Last weekend I visited one of my favorite towns in the whole world… Nashville, TN! I don’t know if its the music, the downtown stretch of Honky Tonk’s on Broadway Avenue, or the history behind the town. But everything about this wonderful place keeps me coming back for more. I’m pretty sure this weekend was about my 15th visit. This is a group of friends that joined me… I’ve known them since elementary school…
Elements of my visit included Music, History, and Honky Tonk… along with a little shopping thrown in for good measure.
SHOPPING SPOT! Opry Mill’s Outlet Mall… Yep. It’s big, and it’s got a giant Bass Pro Shop… along with some fantastic boot stores… I came home with some fun additions to my wardrobe!
HONKY TONK! Walk up the Streets of Broadway… there’s no end to the fun. My personal favorite: the four level Honky Tonk Central. There’s a different band on each level… and dancing galore! A few worthwhile stops… George Jones Country (Love that Red Chevy… and the Stilson girl’s polka on the way out the door), Margaritaville, Nudie’s Rooftop for great views, Acme Feed and Seed… the list goes on! (How do I get this truck out of here without getting caught??? )
HISTORY! Our group took a day to drive off the beaten path… we toured out to Barbara Mandrel’s Fontanel Mansion, which was closed for a private event. But we did stop to enjoy some wine and cider tasting and gift shopping. Next time, we will call ahead to make sure the mansion is open to the public… it looks like its worth a tour!
Next we drove towards the Hermitage, General/President Andrew Jackson’s Home and now Museum. This amazing estate is over 1000 acres of rolling green country side. We witnessed a reenactment of a gentlemen’s duel, and learned about the elements leading up to a duel. Then we wandered the estate on a self guided tour, and through the beautiful mansion, and back through the slave quarters. Yes, Andrew Jackson was a slave owner. It was a different time in his day, and a big part of this country’s history that we cannot erase. Overall, we learned that he was an interesting character with a wealth of friends surrounding him. Many of his slaves continued on working for him after they were freed, including “Uncle Alfred” who served as the Hermitage Caretaker until his death in 1901.
MUSIC! Everywhere you go in Nashville, there is music… The town and its surrounding suburbs are loaded with untapped talent. A visit to Nashville is never complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. Every time you enter, it shoots a ray of excitement through your core… like going to church on Sunday. No matter how big or unknown the performers are, there never really is a bad show at the Opryhouse.
Oh yes… and how could I forget the Country Music Hall of Fame! The History of Country Music is showcased in this beautiful facility…. along with Elvis’s famous Solid Gold Cadillac, and Webb Pierce’s pimped out Bonneville… They sure don’t make cars like that anymore!
Nashville… you never disappoint! I’m sure I will be back! <3