Breakfast at the Loveless Café is a must. The Loveless is a Nashville institution and has been since it opened its doors in 1951. The story starts with the first owners Lon and Annie Loveless who opened the doors of their home to travellers to serve them fried chicken and biscuits. The café is run from the same building today and is still serving delicious southern dishes.
With your belly full you can make your way to the Country Music Hall of Fame. The largest museum dedicated to all American music, it houses one of the largest collections of country musical artefacts. The museums main exhibit, Sing Me Back Home: Folk Roots to the Present, features the history of country music from its 19th century roots to today’s singers like Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood.
Next stop is the Nashville Parthenon. The Nashville Parthenon is a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens and is used as an art museum. Situated in Centennial Park, the park is a welcome escape from the city’s bustle. Enjoy a walk around the lush 132-acre oasis before stopping for a picnic lunch from Hog Heaven.
Hog Heaven has served Nashville for the last 25 years. They are famous for their Hickory smoked BBQ and “Kickin ‘Chicken” white BBQ sauce. Hand pulled pork sandwiches, ribs or smoked turkey, although not an extensive menu, what they do offer is finger licking good.
Catch the Walking Nashville Music City’s Legends Tour. This is a tour with a difference, load their handpicked music soundtrack on Spotify and put a little more Country into your tour. Run by a well-known music journalist you’ll hear some gossip about the music greats. The tour takes about two hours to complete.
Your tour will take you by:
- Printer’s Alley
- Ryman Auditorium
- Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge
- Ernest Tubb Record Shop
- Hatch Show Print
As well as the former sites of long-lost treasures like:
- Skull’s Rainbow Room
- The Maxwell House Hotel
- Ernie’s Record Mart
- Sho-Bud Steel Guitar Company
After all the walking and sightseeing you’ll be due a caffeine boost, so pop in at Bongo Java. Bongo Java is one of the most established coffee shops in Nashville. Order your favourite cuppa and take a break while you check out the online gambling Canada has to offer.
A visit to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without dinner and some live music. Voted the best dinner theatre in Nashville, enjoy an evening at the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre. A buffet dinner of all the famed local dishes. Full up your plate and sit back to watch the musical stylings during the variety show. You’ll get swept back in time to the tunes of some of music city’s greats.
If you are still standing and not quite ready to turn in, a night cap at one of Nashville’s famous honky tonk bars is the last stop. The Blue Bird Café has been serving night owls for 36 years and is famous for being a singer songwriter testing ground. If your lucky you may end up listening to Josh Kerr or Rimes over your last bourbon.