Visit Nashville: Weekend in Music City

A creative story detailing a fun weekend visit to Nashville, Tennessee shows the benefits of the city where our conference center is located.

Visit Nashville, Tennessee

Envision's conference center is located in the heart of Brentwood, Tennessee, a town just south of the country music capital of the world: Nashville.

While music is a large part of the city's history, there's so much more to Nashville than country music. With countless music attractions and entertainment hot spots, visiting Nashville but only exploring music-based entertainment would be a mistake. It's a wonderful dynamic city, with first time home buyers flocking to move here, to not take a full tour you'd be missing out on the full Nashville experience.


That's why we've created Visit Nashville,  a weekend travel guide for conference center attendees that have an extra day or two here in Nashville and are looking to explore what this great city has to offer. As you can see from this rooftop view of Nashville our weekend guide gives you the unique opportunity to step into the shoes of a first-time visitor to the Music City. Your journey starts at the end of a long day of meetings, discussion, and collaboration in our beautiful conference center.

However, the end of the business day marks just the beginning of your weekend adventure.

A Weekend in Nashville

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Friday afternoon, 3:51 p.m.

The seminar speaker makes a final remark, and the day's meetings are adjourned. You jot down concluding notes, answer one last email, and gladly close your laptop for the final time.

As the conference room clears, you make some courteous remarks to coworkers and other professionals you met during your time at Envision. Walking out the door, your mind immediately shifts to the beautiful weather outside and the fun weekend you've planned here in Nashville.

Before driving home late Sunday afternoon, you will have eaten some of the best food in the Southeast, visited many of Nashville's famous landmarks, and delighted by the area's most popular shopping and entertainment locations.

Friday evening, 5:02 p.m.

Driving away from the conference center in Brentwood, the short trip back to your hotel in downtown Nashville leaves you little time to re-think your weekend plans.

It's time to start this jam-packed vacation, and after a long day at the office, enjoying high-quality cuisine is a great way to begin. The glamorous reputation of the luxurious dining experience at Kayne Prime leads to you to making a 6 o'clock reservation.

There's no such thing as having "a night on the town" without first stuffing your face with great food, and at Kayne Prime you have a large selection to choose from. Although it'd be impossible to choose a bad dish at this restaurant, a desire to order one of most famous entrees leads you to the 10 oz. Wagyu Filet Mignon, and it doesn't disappoint.

As you finish the last bite and place your napkin on the table for the final time, the plans you made a few weeks ago for this evening's musical festivities move to the forefront of your mind. Stepping out you walk over the pedestrian bridge on Broadway and admire the view of the Union Station Inn and enter into the Frist Museum which is a beautiful example of architecture as it was the former main Nashville post office (and actually still has a small office there so you can stop in and mail off that postcard you snagged from the Frist Gift store.

Friday evening, 7:57 p.m.

Just behind the Ryman Auditorium – the original site of the Grand Ole Opry and an attraction you plan to visit later this weekend – is a local “watering hole” bar and lounge.

Tootsies Orchid Lounge is one of the busiest, most popular places that attracts both tourists and locals at an extreme rate. Right off of Lower Broadway, Tootsies is an amazing place to hear dozens of local musicians and meet new people.

However, when you arrive there’s a long line out the door: not surprising for one of the most popular spots in Nashville! Luckily, a local you met at the conference center tipped you off to the place but also a “secret” entrance that only the locals use: in the back alley.

Using the local Nashville’s secret you’re able to stroll right in and begin to soak up all the great music, local atmosphere, and friendly people. The rest of your night is filled with the sound of jubilant conversation, hip music, and the clattering of glasses.

A night on the town, indeed.

Friday evening, 10:29 p.m.

You return to the hotel room to crash after a long night. As your head hits the pillow, the images from an eventful first day in Nashville flash through your mind. Envision's concierge prior to and between meetings, productive business-related conversations, the Nashville skyline lit up against the backdrop of the setting sun, great food, good music; what a day!

The best part? Your weekend in Nashville has only begun.

Saturday morning, 07:46 a.m.

The sun creeps up over the hills and a few of its rays sneak through the curtains you closed the night before. Waking up to the sun's gentle touch is preferred over the raucous hotel alarm clocks can make, so you willingly oblige to start the day a few minutes earlier than originally planned.

Beginning the day with a hardy breakfast is going to be important with all your upcoming travels, and no trip to Nashville is complete without a stop at The Pancake Pantry. "A Nashville Tradition," the pantry has a full menu offering everything even the Royal Family could dream of eating to start their day. But of course, you're visiting and don't know when you'll be back, so your eye is drawn to the most popular dish: sweet potato pancakes.

With real sweet potatoes mixed into the batter, toppings of powdered sugar, cinnamon, and a unique cinnamon cream syrup, it's safe to say the pantry's most popular dish lived up to the hype. Now with a full stomach and your sweet tooth satisfied at an early hour, an long afternoon of shopping, exploring, lunch, and walking amongst country music's greatest stars lies ahead.

Saturday late morning, 10:44 a.m.

The next few hours will be full of high-end shopping across a variety of locales in the Hill Center at Green Hills. Despite some rumors you heard about terrible traffic in the Green Hill area, the commute to the Hill Center isn't delayed or infringed upon much more than the average big city commute. While arriving faster than usual has you pleasantly surprised, you're still ready to get your day of shopping started!

With so many chic boutiques and retail stores - West Elm, H Audrey, Cosmetic Market, just to name a few - it's tough to decide where you will begin your shopping spree. All the high-end shops have you thinking purchases will be few and far between, but to your surprise there are plenty of enticing weekend sales to explore.

The large indoor mall at Green Hills provides more luxurious shopping and retail options for all ages and interests. With recognizable brands and retail niches for any business professional, it's easy to see how a few hours fly by after visiting most of the shops.

Saturday afternoon, 01:10 p.m.

By mid-afternoon your stomach is beginning to grumble, reminding you of all the great restaurants located in the Hill Center at Green Hills. Popular places like The Food Company are littered all over the area, but one of your hometown favorites jumps out from the rest. You'll be eating your lunch at California Pizza Kitchen before moving on to the rest of your planned events.

You quickly chow down on some appetizers and delicious pizza in order to keep your weekend vacation moving at breakneck pace. The next stop? A vintage trip down country music memory lane, allowing you to walk alongside some of your favorite stars, past and present.

Saturday afternoon, 02:45 p.m.

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is an unbelievable attraction for locals and tourists alike. If your goal is to see all the starts that have been elected into this “club,” you can walk down memory lane within the walls of this museum.

Located on 5th Avenue South, the facility is beautiful and properly honors the great accomplishments these stars have made over the course of their careers to the country music scene. There are all sorts of programs for families and kids, but the robust list of exhibits and collections means there’s plenty of history you’d like to explore, as well.

As you walk through all the museum has to offer, your 15 seconds of country music fame – or the closest you’ll ever come to it – ends as you walk through the building’s doors. Country music’s biggest stars have been around you all afternoon, providing a memory you’ll never forget. Not to mention hundreds of different pictures of the names, historical information, and other visitors happily walking in the footsteps of legends.

The only negative is the evening is quickly approaching and your weekend in Nashville is coming to a close. You’ll leave to drive back home tomorrow, but not before another entertaining night in downtown Nashville!

Saturday Afternoon, 4:00

You're feeling a little antsy and want to do something more action oriented, luckily the time for that paddleboarding tour out of Downtown Nashville you scheduled is here.

After meeting at the Riverfront park at the end of Broadway, you climb into a van with a trailer loaded with paddleboards and head up to Shelby park. After a brief intro, you get onto your board and manage not to fall into the river and enjoy a leisurely float down the Cumberland with an amazing view of the Nashville Skyline. Luckily enough your tour ends right back where you started in Downtown Nashville and just in time for dinner!

Saturday evening, 06:33 p.m.

Although you had steak last night, you feel the need to double-down on a high-quality steak restaurant by visiting a highly recommended restaurant: The Southern Steak & Oyster Bar. The hankering for more great food and the gorgeous breeze coming the nearby Cumberland River is too much to pass up.

The “Peace & Plenty” portion of the menu looks good on a night like tonight. Soon, you’re consuming a delicious bowl of Fish n’ Grits featuring sides of braised cabbage with a spicy tasso vinaigrette. As you pay the bill and begin to walk out of the top-tier restaurant, the smooth sounds of jazz from the club across the street provides a nice vibe for your 10-minute walk over to Riverfront Park, where you’ll be hanging out, enjoying the view, and spending the rest of your evening.

Saturday evening, 10:02 p.m.

It just so happens that this evening the Riverfront Park amphitheater is hosting a special event, which is a perfect unplanned blessing! A soft, acoustic concert provides a nice background for a beautiful summer night in Nashville. As the sun sets and the local entertainment provided comes to a close, you start to make your way back to the hotel for the night. While your last full day in Nashville is coming to an end, there's still reason for excitement for tomorrow.

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Sunday morning, 08:55 a.m.

Today is your final chance to see more of the city and try to get a full grasp on the greater Nashville area. Today's final visits to historical landmarks around the city will help your visit come "full-circle," and give you much to reflect on driving home.

Since 1892, the Ryman Auditorium has had a prominent place in Nashville's scene. Moved by the words of a reverend, prominent businessman and steamboat captain Thomas G. Ryman vowed to build a large platform for the reverend's words to be heard by all. That project was completed in 1892, and when Ryman died 12 years later, the impressive tabernacle was named in his memory.

As you walk through today's auditorium and the museum that accompanies it, you find out the Ryman Auditorium has been used for so much more than the Grand Ole Opry's location. Sure, it hosted greats such as Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline, but it's also credited for creating and birthing of Bluegrass. 20 years after the Opry moved to it's current location - which you've already visited - the auditorium was renovated in order to continue attracting local bands and music stars to its historical grounds.

With everything from the pews to upgraded dressing rooms and the implementation of modern technology throughout its walls, the Ryman was ready for the 21st century. As you glance at this year's schedule of events planned for the Ryman, your mouth drops to the floor. Clearly this venue is more than a historical museum: some of Nashville's biggest entertainment will visit the Ryman Auditorium this year, sure to attract fans from across the country.

After learning more about the Ryman's origin, another Nashville landmark has perked your historical interest. The Belmont Mansion's gorgeous landscape and curb appeal is worth the trip across town.

Sunday morning, 10:59 a.m.

As you pull up to the largest house museum in the state of Tennessee, the stunning view of the mansion on this clear, sunny day is breathtaking. The sheer size and pristine beauty of the Belmont Mansion is apparent immediately, but you're also anxious to get inside and see the history of this plantation up close.

A tour filled with history about two exceptional women, unique stories and photographs from years past, and a new outlook on the mansion is exactly what you thought the trip to the mansion would be and so much more. The drive over to the Belmont Mansion was totally worth the trip. As you leave, you think of all the people you'd recommend visiting the mansion if they ever came to visit the greater Nashville area.

Sunday afternoon, 01:10 p.m.

Your lunch needs to be a much quicker stop today, as you’re focused on getting out of town early. Tavern – located on 1904 Broadway – offers a variety of different foods that are all delicious and filling and seemed like the best place to go for a Sunday brunch. One more stop at one of Nashville's most peaceful venues and attractions is the only thing between you and a day's drive home.

The Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art is a place of unparalleled beauty and serenity. Since being offered up by the Sharp family as a site for a large botanical garden and art museum in the mid-1950s. Thanks to the effort of the Exchange Club of Nashville and other civic groups, the "new Cheekwood" opened in 1960 as a museum and has been a popular venue ever since.

Little did you know this beautiful area played a part in the origin of the Maxwell House coffee brand! Large art exhibits that include everything from gorgeous flowers to giant bugs have you slightly confused yet positively entertained during your walk through the many gardens and trails.

While you'd like to stay for today's planned special event, the sun is already half way across the sky: it's time to venture out of the garden and begin thinking about the long trip home. Your weekend in Nashville will soon come to an end.

Before getting in your car for the long drive home, you stop in for your scheduled acupuncture appointment in East Nashville, giving you plenty of time to reminisce about the productive conference at Envision, but also the many great adventures you had in and around the city limits of Nashville, Tennessee. Maybe sometime soon you can return to visit again and have another exciting weekend in Music City.

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