Nashville RoadTrip

I am lucky to have spent a week with my daughter Ashley, as our lives become increasingly busy- makes it harder to spend time with just her and I. The final part of our Mother-Daughter road trip finds us in Sewanee then on to Nashville, Tennessee. We stayed with family in Sewanee and for its proximity to Broadway St…Marriott Renaissance in Nashville

I enjoyed introducing Ashley and seeing Sewanee through my Aunts eyes… I missed spending time with them. Our first stop is The University of the South, a historic college dating back to 1858. It is worth taking the trip over if you are in the area. Before leaving Sewanee be sure to pick up your Angle. Wonderful historic story.

The history behind the Angel is this… “These angels protect all inhabitants and visitors on the Domain. Sewanee angels are more than happy to become your guardian angel and protect” you- on and off the Domain. To pick up your angel, tap the roof of your car as you drive through the gates when departing campus. As told by locals, (aka, my Aunts) the Angel will protect the individuals coming back and forth during wartime.

It is time for Ashley, and I say goodbye and hit the open road… Nashville or bust. Our adventures will take us to the Grand Ole Opry at the Opryhouse, Jonny Cash Museum and of course famous Broadway street.

We will be staying at The Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce Street. The location is within walking distance (8-10 min) to Broadway Street, Ryman Auditorium and the Stadium. Go, Titans!

Every summer Dad would drive our entire family (six kids) three days to Tennessee to visit our grandmother. One of my fondest memory is listening to the Grand Ole Opry at her house. This trip is my first since his passing in July- you can imagine the overwhelming emotion I felt as they started the show. Happy Ashley was there to hold my hand, so I didn’t feel alone. We had the opportunity to check out Ricky Skaggs my dads favorite.

We sprung for the backstage tour…If you are lucky to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, a mailbox provided where Fans can write to the artist. No box number needed, just address the letter to the artist and mail to the Opryhouse. Did you know the artist personally picks up their mail? And during the show, one dressing room door is kept open as the tradition of the Opry. Can you guess which dressing room?

We sprung for the backstage tour…If you are lucky to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, a mailbox provided where Fans can write to the artist. No box number needed, just address the letter to the artist and mail to the Opryhouse. Did you know the artist personally picks up their mail? And during the show, one dressing room door is kept open as the tradition of the Opry. Can you guess which dressing room?

Next day we make our way to Broadway Street… checked out the famous bars and museums- enjoyed a goo-goo cluster. On Broadway Street: Walking from Honkytonk to Honkytonk, the bars are three stories high- each with its individual vibe. Yes, Ashley has to show me that one.

The Jonny Cash Museum is fascinating as well; depicts his life and all that he accomplished. Did I mention, I love that Ashley and I share the same adventurous spirit, just like my father.

Wondering which door at the Grand Ole Opry is kept open during the show? It is The Roy Acuff dressing room door.. remained open during the show and currently where Vince Gill occupies when performing.

We have reached the end of our Road trip… Ashley and I laughed, hugged, cried (just me) and toasted to her being not only my daughter but my friend. I love that girl; she gets me.

Till next time- Safe travels
Wendy

  • September 18, 2017
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