You can find music in Nashville anywhere, anytime. But I didn’t want to tire out my mom. So we focused on getting tickets to an evening concert at the Grand Ole Opry, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. It was delightful, featuring a lineup of performers like Montgomery Gentry and Old Dominion. But make sure to arrange for a cab or a car service to pick you up after if you are not driving. The line for a cab is long. For the winter season beginning Nov. 1, Opry concerts are held at the Ryman Auditorium, which some fans think is an even better venue. darling before she became a pop megastar, the museum takes you from its folk roots to its contemporary glitz.
Another hot attraction: the backstage tour of the Ryman Auditorium, nicknamed “the mother church of country music” because of its origins as a church and as home of the Grand Ole Opry show from 19431974. We visited dressing rooms dedicated to stars like Minnie Pearl and spent time in the wooden pews.
Then there’s the Hermitage plantation, a 25-minute drive from downtown. President Andrew Jackson owned the property from 1804 until his death there in 1845. Carve out a half day as you’ll need time to tour the stunning main house and walk the grounds. A horseand-wagon ride allowed my mom to actually see all of the grounds without walking too far.
On our final day, we visited the Civil Rights Room at the Nashville Public Library, which features videos, photographs and various displays of highlights of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.
Of course, it would have been great to visit the historic Belle Meade plantation too, and honky-tonk bars like Tootsie’s. But I’m saving that for another trip. I want to go with my girlfriends, but my mom wants to go back too.
This photo provided by Anne D’Innocenzio shows Donna Burke, left, Associated Press writer Anne D’Innocenzio, center, and her mother Marie D’Innocenzio, standing for a photo outside The Standard at The Smith House in Nashville, Tenn.