I got away from my small town this weekend and took a trip down to Tennessee, visiting the beautiful and historic city of Nashville. Have you ever visited Nashville? I must say it’s a wonderful place to visit with so much history and live entertainment. I love hearing the sounds of so many different voices and instruments flooding the streets as I walked through downtown.
The best part of the trip for me was seeing my brother once again. I haven’t seen him face-to-face (face time doesn’t count) since he deployed to Afghanistan over a year ago. He is stationed at Fort Campbell in Clarksville and I spent several days visiting with him and his lovely wife. We had such a great time catching up, visiting antique shops, a beautiful Amish farm, watching the NCAA tournament (UVA fans here!), and spending Sunday afternoon in Nashville.
My brother and his wife knew the first place I would want to visit is the American Pickers shop, Antique Archaeology. They were right. They know I love antiques and upcycling so this was a great place to start my tour of Nashville. I didn’t buy anything but it was neat to look around and see all the different treasures they had on display. My favorite piece in the shop was Loretta Lynn’s stage dress from the 70’s. I’m a Loretta Lynn fan and she’s always had such class and style. What a pretty dress…
Antique Archaeology was a busy place even for a Sunday afternoon, but it is Nashville and my only comparison is the crowd I see in my small town on Sunday’s…which isn’t busy at all. My brother said the Sunday crowd in Nashville is very little compared to a Friday or Saturday.
It sort of felt like the TV show came to life when I walked inside. I was really impressed by all the lighting they had displayed throughout.
There were so many interesting antique pieces all throughout and the ones I would have taken home with me were out of my price range, although it was still fun to look around and take pictures at every turn.
So much music memorabilia….it is Nashville, after all.
A few pieces behind one of the registers, including a rusted logo sign. I love the old card catalog style cabinet.
The Antique Archaeology shop is located in the old Marathon Motor Works building, along with several other shops and a brewery. I had never heard of the Marathon automobile and after visiting this old building, I searched it on the internet and learned about the vehicle that was once manufactured here.
You can see the building is quite old and has so much charm and character. I always love when someone turns a historical building into something like this. Antique Archaeology was just a small part of this historic place. There were so many interesting pieces displayed throughout the building which still had an industrial look.
After we left the Marathon building, we had lunch at Maggiano’s. If you decide to eat here while you are in Nashville, you will not be disappointed. The food was amazing.
I had the chicken and spinach manicotti…highly recommended! Pardon my blurry iPhone photo, but with this excellent dish in front of me, taking a quality photo was not a priority in that moment. Oh, and if you do visit Maggiano’s, the chocolate cake is a must-have!
After our meal at Maggiano’s, we took a stroll downtown and stopped by the BB King Blues Club.
That’s when I really wished my husband was with us. He is a big fan of the blues, especially BB King. My husband is also a guitar player and loves to play the blues, so I know he would have enjoyed the atmosphere inside the Blues Club.
The live music was nice and most often is anywhere you go in Nashville. I wanted to take a picture of the band but with people sitting at tables and eating around us I didn’t want to disturb them. I did manage to snap a few pictures of the paintings as we were walking in. There were so many hanging up along the walls of BB and his friends.
Since we are football fans, my brother took me to see the Tennessee Titans stadium which was right by the Cumberland River. I’m sure it’s a pretty walk there along the river and around the bridge and I enjoyed seeing the flowers, especially since it was such a cool afternoon. Signs that spring is really here!
Another stop on our walk downtown was Boot Country. So many pretty boots lining the walls and you can’t escape the smell of leather throughout the place…which is a good thing. They have a special of buy one pair and get two free. Seems like you definitely get your money’s worth here.
Our next stop was just right down the street to the Ryman Auditorium…once the home of the Grand Ole Opry. This is my favorite building in Nashville and I’ve never even been inside. I would love to go in though!
Not only is this building beautiful, it’s filled with history. I thought to myself how awesome it would have been to hear the voices of those like Patsy Cline and Hank Williams as they perfromed here. I enjoy all types of music but thanks to my Dad and Grandaddy, I have quite an appreciation for classic country music. My Grandaddy went to school with the original members of the Statler Brothers and since they are from Augusta County, I grew up hearing their music as well. I believe they even performed at the Ryman before.
I snapped this photo as I was standing at the back of the Ryman. It was cool to see the CMT building and the AT&T building, aka the ‘Batman Building’, which you can’t miss even when you’re driving into the city.
Our last stop was the famous Printers Alley, once home to publishers, printers, and newspapers…according to my Wikipedia search. I hadn’t heard of it before my visit to Nashville and apparently it’s a well-known place. It’s lined with restaurants and clubs and many bright lights and signs. It was a pretty street and even had one New Orleans style building which was my favorite.
My afternoon spent in Nashville was filled with fun and entertainment and many reminders of the history of music. Not only country music, but blues and rock music as well. It is a very friendly and welcoming city and there was so much more to do there than I could cover in one afternoon. I know you can’t go wrong visiting the places we did on that Sunday afternoon. Thanks to my brother and his wife for a fun filled weekend and an enjoyable trip to Nashville.
I hope to return to you again someday, Nashville!