I’m going to treat this post like one very long day in Nashville and my final installment of our whirlwind trip from May! Full of food, museums, shopping and fun! I can’t believe Katie and I saw so much in three short days!
Transportation hints – Oh, we did lots of walkin’! In fact, we surpassed Katie’s Fitbit 10,000 steps goal every day. We also utilized Uber and the Old Trolley Tour to get around. We loved the trolley tour. Their “hop on and off” policy is awesome! With 15 stops we would have missed Marathon Motors and the Farmer’s Market if we wouldn’t have partaken of that policy. The trolley stops also include the Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame, Belmont Mansion and the Johnny Cash Museum.
Museums – By far my favorite was the Johnny Cash Museum! Small, intimate, comprehensive … and Johnny is singing softly from the rafters throughout your visit. Visitors take a visit down memory lane learning about his childhood, the prison shows, Johnny through the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s decades. Several areas include short videos. I learned so much about his life. And they have a great gift shop and cafe. Open 7 days a week from 9 am to 6 pm. General admission is $19.95. And be sure and cross the street to the Goo Goo Candy Store. Open since 1912, Katie and I snagged a couple of Goo Goo Peanut Butter Clusters for the plane ride home!
The Country Music Hall of Fame was a bit overwhelming. So much to see! General admission is $25.95 and they are open 9 am to 5 pm. Two floors include permanent and featured special exhibitions like “Outlaws and Armadillos” with Willie and Waylon. Elvis’ “solid gold” Cadillac was there and made my heart go pitter-pat! So was Taylor Swift’s sparkly guitar and an outfit Shania Twain made famous in a video! It was also interesting walking through the exhibits with Katie. Because of our mother/daughter age difference, I knew artists she didn’t know and vice versa. The museum also includes several dining options and huge gift store. Don’t miss the Hall of Fame rotunda which recognizes each Hall of Fame member.
Shopping, etc. – Uber transported us to the 12th South area of Nashville where we discovered Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s cute-as-a-button trendy shop. We also shopped on a big white bus pop-up establishment called Buck Mason which sells men’s quality casual clothes. The bus is parked in White’s Mercantile’s parking lot, a lovely shop. The entire street is filled with interesting shopping and eating places.
We also got off our trolley a couple of times. Once at the Farmer’s Market which houses a garden center, extensive farmer’s market, shopping and restaurants. We also hopped off at Marathon Motors, a group of old warehouses that used to house an old auto factory dating back to 1910 through 1914. The complex includes artifacts from the old car factory … you can smell the grease … as well as shopping, ice cream shop, a comedy club and the official American Picker’s store.
Lastly … eating – Edley’s Bar-B-Que is also located in the trendy 12th South area of Nashville. Our Uber driver told us it was VERY GOOD Bar-B-Que and we were impressed by the line out the door and our plate! Mr. Uber told us to save room for dessert so later we made it down to Five Daughter’s Bakery famous for the 100-layer donut. It was delish.
There was also a memorable brunch at The Mockingbird. Instead of a traditional glass, my bar drink come in a cute plastic bag. For our last dinner, we went to Germantown to Henrietta Red, an oyster and raw fish bar with lots of other small tasty plates. Their desserts were yummy and unique! Since it is our favorite menu course … we got two desserts and shared … because that is how we roll!
Highly recommend getting lost … and found … in Nashville.