No Ordinary Liz takes on Nashville (Part 1)

Mar 30, 2016 | Adventures, Stories | 47 comments

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WARNING: I apologize in advance for this long post, BUT, I just have so much to share about NASHVILLE!  You will be hooked and ready to add/subtract this place off YOUR bucket list! Stay tuned for Part 2 of my NASHVILLE excursion!

Bucket lists are a collection of ideas, things or places you want to accomplish before you start a family or you expire!  The best thing about a bucket list is the fact that whatever you decide to add, it has no expiration date.  You complete when you want and how. There’s no limit but the sky! Hopefully we all have one that you are adding to and checking off occasionally.  Well I have A LOT of NO ORDINARY things on my list and keep adding to it.

Last year after Christmas, I know, I’m so late in writing this post I had the chance to check off an item!  If being spontaneous had a name, then it would be NO ORDINARY LIZ.  I always keep an open mind and LOVE exploring places.  Sometimes the BEST adventures blossom this way! If you recall, I had Achilles Tendon surgery back in October, so at this time, I was rocking my fancy “robocop” boot! Thank goodness I could still drive! Nothing beats a good ole ROAD TRIP and NOTHING was going to hold me back. Nothing.

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So,without an agenda, a friend and I embarked on this journey to NASHVILLE aka MUSIC CITY.

The drive to NASHVILLE from Tampa was super easy, it took us about 10 hours.  I know that sounds like A LOT, but knowing where I was driving to made up for the long hours. 🙂

ECSTATIC would be the best way to describe the instant I saw the sign…NASHVILLE! For just a moment in my fantasy world,  I felt like I was an artist on my way to getting discovered.  Heck. If only I could carry a tune!

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Thanks to airbnb for hooking us up with this awesome place!  The location was perfect.  This super cheap place reminded me of a quaint house you’d only find in movies.  It had the smell of “ole” living and everything we needed to enjoy our stay! Only a 10 minute car ride into downtown NASHVILLE!  Home for 5 days!!

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So as I mentioned earlier, we didn’t have a game plan on how we spent our days.  I had limited mobility and had to find/do things that didn’t evolve in a WHOLE lot of walking.  Well, that didn’t stop me, I ended up walking and paying for it later, but it was ALL GOOD and worth it!

So where did I venture off to in NASHVILLE?

Well keep scrolling…

Uncorked 131 Recognize this place?  This is the inside of Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.  Absolutely stunning.

Uncorked 134 Uncorked 135These images were taken out front of the Gaylord Opryland Resort “garden” area.   The pictures don’t do any justice.  I truly felt like I was surrounded by pure MAGIC! I’m just sharing a glimpse of what I experienced.  Everyone should get to see this once in their lifetime.  This is a MUST to add to your adventures in NASHVILLE.

Uncorked 142 Ever heard of the NASHVILLE Predators? This is where they call home, Bridgestone Arena!  So much cool things happen here.  From CMT award shows, to concerts and more.  It was really cool seeing this up close!

Uncorked 176Now THIS!  I can’t express and CAN’T is a strong word here, express how cool this was!  Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located right beside Bridgestone Arena where the walking distance ( or crutching in my case) was super easy. Considered the world’s largest museum, you will find preserved clothing of various country music star, awards and records dated waaaaay back!

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I took so MANY pictures of memories to last a lifetime!  But I’ve included a few for you to view yourself, you’re welcome! These exhibits/images are tasteful in showing you the “artifacts” of country music legends, icons and super stars from Elvis Presley‘s blue suede shoes, Johnny Cash‘s performing boots, that made his feet hurt because they were too narrow, HEE HAW, the best TV show ever, please bring it back to Carrie Underwood‘s dress she was wearing upon becoming the next American Idol! While viewing these exhibits, I could envision myself being at their individual concerts, front and center! What an experience.

WHELP, It’s time for me to put away my dusty “ole” old cowboy boot and Stetson cowboy hat, for now. I’ll let you take some time to digest all the amazing places I’ve been so far.  I’ll be back at a later date to share PART 2 on other adventures NO ORDINARY LIZ takes on!

Before I go, I’ll leave you with this:  know where I’m heading?

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Tell me, do you have a bucket list?  If so, where/what have you done to minimize that list?  I would love to hear about it!

While you’re waiting for Part 2 Nashville adventures, be sure to check out The Crazy Tourist, 25 Best Things to do in Nashville (TN)!

The review is written by me showcasing my adventures through Nashville.  The opinions expressed above are all mine.

47 Comments

  1. littlemisscant

    I have friends that moved to Nashville a year or two ago but I don’t think they have been to the country music hall of fame. I will have to share this post with her 🙂 Looks like you had a fun time!

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    • noordinaryliz

      Yes, please do! Nashville is such a FUN place to discover. It was a wonderful time. I want to go back!!

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  2. Ben Butler

    Nashville is an amazing city. It is so full of musical history, it’s almost unbelievable. Another cool thing about Nashville that no one ever mentions is that at night it looks a little like Gotham City.

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    • noordinaryliz

      Yes! It really is. I just loved walking down broadway listening to all the tunes. Now that is pretty cool. I never knew that. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. towomenshappiness

    Great post! Nashville is somewhere I’d love to visit…but that involves flying lol. When they build a bridge from Australia to the States, I’ll be there.

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    • noordinaryliz

      Wow, Australlia! Now that’s on my bucket list. Hopefully you’ll get the chance to experience it one day. Add it and try to make it happen 🙂

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  4. Sarh S

    That little house is so cute! I would love to stay there and i’d love to visit Nashville, it looks kind of over whelming.

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    • noordinaryliz

      That house was adorable and so fun to stay in. That was my first time using airbnb. It can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you want to do as there’s so much to do! I say, if you ever make it, pick at least one thing to do each day.

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  5. Kat Balog

    My friends go to Nashville all the time to see the Preds play. I havent been in years though. I want to see the Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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    • noordinaryliz

      I wished I could’ve seen them play. Short time to do so much! I guess that means another trip 🙂

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  6. uprunforlife

    I have always wanted to spend some time in Nashville, TN. I knew it was known for being the home of country music.

    The place you stayed at looks so cozy.

    I love Gaylord hotel during Christmas. I live close to the Grapevine, TX location. They dress it up all pretty and host the ICE exhibit.

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    • noordinaryliz

      Well stay tune to part 2! I did get to explore the ICE exhibit. Can’t wait to share all the feels!

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  7. Travel Blogger

    I have never been to Nashville, but I would love to go. I really want to see the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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    • noordinaryliz

      CMHF is def a site to see and explore. I took so many photos and didn’t even capture it all. So much fun!

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  8. jmanandmillerbug

    Nashville is one of my favorite places to visit! I have not been back there in years, but every time I go I wish I could stay longer!

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  9. Esme Sy

    What a wonderful time you had. I’ve never been to Nashville, but I have heard a lot of great things about it. I would love to go there one day.

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  10. Alex - al2getherfit

    What a wonderful place and great pictures! I love Nashville! I do have a little bucket list…in my mind. I want to travel to more cities inside our great country! 🙂

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  11. al2getherfit

    Great pictures! Sounds like an amazing time! I love Nashville, my brother used to live there throughout college so I got to visit a few times! I do have a bucketlist to travel to more cities around the great USA. We recently went to Atlanta/Stone Mountain for Spring Break and it was a breathe of fresh air!

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    • noordinaryliz

      Awesome. Love that you’re marking things off your bucket list! I used to live in NC/ATL area, and never got the chance to go to Stone Mountain. I’ve heard wonderful things. Must add to my list. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Evelina

    Looks like a fun place to visit!

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  13. Qoftwignberry (@Qoftwignberry)

    I’ve heard from so many friends that Nashville is the absolute perfect place for a fun getaway. I will be pinning this so I can look back at your recommendations. Hope you have a great time!

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    • noordinaryliz

      Perfect. Stay tuned for part 2 of my adventures. If you go, would love to hear what you thought.

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  14. Lynndee

    We do have a bucket list and Nashville is definitely on the list. I love country music and I can’t wait to visit Nashville!

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    • noordinaryliz

      Oh Boy!! You will def have a blast! Would love to hear how it goes.

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  15. Ann Bacciaglia

    Looks like you had a great time in Nashville. It is on my bucket list to go there for a vacation.

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    • noordinaryliz

      Perfect. Would love to hear your thoughts when you go!

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  16. Chubskulit Rose

    It must be athrill to roam around Nashville. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures.

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  17. Heather

    Oh how fun! I’d love to go visit these places, especially the grand ol opry! What an amazing trip!

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  18. Claudia Krusch

    I’ve never been to Nashville, but it’s on my list of must visit places! Love your pictures!

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  19. livingoffloveandcoffee

    What a fun trip! I would love to go to Nashville someday and see the hall of fame. The scenery in the state is great too!

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  20. seasidemermaid

    Nashville is one of my all-time places to visit, especially the music venues and museums. I’ve been itching to go there sometime soon. ~smile~ HilLesha

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  21. Marielle Altenor

    Our Scentsy reunion this year is in Nashville omg! I hope I get to go so that I can experience it in person!

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    • noordinaryliz

      Oh awesome! You will have a good time. Let me know how your visit goes!

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  22. Shanéy Maharaj

    Never been there before but your excitement is rubbing off on me! Now I want to visit too. I love reading other people’s travel journals, it reminds me of what is out there and how I’ve got so much to see still.

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    • noordinaryliz

      Good! Hope you get to go very soon! If you do, please let me know how it goes for you!

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  23. ninjette102

    OMG I LOVE NASHVILLE!!! I only went for a day so I was only able to hit up a few places. But I spent most of my time in the Johnny Cash museum, The Frothy Monkey, && Honky Tonk BLVD. But we are planning another trip this year for a few days so I will def book mark this page thanks!!!

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    • noordinaryliz

      Oh wow, I didn’t go to those places! I will have to keep a note of this when I do go back. Hopefully soon! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Rachel Gault (@rachelgault)

    So fun! I’ve been to Nashville a few times. The Country Music Hall of Fame is one of my favorite places to explore!

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    • noordinaryliz

      Yes, it was mine as well! I think you need 2 weeks to spend in Nashville! So much to see and do.

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  25. Krystal @ Sunny Sweet Days

    I have always wanted to try Nashville. It looks like such a great place for a girls weekend.

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