Great things to do when you visit Nashville: A couple years ago, I blogged a a story in the NY Times about visiting Nashville and requested home-folks add their suggestions. Several good recommendations can be found in that post’s comments.
Today, the NY Times profiles Nashville in its “36 hour” feature in which writer Taylor Holliday (is that name for real?) suggests what I concur would be an awesome weekend trip itinerary. (Okay, I would add another day to eat at Martha’s, Pancake Pantry and Prince’s Hot Chicken, but missing those will give you a reason to come back.)
Do what’s on this list and the rexblog’s Nashville readers (all two of them) guarantee you’ll have a great time.
Long before Nashville became Music City, it was known as the Athens of the South, its aspirations exemplified by the construction of a replica of the Parthenon for Tennessee’s centennial in 1896. That Athens became the country music capital hasn’t always sat well with its citizens, who are right when they say there is more to Nashville than country. But most would acknowledge that if you have only a weekend, rootsy music of all types is what the city does best. Don’t expect the country you hear on the radio; mainstream stars rarely play at home. Instead, expect real-deal crooners, soulful singer-songwriters, A-list session players and bluegrass virtuosos.
Again, you can’t go wrong if you follow the exact suggestions of writer Taylor Holliday (if the link is behind a pay-wall, it’s worth paying the archive fee if you’re planning a trip), but I’m sure that Nashvillians who read this will want to add their own suggestions via comments.