Music City, Here I Come!

“I would rather own little and see the world than own the world and see little of it.” -Alexander Sattler

Music City, USA. Nashville, Tennessee. Home of the Tennessee Titans NFL team, Nashville Sounds Triple A Minor League Baseball team, the Nashville Predators NHL hockey team and many others.

I like Nashville. I don’t LOVE it, but I do enjoy it when we go. I really like going to Nissan Field to watch the Tennessee Titans play and have been to the old Nashville Sounds stadium, but I am hoping to visit the new one this year.

Going to see the Rockettes at the Grand Ole Opry House and walking through the Opryland Hotel at Christmas time is something we thoroughly enjoy and an absolute must at least once in your lifetime! What many people don’t know is the Grand Ole Opry wasn’t a building, it was a live broadcast that began on November 28, 1925 with fiddle player Uncle Jimmy Thompson as the first performer. The Opry’s history is set in 5 different locations until it settled in The Grand Ole Opry House in March of 1974. An interesting fact about the Opryland Hotel is that it was opened on Thanksgiving Day, 1977, adjacent to the former Opryland USA amusement park. While the hotel has been expanded and renovated many times over the years, they closed the amusement park on December 31, 1997. One of my favorite memories is from going to that amusement park with my grandmother, mother and brother as a kid.

Another great place to visit in Nashville is Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Built in 1819, the Hermitage was home to President Andrew Jackson until his death in 1845. This is the largest and most visited presidential home with it’s 1120 acres and 10-foot wide, cedar lined, guitar shaped carriage drive. This visit is well worth the $20 per adult and $10 per child, as you will have an educational tour of the mansion, relaxing walk through the gardens and around the grounds, and can even visit the tombs of Andrew and Rachel Jackson, as well as other family members.

While there are MANY wonderful places to eat in Nashville, one of my absolute favorites is Demo’s Restaurant. Right in the middle of everything in downtown Nashville, Demo’s serves some of the best food at some great prices! They have an oven baked chicken and rice soup that is unforgettable and almost worth the drive for that alone!

Nashville is a great place to catch a game or a concert, tour some historical places and museums, or do a pub call on Broadway. Whatever you are in to, there is something for you in Nashville!

 

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