Nashville Recap: Part 1

My mother-in-law Debbie and sister-in-law Katie have talked about going on a girl’s only trip for months (or maybe years?) and finally made it happen two weeks ago. We went to Tennessee for a family gathering on Saturday, but decided to arrive on Thursday to spend a few days playing in Nashville. I had been there once when I was 12, so it was a lot of fun getting to know the city as an adult.

Our mission on Day One: get Katie some cowboy boots! I think we went in 8 different stores downtown looking for the perfect pair. She wanted just a plain brown pair with minimal detail and you’d be surprised how hard that was to find! We finally found some at Betty Boots and they are perfect.

We stayed at the Homewood Suites on Church Street and certainly got our exercise walking to downtown and back in the chilly weather.

Thursday for lunch we ate at Jack’s Barbecue on Broadway. Mmm yummy bbq!

That evening we went to the Bluebird Cafe, which was probably my favorite part of the whole trip. We sat in the corner of the small room and watched as song-writers Lisa Carver, Don Poythress and The Henningsens performed for hours sharing the history behind their songs and funny anecdotes with the crowd. It was such a lovely casual evening of music and makes me wish there was something like this in Raleigh!

Friday morning, we ventured through the cold to the Country Music Hall of Fame where we wandered its halls for about two hours listening to old music and learning so much about the history of country music.

Afterwards, we were very hungry and ate at Puckett’s for some good southern food. Meanwhile it started snowing outside!

That evening we went to the Grand Ole Opry to see Josh Turner, among other performers, then went back out to a bar for some live guitar music and a cocktail. Here’s an iPhone picture from Katie. :)

We had such a great time and I really liked Nashville! In fact, there were a few times during the trip I thought, I could see myself living here.

Have you ever been to Nashville? What is your favorite thing to do in Nashville?

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