I had always heard about Nashville but I really never had a great desire to go. I wasn’t a huge fan of country music and I just figured it was going to be bar after bar of country crooners singing about pickup trucks and broken hearts. Boy was I wrong.
The musical talent in Nashville is fantastic. I love live music and I enjoy gifted musicians playing a wide variety of music & if you are like me, get yourself to Nashville! Even the airport has live music on the weekends.
Flights to Nashville are pretty inexpensive and even the drive from where I live is only 5 hours. So it’s a fun idea for a quick weekend getaway. Broadway is the main drag but there aren’t a huge number of hotels to stay nearby and they can be fairly pricey.
I have stayed at 3 different hotels in Nashville but my favorite is the Autograph hotel called Union Station. It is a renovated train station and has a lot of charm. Even the family from the tv show “Meet the Chrisleys” had a party there once. Union Station is perfectly located at one end of Broadway and not far from the Gulch, which is the newer hip area full of trendy bars and awesome restaurants. There are also a variety of Airbnb spots but pay attention to their locations if you want to be near Broadway.
Every bar on Broadway has live music. The bars don’t pay the musicians, because they are hoping to get discovered, so regularly a member of the band walks through the crowd collecting tips. The talent tends to improve as the afternoon musicians switch into the evening/night musicians, but all of them are gifted and you can literally walk up and down blocks hearing spectacular performances.
The food is incredible as well in Nashville so if you are a foodie, put on your elastic waisted pants. From casual BBQ at Rippys, hot chicken at Hattie Bs, mouthwatering breakfasts at the Pancake Pantry or an assortment of ever changing hip eateries, you can eat your way through Nashville. Hint: Many restaurants need reservations so call ahead. Hattie Bs and Pancake Pantry don’t so get there early as lines are out the door, but for a reason.
There are other things to do in Nashville as well… Titans stadium, which sits across the river from the strip, is a fun place to watch a football game and there are several museums in town such as the Johnny Cash Museum. Another thing to do is to take a short cab ride and walk around Vanderbilt which has some little boutiques and bars as well as the pretty campus.
Lastly, the people are exceptionally friendly in Nashville. Maybe it’s that southern hospitality but I have always been impressed. It’s a casual laid back town with incredible music and delicious food and if you don’t own a pair of cowboy boots, you will certainly feel the need to before you leave and there are many shops offering 2 for 1 deals on all types. So giddy up and book a trip to Nashville Tennessee, you will not regret it!