Our travel spotlight shines on the beautiful and dynamic southern town of Nashville, Tennessee. Whether its beautiful landscape, a vibrant music scene, historic landmarks, delicious southern fare or great walking and shopping areas that you are looking for, Nashville is the place for you! We are highlighting some of the hotspots below as well as the places you can find Susan Shaw Jewelry in the city.
One of the quintessential Nashville spots has to be Centennial Park. Located just west of downtown in what is known as the West End, this public park has been around since The Tennessee Centennial in 1897. At the time, the full-size Parthenon replica (a nod to Nashville’s status as “The Athens of the South”) was erected mostly of plaster, but when that began to fall into disrepair in the 1920s, it was replaced with the concrete and steel structure we see today. Want more historical sites in Nashville? Don’t miss the state capital, The Hermitage (home of President Andrew Jackson), or the Belle Meade Plantation.
Of course we all know Nashville as the center of Country music, earning it the title of Music City, USA. Because of that, the city is overflowing with places any music lover would want to see. Music Row is a section of 16th & 17th Avenue just southwest of downtown that serves as the headquarters of the country music industry. In this one spot you can see tons of recording studios and office buildings that house the singers, songwriters and record label executives of country music. The oldest recording studio, RCA Studio B, is one of the top attractions in the area. Many of the buildings are converted old homes, which adds to the charm of walking down the street. Of course country star sightings are always a welcome bonus!
The hotel that was originally built to service the many patrons of the Grand Ole Opry was a fabulous place, but only a fraction of what the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is today. The original building was built like an old fashion plantation home, but each new area has added more amenities and attractions. The hotel’s indoor and outdoor pools and 9 acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls will keep you in awe as you explore this expansive property.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the largest museums of it’s kind, earning it the title of “the Smithsonian of Country Music.” They recently unveiled a $100 million expansion, doubling its size to 350,000 square feet of dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores, and 2 theaters. Looking for more music history? Try the Johnny Cash Museum and Patsy Cline Museum as well.
The Bluebird Cafe is one of the best places to hear up and coming talent play and, thanks in part to ABC’s hit show “Nashville,” now one of the most popular tourist attractions in town. This little cafe should not be judged by its unassuming exterior.
Sightseeing wearing you down? How about some retail therapy? Below are the wonderful spots in the city that you can find our jewelry.
2104 Crestmoor Road • Nashville, Tennessee 37215 • 615.269.3071
Located in the upscale area of Green Hills, Color is a beautiful collection of home accessories, entertaining pieces, and stylish gifts.
The French Shoppe
2817 West End Ave. #120 • Nashville, TN 37203
and The French Shoppe at Belle Meade
6049 Highway 100 • Nashville, TN 37205
The French Shoppe is a local boutique with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With two locations in the Nashville area (Park Place and Belle Meade), The French Shoppe offers clothing and accessories from many top designers.
The Friends Shop @ Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
2200 Children’s Way • Nashville, TN 37232 • (615) 936-1000
Buy a toy for a child, jewelry for yourself, or gifts for family at the Friends Shop on the second floor of Children’s Hospital. Proceeds from the sales of The Friends Shop are used by the Friends organization to support the programs and services at Children’s Hospital.
After all the shopping, you are bound to work up an appetite! Thankfully, Nashville cuisine will not let you down. In this hip and vibrant city, New restuarants are always popping up- and they are definitely worth a look- but there are also some long-standing staples we want to mention.
For more than 50 years, locals and tourists alike have been driving just out of town to Loveless Cafe. This cozy restaurant is known for some of the best scratch biscuits and crispiest fried chicken in Tennessee. They serve hearty, country-ham-adorned breakfasts, as well as classic meat ’n’ three lunches and dinners daily.
Founded in 1934, Jimmy Kelly’s is a classic southern steakhouse that is known for it’s attentive service, delicious fare and Tennessee whisky. Housed in an old southern mansion in the heart of the city, the restaurant has a speakeasy quality about it that will take you back to a simpler time.
For a classic meat-and-three lunch, Arnold’s Country Kitchen will not disappoint. They have been serving southern staples like catfish, chicken & dumplings, fried green tomatoes, and cornbread – for over 3 decades. Dessert at lunch? Why not? They are known for their banana pudding and scratch-made chess & chocolate pies.
Housed in the historic Hermitage Hotel, Capitol Grille has been a tried and true Nashville restaurant since 1910. It’s a special occasion kind of place with fancy food and impeccable service. We highly recommend a drink at their elegant Oak Bar.
OK time to pack your boots and get to Nashville! Susan actually purchased the boots below on her last trip to Nashville, and they look fabulous with her genuine turquoise pieces!
Susan Shaw Jewelry