Thursday Travels: Nashvegas! (Nashville, TN)

Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting up with some girlfriends from across the country for a kidless weekend.  Some drove, some flew, but If you're a mom, you know what a big deal it is to up and leave your kid(s) and go to another state.  Now, being a beach lover and not a huge country music fan, Nashville is not really high on my list of places to travel... but it was a great weekend getaway.  The weather was fantastic and the people were super friendly.  We laughed so hard we cried, ate barbeque, drank beer (there are lots of decent microbrews in the area), did some shopping, and listened to a LOT of country music.  

Everyone in Nashville is a musician, even the hotel bartender.  So even though I am not a fan, I made it a point to take a tour of the Grand Old Opry.  It was pretty cool to see some of the places the show Nashville is being filmed, and I had no idea that Darius Rucker (of Hootie and the Blowfish fame) was a member of the Opry.  Being a closet fan of the show, I wish I'd had a chance to see the Ryman Center, but I guess I'll just have to save that until the next time. 

I did get to walk around the Gaylord Opryland resort.  What a beautiful, serene resort!  Indoor waterfalls, gardens, shopping, dining... you could definitely spend the weekend having fun just in the resort- which is a good thing, since it's close to Opry Mills (outlet shopping) but far from downtown.  My flight was the last, so once my friends left, I had a nice quiet coffee and enjoyed the view.  Had I really been on it, I would've called the spa and booked myself an appointment.  :)

So here's what you need to know if you're planning a girls' weekend in Nashville:

  • Airfare was expensive.  Use sites like Kayak.com and Priceline.com to get a better deal.
  • There is no mass transit.  Plan to rent a car or take taxis.  At the time of this post, the flat rate cab fare between the airport, Opryland, and Downtown is $25 plus $1 for each additional passenger.
  • If you're going to buy cowboy boots, go to the mall instead of downtown.  They're all imported from China, anyway.

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