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Live Music, Local Brews and Fun for 72 Hours in Nashville

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Get ready, because we are going to one of the coolest places there is, we’re going to Nashville, otherwise known as “Music City”! Nashville is known for its country music scene, and this is also where Elvis recording some of his most popular hits. However, you don’t have to be a lover of country as the alternative music scene also continues to evolve. Walking down the streets you hear never-ending great tunes spilling out from every bar you pass. This is where you’ll find the best live music entertainment in the US, if not the world! But it is not only the music scene this city has going for it, constant creative growth continues to happen and evolve the art, culture, food and fashion scene. Nashville is a place of creativity and artistic expression, and one of the hottest places to visit this year!

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So pack your bags and get ready to enjoy incredible live music, delicious locally brewed alcohol, innovative food and groundbreaking art and culture. Nashville will blow you away, and it is not surprising that it is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. Let’s go to Music City!

Day One

Morning:

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We really cannot emphasize it enough, there are so many things to do and see in Nashville! It will be overwhelming and 72 hours hardly seems like enough. But there is help to find. Many of the best spots and happenings in Nashville are listed on Nashville Music City. This is the best Visit Music City Nashville website for anyone coming to explore this gem as they list all the “need to knows”. You can find visitor facts, events, discounts and deals and so much more. Knowing everything about places like The Country Music Hall of Fame, Honky Tonk Central and other smashing Broadway deals, you won’t miss out on anything happening while you’re visiting. So if you really want to get ready for some fun in Nashville, this is where to find it!

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Nashville is really about its innovative, inspiring people. And you will find many groundbreaking individuals here. To meet some of them go for lunch at Etch. Chef Deb Paquette became the first women in Tennessee to qualify as a certified executive chef, and she has become a trailblazer, mentor and consultant to some of Nashville’s best talents. Having won countless awards, you are guaranteed to have a heavenly food experience here. So to start off, go to Etch and enjoy one the best meals in town!

 

Afternoon:

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We promised you fun and adventures in Nashville, and not just the music kind. So let’s start off with a little different experience. Put your science hat on and head to Adventure Science Center in Nashville. It is an independent and not-for-profit science and technology center, and its 44,000 square foot space will deliver some fun, dynamic learning experiences. It has been doing so for over 70 years! You can try some hands-on exhibits focused on astronomy, biology, earth science, energy, physics and so much more. Make sure you check out their Space Chase exhibition gallery where you can try zero gravity!

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A little thirsty after your science adventures? Craft Brewed Nashville is not just the go to bottle shop in Nashville, but with a taproom serving 32 unique beers on tap you will quickly realize that this city isn’t just about the music. It is also about tasty beer! While here make sure to look around, this is not just where the locals and tourists drink, local industry people knowing the true value of a top notch brew will come here and quench their thirst with these quality pints. If they know it’s good, you know it’s a place to check out! And if you’re hungry they serve the best Reuben in town.

Night:

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Now head over to Rumours East Restaurant. If you get here on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday between 4-6 pm you can enjoy a good Happy Hour drink or two and get ready for a spectacular meal. And you are guaranteed a great culinary experience at Rumours. If it happens to rain they will actually serve you a free bowl of soup when you buy an entree. How great is that? And not only do they serve tasty food, but every Friday they have live music featuring various different artists and styles. We are in Nashville afterall. If it’s sunny have a drink in their garden patio. So rain or shine you’re bound to have a good time here!

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More live music? Of course! Next up, you’re heading to The 5 Spot. Every single night of the week you will find some of the best live music in town. And that’s saying a lot when it comes to Nashville where the options are plentiful. They have different shows lined up with very affordable prices so The 5 Spot allows you to move to the authentic Nashville tones without breaking the bank. Motown Monday, Two Dollar Tuesday and Rock-n-Roll Friday are just some of their popular events. Regardless of what night you visit The 5 Spot is THE place to go on your first night in Music City.

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A great vacation is also about a great place to rest your body after days full of sightseeing. To stay in absolute luxury book a room at Fontanel Inn, one of the best Bed and Breakfast accommodations in town. This spectacular boutique hotel consists of six suites all overlooking the lush garden with waterfall and fountain. Even though you’ll live in luxury the atmosphere at Fontanel is casual and with a venue with live music and a splendid restaurant on site, it might be hard leaving here when you want to check out more of Nashville on your second day. Even if you aren’t able to book a room here make sure to go check out their entertainment and attractions!

Day Two

Morning:

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We mentioned that arts is also thriving in Nashville. So stroll over to OZ Arts Nashville to see why. They opened their doors in 2014 and have not only offered a platform for local artists to share their work, but they also help the community grow its artistic creative scene by conducting arts-education outreach to children and grown students. OZ Arts also brings internationally acclaimed contemporary performing and visual art to Nashville.

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It’s lunchtime, and we know just the place to lean back, relax and refuel the body for more fun to come. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Nashville is next on your list. Located right on Broadway, Margaritaville Nashville doesn’t just serve up a luscious, filling lunch of burgers and nachos, they also have live music during the day. It doesn’t get much more Nashville than that!

 

Afternoon:

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Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the whisky. We are in Tennessee after all. This is why you will find your way to Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in the colourful Marathon Village of Nashville. The revived Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery reminds us what real good whisky is all about. When the distillery was at its high-point in the 1800s it was known around the world and sold close to 380,000 gallons of whisky every year. After being closed down one hundred and five years ago, two Nelson brothers – with whisky in their blood – have launched the second wave of whisky success. Join their tour with a complimentary tasting. It’s so good! This is also where you’ll find a unique souvenir to bring back home.

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With a slogan “Created. Not Made” it is evident that The Black Abbey Brewing Company takes pride in what they do, or create. They brew with passion and a long history, 600 years of brewing tradition they say, and are open to the public every afternoon. With creative, accessible and unique ales, The Black Abbey Brewing will remind you why Nashville is the place to also enjoy some of the best brews in the country. Allow yourself this afternoon to join yet another tour, an awesome brewery tour. Afterwards you can have yourself some good ales in their Fellowship hall which is their taproom.

Night:

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By now we know your tastebuds have been spoiled with some delicious local drinks. So let’s satisfy them even more with a great culinary experience. The 404 Kitchen will be the best bet for this. Make your way to the hip neighbourhood The Gulch where The 404 Kitchen is located. Find your ideal table in one of the many dining spaces, maybe in the bar where they have one of the largest whisky selections in Nashville. If you’ve had enough whisky for the day take a look at their unique selection of wines or get the house mixologist to mix you up something fresh. With the kitchen’s modern take on classic European cuisine we are sure you’ll enjoy every part of The 404 Kitchen experience.

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Do you like hand-crafted cocktails and martinis in a casual atmosphere? We know you might have had a few by now, but it is not time for bed yet. Go to Tribe Nashville which is a hopping gay-friendly bar on Church Street serving up cocktails all night long. You will also find awesome entertainment with DJ sets every weekend and Showtunes Sundays.

Day Three

Morning:

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What would you say to go to a winery for brunch? Mimosas is an excellent invention, and they taste incredible at City Winery! Pop, Fizz and Brunch as they say! You can actually create your own personal mimosa getting a bottle of bubbles and a bunch of different juices , seasonal fruits and assortment of herbs. Come on, how fun does that sound? Drink up while eating the best classic brunch options like biscuits and gravy, pancakes and eggs benedict. Or try their more unique dishes like the Frosted Flakes Pain Perdu. Even though the brunch is glorious you might also want to return at night. With a Barrel Room Wine Bar serving fourteen tap wines this might just end up being your favourite spot in Nashville!

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Ready for a little action to start your last day of adventures? Go to Sky High Sport Trampoline Park and have yourself an absolute blast! Ever dreamt of the NBA, but never really had the height to dunk a basketball? Lucky you, because at Sky High Sports you can finally live out your dreams. You can bounce down a trampoline court and have your go at that thrilling sensation of dunking the ball right into the net. If this isn’t for you, and you’d rather try flying, well, just dive into the super size foam pit. And even if you’re not an adrenaline junky there is still something for you to do, just head to their arcade and channel your inner child. We promise you’ll have plenty of fun!

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After your fun jumping hoops and getting your heart rate up you’re going to explore even more of Nashville’s cultural scene at The Belcourt Theatre. This is Nashville’s nonprofit film center, and it is a one-of-a-kind theatre with a vibrant historic past and deep roots in the community. They believe that there is so much value in people of all ages to learn and discover through the power of film, which is why they present the best of independent, documentary, world and classic cinema.  This is an essential cultural institution in Nashville and you must pay them a visit!

Afternoon:

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With new and evolving trends it is important to remember and also discover the old history of Nashville. To get a taste of this head 20 minutes outside of the city and find Historic Rock Castle. Rock Castle is located on Old Hickory Lake, and it is the oldest building in the area. It was actually home to one of the father’s of Tennessee, Danial Smith. Tuesday through Sunday they give tours you can join and have a look at how life was in the Rock Castle. For people not loving the idea of a guided tour, the grounds are open to visitors just wanting to walk around alone in the garden and nature trails.

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After your dosis of history at Historic Rock Castle you deserve an enjoyable, delicious feast. It is time for pizza at MAFIAoZA’S Pizzaria and Neighbourhood Pub! Not only can you enjoy tasty stone-oven pizzas and other authentic Italian classics, but the family community vibe here is excellent with a warm, welcoming ambiance. Everyone is welcome for food or a cold pint, and you will feel very comfortable kicking back enjoying a good meal and a cold drink after an eventful day.

Night:

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But the night is not over. Because you know what might be even better than pizza? Okay, nothing really beats pizza, but a good solid laugh is a close second! This is why your next stop on your final Nashville evening will be Third Coast Comedy Club. A glorious improv show made up on the spot with the help of suggestions from the audience. This ensures that no two shows are ever the same. Featuring THE best improvisers in Nashville, this will have you falling off your chair laughing. If you happen to hit Nashville on the 1st or 3rd Saturday then check out LOL Nashville which is their two biggest shows.

Photo credit: Nashville Symphony – Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Time to finish off the stay in Nashville with a bit of a different genre but a truly extraordinary experience. Catch a concert at Nashville Symphony Schermerhorn Symphony Center. We could think of no better place to finish off the time in Music City than with the Nashville Symphony. It has been an integral part of the city since 1946. The orchestra performs 170 concerts annually and is the most active recording orchestra in the US. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center has been the symphony orchestra’s home since 2006. Throughout the year the center offers their core classical, pops and jazz series concerts as well as family events, movie presentations and special events with visiting artist performing ether solo or with the orchestra.

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We hate to break it to you, but your 72 hours are up. We know they’ve been filled with lots of fun listening to live music, drinking local brews, eating delightful food and diving into history and all the culture oozing out of this magical Music City.

So go home, tell your friends and family about this awesome stay and start planning your next vacation, back here! Because we guarantee it won’t be long until your ears, stomach and heart is pulling you right back to Nashville, Tennessee!

 

 

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