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    YOUR CITY, YOUR WAY | For the Country Music Fans

    Breakfast: Loveless

    The timeless Nashville landmark has mourned the passing of Carol Fay Ellison, “The Biscuit Lady,” but her tradition of incredible cooking and Southern charm has managed to survive at Loveless Café. Start your day off with their award-winning country ham and red eye gravy with biscuits and homemade preserves. Check out the Loveless Barn out back, where all kinds of events are held, from charity dinners to concerts and even weddings. Loveless seems like a world away from the speed of Nashville, but it remains one of country music’s favorite down-home eateries!

    Loveless Café
    8400 Hwy 100
    646-9700

    Activity: Country Music Hall of Fame

    Drive past some of country musicians’ favorite downtown haunts and pull up to the place that remembers all the best pieces of Country Music History. The Museum features a regular schedule of musical events and programs, museum store, on-site dining, and dynamic exhibits. Don’t miss the Hall of Fame Rotunda, where the bronze plaques are displayed for future generations to honor and enjoy. The rotating exhibits feature in depth the lives of some of country music’s greatest names. Past exhibits have included Family Tradition featuring Hank Williams, Sr and Hank, Jr in a new light, as well as I Can’t Stop Loving You, which tracked Ray Charles’s influence on country music.

    The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
    222 Fifth Avenue South
    416-2001

    Lunch: Jack’s BBQ

    Pigs fly over Broadway at legendary Jack’s Bar-B-Que, where they cater to “world and local renowned dignitaries, and to ordinary people.” Jack’s opened in 1976 and has been lauded as Nashville’s favorite “pit-to-plate” barbecue joint ever since. The downtown spot makes Jack’s an obvious choice for locals and tourists alike, and the barbecue does not disappoint! You might be so blown away that you’ll want to take home a jar of Jack’s “Best Sauce on the Planet” award-winner.

    Jack’s Bar-B-Que
    416 Broadway
    254-5715

    Activity: Tour Ryman

    The Ryman served as the home of the Grand Ole Opry for over 30 years and is still referred to as the Mother Church of Country Music. The tours are self-guided, so you can go at your own pace and explore the halls filled with memorabilia in the historical landmark as it appeals to you. Want more than just walking through the halls? Get a backstage guided tour where you’ll get to stand on the stage, exactly where country music greats like George Jones and Dolly Parton have performed. For the most unique memento of your visit to the Ryman, you can even record your own song in the Ryman recording studios. Choose from the list of songs available to sing, or bring in your own original composition, and come home with a copy of your CD from “Ryman Record Label.”

    Ryman Auditorium
    116 Fifth Avenue North
    889-3060

    Dinner: Monell’s

    Sit down family-style at Monell’s for a bottomless dinner of Southern favorites, including their famous skillet fried chicken served at every meal, hot biscuits, pitchers of sweet tea, and more vegetable sides than you can count. An endless parade of deep serving dishes will absolutely guarantee that you will not go hungry. You’ll leave feeling like your southern grandma had spent all day cooking for the family.

    Monell’s
    1235 6th Ave North
    248-4747

    Activity: Honky Tonk Bars (Robert’s, Second Fiddle, Tootsie’s)

    Just down the hill from the Mother Church of Country Music (Ryman Auditorium) is honkytonk heaven. Robert’s Western World is consistently voted Best Honky Tonk in Music City, with tunes from the Golden Era of Country and Hillbilly Music and its infamous wall of cowboy boots inside. Next door is Second Fiddle, decorated with antique radios and music memorabilia and offering live music seven days a week. You’ll know when you get to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, as it is actually painted the color orchid. This legendary country bar recently celebrated its 50th anniversary as one of Nashville’s most famous hangouts.

    Robert’s Western World
    416B Broadway
    244-9552

    The Second Fiddle
    420 Broadway
    251-6812

    Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge
    422 Broadway
    726-0463

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