It’s always hard to transition back to reality when you return from a vacation, and this one was no exception. I really let loose in Nashville in a way that I hadn’t for ages, and it felt good to soak up some music, take in local culture, eat past my bedtime, and order room service just because we could. Bryan and I don’t often indulge but we worked hard in the months leading up to our trip so that we really could kick back a little.
I had the best birthday ever.
In addition to the calls, texts, Facebook messages, and emails, it was nice to have an “ANYTHING YOU WANT” pass for the day. So we went to some local downtown pubs, ate fried pickles (calories don’t count on vacation, right?), meandered around town, had drinks, ate more, slept a little, and then went out again at night.
- Grand Ole Opry: SO MANY TALENTED MUSICIANS!! Some of my favorites were Holly Williams who is actually Hank’s granddaughter (she gave me goose bumps), the Willis Clan, and Mercy Me
- The Johnny Cash museum (if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see the really adorable bars of soap I was kind of obsessed with)
- Music Row (though in the future, I would not recommend going on a Sunday as everything is closed)
- MUSIC EVERYWHERE!! Layla’s had some incredible toe-tapping bluegrass and a really cool vibe (loved the colorful low-hanging lights).
Next time we’ll skip:
- Staying at the Gaylord Opryland. This hotel is over-the-top and beautiful BUT it’s really out of the way of most major attractions (aside from the Opry, obviously) and we learned the hard way that shuttle or cabs to/from downtown are pretty pricey. We could have easily rented a vehicle with the money we paid for transportation to/from the hotel.
- Visiting during the Final Four Women’s Basketball Championships. I didn’t even know what this was, but it meant an influx of tourists and insane hotel prices.
Things I really wish we had the time to do:
- Old Town Pickin’ Parlor. We were going to do this on our last day, but just didn’t make it! Such a shame—it’s apparently a music shop where bluegrass musicians stop in all day to jam.
- Loveless Café. Again, hard to access without a set of wheels.
- Cumberland Caverns. Because you can listen to bluegrass music. IN A CAVE, y’all! How cool is THAT?!
I miss it so much. The people were so friendly and the city just really exudes a certain kind of charm I’ve not really experienced elsewhere.
Now it’s back to work. Sad face.
How’ve you guys been??