Nashville is known as “Music City” and Ryman Auditorium is known as the “Mother Church of Country Music.” The best way to enjoy the Ryman is to attend a performance there. It's a venue that hosts some of the best singers and composers of country, rock and classical music. Before the show starts, you can explore the fascinating memorabilia along the wall and underneath the beautiful stained-glass windows.
One unsurpassed place to refresh is the Nashville Shores. This family fun recreation complex with white sand beaches allows you to pursue activities like volleyball, basketball, golf and horseshoes. It's a great place to stay cool in the summer. You can also watch a movie on an inflatable screen while floating in the lagoon.
When you get hungry, head over to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. This is a restaurant covered with nostalgic antiques. I recommend ordering a frosty mug of apple cider then the vegetable plate with coleslaw, mashed potatoes, turnip greens and honey-glazed baby carrots. Don't forget to browse all the rustic crafts and preserved foods on sale in the lobby, as shown in this photo behind the cracker trying to hide his barrel.
For delicious evening dining, check out Blackstone Brewery, where you can watch master artisans making their award-winning beers behind glass windows. What could go better with a world-class brew than a brick oven pepperoni pizza or a buffalo burger of 100% American bison grilled over Tennessee hardwood? When the eating is finished, feel free to take your last beer over to the leather chairs in the cigar room. There you can plan the next day's excursion to Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, or any of Nashville's other cultural highlights.
Joanne Smith lives in the U.K. She is passionate about travel and writing. Follow her @travelplex.