Hank Snow’s Rainbow Ranch a special place to stay in Nashville
As a songwriter, I’ve been to Nashville twice. Both times, I’ve stayed at conventional hotels. Next time, I’ll stay at Hank
Snow’s Rainbow Ranch: The house and property where the Nova Scotia-born Grand Ole Opry star made his home from 1950 until his death in 1999. Thanks to the efforts of one of Hank’s relatives, the ranch is now available on a rental basis to tourists and visitors.
You can book the ranch for a few days, a week or two, or even a month or more. You can even sit at the piano where Elvis Presley played and sang so many times when he visited his friend and mentor Hank Snow. Elvis and Hank’s son ( Jimmy Rodgers
Snow) were close friends. In the early days, both were part of the Hank Snow touring show.
Calvin Blakney grew up in Hebbville near Bridgewater before moving to Edmonton, Alta, where he owns a successful welding business. Hank Snow was his great uncle.
“Hank was my grandma’s big brother. The first time I went to Nashville, I didn’t even know my cousin Jimmy Snow, but we looked him up and he didn’t mention anything about the house (Rainbow Ranch) so I just assumed that he didn’t own it any more.”
Blakney credits his daughter with alerting him that Rainbow Ranch was for sale.
“She found an article about it online in the Nashville Tennessean newspaper. Mother Maybelle’s house (Carter family) and Hank Snow’s house were featured in the article as properties that were going up for sale. When we saw that, we wondered: ‘How much money are we talking about to buy Hank Snow’s home?’ So, I got in touch with Jimmy Snow, we went down and ended up buying
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Since taking ownership in 2015, Blakney and his wife Sandy have been lovingly restoring Rainbow Ranch to the condition it was in when Hank and his wife Minnie lived there. The ranch offers a unique vacation experience, especially for country music fans.
“We rent it out for people to stay there,” said Blakney. “There’s a minimum rental of four days
and you get the whole house to yourself. There are four bedrooms, three queen-size beds and two twins and you also get the kitchen. So you get the run of the whole house except for the recording studio and the office.”
Many who stay at the ranch are Hank’s fans.
“Some are not but they are when they leave!” he said. “Because we have a lot of his records on display, there’s a lot of history