At the beginning of March (I have no idea how it’s been over a month since our trip) Forest and I went on one last getaway before our baby girl arrives. We knew we’d be in Indiana for a baby shower at some point so we planned accordingly – we spent a weekend in Indiana with family and the rest of the week on a fun road trip. We had 3 destinations in mind: Nashville, TN | Louisville, KY | The Creation Museum just outside of Cincinnati, OH.
DAY 1: We drove 6-ish hours from our hometown in Indiana to Nashville, TN, arriving right around lunch time on Monday afternoon. The first thing noticed was a peculiar building in the Nashville skyline (it’s actually an AT&T building) that has an uncanny resemblance to Batman.
We spent the rest of the day walking around the downtown area of Nashville. We saw the Ryman Auditorium (where the Grand Ole Opry originally started & where they still do shows in the winter) and explored the main street that is lined with bars and restaurants with their doors open and live country music. We had dinner at the BB Kings Restaurant and stayed awhile after we were done eating to listen to the live blues music.
DAY 2: We spent most of our day in The Country Music Hall of Fame. We arrived soon after they opened at 10 am and only got through half of the HoF before our Studio B tour was scheduled. We grabbed a quick lunch in the lobby of the HoF building and got in line for the bus ride to the historic Studio B where many great songs were recorded by famous musicians, including Dolly Parton and Elvis. I got to sit at the piano that was Elvis’ favorite in the studio to record his songs. Our tour guide through the studio was knowledgeable and had a lot of great stories to tell about the artists that recorded there as well as stories & landmarks to see throughout downtown Nashville. When we got back to the Hall of Fame, we finished exploring all of the exhibits and browsed through the gift shops before we left.
We thought it would be fun to take a walk down Music Row since we had some time to kill after the Hall of Fame. There actually wasn’t much to see – Music Row is in a residential neighborhood and the recording studios just look like houses. The only thing that made them stand out from the family homes were the signs and banners in the front yard. We did pass by one studio that had a group of guys with guitars sitting on the front porch.
We wanted to do a tour of the Grand Ole Opry so we drove the 20 minutes from our hotel only to find out there weren’t any spots available for the rest of the day. We booked tickets for the next morning and headed back to our hotel. Picking a place for dinner was always difficult – there seemed to be so many fun restaurants near us that we just couldn’t pick which one. Forest chose the Wild Horse Saloon for a combination dinner & line dancing. The food was good but the line dancing and live music was the best part.
This is where I think I’ll stop for now. Our 3rd day in Nashville was packed full and there are so many pictures. I’ll be back with Day 3 in Nashville, our day at the Louisville Slugger Museum, and a recap of our trip.
Until next time — Cindy
*all images are original to A View from the Shore