On August 2, 2012Janet Kurtz answered the question:Choosing the best things to see and do in Nashville is pretty tough. First, Nashville’s rich and dynamic culture creates an unrivaled destination with something for everyone. Of course Nashville is known worldwide for its musical heritage. However, this middle Tennessee city has also become well recognized for great cuisine, world-class fine art, diverse history and top-ranking sports teams.
For a musical tour of the city, some of the "must-see" (and hear) spots are any of the Honky Tonks on Broadway. Admission is free and tipping the band is expected. The Ryman Auditorium is a perfect excuse to plan a visit to Nashville. As the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, this stage has seen music industry legends such as Paul Simmon, Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler, Kings of Leon and Chris Issacs - and that was just this year. For a more classical evening, make plans to visit the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, home of the award-winning Nashville Symphony.
Nashville has also become known as one of the top fine art destinations. The Frist Center for Visual Arts is a top-ranking fine art museum with powerful rotating exhibits and excellent educational programs. Visit Nashville the first Saturday of every month for the First Saturday Art Crawl and tour the galleries of downtown Nashville. The galleries offer an eclectic mix of well-known local and national artists without the stuffiness and hushed environment of stereotypical art galleries.
For history buffs, the historic homes of Nashville are a perfect way to spend a day. The Hermitage, the home of Andrew Jackson, is the third most visited president’s home in the country. Belle Mead Plantation championed some of the finest racehorses in the world, many of which still have descendents racing today. The Cheekwood mansion was the home of the Cheek family who owned the famous Maxwell House Hotel where Maxwell House coffee originated. Today guests can tour the home or the acres of beautifully kept botanical gardens. Of course, being the capital city, a tour of the historic capitol building, located across the street from the Hermitage Hotel, is a fascinating way to learn some of the history of Nashville.
Get your pulse racing with any number of our top-ranked professional and college sports teams. The Tennessee Titans football team plays at LP Field just one mile from the Hermitage Hotel. The Nashville Predators take the ice at the Bridgestone Arena three blocks from the Hermitage Hotel. Vanderbilt University’s sports teams bring visitors from all over the Southeast.
Finally, Nashville’s culinary scene continues to grow and offer something for every palate. The Capitol Grille, located in the Hermitage Hotel, is leading the charge in the local food movement. Chef Tyler Brown has created a sustainably farmed, heirloom garden on an historic Revolutionary War tract of land located just four miles from the Hermitage Hotel. In its second year of harvesting vegetables, chef Brown has also added a herd of heritage breed cattle to the farm. Once processed, the beef comes to the Capitol Grille and is dry aged for 21 days before being offered to visitors to the restaurant.