Ready or not, July is here! At this point in the summer, the anticipation and excitement of summer break may be wearing off and the boredom and difficulty in keeping yourself and the kids entertained setting in. With that in mind, we’ve designed our next blog series, debuting this month, around ways to explore Nashville with a lens you may not have before. Nashville Staycation, we’ve named it, and through it we’ll provide ways to enjoy weeks of themed days right here in Music City.
Whether you’re looking for ways to entertain animal lovers, those musically inclined, history buffs or outdoor enthusiasts, our blog series will provide a full days worth of fun for dozens of varying interests. Our first Staycation day is All About Nashville Culture. This day takes you through everything that Nashville is known for. Start the day at local favorite Pancake Pantry and end up and the world renowned Ryman Auditorium. If you only had one day to spend in Nashville, this would be what we recommend.
Here’s how we would spent our “All About Nashville Culture” Day:
A Nashville tradition since 1961, there isn’t a morning when the line isn’t wrapped around the corner of this Hillsboro Village hotspot. The Pancake Pantry is famed for its melt-in-your-mouth sweet potato pancakes. But if those aren’t your style, don’t worry. This popular breakfast stop has countless menu choices—each one as good as the next—and a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Be sure to get there bright and early to beat the crowds!The Pancake Pantry 1796 21st Ave S 383-9333 Check out their website here
Spend the morning perusing the shelves of East Side Story, an all-local book store in East Nashville. Stop in and spend some time appreciating the work of Nashville’s talented authors and artists. The shop is a part of the “Idea Hatchery” community—a group of modular buildings housing entrepreneurial startups.East Side Story 1108 Woodland Street, Unit B 915-1808 Check out their website here
Famous for their Meat and Three meals, Rotier’s is a West Nashville staple. The building was originally a carriage house for the Elliston mansion, but since 1945 the restaurant has been serving cold beer, burgers, and handmade milkshakes.Rotier’s 2413 Elliston Place 327-9892 Check out their website here
Afternoon Activity: Belcourt Theater
After lunch and if you’re in the mood for a laid-back activity, head back towards Hillsboro Village to the Belcourt Theater. Catching a movie in the historic, non-profit, cultural treasure is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. The theater tends to show classic films, independent movies, or others not shown in big name theaters.Belcourt Theater 2102 Belcourt Avenue 383-9140 Check out their website here
Dinner: The Southern Steak & Oyster
Housed in the ground floor of the Pinnacle, The Southern is relatively new to Nashville, though its connection to Nashville culture is very apparent. The art wall local photographer, Bill Thorup’s work and the cowboy statue formerly on Lower Broadway are some of the obvious Nashville elements. But beyond the local culture, The Southern is a must for its famed oyster bar and renowned menu.The Southern Steak & Oyster 150 3rd Ave S #110 724-1762 Check out their website here
To finish off a day full of Nashville culture, what better place to go than the home of country music itself? Grab tickets to see a show at this National Landmark where stars like Minnie Pearl, Hank Williams, Katherine Hepburn, Elvis Presley, and James Brown have performed for Music City.The Ryman Auditorium 116 5th Ave N 889-3060 Check out their website here
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