Music City Favorites | Nashville Notes Runner's Guide

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If you're heading to Rock 'n' Roll Nashville, there is SO much to take in during your visit. My family and I flew there for a family reunion last November and we enjoyed the amazing sights and perfect weather. Even though we had a ton of fun, there was much more to see and too little time to hit it all!

I'm going to give you a quick run down of my favorite family stops and some that we missed in Music City. For a thorough list of stops, check out the BibRave Nashville Notes Guide to Music City presented by Brooks on Pinterest and Google Maps (see below).

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Take in the Sights

"If you love art and classic architecture, then the Parthenon is the perfect trip for a relaxing afternoon in Nashville. Built in 1987, the Parthenon is not only a full size replica of the original Parthenon in Greece, but also home to an art museum which features 63 regular paintings and regular rotating exhibits. Situated within the 132 acre Centennial Park, a visit to the Parthenon makes for a perfect cool-down after a morning run through the park." — Nashville Notes
The Parthenon was a hit with our family, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents included. I so enjoyed the sights in the park area surrounding the Parthenon and that was before even getting into the building! It's huge, amazing and such a great learning experience. The kids ran around and burned off energy while we were able to read up on the history.

We had a picnic lunch by the nearby bike path with our families and later went back that evening, just the adults, to see the Parthenon in lights. I highly recommend checking out the Parthenon, both day and night!

Downtown Stops

"Have your running socks ready to be knocked off by soon-to-be stars and maybe even a music legend or two while you make your way through Ole Red’s redneck-themed menus. Ole Red is setup as a bar, restaurant, and concert venue created by country music superstar Blake Shelton. The ‘Ole Redneck Fashioned’ is an ideal post-race drink and is sure to get your toes tapping again. If you’re looking to keep the party going after your race, Ole Red’s is a must add for your list." — Nashville Notes
While the kids were well cared for and heading to bed, the parents and siblings went out to explore the Nashville night life! Downtown Nashville was swarming with people and full of action. We enjoyed a drink on the rooftop of Blake Shelton's Ole Red while listening to live music.

"Tootsie’s is one of the most iconic and historic honky tonks in Nashville. Step through the door and you’ll be walking into 60 years of country music history. Nearly every name you’ve heard of in the industry, and thousands you haven't heard of, have passed through the doors at Tootsie’s. " — Nashville Notes
The history behind downtown Nashville is just amazing! We spent much of our time downtown looking at old photos that told the story of these historic honky tonks. Thinking about the amazing musicians that have walked through the door at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge just blows my mind!

The Eats

"Red Bicycle Coffee has three convenient Nashville locations ready to greet you with their boutique coffee shop charm. To pair with their high-end coffee selections, The Red Bicycle has a wide range of crepe choices ranging from savory to sweet making this a perfect start to power your Nashville morning." — Nashville Notes
One can never have too much coffee, am I right? We didn't make it to this stop during our Nashville trip but I would love to have a sweet latte paired with crepes on a return trip. The drinks at Red Bicycle Coffee look absolutely drool-worthy!

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