In case you missed it, catch up on the Orlando portion of the road trip here.
Day 3 (Sunday): We woke up bright and early and said goodbye to our beautiful hotel (J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes Resort), but the rain made it a little easier to leave Florida behind.
We made a quick detour to the Tampa area to visit my husband’s grandpa, then headed back north for a LONG drive to Nashville, Tennessee.
We arrived around 7pm and checked into our hotel, the Millenium Maxwell House Hotel. Not nearly as nice as the previous one, so I didn’t take pictures of the room.
We quickly changed out of our road-tripping clothes and headed to Broadway Street. If you haven’t been to Nashville before, Broadway is the place to be! All of the best bars (or honky tonks) are on that street, and you can wander into any one of them and hear live country music. We stopped at Rippy’s Ribs from some dinner and a drink, then checked out Honky Tonk Central–they had an amazing fiddler!
Day 4 (Monday):The next morning we ate breakfast at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, then window shopped through downtown Nashville. If you are in need of personalized cowboy/girl boots or enormous belt buckles, you will find those and more in most of the downtown shops!
Next we went to the Country Music Hall of Fame. I wasn’t sure how I would like it, since I’ve only recently gotten into country music, but it was definitely worth it!
We started on the top floor, which displayed the history of country music and memorabilia from the early country musicians. On the middle floor was more of the contemporary country singers, along with an interactive area where we were able to record a song and use a mixing board.
We paid a little extra for a trip over to Studio B, where alot of famous country singers recorded, including Elvis–he recorded there from 1957-1977! It was so cool to be in that space and stand in the same spot that Elvis had recorded.
We quick-changed at the hotel, then headed back downtown for dinner, drinks, and more live music. Our first stop was The Flying Saucer, which has a wall of taps with an extensive beer menu. You can join a club there to attempt to try all of the beers, and you can earn a spot on the Ring of Honor wall if you drink a certain number of them.
Our last stop of the night was Tequila Cowboy where we enjoyed more live country music and a couple of Fireball shots.
The next morning we sadly said goodbye to Nashville and headed home. We had an amazing time and can’t wait to come back!
Check back tomorrow for a recap of what we ate!