Snapshots of Nashville, Tennessee: It’s the little things that make Music City instantly feel like home.
1. Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
With just a small patio section, the line was out the door to enjoy some of Hattie B’s chicken. Your options are simple: white or dark meat; mild, medium, hot or mother ‘cluckin hot levels of heat. And though they describe medium as “a bit more flavorful than mild” to me it was at least three jumps up, instantly burning my lips!
112 19th Ave S., Nashville, Tennessee 37203
2. Lower Broad
Downtown Nashville, on Broadway, is where all the action’s at in Nashville, especially come nighttime. While the city has many other parts of town with great bars, the four blocks of lower Broad is like a circus, jammed with bars, restaurants and hoards of people. We liked Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and later enjoyed the room to breathe that the three-floored Honkey Tonk allowed.
3. Ryman Auditorium
Ryman’s will forever be known as the first home of the Grand Ole Opry, where it aired from 1943 – 1974. Though the show has been moved to its very own venue, the Grand Ole Opry is returns to Ryman from November to February every yaer.
Fun fact from Wikipedia (not confirmed by me):
“During Grand Ole Opry performances, many artists would exit the south side door of the Ryman and cross the alley to enter the back door of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge for their favorite adult beverage, and sometimes would perform for the patrons.”
4. Grand Ole Opry House
As the show grew in popularity (largely due to its first showing on national TV) Ryman’s just couldn’t seat enough so they moved the Grand Ole Opry to its very own house, a large amphitheater seating 4,000. To preserve the history of the show, a large round circle of the original floor in Ryman’s was cut out and set in place in the new Grand Ole Opry house, connecting the top country stars from the past with those who stand in the circle today.
5. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
This unique building defines and preserves country music and Nashville’s role in the evolution of country music. On three floors the museum shows the history of country music across two centuries through historic film clips, musical instruments and recorded music. Even for those who don’t identify as country music fans, the museum explains historically the rise and fall of different country styles, as influenced by other musical styles of the time.
222 5th Ave S., Nashville, Tennessee 37203
6. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Adjacent to the Grand Ole Opry House is this massive hotel, formerly known as the Opryland Hotel. Worth a visit even if you’re not staying there, the hotel is actually a large conservatory, with an entire ecosystem on the inside. Stroll paths that wind through the plants, trees and indoor river, leading to restaurants, rooms or flowered-covered gazebos.