Three days in Nashville — with your mom
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.
In this file photo, people look at exhibits at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn.