Long before the hit television series, “Nashville” made it’s way to the airwaves, I have wanted to visit Music City. The hour long television drama only added to the intrigue. My organic reasoning for wanting to visit was simple; the town is dubbed “Music City” and I am a music lover. I finally made the trek recently, and I do mean trek since we decided to make it a road trip. Despite the challenges of the natural elements of rain, sleet and snow through the Blue Ridge Mountains regardless of the fact that this is Spring, it was well worth the drive. Here are the top five reasons I believe that everyone should hightail it to Nashville, Tennessee:
5.) Music City Center Comes to Town In May of 2013 the state of the art, environmentally friendly, 1.2 million square foot, Music City Center will debut in the town’s SoBro (South of Broadway) neighborhood. This phenomenal Center promises to enhance the multifaceted cultural lure of the city with a public art collection comprised of more than 80 pieces, hosting a vast array of live performances and more. To showcase the expansive green space that is part of the Center, Sheryl Crow will headline the outdoor concert during two days of grand opening festivities the weekend of May 19-20th 2013;
4.) You don’t have to be a country music lover to love Music City, USA Yes, Nashville is the home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Country Music Association Awards, also known as the CMA Awards, or the CMAs but this genre of music is only one aspect to the town. There is something for lovers of bluegrass, rock, pop, Americana, gospel, classical, jazz and blues. With ample venues to fall into for your live music fix, music aficionados of all genres will be satisfied with the offerings.
3.) Where Foodies Can Get Their Eat and Drink On ‘Till Their Heart’s Content While one would fully expect to find plenty of places to eat down home comfort food, you will be pleasantly surprised to find the number of restaurants throughout Nashville’s neighborhoods which successfully combine modern food styling and fresh ingredients to satisfy the pallets of the most discerning diner. Award winning chefs are eager to introduce their spin on everything from fine dining to down home favorites. If libations are your thing, there is a plethora of places throughout the city to get your drink on during happy hour and after hours from bars to craft cocktail houses.
2.) A Plethora of Awesome Places to Lay Your Head In preparation for the arrival of Music City Center, most of the full service hotels have either undergone or are in the process of renovating their digs in order to house visitors in modern style and luxury. Not to mention, there’s a new kid on the block.
1.) Small Town Hospitality with Big City Nuances True to it’s southern reputation, the locals were warm and friendly. Yet, there is plenty to do and see that it is far from a sleepy southern destination. Culturally there is everything from an art scene to foodie fixes all without the big city price points. The high-rise buildings, luxury hotels, hipster bars, beautiful architecture, fine dining, honkytonk saloons, jazz joints, sports events, charmingly eclectic and historical neighborhoods all converge upon this capital city, leaving one never at a loss for something to do.
Undoubtedly, the best part of my Nashville experience, was the overall feeling that I was in an emerging city. I know that this is a subjective statement but I felt that there were aspects of the city that were deeply rooted in southern tradition, yet this was a town that was growing culturally. So much so that I met a significant number of northern transplants that had come to town for one reason or another and simply never left, settling into Nashville as their new home town. As a high school classmate and friend explained her own transition, “Nashville has a way of grabbing hold of you and not letting go easily.” Exactly. That is why I can’t wait to go back. There truly is a little something for everyone here. Nashville is a top destination for A Girls’ Getaway, be it for just a couple of days or more.