Here is the background. With 4 wonderful children basically raised by Mom (due to me working the 60-70 hour work weeks) I decided to go on a trip, alone, with each of them. It all began back in 2011 when our oldest was graduating college. This was in my pre-blogging days. Now the baby is graduating and we headed on her trip. She being a big music fan we decided on Nashville TN – Music City as it is called.
Friday March 3, 2017
A quick flight, meaning only time for one cocktail, to Nashville and we were heading to our condo rental by lunch time. As we waited to check in we had lunch at tailgate Brewery in music row. Highly recommend this place, the food was very good and the beer tastings were great fun.
We checked in, unpacked and headed to Broadway Street. Broadway Street is where all the Honky Tonk restaurants and bars are located. I estimate 40 locations in 5 blocks. Each location has live music playing, all the time. If a location is three floors, they have a band on each floor. It is truly music city. You have to enjoy this part of the city at least once. However I found on this trip there are better places to go.
I decided to take the rookie to Big Shotz, not directly on Broadway, on a side street. The place would never be mistaken for 5 star, however the beer is priced properly and the music never disappoints. And it was true to its reputation again. I would only recommend this place if you are open to new environments, in other words as Mom warned ‘bring your own toilet paper’
We enjoyed our time at Big Shotz for several hours and headed for dinner at Acme Feed and Seed. Very informal, where you order food at the counter and they bring it to your table. You share long tables with others anywhere you can find a seat. Food is decent, and it is in an old rustic building. Fun to try and I would recommend. And yes, there is live music while you eat and drink.
Back to the condo for a good night’s sleep
Saturday March 4, 2017
We used this day to acclimated to our surroundings and do some tourist shopping on Broadway. Later in the afternoon we headed to Hattie B’s for some Nashville hot chicken. That did not work out to well as the line was 2 hours. Here is a tip, you can order to go on their website and walk right in and pick it up (we did that on another day). We decide to have a few drinks near Vanderbilt University. This is a great location, nice places to eat and drink. The music is every bit as good as the places on Broadway. We were told if you were going to see a ‘star’ this would be the area.
We had tickets to the Grand Ole Opry this evening and went over to see the Opryland Hotel (largest hotel in the U.S. without a casino). Going to a show at the Opry is a must when visiting. Really puts you in the spirit of how it was many, many years ago.
Sunday March 5, 2017
Went to Country Music Hall of Fame, including the tour of historic RCA studio B. The HOF is very interesting and worth visiting. I am not a big museum/HOF person but you can finish this one in 1.5 hours. You then board a bus and they take you to RCA Studio B. This is where Elvis recorded 41 of his hits. His piano remains and still used by musicians today (the studio is still active). Hundreds of other artist’s recorded here as well (Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, etc..) If you do anything in Nashville, this should be on the top of the list.
We had a quick snack of Hattie B’s hot chicken (did the take out trick), the food is excellent. I will warn you that if you order it hot, it is very hot (spicy). Tread lightly going any higher than hot, there are two more high heat options.
Later that evening we went to the swinging door saloon. This is also located just off Broadway. The food was very good and the music was even better. Once you tire of Tootsies and Honky Tonk Central, try this place for some musicians that are just about to crack mainstream.
Monday March 6, 201
Wanting to break up the music scene we rented a car and headed to Lynchburg TN, Home of Jack Daniels. We toured the distillery (first one in the U.S.) and had a tasting of some JD that is only sold in certain countries (Asia) and States (TN). It is a very informative tour and you would not be disappointed. If you can squeeze the time in, little over an hour ride from Nashville, I highly recommend. After the tour we had lunch at Barrel House BBQ, do not miss this spot if you head to Lynchburg and please try the grilled cheese on crack.
In the evening we went to the Listening Room, once again just off Broadway, and heard six female singer and song writers perform. This show happened to be free, though you still reserve tickets. Other shows may have a charge. The food is top notch and the vibe of the place is everything you could want when listening to the next big things perform.
We ended our trip with dinner at Demos Steak and Spaghetti. It may look a little hokey from the outside, but the food was great and the beer was cold. Not 5 star dining, just a good comfortable plate of spaghetti.
We flew out on Tuesday AM
Back to our condo
We rented in an area called music row, one building away from RCA Studio B. The condo building used to be a 5 star hotel back in the day. It even has a pool shaped like a guitar. When Elvis was in town recording he would rent out the entire 6th floor and had one of the rooms converted to a recording studio. The country Music HOF tour told us this information during the tour. We of course already new this as we were staying in the room that had been converted. The welcome information told us that the only original part of the room was the tile in the commode area and that ‘You are standing were Elvis stood’ – pretty cool
So go and visit Nashville, this was my third time and I loved it. Found new things to do I had never done before. Of course spending it with my baby girl only made it that more enjoyable.
Sad to see the end of my spring break trips. Trips that have taken me to Skiing in Utah, Mountain climbing in Utah, attending my first Superbowl and lastly Music City USA.
As we (the wife and I) sat and recollected all the trips we decided to toast how blessed we are. All four of the children getting a college degree, all four of the children finishing at the school they started, all four of the children finishing in four years. And lastly and quite surprisingly, not one call from Campus police in 16 years of college. May anyone who be reading this be as blessed as we are….
Oh, and what did we toast with……of course Jack Daniels old No. 7 on the rocks.
This ends spring break trips, there are still many others to come.
Until the next time, continue to live your life Escati style.