BNA: Nashville was on my “2016 Must Visit Cities” list. So it was even more exciting when my DAD offered to take me for a weekend getaway! Nashville is known for the country music scene and that’s exactly what I was going to focus on.
From 5th Ave to 2nd Ave along Broadway is where you can find the ‘Honky Tonks’. Bar after Bar of live music (no cover charge), and everyone looking to have a great time. And don’t be fooled, it isn’t all country music. Some of the best spots were musicians playing covers of Bruno Mars, Aerosmith and more.
We stayed in the Gaylord Oryland Hotel – A Marriott owned property. Finding the gym in the hotel was a workout itself! I was able to get in a quick and efficient workout by switching from the treadmill to the floor and focusing on different body parts; similar to one of my favorite classes – Barry’s Bootcamp. The hotel is huge but directly next to the Grand Ole Opry.
Being a part of the Grand Ole Opry is a huge accomplishment to country artists. You need to be invited to be a part of it – Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood and Darius Ruckers are a few on the prestigious list.
That evening we went to a performance which is live broadcasted on the radio. It is said that all of the musicians that are a part of this “exclusive membership” must perform a certain number of times each year. So if you have plans to visit, you may be able to grab tickets to the Rascal Flatts or Little Big Town at a fraction of the concert price!
The Gulch is an up and coming area with new apartment constructions and of course, new fitness studios. Aside from an amazing brunch at Biscuit Love, this area is also home to a Pure Barre and Barry’s Bootcamp. I wasn’t able to take class in my 48 hour Daddy/Daughter trip but for those that can squeeze it in, it’s great to know they are here.
One of my favorite spots was the Shelby Street Bridge – for more than the obvious reason 😉 This was an easy walk from Broadway and not only did it get my calves and glutes burning, but it offered beautiful views. Need to stretch your legs a bit? Go across the bridge and enjoy a great walk for your exercise.
Nashville truly is that great city that everyone makes it out to be. 48 hours was plenty of time to experience the great music, interesting history, fun and fitness that the city has to offer. I would suggest staying downtown which is walking distance to the Honky Tonks and museums (Country Music Hall of Fame and Johnny Cash Museum). Uber is very easy if you want to get to the Grand Ole Opry.
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