Lives in Chicago, Illinois
Since Aug 2010
I took my first plane ride at a mere two weeks of age and have been passionate about travel ever since. A published poet and working journalist, when not traveling I'm obsessing about where to go next, or writing about where I've been.
Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bars & Clubs
Theatres, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Theatres, Theatre & Performances, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historical & Heritage Tours
Bars & Clubs, Country & Western Bars
There's no more perfect way to welcome oneself to Nashville than with an early morning walk across the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge. Enjoy a brisk walk or a leisurely stroll, and take in views of the dazzling Nashville skyline as well as the sweeping Cumberland River.
Head over to the historic Edgefield neighborhood in east Nashville for breakfast at the Sky Blue Cafe. Opening daily at 7am, relish in a solid, southern meal at this colorful diner. Vegetarian and kids' menu options are also available for a meal that everyone can enjoy.
From souvenir shops to live music venues, country music clothing and accessories to eateries, downtown Nashville has got a little bit of everything, and is a great starting point in getting to know the city and what it has to offer. Allow yourself to slip into the laid-back groove of the city while trying on cowboy hats and boots, shopping, nibbling, and listening some great country and western artists and bands.
It's hard to miss Legends Corner when wandering down Broadway in downtown Nashville, and that's a good thing because that's where you should be headed, whether you realize it or not. Don't forget to take a look at the walls lined by country music record albums and posters, before settling down to enjoy the highlight - an array of some of Nashville's finest contemporary acts playing live.
You might not even realize you're hungry until you're walking down Broadway near Jack's, and get a whiff of the delectable smell of barbecue. Order up a dinner slathered in one of Jack's award winning sauces, and welcome your tummy to Nashville with a smile.
For breakfast in Nashville, try a place where the customers are the cooks — minus the cleanup. The Pfunky Griddle does all the preparation and leaves the fun stuff for you, right at your table. Great for kids of all ages, especially the pancakes.
If it's a love of country music that led you to Nashville, then a trip to the Ryman Auditorium is absolutely in order. The most famous home of the Grand Ole Opry, the history of country music is so prominent in this theater that if the walls could talk, well, they'd actually probably sing.
To learn more about some of the legendary country music artists who began their careers in Nashville, a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a must. View a fascinating collection of exhibits featuring some of country music's best loved groups and artists.
After all day walking around and learning about country music, it's time to stop for dinner at The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden. Voted Nashville's #1 Burger in both 2013 and 2014, The Pharmacy Burger Parlor offers a large and wild selection of burgers, an old-time soda fountain, and outdoor seating in Nashville's original Biergarten on nice days.
No stay in Nashville would be complete without attending a show at the legendary Grand Ole Opry. Come see live performances by some of the biggest stars of the country music genre.
For an unforgettable brunch, head over to the Saint Añejo Cantina for delicious offerings of the Mexican and Southwestern variety. For those who enjoy a good Bloody Mary with brunch, Saint Añejo offers the Bloody Maria and a Wicked Bloody Mary that are both hard to say no to.
To learn more about the history of the great state of Tennessee, pay a visit to the Tennessee State Museum in downtown Nashville. With exhibits spanning from pre-colonization to the 20th century, the museum offers permanent displays as well as a hall of changing exhibitions; plus the largest collection of Civil War uniforms, weapons, and battle flags in the country.
To learn about the history of Nashville from an expert, sign up for a Historic Tours of Nashville outing with longtime Nashville native and history buff, Jim Hardaway. Visit the Battle of Nashville site, the Parthenon at Centennial Park, and more significant and historical landmarks.
For Southern comfort food at its finest, join in the family-style dinner at Monell's Dining & Catering in the Germantown area. Skillet fried chicken, cheese grits, cornbread, biscuits and gravy — your mouth will start watering by reading the menu alone. Make friends by sitting at large tables and passing the bowls as they're served.
Sure, the Wildhorse Saloon is a staple for tourists visiting Nashville, but there's a good reason why. This massive three-story space hosts some of the hottest musical acts, and offers multiple bars and free nightly dance lessons. Very fun and very Nashville; you'll love spending your final evening at the Wildhorse Saloon.