Hope you had a wonderful weekend! This past weekend I visited my brother and sister-in-law in Nashville, Tennessee. I love Nashville, my husband and I have visited a dozen times in the last 2 years! Such a nice getaway from Columbus, plus having family to visit makes it even better (and we take our dogs, too)! With a local’s perspective, I get a better understanding of Nashville neighborhoods, and we typically do less touristy things. But if you only visit Nashville once, of course be a tourist and do all the wonderful touristy things this town has to offer! Enjoy my favorite places in Nashville!
Of course, the highlight of being in Nashville is walking down Broadway and visiting the boot stores and listening to live country music in the honky-tonks. If you can, visit Broadway during the day and night. During the day, Broadway is a great area to shop, dine, and listen to live music. But at night, Broadway literally lights up! With the ambiance of live country music, the history of the honky tonk’s, and marveling at the neon signs, you know you are in Nashville!
After visiting Broadway, walk across the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge for amazing views of downtown Nashville! The bridge connects visitors to the Tennessee Titans Stadium and downtown Nashville. Take a nice stroll along the bridge, crossing over the Cumberland River and peer back at downtown (walk after dark for amazing views of Nashville all lit up!).
West End/Midtown/Vanderbilt Campus:
The West End is home to Centennial Park and the Parthenon. Stroll through Centennial Park and wonder at the full-scale replica of the Parthenon. Visit the interior of the Parthenon to find an art museum, the history of the Parthenon, and the 42-foot tall statue of Athena. Be careful on the outside steps, they are very tall, especially for those of us who are only 5 feet tall!!
Midtown/Vanderbilt Campus offers visitors great restaurants and bars. Visit both Vanderbilt and Belmont campuses. This walkable area is also home to one of my favorite bars in town, The Patterson House. This bar takes you back to Prohibition era, with a speak-easy style bar, and handcrafted cocktails. The atmosphere is amazing and the cocktails are worth the price tag!
Located close to Belmont University, this neighborhood has locally owned businesses and restaurants. Walk down the streets to visit local boutiques, shops, and restaurants. Eat handmade, stone-oven pizza at Mafiaoza’s Pizzeria and Neighborhood Pub. Or enjoy a new southern style cuisine at Urban Grub. Eat on their patio and enjoy a carafe of wine served in an Erlenmeyer flask!! Being a science and wine lover, I was delighted!! After dinner, save room for Columbus’ own, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream!
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for Nashville Part II!
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