Nashville is definitely the heart of country music, but let’s not forget the soul, too. World-renowned Music Row is continually alive with the sounds of artists from bluegrass to blues and everything in between. A stroll down this lane quickly introduces newcomers to the musical variety of this country-labeled town. But don’t think Music Row is the only place to find live music; there are well over a dozen different areas, including Music Valley, Printers Alley, Broadway, Green Hills and Germantown. Probably the top long-standing haunt is the Bluebird Cafe while the Stock-Yard Restaurant (ranked in the top 10 steakhouses in the States) is a more recent addition to the scene.
More things to see and do.
Spend a day at Nashville Zoo and meet one of their latest and most popular residents, baby giraffe Cecile, a resident of the African Savannah section. Admission is adults $15; seniors, $13; ages 2-12, $10; and under 2, FREE. Parking is $5. Buying a Nashville area Entertainment.com booklet gives you a $5 off one admission coupon plus countless other area savings.
Want to hang onto the green stuff? Hit the FREE attractions like: (1) Fort Negley, the largest fort built by the Union after the fall of Nashville in 1862; (2) the Tennessee Agricultural Museum, featuring 19th and 20th century farm implements, a log cabin, nature trail and gardens; (3) the State Capitol, dating back to 1859 and open weekdays 9am-4pm except major holidays; and (4) the Tennessee State Museum, one of the largest museums in the country with artifacts from prehistoric to Civil War and more. The CVB website has an extensive list of FREE attractions.
Be sure to print out these discount coupons. They include a $49 zip line tour, buy 1, get 1 free admission to Lotz House Civil War Museum, plenty of $2-$10 admission discounts for other spots and even more.
Talk about a shopping mecca! Nashville is loaded with excellent shopping venues. For outlet shopping at its finest, you can’t beat Opry Mills with enough shops for two full days of nonstop shopping: Banana Republic, Michael Kors, Lego, Levi’s, Oakley, to only name a few. Looking for upscale savings? The Lebanon Premium Outlets should be on your list. Other hot spots: The Mall at Green Hills on Abbott Martin Road, Cool Springs Galleria in nearby Franklin; and RiverGate Mall in Goodlettsville.
Where to stay.
Rockhaven Cabins combines privacy with a convenient location, putting you only minutes from Nashville’s many attractions. Rockhaven includes three separate cabins, all modern and complete with everything you’ll need from well-equipped kitchens to 500-threat-count sheets and luxurious memory foam mattresses. Rates begin at $95 a night and a $35 cleaning fee is added to all stays, regardless of length.
1501 Linden Manor B&B is a lovely Victorian built in 1893 and situated in the beautiful Belmont-Hillsboro Historic District, walking distance to Music Row and other popular areas. Three nicely appointed guest rooms begin at a nightly tariff of $125 and include a full breakfast.
Where to eat.
No visit to Nashville is complete without a stop at Jack’s Bar-B-Que on historic lower Broadway. Dine in or enjoy the outdoor patio overlooking the Ryman Auditorium. Jack’s award-winning sauces complement an array of meat choices: Tennessee pork shoulder, Texas beef brisket, smoked Boston turkey, Texas sausage, St. Louis style ribs, smoked chicken, and more. Their super fun website includes Jack’s home movies and jingle. A second location is 334 West Trinity Lane.
And when you finish your meal, stroll Broadway and check out Ryman Auditorium, Ernest Tubb Record Shop and Robert’s Western World, all on the same block as Jack’s.
October 6. Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival fills Centennial Park with music, dance, art and food form over 30 different countries – the perfect opportunity to taste the world! This is a FREE event; food and drinks are at your own expense.
November 16-December 24. The fabulous Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center hosts the 29th Annual “A Country Christmas” with 2 million lights and over a dozen shows and attractions from the Radio City Rockettes to Shrek the Halls.
Don’t leave Fido out of the fun! The area even includes at least three off-leash dog parks: Centennial, Edwin Warner and Shelby. Look over this comprehensive list of dog-friendly accommodations, attractions, parks and more.
This brief article barely hits the highlights of this fine city. Discover more Nashville fun by viewing the online Music City Vacation Guide or requesting a print copy. Their CVB website, www.VisitMusicCity.com, is packed with great info to help you plan your adventure. Need answers in a hurry? Call them at: (800) 657-6910.