Full disclosure: I went to Nashville, Tennessee because I am a super fan of CMT's hit TV series Nashville. I pictured myself writing a song with Scarlett, Gunnar and Avery just before heading over to see Deacon Claybourne perform at The Bluebird Cafe. I'm sure it's obvious at this point, but I took The Nashville TV Show Tour. As I entered the tour bus, Ed, my driver and tour guide acted like he wondered why I would take such a silly tour. Turns out, he should apply for an acting role on the damn show as he was an even bigger fan than I. He knew every plot, subplot, twist, turn, broken relationship and lost story line that the show had ever written. He also dropped Season 5 spoilers without warning (I was not there yet, Ed!).
Anyway, it may have been the TV show that brought me to Nashville, but it is the music, vibrant neighbourhoods, BBQ'ed everything and July 4th fireworks that will bring me back...oh, and also the Nashville Pedal Tavern. Here is a list of my favourites:
1. The Ryman Auditorium: You can visit this historic theater for a self or guided tour, to see a show, or make your own record. I did a self-guided tour and particularly enjoyed "The Soul of Nashville" experience (Holograms provide you with an in-depth history of the auditorium).
2. The Bluebird Cafe: While in Nashville, I visited The Bluebird Cafe twice. The first time, I was able to meet the managers of the venue and hear about its amazing history. This stop was included in my Nashville TV Show Tour. I happened to get back to the tour bus a little earlier than the rest of the super fans, and Ed was all too happy to spoil some more episodes and plot lines for me. (*Spoiler Alert* I didn't know Scarlett was pregnant, Ed!)
As Ed drove us out of the parking lot and revealed the identity of Scarlett's Baby Daddy, I wished I had tickets to a real show at The Bluebird. I had unsuccessfully tried to buy tickets the entire week before my trip to Nashville. Later this day, however, I received a phone call from The Bluebird Cafe- there had been a cancellation and they were going to let me in! I was able to attend an In the Round with Adam James, Austin Jenckes, Bentley Caldwell and Zack Logan.
3. Boots and Hats: Adam James, one of the song writers from The Bluebird's In the Round, performed a song called Boots and Hats. So when in Rome...Buy some boots and hats!
4. The Johnny Cash Museum: This museum was filled with history, memorabilia and great music.
5. Walk Music Row: I loved strolling these streets. While here, you can also tour Historic RCA Studio B.
6. Visit the Restaurants and Shops in 12 South: This neighbourhood made for a great afternoon of coffee drinking, shopping and dining. I really enjoyed the farmer's market, The Frothy Monkey (Taylor Swift's coffee shop), Draper James (Reese Witherspoon's store) and The Flipside (Delicious chicken).
7. Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar: This bar had delicious BBQ chicken and some fantastic music played by The Stacy Mitchhart Band.
Nashville, I'm sorry it took a soap opera TV show for me to get to you. I don't really need to watch it anymore (Thanks, Ed), but I do need to get myself back to Music City!
My name is Sara and I love finding new things to do in a new city. This website is an attempt to share the things that excite me in a new place through stories, photos, lists, travel tips and tricks.