Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Amanda Stancati
Nashville: Where country music-star hopefuls and dedicated fans make the pilgrimage to gamble their fame or to simply get a taste of the music scene. Where music can be enjoyed at any hour, in every genre, all over the city. Where daytime drinking, record stores, and honky tonks are the norm. Nashville: a great place for food and wine, arts and culture, and a girl’s weekend away. Strap on your guitar and get walking.
While the origins of Music City can be traced back as early as the 19th century and paved its way into the modern era with radio stations airing in the early 1920s, Nashville’s claim to fame isn’t only the music. With notable opera and ballet companies, excellent eats, historic buildings, prosperous professional sports teams, a refreshing laid-back vibe, and welcoming locals, this city is thriving.
You could go bar and restaurant hopping all day long and catch different acts from bluegrass and country to brass bands and rock. Enjoy southern favourites like fried chicken and other comfort food and delight in the delicious cocktail menus full of inventive options. At night, put on your dancing shoes and hit the town to explore the nightlife scene in restored warehouses. One of the biggest US cities, Nashville is brimming with culture. Here’s some things you don’t want to miss on your weekend away!
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Home to America’s music since 1967, the new $37 million facility opened in 2001. It archives 200 years of American country music in its 40,000 square foot space.
Grand Ole Opry
This American icon is the longest running radio show since 1925. Its stage presents country legends and new talent to hundreds of thousands of people who watch the live shows every year and millions more who tune in elsewhere.
This former home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974 is a must-see. Take a tour to view the dressing rooms of music greats, see photo exhibits and rare videos, and get your picture taken on the famous stage. And if you can, be sure to catch a concert.
Stoll by famous recording studios and record labels, tour where Elvis recorded over 200 hit songs, and strike up a conversation with a local. Then, walk the famed Music City Walk of Fame on Music Mile which connects to Music Row.
The First center for the Visual Arts
With new art featured every 6 to 8 weeks, there’s always new exhibits to see.
Throughout these four blocks, you’ll find boutiques, gift shops, bookstores, and vintage shopping. There’s the famous Pancake Pantry and other excellent cafes and restaurants in this quaint neighbourhood.
A replica of Greece’s statue, Nashville’s Parthenon stands in Centennial Park. Housed inside is an art museum with a permanent 63-piece collection.