So this past weekend my husband and I took our daughter and her friend to Nashville for Taylor Swift. What a show! I told Caroline that Taylor puts on her show like it was her very first one with all the energy she gives. Plus a bonus was Mick Jagger coming out to sing Satisfaction with her. Check out some of the pictures below.
But because Nashville has changed in the hundred years since I graduated I wanted to tell you about a few of my favorite places. This is just a sampling. There is so much going on in this vibrant city but if you want a quick get a way here are a few places to put on your list.
Where to Eat:
Ok I’m limiting my radius because I could devote post after post on where to eat but here are a few of some of the hot places downtown.
Virago– Asian fusion and sushi with a twist.
Whiskey Tavern-probably one of the best hamburgers I’ve ever had. Not to mention the name should give you a hint that it has some mighty fine whiskey. With lots of televisions it is a great place to go watch football
SATCO (San Antonio Taco Company) – a college spot for sure but it is always a must stop when I come into town. Nothing better than grabbing a bucket of beer and some tex mex and hanging out on the front porch.
Acme Feed and Seed-ok this was a new one for me. Located down Broadway it is an old feed house. You go order at the counter and then your food is brought to you. A festive atmosphere they are always going to have a band playing. Before our concert Saturday night, they had a band that looked like the guys from Duck Dynasty playing blue grass.
Where to Shop:
Two Old Hippies– this store has everything under the sun as well as a great collection of men and women’s clothing, ranging from all price points. There is a stage in the back where occasionally they will have live music. There is also a good chance you may run into a country music star as the store is on a lot of stars’ lists of places to go to as well.
Betty Boots– Before you go honkey tonking at Roberts Western World or Tootsties you must get some true cowboy boots. There are a ton of places along Broadway but Betty Boots, Trail West, Broadway Boots and Big Time Boots has the best selection and the nicest customer service. Seriously each person that helps you doesn’t try to sell you any kind of boot, they really take the time to find out what you want and what would work best for you. Seriously if you can’t find a pair of boots at one of these great stores then we need to talk
H. Audrey– ok this is a little a lot of the way. But leave downtown, travel through Hillsboro Village and head towards Green Hills mall and 15 minutes you are at H. Audrey, a high end women’s boutique. Owned by Holly Williams, Hank’s daughter, she has picked a beautiful collection of must have pieces that you will find yourself drooling over.
What to Do:
The Country Music Hall of Fame– Recently updated be prepared to spend a few hours. You will be mesmarized by all the costumes and the history. With new exhibits all the time you will never get bored. Right now there is an exhibit on the life of music great and Sun Records producer, Sam Phillips, the man behind Elvis Presley.
The Ryman Auditorium– since 1892 it has had acts from Patsy Cline to Bon Jovi. If you haven’t seen a concert there it needs to be put on your “must see” list. Backstage tours are offered and the Grand Ol Opry records its long lasting radio show in the winter months.
Vanderbilt University– I know, you are suprised that I didn’t list this first. It is beautiful campus and nice to just stroll around and explore. Also I promise your IQ goes up a few points just by stepping on the campus.
The Parthenon– just down the street from the Vanderbilt, it is a true replica of the one found in Greece. While it is a great place to walk or bike or in college, roller blade (don’t judge me) it also is a concert venue. When the Rolling Stones played this summer in Nashville there even was a Mick Jagger siting.
Bluebird Cafe– With all of the music that has been played here you would think it would be some mamoth building but in reality it is just a small place in a strip mall. Any night that you go I promise you may see the next Johnny Cash.