A change of heart resulted in a family trip to Nashville, Tennessee. My daughter who was a finalist in the South Carolina State Pageant had been invited to Nashville for a modeling/acting workshop. We initially agreed and bought the plane tickets in preparation. However, one discussion led to another and we decided that the modeling/acting/pageantry lifestyle was not one we wanted for our daughter. So there we were, left holding plane tickets to a place neither of us were very jazzed to see. I had been to Nashville before and while it was fun there was really nothing calling me back. My husband said we might as well put the plane tickets to good use, so we did.
We booked a lake house on the outskirts of Nashville in Mount Juliet, TN. The rental we booked through VRBO.com is no longer available. However, it was a very nice place to stay and the only mishap we had was that the bed broke while we were sitting on it. This happened the night before we checked out and we ended up staying at a beautiful hotel in downtown Nashville while the others in our party stayed at the rental.
The house we stayed in was large, having two living areas and multiple rooms to choose from. Downstairs was the place to be, complete with a gas fireplace, pool table, and television overlooking the lake.
We were able to pack quite a bit of activity into our short stay. We visited many places, including Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and we saw the Rockette’s perform.
At Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage we took the candlelight tour. We learned a great deal about both the man and the property itself. Two fun facts: 1. Andrew Jackson was a tight wad. 2. The main house on the property was used as a field hospital during the war. We enjoyed our candlelight tour so much that we returned to see the property during the daylight on our last day in town.
At the Country Music Hall of Fame there was a lot to take in. There was clothing and costumes worn by famous country music stars, Elvis’ cars decked out in gold accents, and even a place to try your hand at being a recording artist.
No trip to Nashville would be complete without a visit to the Gaylord Opryland Resort. The hotel is massive and in the center there are shops, restaurants, and impressive water features! We had lunch at one of the restaurants and we were not disappointed.
We also managed to fit in a Radio City Rockette’s show before we left. It was very good; the kick line was hands down the best part.
The amount of fun we had on this trip really surprised us all. Nashville just seemed kind of boring to me, but the places we visited and the things we did were anything but boring. Having had such a wonderful time, I would definitely return if the opportunity presented itself. There was much more there to get into, we just didn’t have the time. Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage was the highlight of the trip for our whole family- so when you are in Nashville be sure to drop in and see it. Also, in the comments, feel free to let me know if there are any must-see’s in Nashville for my next visit!