We spend several months out of the year living in Eureka, MO and our house is only a 4-5 hour drive to Nashville. We booked our hotel at the Downtown Hilton, packed up the car and headed to TN. The drive was beautiful and I fell in love with not only the area but the people and the country vibe. My favorite music is country and I felt right at home. I just wished I would have brought my cowgirl boots!!
Hilton Downtown Nashville
http://www3.hilton.com - The hotel was beautiful, clean, and quiet for being right in the middle of the city. It was located in the heart of the city, allowed dogs and had a Starbuck’s within walking distance!!!
We were so hungry when we arrived and knew we wanted steak! We were told The Palm had the best steaks and was right around the corner so off we went.
The Palm Nashville
140 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, (http://www.thepalm.com/nashville) - We each had the Wagyu Rib-Eye Steak 12 ounce, with the Three Cheese Potatoes Au Gratin. Our waitress was very sweet and even said “bless your little heart”. I loved it! I was a bit shocked when I opened up the menu because the prices are a bit steep but what the heck. We were on vacation and a much needed one at that.
Prior to visiting the city, I tried getting the lay of the land by googling the area. This website is a great for navigating the city:
After our delicious steak dinner, we walked downtown and took in all of the sites, sounds, and smells. We even stopped off at a blues bar to have a drink.
Check out Navigating Nashville’s nightlight:
We toured Nashville’s Country Music City Hall of Fame and Museum - https://countrymusichalloffame.org and it was packed with education, lights, glamour, and history; pefect for all ages.
We get my dad a t-shirt from all of our travels so we had to stop off the Johnny Cash Museum and Patsy Cline Museum. I first thought this would be something not so exciting; pretty short and sweet but I was wrong. Both locations were impeccably done and portrayed their “lives” as they lived them very well. It was as if you were there walking through life with them.
Johnny Cash Museum
Patsy Cline Museum
A vacation day doesn’t end without a stop at the hotel bar where we had the most delicious wine and handmade fried potato chips with special dipping sauces. The hotel bar sits right in the middle of the hotel lobby and for as big as the hotel is, the atmosphere felt quaint, cozy, and relaxing.
Just when I thought Thomas couldn’t surprise me anymore, he suggests going to Franklin, TN. Franklin, TN is only approximately 20 minutes from downtown so we decided to take a day and check it out. Let’s just say…I was hooked!!!!! It didn’t take much planning. We threw caution to the wind and said we would figure it out when we got there. We arrived in downtown Franklin and I think I turned into a little kid in the car so excited about what I was seeing.
Downtown Franklin, Tennessee is a vibrant blend of historic preservation and modern sophistication. Just 14 miles from Nashville, you’ll find an oasis of Southern hospitality housed in a 16-block National Register district of award-winning antique shops, brick-and-mortar gift and book stores, fashion-forward boutiques, privately owned art galleries, lovingly restored homes and more.
They’ve earned recognition as an authentic, eclectic community whose locals have never met a stranger. Whether you’re looking to explore the locally owned shops that line Main Street, score a timeless heirloom in our antique district, catch a live show at our award-winning venues or grab a craft cocktail at one of our acclaimed restaurants, there’s something for everyone here. Check out our guide to begin exploring - http://downtownfranklintn.com/guide/
Puckett’s Boat House, 94 East Main Street, (www.puckettsboathouse.com) - I immediately fell in love with the place. It was if were on the beach and had just walked into a restaurant on the boardwalk. The staff was friendly and the food was delicious. We each ordered the fried fish sandwich with their signature breading. french fries, and fried stuffed crab meat balls as an appetizer.
Zolos, 119 5th Avenue North, (http://downtownfranklintn.com/listings/zolos-italian-restaurant/) - We each ordered the scratch-made lasagna which arrived hot and delicious. The piece was very large with piles of cheese just the way we like it.
Sweet CeCe’s, 500 West Main Street, (www.sweetceces.com) - Thomas ordered the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream and after one taste of his, I got a spoon and shared it with him :-).
Kilwins, 405 Main Street, (www.kilwins.com/franklin) - They have the worlds best Mackinac Island Fudge and original ice cream recipe but I chose to get the chocolate covered Twinkie on a stick.
We loved Franklin so much that we checked out of the Hilton and checked into another hotel in Franklin so we could spend another day.
We walked the town and hit all of the quaint and beautiful antique stores. We love antiques and saw many things we liked but with two homes, we considered our budget and decided that just browsing was what were going to do. We met some very nice store owners and during one of discussions found out that Brad Paisley was putting on a concert in town square and filming a video for his song “Heaven South”. If you watch the video, you can see a good bit of the square. And if Thomas and I look closely, we can see ourselves standing off to the left!
We were so excited thinking that just to be there, getting to see a free concert was awesome but it was even more exciting to find that we were standing right in front of Brad's truck when he arrived and stopped to get out. The square was filled with excited fans who many of them made it on camera.
Although there is much shopping to do, we chose to do more site seeing and touring. We toured the following three homes and property and I couldn’t decide which tour guide I liked the best. They were all so good, informative, and passionate about their work.
Lotz House, The Battle of Franklin, 1111 Columbia Avenue, (www.lotzhouse.com)
Carter House, The Battle of Franklin - November 30th, 1864, 1140 Columbia Avenue, (www.boft.org)
Carnton Plantation, The Battle of Franklin - November 30th, 1864, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, (www.boft.org) - This was the Civil War Field Hospital, Confederate Cemetery, and Battlefield
Our trip to Nashville and Franklin was unforgettable. These old homes were beautiful and we are so lucky that they are still being taken care of and still standing today. What a sight to see!