The girls weekend in Nashville that I took with my friends Yavonda and Jenn was packed with sightseeing and fun adventures. I’m sure I’m forgetting a few things, but I wanted to share a few of the highlights you should think about adding to your itinerary if you go.
In the tour, we learned all about the “Mother Church of Country Music,” where the Grand Ole Opry performed from 1943-74. The building fell into disrepair after the Opry moved to a new home and it sat vacant. As its condition grew worse, the Ryman was nearly torn down until an outcry from the Nashville community and many superstars saved it. It reopened in 1994 and was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 2001, according to our tour pamphlet.
There was an extremely well done video about the Ryman’s history to start off the tour. (I had to ask who one of the featured stars was, though. Turned out to be Vince Gill! Hah.)
My favorite part was seeing all the Hatch Show Print posters up around the auditorium, along with some of the clothing and other artifacts. Part of the tour is taking a staged photo up at the microphone, and Yavonda actually got to sing up there. So cool! Talk about a once in a lifetime experience.
Broadway in Nashville is considered the Honky Tonk Highway. The bars were busy day and night, but we went in the evening as things were really heating up. After walking around for a bit, we settled on Robert’s Western World — clearly a favorite of the locals.
After awhile, we moved onto a karaoke place on Broadway called WannaB’s. That place was a lot of fun! We even caught DJ Sinister — who is on tour with Big and Rich — do a great rendition of The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face. Although truth be told, the real star of the night was a guy who got up and gave an off-Broadway worthy performance of Be Our Guest.
GOO GOO CLUSTER
As we strolled around downtown, we stumbled upon the Goo Goo Shop, where they sell the nation’s first combination candy bar. I’d never heard of a Goo Goo Cluster before, and I’ve still never tasted one. Their dessert bar drew us straight there instead.
This picture doesn’t do this cake justice. All three of us tackled this beast midafternoon, and it was so gloriously thick and rich that we couldn’t finish it. There was only one flaw in the Goo Goo Shop’s game plan — no milk. Absolutely go, though. You won’t regret it.
Did you know there’s a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Nashville? It was built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition and houses Nashville’s art museum. We didn’t go inside, though. Instead, we enjoyed the warm, sunny weather at Centennial Park and checked out all the adorable dogs out for a walk. The park also featured displays on a conceptual plan for a Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument to build on the statue already there.
Nashville also has great shopping. Opry Mills is ridiculously huge and has dozens of stores — some are even outlets. You could probably spend a whole day there and not hit every store, but just a few hours there was plenty for us. Among the many restaurants and snack stops there’s a sweet little Whoops! booth that sells macarons, and they were the best I’ve ever had. So delicate and crisp, and full of flavor.
If you missed the previous stories on where we stayed and where we ate, don’t miss them! And please share if you’ve got other go-to places in Nashville. It’s safe to say that I’ll be back there to explore another time.