One of my best friends, Hannah, moved to Nashville a few months ago. Being almost nine hours away gets tough sometimes, so a group of my friends decided that we would go visit her in Nashville.
I’m quite the planner, so I collected plans for our little road trip and I had our journey spread across an entire day, from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Since it was fall, I wanted to stop in the mountains to go apple picking. I live in North Carolina, and the orchards are some of the most beautiful places when the leaves change colors. Most of our group agreed to stop for a couple of hours to eat and pick a few apples, so I took advantage of every opportunity they would allow me.
In addition to being a planner, I love to take pictures of everything. When you are in the mountains of North Carolina, in the fall, you cannot help but take a few pictures because the scenery is absolutely beautiful. After a few hours, we loaded the car back up with a few bags of apples. Our only other stops were in Asheville for more food and we were on our way to Nashville.
Since I am a “typical tourist”, I had to see the Country Music Hall of Fame. I was excited to see the Blake Shelton exhibit, which was about to be taken down. I was also excited to listen to music around the city at night. Despite my tourist tendencies, Hannah wanted us to experience Nashville like locals.
Monday nights, at The Five Spot, is Motown Monday. Officially known as the “Keep on Movin’ Dance Party”, anyone can come dance to old-school music and not worry about being shy. Being the most shy in our group, I was a little hesitant, but dancing with complete strangers to some of my favorite older songs was the best experience in Nashville.
Another exciting experience I had was going to some of the local clubs to listen to new music. In my experience, some of the best artists are the ones that have not been discovered, or the ones that were discovered, but never given a chance. Throughout the week, we hit Mercy Lounge for a variety of styles of music, and Exit/In for some local groups. I was not a huge fan of some of the more eclectic groups but I had fun.
We spent a lot of the week exploring the parks around the city, including The Parthenon at Centennial Park. After walking through the art gallery in The Parthenon, we spent the rest of the day exploring the gardens and the other monuments throughout the park.
Some of the other parks we visited include Fort Negley, where we happened to catch the Fort Negley Fossil Finders event, and went looking for our own fossils. All we found was a couple of leaf imprints, and one small footprint, but we had a great time. There is a really good view of the city from this park.
After one week in Nashville, we had to go home. On the way back, I was told I was not allowed to stop at another orchard, but we did stop in the mountains to take a few more pictures. We also traveled along the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville to Blowing Rock so we could look at the changing leaves. After we got off the parkway, we headed back home.