Nashville is a friendly city with a metropolitan skyline, offering an abundance of entertainment to the millions of visitors each year. A city that is easy to navigate by car, thanks to GPS, offers affordable accommodations, and a variety of food and drink options for the pickiest of palettes. Country Music is king in the Music City and with a wide variety of venues to choose from, entertainment is never hard to find.
The honkytonks and live entertainment venues that line Broadway feature some of the newest and hardest working people in the city. Tootsies Orchid Lounge is a must see for any country music history buff. Located directly behind the Ryman Auditorium, Tootsies not only served as launching pad for some of country’s greatest, it also functioned as a second dressing room for some of Country’s royalty, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and Roger Miller.
Each honkytonk will offer headliners every night (and afternoon) with no cover charge. Seating can be difficult, even on a weekday at some of the more famous locations, but be patient and enjoy the vibe and when the band passes the hat for tips, throw a few dollars in to help keep the dream alive. Plus you never know when you might be able to say that you saw them before they were famous.
The Country Music Hall of Fame is a must see while visiting the city. Rates range from $24.95 for adults and they offer discounts for military, youth and seniors. Plan a day for the tour and museum visit. From Elvis’s 24K gold plated Cadillac to Grandpa Jones overalls there is something for every country music fan to see. An audio version is also available and helps to point out some of the exhibits, I recommend this so that you don’t miss a thing.
Free music performances are everywhere to be found from the café in the Country Music Hall of Fame to the street corners of Broadway. Don’t miss the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree show at the Ernest Tubb Record shop on Saturday nights. The free show is simultaneously broadcast on WSM radio. There are two locations for the 67 year old shop, the original on Broadway and the second shop located on Music Valley Drive where the Jamboree is preformed. This is the perfect place to pick up that hard to find DC or Vinyl Record for you collection.
While in town head over to Antique Archaeology shop is just a few blocks away from downtown Nashville, located in the old Marathon Automobile car factory dated from the early 1900s near I-40. Fans of the TV show American Pickers will recognize some of the “picks” from the show and might even run into a local celebrity or two. Be sure to have your photo taken outside the shop for your Instagram account and don’t forget to add your hashtag #americanpickers and #adelmanvacations.
With the fall colors in full bloom take advantage of the beautiful drives from the city. For a great lunch and even better dessert head over to Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse and Bakery located on Pottsville between Columbia and Chapel Hill. This well known local eatery is located in a refurbished mercantile from the 1890’s. Marcy Jo is the younger sister of Rory, half of the famous singing and song writing duo Joey + Rory Show and have their own show on RFD TV. Fans of the show and locals in general have made the restaurant a mecca for foodies craving country comfort food. Expect a wait here and call in advance for hours of operations.
Celebrity sightings are a common place in Nashville and locals pride themselves on the fact that the celebrities are not bothered and can still have a private life. Maps are sold of the celebrities homes and some tours are offered. We ran into Steve Wariner at Cracker Barrel before he hit the stage at the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree on Saturday night. You never know who you might run into or who may be sitting next to you at the stoplight.
Nashville is a lively city that is perfect for a long weekend or an extended stay with a few additional nights in the Smokey Mountains.
Shelly Williams has been in the travel industry for over 20 years. For more information regarding Nashville, TN, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org