Not many cities in America can lay claim to as rich a musical history as Nashville, Tennessee. From the Grand Ole Opry to the Johnny Cash Museum, couple these highlights with some amazing Southern fine dining and luxurious lodgings and Nashville is sure to delight.
Nicknamed Music City, Tennessee’s capital captures the very essence of country music. The Grand Ole Opry has been called the home of American music and country’s most famous stage, and after starting as a simple radio broadcast back in 1925 the decades have certainly made this stage world famous.
The Grand Ole Opry
Hosting country legends to the latest chart toppers, millions flock to the venue and no trip to Nashville would be complete without the pilgrimage. For a special glimpse to see how things work, take the Behind The Opry Curtain VIP Tour, and as Garth Brooks said, see the real show backstage.
Another legendary Nashville music mecca is the Country Music Hall of Fame. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017 the museum – called the “Smithsonian of country music” – now houses 350,000 square feet of gallery, archive, teaching and retail space after a recent $100 million expansion to double its size.
The Country Music Hall of Fame
Its core exhibition “Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music”, has people coming back to explore further, with its carefully-curated artefacts, photographs, as well as vintage sound and video recordings.
If the crowds that flock get too much, take a moment to visit one of Nashville’s beautiful mansions, like the Belmont Mansion of the Belle Meade Plantation, or find inspiration in nature and art at the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art.
The impressive Parthenon replica
Another spectacular building worth a visit is The Parthenon, a full scale replica of the Greek original, originally built as a temporary structure for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897 but now a firm favourite for visitors with it impeccable grounds and impressive art collection.
For dining you cannot go wrong with The Catbird Seat where just 22 diners can sample Ryan Poli’s exquisite tasting menu, sat in a U-shape around the buzz of the kitchen, with hand-written menus and an unpretentious, relaxed atmosphere for a truly world-class restaurant.
Dine at The Catbird Seat
For places to stay try The Hermitage, the grand dame of the city on Sixth Avenue North, with newly-refurbished rooms and original touches like elegant wooden panelling, a stained glass ceiling and rich marble that made this the place to stay in the city for over a century.
For something more modern try the recently-opened Thompson Nashville, the sleek new hotel in The Gulch, and try John Besh’s seafood-focused Southern restaurant or sip a cocktail at the rooftop bar.
Enjoy glorious views from The Thompson’s rooftop bar
With music to inspire, food to feast on and some stunning architecture, Nashville will be certain to fill you with excitement and entertainment whatever your focus is. Couple this with some fine weather, and you can discover a city many are saying is one of America’s new “it” cities. Book your private jet charter to fly into Nashville International or John C Tune airport and arrive in the heart of the city.
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