Ahhh, there’s nothing like you’re own bed. Currently in mine while writing this and it’s good to be home (last night)! We were in Nashville from Friday-Monday. My Mom & I do a trip every year together. 2010 was New York, 2011 was Chicago! We always have so much fun and traveling with my Mom you won’t miss a thing in that city. She’s so good at researching all the to-dos, places to go and things to try. Never a dull moment.
Our first stop Friday morning was the Country Music Hall of Fame. Apologize in advance for minimal exterior photos of places. It was colder in Nash than here in Colorado, with insane winds. On the way there we stopped inside the Opryland Hotel which was massive and beautiful!
The Country Music Hall of Fame took us on a tour to see the historic RCA studio. More than 35,000 songs were recorded there and 1,000 of them were top ten American hits. Elvis recorded 150 songs there and the piano is the original one!
Back at the Hall, Reba McEntire has a whole section about her and some of her gowns on display. I love seeing my Mom check out the dresses up close and how they’re made.
This car was awesome, it was decorated all over with guns and silver dollars on the interior. Belonged to Webb Pierce and I have no clue who that is, ha!
Afterwards we went to were all the honkey tonks are. It’s like a mini Vegas! Not really our scene but still fun to check out. Went into one and listened to a band play a few songs. We like walking up and down the street and going into fun stores. We always have to find a Christmas ornament for my Mom. Her tradition from every place she visits.
Best believe we found the candy store!
That same night we went to a show at the Ryman! What a treat! It was a great show.
Saturday morning we were up and off to Memphis. First stop was the Civil Rights Museum all about MLK. It was fascinating learning all about the movement and shooting. They turned the hotel MLK was shot at into part of the museum and the building across the street where the shooter was is also a museum. You can see how they built around the original building. That’s the bathroom the shot was fired from.
Later that day we went to check out Beale Street and we were a little disappointed. It was so run down, Nashville was way better. We still walked up and down, went into some stores and got food while watching an Elvis show. We made it an early night that day and went back to the hotel early.
Sunday we went to Graceland! Majority of the reason we drove to Memphis. We stopped at the Blue Plate Cafe on the way and tried our first biscuits and gravy and a delicious omelet. They had such a cute menu!
Elvis bought his home when he was 22 for $100,000! It’s dinky compared to what people have now and only 14 acres.
Yuck, look that that kitchen! Love the teal drapes!!
We couldn’t see upstairs unfortunately. They packed us in there like cattle, they really need to come up with a better system. But, we’re thankful because the summertime would of been horrific.
Weird weird room. I don’t know what’s going on here.
Even had his own plane! He transformed the whole inside including gold sinks in the bathroom. Lisa Marie celebrated her 9th birthday on that plane.
I swear, we were either waiting in line or sitting on something hard.
Elvis, his parents and Grandma are all buried right there.
Some of his car collection!
We drove back to Nashville (constantly tuning into AM stations to catch the Bronco game) after Elvis’ house and rushed to the Blue Bird Cafe, where countless stars were born like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift. It’s first come first serve and only holds about 75 people. The first show we didn’t get in. We came back for the later show and waiting for 1 1/2 hours and luckily got in! It was a 3 hour amazing show with so much talent. Perfect way to celebrate our Broncos.
Loved all the girls so much! Monday was our last day and we heard that we had to go to the Pancake Pantry. 23 different flavors and it was the best breakfast ever! We had blueberry and cinnamon spice.
Afterwards we checked out the Belle Meade Plantation. It’s been around since 1807 and even had slave houses.
5 generations lived there and 24 bodies used to be in there! (until they were moved to a cemetery)
It was such an amazing trip I can’t believe how much stuff we were able to see!
Thanks for everything Mom! XOXO
P.S. Check out Two Way Crossing, the cutest country rock husband & wife duo! They’re moving to Nashville to make their dreams come true!