hey ya’ll! i feel like i can say that now that i’ve been to the south…too much? probably. 🙂
s and i took a trip with friends to nashville earlier this fall and had tons of fun. here are our must-sees from the trip:
first stop: nashville visitor center
one of the first stops we made in the city was the nashville visitor center. pretty important if you haven’t done your research yet and not sure what exactly you want to do. they also have some of the cutest shirts in their gift shop!
one of s and my must go stops for the entire trip was the country music hall of fame. admission is charged and you do have the option to get a tour of the studio, but we only had so much time.
the hall of fame has rotating exhibits, so it is pretty neat to know that if were to make a trip back in years, we would be able to see a different things. great idea!
some of my favorite things i saw:
we were fortunate to have a friend of ours that planned the trip come along with us…everyone should have one of those!
when she told me the plan, i wasn’t quite sure i was going to enjoy the plantation tour, but everyone was pretty excited about it and i wasn’t about the rain on their parade. it turned out the be pretty cool!
a little history of the land:
- belle meade in their hayday’s claim to fame was being a leader in thorough bred horses. one of their most important contributions is that all but maybe three of the best racing horses in history have been sired or are from the lineage of their stud horse. this includes american pharaoh and seabiscut – how cool is that to say!
- they have only had a few owners in history. a few included the jackson and harding families – neither of which are in any relation to the presidents, wanda or michael (we asked).
- the only damage seen to the mansion from the civil war ended up being a few nics in the pillars on the front of the home. lucky people!
more information and plan your visit here!
let me start this out that i am not a huge whiskey fan. yes, i will drink it from time to time with a sprite or coke, but a place where it is made would not have been on my list of “to do” in nashville.
with that being said, it was a pretty cool thing to see. there are a few different options of tours. one for those who do not want to sample and a few for those who do. keep in mind that if you want to go with your group, you all need to do that same tour even if you aren’t going to sample.
on the tour, you walk through where they make the whiskey (obviously), but you also get to learn how they make the barrels and why their whiskey is different than any other.
interesting fact: the jack daniels distillery is in a dry county! hmm…
they are some how able to sell the alcohol in their gift shop. this was explained to us, but i don’t remember now. guess i wasn’t really paying attention to that part.
another one of those “not sure it’s gonna be my thing” moments came when it was mentioned that we are going to cummins falls. man was i wrong!
so if you’re planning a trip but want to see more of what tennessee has to offer than just country music, be sure to pack your swim suit and some hiking shoes (waterproof or sandal like if possible) and head on over. it’s only about 30 minutes of the city.
walking around nashville, you hear music from literally every bar and business down town. stop in for a drink and make sure to tip those artists because that’s how they get paid.
but, if you want to hear some of the best music in town, be sure to stop in to the listening room. there is a $7 cover, but you get to hear some awesome music from the song writers themselves. when we were in town, we were lucky enough to be able to see a classmate of mine. it was so fun! and we got to hear a song that just got recorded by lady antebellum.
#1 favorite spot: the grand ole pry
the place i knew we had to go – the grand ole opry. i wish i lived closer because i would legit go at least once a month. i would be poor, but i would get to see a lot of amazing people!
advice for the opry – don’t wait until you know who is going to perform. just get your tickets as soon as you know what dates you are going to be down there. chances are you will know at least one artist playing that evening, and you’ll get to see some others that you didn’t know but will end up loving! who knows, maybe it will be carrie underwood or little big town (wasn’t for our trip, but a girl can dream!).
so, that was my vacation. oh wait, did i forget to mention food? look for that soon in another post!
if you have any favorites from nashville or some travel tips, share those in the comments below.
but for now…