Imagine yourself on vacation where the weather is hot and the entertainment is sizzling. With both young and old artists of country music, you can’t go wrong when the destination is Nashville, TN. My mother and I had said for three years that we wanted to go to the CMA Fest more than anything. However, it wasn’t until this summer of 2011 that we made that dream come true. We spent four mornings in 95 degree weather at Riverfront Park and four long nights at LP field, where we watched and listened to multiple talents on stage. We saw Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Crystal Bowersox, Sugarland, Steel Magnolia, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban ( my mom’s favorite), and so many more. Ninety-five degrees is hot, I’ll admit, but the experience was worth the sweating. We got to see over twenty country artists perform each day and had the great pleasure to meet at least one star a day. Of course, your schedule is flexible. If you care more for the autographs and meet and greets, then you can cater your plans towards that. If you find yourself more interested in the talent, there are at least three stages you can go to at any time to watch new, up and coming artists, as well as all of the nearby restaurants which have entertainers at all hours.
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Speaking of restaurants, there are several great food venues. During our stay we went to Margaritaville and Wildhorse Saloon. Both were great choices! Wildhorse saloon had good food, however the best part for me was the line dancing lessons. My hope was to meet a nice young cowboy line dancing.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. However, I did learn some really great moves that I can teach to my friends and family (OR maybe show off!) Now, my mom and I have both been to a Margaritaville before. Yet, this experience topped all the others. We enjoyed the burgers, as usual, but we thoroughly appreciated a plate of Volcano Nachos and a Hurricane Brownie Sundae. Of course, even with both of us going at these delectable dishes, it was impossible to finish.
To top off our list of delicious meals, our B&B made the most scrumptious breakfasts. They accommodated everyone’s requests. We were fortunate to find Daisy Hill B&B on the internet. We now consider it a home away from home and can’t wait to go back. The hosts were very helpful with planning our last three days of Nashville adventures, and they were great friends on top of everything. Linda and Darryl invited us to a house barbeque there and offered a ride to the CMA fest one night. Talk about hospitality!
Needless to say, our vacation was one that my mom and I will never forget. We find that we are continually sharing our experiences with others and encouraging them to go because of what a terrific time we had in Nashville. The ride was equally enjoyable.
Although it was a 16 hour ride, we enjoyed every minute. The scenic views of lush green pastures, rolling hills, and farm animals from Connecticut to Tennessee were every photographers dream landscape. Pit stops at fast food places and restrooms along the way and the laughs which went along with every moment made the journey just as great as the destination. If you want to create a memorable vacation, bond more closely with friends or family, or simply get away from the stresses of home then Nashville is the destination, and by car is the way to get there.
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