So excited to post this blog from a trip my friend and I went on to Nashville, TN! I knew this trip would be super fun, but it was even more fun than I thought it was going to be.

On the morning of January 11th, we started our journey to Tennessee. IMG_8596.JPG

9 hours later we finally made it to Tennessee 🙂

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After a little over 10 hours of driving, we made it to Music City Circle where our hotel was in Nashville, TN!!!

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Since we arrived to the hotel at night and had been driving all day, we stayed in for the night to get rest so we could be full-on tourists the next day.

The next morning (Thursday), we had a tour at Blackbird Studios which was SO COOL! Also, we were able to talk to John McBride (Martina McBride’s husband) since he owns the studio. The Blackbird tour was amazing to see and to think of all the epic artists who recorded their music right where we were standing. I am determined to have a piano like this in my house one day!

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Once we finished at the studio, we headed to downtown Nashville!

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We spent the whole day being total tourists and learning our way around downtown, which is super easy since everything was either on one street (Broadway) or on 2nd, 3rd, 4th Avenue. We went back to our hotel for a couple hours before heading back downtown to get the full night life experience.

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We stayed at one bar until heading back to the hotel later on because the band that was there was really good. And there was a drunk guy who tried to perform on stage and ended up falling off and getting kicked out by security, so it was entertaining to watch.

Friday morning we went on a tour of the Grand Ole Opry 🙂

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This walkway is where the artists enter from, which is Grand Ole Opry’s version of the red carpet. Fun fact, when the artists arrive, they drive their own car and have to get out and move the road cones themselves. Our tour guide told us they make the artists do this so  they remain humble and not get too cocky or spoiled 😉

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TV studio in the back of the Grand Ole Opry that films scenes for “Nashville” and “HeeHaw”. Even though I’ve never seen either of those shows, it was still cool to see the studio.

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Artists’ check-in spot

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Pretty cool to see how much fan mail certain artists had in their mailbox

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This has to be one of the coolest dressing rooms ever!

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Family room where everyone hangs out before going on stage

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And the best part of the tour! Being on the Grand Ole Opry stage!

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The Ryman Auditorium located downtown is where it all started and was the first Grand Ole Opry before the new building was built in 1974. There are performances every night still at the Ryman by already known artists and up-and-coming  artists.

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Once the tour was over, we headed to the Pharmacy for lunch. According to recommendations from people on Instagram, it was apparently the best burger place. Once I took one bite of my burger I completely agreed! If you’re in Nashville, the Pharmacy is a must! They also have the best sweet potato fries!

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After lunch, we headed back to our hotel to get ready to go downtown. Once we arrived downtown, we went to the Stage to watch someone my friend knew perform. After that, we went line dancing for the first time, which was one of my favorite things we did while in Nashville 🙂

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I took this picture to remember where our shuttle dropped us off at, and then realized it was the CMT studio building.

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Saturday, which was our last full day in Nashville, we went to a karaoke bar downtown and then went to eat lunch at Honky Tonk Central. Apparently it’s never too early to start drinking and it’s tradition to “holler and swaller” any time of the day, so we fit right in with the locals when the person playing on stage would “holler” while holding up drinks in the air then we would “swaller” our water or lemonade 😉

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After lunch we made the most of our last full day in downtown and running from shop to shop trying to dodge the rain. We went back to the hotel to get the car and drive to The Bluebird Cafe. We left for the Bluebird Cafe around 4pm to wait in line until the doors opened at 5:30pm since it was first come first serve.

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While waiting in line, a woman walked to the other side of the line where the people with reservations waited. I knew I recognized her, but didn’t know where from, until I thought she looked like Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls on Little House On the Prairie. No one acted like they recognized her, so I wasn’t sure if it was actually her. I decided to walk up to her and ask if she was Melissa Gilbert because I didn’t want to miss a chance to meet Laura Ingalls. When I asked if it was her she responded with a quiet “yes I am” and asked if I wanted a picture with her. Of course I said yes, and her husband took our picture. People started realizing who she was, so she was escorted into the building. My favorite show growing up was Little House On the Prairie so to say I met Laura Ingalls, got a picture  with her, and had dinner near her, my life was complete 🙂 Hunter Hayes was performing that night at the Bluebird, but I was way more excited to meet Laura Ingalls ❤

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Once we made it inside, we experienced the coolest jam session.

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After the performance was over, we went back to our hotel for the night.

Sunday, our last day in Nashville.

The whole time we were staying in Nashville, I only ate fruit and eggs or cereal for breakfast since we were going to be doing a lot of walking around, but since it was the last day and we were going to be in the car all day, I pigged out on the hotel’s waffles. SO. GOOD. Definitely one of the best parts about the hotel.

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Happiness

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After breakfast we took one last trip downtown to take a few photos we didn’t get the chance to take earlier in the week.

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This bridge was where part of the music video for “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” was filmed and it also had the best view of downtown.

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Then more exploring took place.

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The whole time we were in Nashville and went downtown, we left my friend’s car at the hotel and took Music City Shuttle because parking was ridiculous to find and stupidly expensive. The lady who drove us around everywhere owned Music City Shuttle with her husband and was by far, the best shuttle driver ever and one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. While riding to our destination, we learned about the city and what happens at night on the shuttle when people have too much to drink, which I could’ve gone my whole life without hearing. But it was hilarious. Instead of the lady just being our shuttle driver, we quickly became friends with her. One of the things I will miss most about Nashville, is her and the conversations. She’s definitely the person to call if you’re in Nashville and need a ride anywhere 🙂

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And that concludes our Nashville, TN trip!

This was definitely a trip I will never forget.  Thanks for taking the time to look back on the trip with me.

Until next time,

Caitlin xxx

 

 

 

 

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