8/27/18

Nashville: Where Legends are Made


The Mister and I have been wanting to see Nashville for a few years now, so we decided to make it part of our vacation this year. We spent three nights there and had so much fun!




We tried Airbnb for the first time and had a great experience with it. Our studio unit was only 4-5 blocks from Broadway, so we were able to walk to most of the places we visited.




So much to see in this historic city!



The infamous Printers Alley




Blake Shelton had just opened his new restaurant and we enjoyed dinner there one night.


The food was delicious and the live entertainment was great as well. A friend of our who goes to Nashville quite often told us to be on the lookout for famous artists since it was CMT Awards week. There were lots of free concerts everywhere you went! Because alot of the artists were in town for the awards ceremony, they tend to use this time to mingle among the fans as much as they can.  We actually caught the live CMT Crossroads Concert on the street and got to see Luke Combs perform.  



Sign on the girl's bathroom door 😊


We didn't attend any concerts at the Ryman Auditorium, but wanted to see it for sure. 


They were having a concert there one night and we saw a couple of "famous" people entering the back of the building. We were told one was Radio Amy of the Bobby Bones show. Not sure about the other, but cool either way! The other lady had walked right by me when we were standing in front of the building looking around. She smiled as she and another lady walked past us. I told the Mister I thought she was someone important. He was like, "nahhh", but when we turned the corner to walk in the alley behind the building, she was there in a crowd signing autographs. 




What a pretty view this bridge was at night! There was a Big and Rich concert going on in a nearby park and we were able to listen to it on the river walk.



General Jackson Showboat

Night Life in Nashville




We also enjoyed a shopping trip to the American Pickers store.




And of course, we had to find the famous murals to take pictures.


That time I was an angel.........


and Scott was NOT.........LOL! 😁


I'm so thankful that he puts up with all my crazy must-dos!


While in Nashville, we also went to see the Gaylord Opryland Resort.....and holy moly! What a beautiful place it is!!!


We've always wanted to go to Nashville around Christmas.  Maybe we'll make it one day....and I want to stay here when we do.  How fun would it be to have a balcony overlooking these beautiful gardens?!  So dreamy!








While there, we also did the tour of the backstage at the Grand Ole Opry.





The front door


I hate that we didn't plan ahead to catch a concert while we were there. Carrie Underwood was performing at the Opry that night.  I'm sure that would have been an awesome concert!


If you ever get the chance to do the backstage tour, you must! It' so worth the money.


This is the back entrance where the performers come in


Then they (and anyone else having access to back stage) goes through security. During the time the performer walks through, metal doors (like garage doors) are pulled down on each side of the hall to give them private entrance. This of course, helps to keep things safe and secure.


After security, you walk under this sign right into the back stage area.

One of the dressing rooms


Another dressing room. I don't remember which one of these it was, but one is the Women of Country room that Carrie Underwood always requests. Can you just imagine the famous ladies who have sat back here before taking the stage?!


The Green Room (which is not so green) 😬


That black metal bar on the wall is the height the water got when Nashville flooded a few years back. So much of the Opry had to be redone after being flood by the water.


So this is what it would look like as you walk out onto the Opry stage.

A view from the stage into the audience


On stage is chairs for the backup musicians. There is also wood pews for family/friends of the person performing where they get to sit and listen to the concert. How cool is that!


The famous Opry stage! The circle of lighter wood was taken from the original Opry stage that is now the Ryman Auditorium


And yes...we got to stand on the stage and have our picture taken. So fun!




Our trip to Nashville was incredible!  There's so much to see and do and the live music is best to none!  I highly recommend a trip there, especially if you are a music lover.  So much history to appreciate. I really hope the Mister and I make it back for another visit in the not too far future.

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