We stayed at The Russell on the east side, which was a nice home base to go explore things, and not terribly expensive.
Dinner at Husk was really, really good. I need some more shrimp and grits in my life... We had hot chicken at Party Fowl and Hattie B's and they were both good.
Monell's in Germantown was probably still my favorite dining experience out of all of the different places we went. I loved everything about that place.
The Country Music Hall of Fame was really well done. My girlfriend is now apparently inspired to embroider me a Nudie suit. As for the Ryman, I actually got a little teary eyed upon walking through the doors and seeing the stage for the first time. So much great music done there... And I really enjoyed the RCA Studio B tour. It's pretty cool to see the X on the floor where Elvis actually stood.
Anyway, it was a great trip. I'll be back again eventually.
Reviving this thread as I'm planning a trip down in mid March (in late Friday out the following Wednesday).
I've read through the thread and not looking for any repeat info, but have a few related questions.
We're looking for lodging. Is it better downtown, or out a ways? Looking for nice, but we don't need the most expensive. Along those lines, are there places we should avoid from a safety perspective? If there are recommendations on specific hotels to consider, I'm all ears.
Planning right now on getting a rental car. Like $600 as of today. Is it easy to drive into downtown and to places like the Ryman, Grand 'Ole Opry, museums, etc., or is parking and navigating/traffic a nightmare?
I see many great places to eat on this thread. Sounds like we should avoid Broadway at night, but we'd still like to take in some good music. We're not drinkers, so want to avoid rowdy bars. More interested in perhaps some quaint places that are maybe off the beaten path so-to-speak, but still good atmosphere and music.