Not far from Nashville just off Interstate 40 in Lebanon, Tennessee, we stopped for a short visit at the site of the first Cracker Barrel Restraurant and Country Store. Founded in 1969 the founder, Danny Evins, started the restaurants as an alternative to fast food near Interstate highways featuring rocking chairs on the front porch, a blazing fireplace and down home country food with gift shops featuring homemade jellies treasures for every member of the family. Cracker Barrels restaurants are the darling of RVers who love to sleep a few hours and enjoy a meal along the way.
After a brief visit and a yummy piece of pie with a scoop of ice cream, we headed out to Nashville.
While we were in Nashville the summer heat and humidity still in high gear so we made plans to stay at our KOA campground. The lure of cool air conditioning calls to me, and the swimming pool beckoned Hailey. I'll certainly use the opportunity to catch up on some laundry while we are here as well. The daily chores still need to be done even in Nashville.
There are two KOA's in Nashville and we chose the one a bit farther north which turned out to be in a quieter location which worked well for us. We later drove by the other KOA which was located off of a busy highway. We made a good choice. http://www.nashvillecountryrvpark.com/
There were tours available of downtown Nashville with stops at major attractions. We were picked up by a shuttle and headed into Nashville to board the bus and view a number of sights including The Rymen Auditorium (The Grand Ole Opry) and the Country Hall of Fame.
The most recognized view,
The Grand Ole Opry,
The costs of the entrance fees to the Grand Ole Opry and the Hall of Fame (were included with the tour bus costs) and close to the cost if we had drove in and paid the fees directly. AND.....it came with free commentary and air conditioning! We decided to stay in Nashville and have dinner and walk about near the waterfront and listen to some of the music.
The Ryman Auditorium was names after a prominent riverboat captain and Business man Thomas Green Ryman whose generosity of time and money built the Union Gospel Tabernacle which was renamed the Ryman Auditorium in his honor in 1904.
It became the home of Country Music and became the home of the filming of the Grand Ole Opry television show.
We left our tour at the Hall of Fame and stayed down near the waterfront to spend more time in the city, have dinner and enjoy the vibe of the nightlife near the waterfront.