Nashville – Music, Art, Food, The Parthenon?
Nashville is commonly known as the place where a budding musician goes in the hope of making some impressive connections in the music industry. It isn’t called ‘Music City’ for nothing. Visiting this charming, down-home part of the U.S is a ‘bucket-lister’ for anyone looking for great music, awesome BBQ and of course some good old southern hospitality.
What’s On In Music City
The events calendar is always packed in Nashville. All week long you’ll find something to do, and that’s pretty great, whether you’ll be spending a week or a just a weekend there.
A visit to ‘Music City’ would not be complete without a night at the Grand Ole Opry! Grab yourself a pass to some of the most famous landmarks in music history and get ready to be dazzled. See and experience where music legends like Dolly and Elvis recorded. At the Opry, you’ll be treated to performances from eight or more artists in one show! It’s a night to remember.
Lower Broadway is the place to be if you want great music and are up for some dancing. If you’re looking to have a little less of a country music fan experience, then check out The Stage On Broadway. With 3 levels of entertainment and a rooftop bar, it’s a favorite among locals and tourists alike.
Neighborhoods To Check Out
The Gulch – for art, vintage fashion, architecture, the list goes on. The Arcade is the arts mecca for Nashville. Check out First Saturday Art Crawl. As the name states, this event takes place on the first Saturday of the month. You can stroll through the galleries and view exhibitions from local and world-renowned artists.
Hillsboro Village – don’t think you’re losing it if you happen to drive by The Parthenon. No, you’re not dreaming, Hillsboro is home to the immaculate and impression replica of The Parthenon. Aside from this amazing landmark, the Belcourt Theatre features art-house movies, live theater, independent and foreign films. Grab a coffee at Fido while you’re there.
Germantown – A more relaxed vibe to the downtown area, Germantown has great food and shopping options, all within walking distance of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The Nashville Farmers Market is next to the park where you can pick-up some delicious food and picnic among the beautiful trees and monuments in this historical park.
Where To Base Yourself
There are plenty of options on offer, and it depends on what you’re in town for. If you’re visiting on business or you want to stay close to the action downtown, Union Station Hotel is a fabulous option, and Hermitage Hotel; especially if you’re in town for a concert. It’s within walking distance to Bridgestone Arena, the Country Music Hall of Fame and a lot of excellent places to grab a bite. Hermitage is also a heritage listed building that will delight the history and architecture lover. Simply beautiful.
When To Go
It can get pretty humid in the summer months, but the weather is unpredictable and can change at the drop of a hat especially in the spring. The best time to go would be in the fall when it’s a bit more comfortable and it’s simply beautiful at this time of the year. In any event, check the weather before you pack!