of artists who have recorded there.
So, onto food and drink. For breakfast we loved The Cracker Barrel which was near our hotel. For lunch our top recommendation is Jack’s BBQ on Broadway.
Our recommendations for bars are: Ripy’s; AJ’s Good Time Bar; Wildhorse Saloon; Nashville Palace.
If you are feeling a bit energetic and was some exercise while drinking, there’s always the Pedal Taverns. I didn’t try it but the many batchelorette and birthday parties going on in the city looked like they were having lots of fun – it’s on my list for next time.
If you want a break from music and enjoy shopping then head to the Opry Mills mall. Again, was within walking distance of our hotel and was a good way to spend a couple of hours shopping as well as lunch in the Rainforest Cafe. Also there is Madam Tussaud’s Nashville at the mall where you can get up close with your favourite stars.
After spending a few days in Nashville I can definitely say this is my new favourite destination and I can’t wait to return to tour even more of this great city – so until then. Thanks Y’all Nashville for an amazing holiday.
Love Polly. xxxx