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10.20.2015

Travel Tuesday: Two Days in Nashville


I took my first trip to Nashville recently for a business trip.  It was a quick trip, but I got some great eating in while I was there.  Here are my reviews and recommendations for what to try and do in a quick, two-day trip to Music City. 

Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nashville Downtown (315 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219).  I love to stay at Hilton family hotels when not staying at a boutique hotel.  The DoubleTree Nashville Downtown was a great hotel, ideally located to the downtown attractions.  I could walk almost anywhere I needed to go (Honky Tonk Row, the Ryman, great restaurants), or take a $4-$6 Uber ride if my shoes required.  The rooms were nice, and there was even a Starbucks in the lobby (always a bonus). 

Food
Since I had limited time, I am sure I only scratched the surface of Nashville cuisine.  That being said, I was really impressed with what I did have.
  • Dunn Brothers Coffee (401 Church St #100, Nashville, TN 37219).  A great cup of coffee and great breakfast pastries. 
  • Jack's Bar-B-Que (416 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203).  A delicious BBQ selection in a great location on Broadway in Honky Tonk Row.
  • Etch (303 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37201).  If you plan to visit here, get a reservation in advance.  The place is very popular, and for a reason: the menu is very creative, and everything is delicious (especially if you are an adventurous eater, like me).  I loved the Venison Carpaccio, the Shrimp and Octopus Bruschetta, and the Pork Tenderloin.
Some great BBQ with lots of history in downtown Nashville
Image Source: Jack's Bar-B-Que


Octopus and Shrimp Bruschetta at Etch.  Delicious!

Seasonal fish selection at Etch (red snapper), beautifully presented

To Do
Again, I was on limited time, so couldn't venture far.  If you have only two days like I did, I would try and focus on the following attractions:
  • Honky Tonk Row (Lower Broadway), AKA Honky Tonk Highway.  A lot like Austin's 6th Street, you can walk down Broadway and hear live music from every bar and club (or, honky tonk).  We had a great time just hopping from place to place when the music called to us.  The music was great, and the experience was a lot of fun.  I especially recommend stopping at Acme Feed and Seed (101 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201) for a great vibe and fantastic view.
  • Ryman Auditorium (116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219).  A Nashville (and music) legend, home to the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203).  Considered to be a "must visit" for music fans visiting Nashville.
One of the many options for live music, dancing, and drinks on Honky Tonk Row
Image Source: Visit Music City

The legendary Ryman Auditorium
Image Source: Ryman.com

I am sure I missed some key places to see or eat.  What would you recommend I try and do or see next time I make it to Music City?  Comment below!

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