By: Rebecca Griffin
Hopefully, by now you're convinced Nashville is the best city to ever exist. Whether you are or you aren't, I’ll tell you about some of the must-see places to further your interest in the music city. America runs off of coffee, right? I mean, we are all just zombies until we have that first, or second, cup in the morning, right? I have to say that yes, Fido is very popular and can get super crowded, but it completely lives up to its reputation. The lattes are so rich and, bonus, they do latte art, for all you avid coffee drinkers that want a little extra. The food they offer truly is for everyone, as they offer savory food for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Equally as great cafes include Barista Parlor and Frothy Monkey which offer local espresso in hip coffeehouses.
Let's start by rewinding back twenty-something years ago to when I was growing up and listening to legendary country music artists on repeat. My dad recorded cassette tapes (yes those existed) for me with countless great songs by The Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Rascal Flatts and so many more talented artists. I can still remember sitting in his truck waiting for what seemed like hours on end just to hear my favorite songs like I Hope You Dance or This Kiss. Now we can just YouTube songs, but there was something so special about waiting to hear a song you love and basking in the moment when it finally came on the radio. Nashville is a city that preserves deeply rooted country music history. It's a city that where the locals make you feel welcome, where the young and hungry never stop performing their songs in bars in hopes to be the next Faith Hill or Keith Urban. It's a city of hope and promise, and I absolutely love it.
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So now that you've had your morning coffee in a local coffee joint, or maybe you're taking your coffee to go, where to now? I love to walk around Nashville as it has both busy city life on Broadway and relaxed walking areas near Hillsboro Village. For the type that enjoys quiet, relaxed vibes, I suggest taking a stroll through the shops near Fido. There's clothing stores like Posh Boutique and United Apparel Liquidators. A Village of Flowers is a floral shop you have to step in and take in the beautiful fresh cut flowers and snap a quick Instagram picture since it's so breathtakingly beautiful. This little cluster of shops has lunch places too in case you get caught up shopping for hours and get hungry. We've all been there! For a quick bite, there's Provence Breads & Cafe which has the best selection of soup, sides, and sandwiches. You can create your own unique combination or anything your heart desires. Now since you're satisfied as far as food goes, I suggest walking down a little and enjoying the beautiful Vanderbilt campus as it offers beautiful walking paths and shade trees. And, since we're all avid country music fans here, take a look at Taylor Swift's Nashville penthouse which is on 900 20th Avenue South, on the corner of 20th Ave S and Chet Atkins Place. I'm still convinced she should've stayed with producing and singing country music.
Of course you can't go to Nashville and not see the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. On the main level there is Hatch Show Print where you can tour the print shop and make make your own print for just $15. Inside the museum itself (discounted tickets start at 4pm), on display are the outfits of singers like Miranda Lambert, Shania Twain, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, and so many more. The museum offers a makeshift tourbus where you can record yourself singing to a selection of country songs and play it back for a good laugh, which you have to try. Also on display there are countless records mounted on the walls, as well as the Taylor Swift Education Center featuring outfits she wore on the 1989 Tour, and old cars country music stars like Johnny Cash used to ride in way back in the day. Speaking of Mr. Johnny Cash, make sure to visit his cafe and museum which is off Broadway on 3rd Avenue South. I promise you'll get Burning Ring of Fire stuck in your head! But you'll also get a good bit to eat, and get a nice look inside his museum if you so choose.
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Photo credit: @itsruhbecca | @hatchshowprint
Equally as famous is the Grand Ole Opry. Unlike the Country Music Hall of Fame which gets changed up every now and then, the Grand Ole Opry pretty much stays the same, but you have to see it because you get an exclusive look inside famous country music stars dressing rooms and get to walk across the Grand Ole Opry stage at the end of the tour and get your picture taken. The Opry features performances by country music stars several days of the week, where you're likely to see performers like Brad Paisley, Old Dominion, Terri Clark, and so many more. Plus, you should get a coupon offering you a discount on a visit to the Ryman Auditorium which is where the Grand Ole Opry first began.
For those into checking out potential emerging artists, try and get a spot at the infamous Bluebird Cafe. The small cafe has become more popular than anyone ever saw coming and is a bit of a ride from downtown Nashville, but it certainly lives up to its reputation. With nightly performances by upcoming artists, be sure to make a reservation and get there early. It's difficult to get a seat inside, but it's one of those places you definitely have to see in Nashville. It's where anyone who wants to be a musician performs it seems. Of course, if you can't get a spot inside the Bluebird Cafe, take your pick among endless bars down Broadway. With places like WannaB's that offer a signup for singing karaoke, Tequilla Cowboy, and Big Bang Nashville, you'll have the entire night to sing, dance, drink, and enjoy Nashville's nightlife. For more of a more relaxed nightlife setting, check out the quirky Greenhouse Bar which exists in an actual greenhouse! There's also UP, which is a rooftop lounge offering signature cocktails where you can view the skyline while sipping out of copper mule mugs. What an absolute dream.
Nashville truly is a city that has so much to offer. The city has both vintage, country roots and modern livelihood, which makes it the optimal city to visit in light of your taste. With endless shops, museums, eateries, and city views, the convivial city of Nashville offers the best disposition you could hope for. Be sure to check out these places whether you're a local looking to explore new places or a first-time visitor hoping to see the best Nashville has to offer. Nashville has even more to offer, but these are some of my favorites that I think are worth putting at the top of your list.
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Rebecca Grifin is an adventurer at heart who loves to travel, drink strong coffee, and write blog posts. As a soon-to-be college graduate, she's looking to work for an interesting company that allows her to creatively write amazing content. In a dream, she would be a freelance travel blogger who explores countless cities from the depths of Australian beaches to ancient ruins of Rome. Apart from traveling and writing, she's into wellness, supporting local communities, and living a happy, modern lifestyle.
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