Bri in Nashville

Nashville, Tennesse

I did it. I went to Nashville.

I've been wanting to visit for a while and have finally made it to Music City. Since I went to California the week before and tickets to Pittsburgh were expensive, so I headed to Nashville for Thanksgiving weekend.

I used Airbnb for the first time and had a great experience. My host was very friendly and welcoming. I decided to use Airbnb instead of a hotel because hotels were expensive and I wanted to keep my trip at a low cost {{ somewhat of a low cost }}. Her house was not far from Downtown Nashville, which was perfect because that's where I wanted to be most of the time. My agenda was to see the Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, some murals, and the honky tonks. I crossed all those things off of my list and much more.

Thursday: Travel day. I flew in and went to Opryland. Opryland is where the new Opry house is located and there is also a hotel right next to it that has restaurants and corridors. The whole place was decorated for Christmas. It was so beautiful.

Friday: I toured the Ryman Auditorium, where the Grand Ole Opry was located for many years. I walked all over downtown. At night, attended the Opry at the Ryman. In the winter the Opry is hosted at the Ryman because Opryland hosts Christmas specials. After the Opry, I went "honky tonking" at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.

Saturday: I toured the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. I purchased the package where you could also tour the historic RCA Studio B. RCA Studio B is where Elvis recorded almost all of his music. The studio has not changed much, and Elvis' favorite piano is still in the studio. After the tour, I headed back to Lower Broadway and did some shopping. There were really great deals on boots, could you blame a girl for purchasing some cute new boots? I went to a Blues bar - which was a great place and the music was amazing. I went back to my Airbnb after catching some dinner to drop off my bags and had the intent of returning to the honky tonks on Lower Broadway, but I laid down annnnnd that was the end of my night.

Sunday: Nashville is dubbed the "Athens of the South" because they have a full-sized replica of the Parthenon. The only full-sized replica in the world. I didn't tour inside the Parthenon because it was not open when I was there, but the inside has an art exhibit and Athena. I also went to the neighborhood, 12 South, for some awesome food. As I left the restaurant I was at, it was pouring rain, so I found the "I Believe in Nashville" mural that I wanted to see then ran into another restaurant seeking shelter from the rain. I also walked around The Gulch, which is another neighborhood in Nashville, before returning downtown to catch some more live music before my trip ended.

Some of my favorite things about Nashville was the Southern Hospitality and live music wherever you go. The city is quite walkable for the most part. It wasn't a far walk to see everything I wanted to see in downtown Nashville and the neighborhoods were not bad for walking either. Overall, I had a great trip and can't wait to visit - maybe at a time where it doesn't rain as much.