What better place to travel to for Epicor Insights than Nashville Tennessee? Although the conference will be taking place at the Gaylord Opryland, which is about a 20 minute drive to downtown Nashville, there is so much to see you won’t want to miss out. If you have some extra time while you’re in Nashville for Epicor Insights, make sure you stop at one of these great Nashville sights.
1.Grand Ole Opry
What is Nashville better known for than the Grand Ole Opry? Beginning back in the 1920’s the Opry has seen some of the greatest music legends. Artists strive to play on the Opry stage and people come from across the country to see it. During the week of Epicor Insights on Tuesday May 23rd, get tickets to see Terri Clark, Charlie Daniels Band, and Dailey & Vincent. If you don’t have time to see the live show, opt for a backstage tour and hear the many stories about big name stars.
2. Jack Daniels Distillery Tour
Jack Daniels Distillery offers several different tour options that is sure to appeal to every type of person out there. The first is a quick tour called “Mr. Jack Toast in the Hollow” where you are driven through the tour of the town square and distillery hollow, followed by a toast of Jack Daniels signature whiskey. The
Dry County Distillery Tour is available to those interested in the history but not in tasting the whiskey, especially great if you have kids with you on the tour. The third option gives a tour of the distillery, followed by a flight of 5 different Jack Daniels whiskey’s to taste on the Flight of Jack Distillery Tour. The Angel’s Share tour allows you to taste whiskey straight from the barrel, a right originally reserved for distillery workers and tasters. Finally, on the Taste of Lynchburg Tour you will get a distillery tour with a flight tasting followed by a “downhome noon day meal” at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Restaurant.
3. Belmont Mansion
Built in the 1850’s, Belmont Mansion has been on the National Registry of Historic Places since 1971. This 36 room, 19,000 square foot mansion was home to Nashville socialite Adelicia Acklen. The mansion had lavish gardens, an art gallery, a bowling alley and even a zoo. Drop by the mansion and ring the doorbell to begin your tour, no reservations are needed.
4. Country Music Hall of Fame
If you’re a country music fan, you won’t want to miss three stories of every iconic country music artist and band in one place. The Country Music Hall Of Fame exhibits historic items from 1,000 country music legends. Hop on a tour at the museum to the Historic RCA Studio, one of the oldest surviving recording studios in Nashville. Make a day out of it and stop by one of the three food options at the hall of fame, as well.
5. Music City Bites and Sites
If you’re a history buff and a foodie, this is the perfect Nashville tour for you. This tour includes 3 hours of history, landmarks and architecture in Nashville, along with stops at different restaurants to get a taste of Nashville’s authentic southern foods and cocktails. Historic and cultural stops include Printer’s Alley, Ryman Auditorium, The Country Music Hall of Fame, Hatch Show Print and the Honky Tonks.
6. Nashville Farmers Market
The Nashville Farmers Market is much more than your typical produce vendors. Although the farm sheds are available if produce is what you need, there are also market house restaurants and shops, a craft and flea market and an artisan shed. The market house restaurants include wood-fired pizzas and gyro sandwiches to Jamaican jerk chicken and Korean bibimbap. In the craft and flea shed and artisan shed you can find tons of retail shops. Cooking events are available throughout the year.
7. Honky Tonks
Did you really go to Nashville if you didn’t stop in one of their well-known Honky Tonks? There are quite a few to speak of, but none will let down with live country music and drinks. You can find all the best Honky Tonk’s in downtown Nashville on Broadway.
8. Belle Meade
The Belle Meade Plantation is rich in history from the Civil War. In fact, the owner of the plantation, John Harding, become one of the largest slave holders in Nashville. The plantation is unlike many others since their main source of revenue came from breeding race horses. Tour the Belle Meade plantation to get an idea of what life was like to work at the Belle Meade plantation from a trained and costumed guide. After the tour, stop by the on-site restaurant and winery.
9. Tootsies Orchid Lounge
Tootsies is a quaint bar that was started in the 1960’s and many music legends got their start singing on stage here. In fact, Willie Nelson was discovered at Tootsie’s and got his first songwriting job after his performance. Almost every other country star has graced the stage since. If you want to catch a rising star before they get their big break, you’re sure to hear them at Tootsie’s first.
10. Hillsboro Village
Get out of downtown and head to one of Nashville’s quaintest neighborhoods. The older, bright colored buildings lining the main street allow you to walk from restaurant to shop easily. There is no lack of local restaurant choices to try, such as the well-known Pancake Pantry serving up a family tradition of hot pancakes and waffles. Shop around in one of the local boutiques for clothes, cookware or even flowers.