Heading to Nashville for the game this weekend? Here’s 10 things to do when you’re not at LP Field.
1. Grand Ole Opry: Making the number one attraction on the list is the Grand Ole Opry. It is not only a legend in Nashville, it is also known across the country as the most famous stage in Country music. The Grand Ole Opry started out as a radio show in 1925. Now it has grown into an icon where thousands of people of all ages flock to be apart of the experience. When in Nashville this is a must see. Visit their website to find out more information about shows and tours.
2. Loveless Café and Motel: Southern food at it’s finest is found at the Loveless Café and Motel. Known for their delicious homemade biscuits, this restaurant is perfect for anyone who likes authentic food and has a big appetite. It is a bit out of the way for those who choose to stay in the downtown Nashville area, but the food is worth the drive. Loveless Café and Motel is open seven days a week from 7am to 9pm. After 6 pm on weekends the Loveless Café and Motel hosts live music.
3. Belle Meade Plantation: For the history lovers the Belle Meade Plantation is the place to go. The beautiful plantation home, which Belle Meade translates to “beautiful meadow”, is situated slightly south of Nashville in Belle Meade Tennessee. A tour of the plantation includes seeing the 30 acres of land as well as the historic sites. At the end of the tour you can enjoy a free wine tasting. As the site to various events and weddings there is no doubt that Belle Meade is worth visiting.
4. Printer’s Alley: Originally the place to find a burlesque shows back in the day is now the site of great music. This is the where you will find a strip of classic bars blaring your favorite music. You will find the famous Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar located her as well as a karaoke bar. This historic alley is also the site of Carrie Underwood’s music video for her number one song “Before he Cheats”.
5. Robert’s: In search of a genuine Nashville experience? Then go to Robert’s, a honky tonk bar unlike any other. This “Hillbilly Heaven” was originally the Sho-Bud Steel Guitar Company that manufactured and sold the pedal steel guitar. Located in downtown Nashville this place will guarantee a good time but warning that it becomes a 21 and up bar starting at 6 p.m.
6. Bluebird Café: When traveling to “Music City” you have to take time to sit back, relax and soak up some tunes. The best place for that is Bluebird Café. Bluebird Café is unlike any music experience because you sit inside the recording studio. Only about 25 seats are available and it is a first come first serve style seating. It is a musically ride that takes you into the songs themselves.
7. City House: Head over to City House for a great taste of the city. This restaurant is known for taking Italian cuisine and putting a classic spin on it. Famous for their pizzas, Chef Tandy Wilson has been reviewed and praised in many publications about his fun approach to food. If pizza is not your forte enjoy one of City House’s cocktails. City House has an eccentric mix of guests from locals to visitors to celebrities. You can’t go wrong with a visit to City House.
8. Pancake Pantry: A staple in Nashville cuisine and Vanderbilt culture is the Pancake Pantry. For foodies and critics alike, this place will rock your world when you think about pancakes. The restaurant started in 1961 and has taken off since. A line will being in the early hours of the morning and will stay until closing. The family friendly atmosphere draws you in but the unlimited pancake choices are the reason you stay and continue to come back.
9. Fido: Looking for organic, homegrown, local delicious food with a coffee shop vibe? Fido has all that and more. Very popular with the locals, Fido has more than just coffee. It started as one of Nashville’s first coffee shops and has expanded into one of Nashville’s best-kept secrets. This is also a great place to spot Taylor Swift or Dierks Bentley sipping their morning Joe.
10. Country Music Hall of Fame: Last but certainly not least on the list is the Country Music Hall of Fame. You cannot travel to the great music capitol of the world and not visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. This national landmark takes up an entire block. An infinite amount of exhibits will entertain you for a whole day. Make sure to stop by the gift shop and take home some treasures.
Molly Brosier is a staff writer for HottyToddy.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.