Three days in Nashville — with your mom

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES - By Anne D’In­no­cen­zio

I’ve al­ways wanted to have a mini-re­union in Nashville with my col­lege girl­friends.

I imag­ined hang­ing out at honky-tonk bars like the fa­mous Toot­sie’s Orchid Lounge, lis­ten­ing to coun­try mu­sic and me­an­der­ing along Mu­sic Row. In­stead, I found my­self in Ten­nessee’s cap­i­tal city with my 90-year-old mom and my sis­ter.

Was it a drag? Far from it. The three nights we spent here turned out to be lots of fun as we ex­pe­ri­enced the dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties of this South­ern city, from its eclec­tic foodie cul­ture to its rich his­tory. My mom is very mo­bile and has the spunk of a 65-yearold. Still, I took plenty of pre­cau­tions, did some pre­plan­ning and fo­cused on a few ma­jor sites. We needed to pace our­selves — and leave time for naps and cof­fee breaks.

We stayed at a ho­tel close to some key at­trac­tions but away from noisy down­town bars. And we tried to avoid noisy restau­rants as my mom is hear­ing-im­paired. We also found a friendly cab­driver who took us from place to place. Bet­ter to have my mom use her en­ergy vis­it­ing tourist spots rather than tir­ing her­self out get­ting around. We also chose fall for a visit rather than sum­mer so we didn’t have to deal with swel­ter­ing heat. And we went dur­ing the week, not a week­end, to avoid bach­e­lorette par­ties — which have be­come a huge trend in Nashville — and other cel­e­bra­tions.

Here are some high­lights. sea bass with mashed pota­toes and caramelized corn. And we shared an order of grits.

MARK HUMPHREY — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

In this file photo, peo­ple look at ex­hibits at the Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame and Mu­seum in Nashville, Tenn.

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