Never Enough Nashville

Being a music lover, there is never enough Nashville in my life. Thankfully, it is only an hour and half from home on Southwest and since we have earned a companion pass, by husband flies for a minute fee of $11.20 each time I go. My ticket on Southwest was $469. I chose the Wanna Get Away fare which is their cheapest fare. Be sure to book in advance when shopping for this lowest fare. Many flights are full more than a month in advance and the higher fares can be up to twice the price. If you aren’t familiar with Southwest’s pricing, I will be doing a post about the differences between the fares and the rewards at each level. But now, back to Nashville!

We stayed at the Hampton Inn on 4th Ave South. It was our second stay there. If you are interested in the write up of the first stay and more details on this hotel, check out our post “High Priced Hampton Inn.” Like last time the room was adequate but not outstanding. They did not only put out a great breakfast buffet, with biscuits and gravy, sausage and eggs with tortillas, and homemade grits in addition to the usual fruit, waffles, yogurt and pastries but they also put out snacks, tea and lemonade in the afternoons. We arrived on Friday and the afternoon snack was nachos with cheese and chili available as well as jalapeños, sour cream and salsa. On Saturday afternoon the snack was hot dogs with ketchup, mustard and relish available. Both days there were two kinds of cookies for those with a sweet tooth.

The next day after a breakfast in the hotel lobby we headed out to the Country Music Hall of Fame. This is a must do if you are in Nashville. There is so much to see that it deserves its own post. Keep your eye out for that. I will tempt you with a few pictures however.

After a thorough tour of the museum we headed back to the room to get ready for the reason for the trip, Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Ryman. We went to dinner before the concert at Kitchen Notes in the Omni. My husband and I had been there on a previous trip and thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately this time was not up to par. While the biscuits and breads were delicious and the chicken was good (good not great and definitely not made to order as it came out of the kitchen very quickly) the root vegetables were crisp to the point of being almost raw and hard to eat and the rutabaga was bitter. I had the Hoppin’ John and was really looking forward to the red field peas. They were obviously made from dried beans and were still dry and undercooked. Sadly, I think this restaurant is off our rotation since Nashville has so much to offer.

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