Spotlight: Nashville

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Known as Music City, U.S.A, Nashville is more than just a “drinking town with a music problem.” Of course, the music culture is alive and well. However, the city has a culinary scene to die for and historic sites to see. Grab your favorite pair of boots and head south to the country-music capital of the world.

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If this is your first trip to Nashville, you must visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. The museum pays tribute to pioneer country musicians such as the Carter Family, Chet Atkins, and Kitty Wells, as well as to modern day artists like Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band. The museum is open daily from 9am-5pm. Tickets cost $24.95 for an adult general admission. Insider tip: although you may want to skip the gift shop in many places, don’t at the Hall of Fame. The Hatch Showprint store sells cool souvenirs, such as concert posters and art, that any music lover will adore.

Within walking distance of the Hall of Fame is downtown’s famed “Honky Tonk Row,” or lower Broadway. Running to the waterfront, lower Broadway is filled to to capacity with bars, restaurants and shopping. The live-music is plentiful and beer is cold. It is where many tourists congregate, but it is definitely a “do not miss” when visiting Nashville. I suggest both a day and night visit. During the day you can enjoy a more low-key atmosphere while dining at one of the many restaurants. Return at night to see the road truly come alive with bright lights and high-energy live music in every bar.

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If you need a break from the country music, historical sites should be your next stop. Nashville is also known as the “Athens of the South,” which is due to establishing numerous higher education institutions (i.e. Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Tennessee State University). However, education isn’t the only reason. Nashville boasts a full-scale replica of the Parthenon. Located in Centennial Park, the replica is filled with recreations of Parthenon Marble, a 42-foot statue of Athena and has a collection of paintings by 19th and 20th-century artists. Centennial Park is also beautiful, as it is filled with lush greenery and sparkling lakes. (Tip: Plan a picnic at the park to fully enjoy its charm.)

If you would like to visit more of historic Nashville we suggest visiting The Hermitage or Belle Meade Plantation. The Hermitage is the former home of President Andrew Jackson. The Belle Meade Plantation is a historic mansion which boasts 30 acres of land that feature a winery, dairy, mausoleum and reconstructed slave quarters. There are tours at both of these sites.

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Finally, no trip to Nashville is complete without a filling of Bar-B-Que. The city is jam packed with barbaque joints. We suggest Jack’s Bar-B-Que, Peg Leg Porker, or Edley’s. However, no matter what BBQ joint you end up in, you can expect great southern hospitality and even better food!


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