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I have been in Nashville for a weekend. Is a nice city where the most typical is the country music and the country bars, where you can listen the country music bands in live. I'm going to leave you some videas at the end of this page of this moments.

Me in a boat in a lake in Nashville travel photo picture Me in downtown Nashville, Tennessee

Things to do in Nashville and around:

Places to Eat:

-Pancake Pantry (prob the most famous restaurant in Nashville, lines form around every mealtime; locals and tourists come here; sit with Mary, who is essentially my surrogate grandmother; on the corner of 21st and Blakemore)

-Bluebird Cafe (already mentioned, a definite must; kind of hard to find, but out 21st Ave/Hillsboro Pike in a strip mall next to a furniture store)

-Jack's Barbecue (downtown, in touristy area, but still gets some locals)

-Calypso Cafe (not really "Nashville", but is my favorite restaurant--good Caribbean food; a couple of locations, but one is on the corner of Elliston/25th).

-Pizza Perfect (like Calypso, just good food; many locations, but one is on 21st Ave) -Hot Kabobs (good, Persian food; kind of a dive, but one of my favs; on Whitebridge Rd; great flavors and pretty inexpensive)

- Sunset Grill (in Hillsboro village, this place has great desserts, good wine, and a half-price late night menu)

-Bosco's (good, but a little pricey, pizza in Hillsboro village; also brew their own beer)


-Bluebird Cafe (see above and previous)

-Parthenon/Centennial Park

- great if the weather is at all decent; my favorite area park, right on West End Ave, hard to miss

-Dragon Park

- another cool park on Blakemore, between 24th and 23rd, I think; this one is smaller and often has families playing around in it

- Yazoo Brewery (go for a tour; GREAT beer!!!; hefeweizen has won the blue ribbon for American wheat beers; much better than Sweetwater)

-Ryman Theatre (former home of the Grand Ol Opry; if there's a show you want to see when you're there, then you must go; it's rated one of the best

-sounding venues in America every year)

- other good concert venues are Exit/In, The End, Cannery Ballroom, The Belcourt, and Mercy Lounge

-Hatch Show Print -Grand Ol Opry (only go if you want the nashville/country/touristy experience) - Country Music Hall of Fame (See above, though some of their rotating exhibits can be ok)

-Nashville Sounds Game (minor league baseball, but fun; "Thirsty Thursdays" = two-for-one beers) - Vanderbilt (The campus is beautiful, and you can make fun of all the preppy people)

Me with the music guitar Nashville travel photo picture free Naika and me with the music guitar


-Hillsboro Village (on 21st Ave; lots of jewelry shops, boutiques, art galleries, etc.)

-downtown - souvenirs, kitschy but funny t-shirts and crap

-malls galore; best is on Hillsboro Pike

Me in the Parthenon, Nashville, Tennessee travel photo Typical newspapers boxes


-Wild Horse Saloon (another of my favorite places, this is the place to line dance; get there early--8 or 9--if you want to line dance, because after 11 or so it becomes like a normal dance club; they also have a free line-dancing lesson around 8, I believe; just make sure there's not a concert that night)

-Lonnie's - in Printer's Alley downtown; this is Nashville--rednecks and all; locals and tourists; Karaoke every night, really fun and crowded

- Flying Saucer (downtown bar, very relaxed atmosphere, one of my favorite bars; the best beer selection in Nashville)

- Italian Market- on Charlotte Ave; has a couple of bocce courts in back, and the draft beer is local and cheap; god for a low-key- relaxing hour or two

- Buffalo Billiards (2nd Ave)

- Big Bang (piano bar, on Broadway, I think)

-East Nashville is becoming more of a hip place, but it's across the river; bars like Three Crow and some wine bars are ok

-I think I went dancing at Blue Bar one time, and it was fun

Me in the first train to travel to Tennessee travel photo Country music in Nashville


-Grand Ol Opry (already mentioned; downside is that it's outside of downtown; is still cool, located right next to current Grand Ol Opry and Opry Mills mall

-Union Station/Wyndham (a chain hotel downtown; BUT, it is in the old train station and the architecture is beautiful! Plus, it's close to everything, including right next to one of my favorite bars, the Flying Saucer; def consider it, even if it's a chain hotel)

- Hotel Indigo (on West End; I've heard good things but don't know anything about it)
Also, as for as outdoor things go, The Ocoee River near Chattanooga is a nice river for rafting/kayaking, with plenty of chances to take a swim (because of the higher-level rapids that may toss you out unwillingly, and a couple of calmer places where you can have a leisurely swim).
The eastern part of Tennessee has most of the more popular hiking, in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. I have taken a week

-long trip through that park, and it was lovely.
Around Nashville and on the drive to Chattanooga, there is also plenty of hiking. My favorite is the Fiery Gizzard Trail, which can be done as a one-day or overnight trip.
On the other end of the state is Memphis; I have spent little time there other than to visit Graceland, home of Elvis.

Cowboy Boots

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July 2008

1 comment:

SunnyDay said...

Interesting info. For more information about Hillsboro Village, check out, the new Nashville version of Wikipedia. Help flesh out entries and create new ones.

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