Nashville: City Sights & Hotel Preston

April 29th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

With all the craziness surrounding the marathon, and being in a car for 16 hours in 3 days, I hate that I didn’t get a lot of opportunity to explore Nashville. I managed to get a bit of sightseeing in and immediately recognized that the cowboy boots & hat stereotype is 100% justified!

Dad and I stayed at Hotel Preston, one of the many hotels affiliated with the Country Music Marathon.
2014-04-24 17.04.48It was obvious by the exterior that the hotel was once part of some larger chain, but had been purchased and converted into a more small boutique chain. The atmosphere was young/hip without trying annoyingly hard. My room had Earnest in it so that was a total win.
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Pros: decent price (I think I paid $159 a night with the race discount), 6 miles from the start line, nice gym/pool, the rooms were quiet and the beds were comfortable.

Cons: some communication issues with the staff. Many people staying there over the race weekend were running in the event and we were all curious about the ability to check-out late on Saturday. With trying to get to the parking area by 5 a.m., and the race not ending for me until 12:30, we either had to check out at 4:45 a.m. and leave town without showering, or get a late checkout. We asked a few different employees from Thursday-Friday and each gave a different answer. So, we played it safe and checked out before the race. Once again Dad earns major points for sitting next to me post-marathon and sans shower for 8 hours!

Since we got into town and went straight to the expo Thursday the only chance we really had to explore the city was Friday. I didn’t want to do too much walking around so we tried to find something we both were interested in doing and planned to call it an early day to go back to the hotel and rest up. The city itself was smaller than I imagined, but full of character!

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Seriously – COWBOY BOOTS EVERYWHERE. It was awesome. I really wanted to get a pair while I was there until I realized even a USED pair could set me back $200. 2014-04-25 11.25.04We walked around the city for a bit and decided to go to the Johnny Cash museum. I’ve always loved his music but knew very little about his life so Dad and I really enjoyed it. The tickets were pretty high ($15 a piece) for how small it was (took only an hour to walk through) but it was one of the best niche museums I’ve been to.
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Unsurprisingly, I’ve had Ring of Fire stuck in my head since Friday. I’m okay with that.
2014-04-25 11.18.18I really wish I had more time to get a feel for the city, but given the limited time we spent there I really enjoyed it.

Have you ever been to Nashville?
What’s the first thing you like to do when checking out a new city?


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15 Responses

  • Carla says:

    and more than ever want to travel with you.

    • Erica House says:

      YES. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Austin and can’t think of anyone else in the world (aside from John Stamos) that I’d love to visit there with.

  • I have never been to Nashville unfortunately. I had plans to go in college but they fell through. My favorite thing to do once I get to a new city is walk around and explore! I Walking is a great active way to find new places and experience the city. Congrats on your marathon – you’re inspiring me to run another!

    • Erica House says:

      Yep, I’m a huge walker also! Usually check into the hotel then immediately go out exploring.

      You should definitely run another! Any local races that may be candidates for #2?

  • Desi Rottman says:

    Oh I wish I’d have known you were looking for boots! There’s a great place on Broadway that always has a buy one, get two free deal. I got with two friends when I went, we split the deal, and the boots I got for the $70 that I threw in have lasted me for four years now!

  • Helen says:

    Nashville is one of the places I want to visit. It’d be interesting to see how different or similar different parts of the USA are.

  • I love Nashville! That hotel looks nice! Bummer on the lack of late check out though!

  • Jenny says:

    Loved Nashville when I was there! And I LOVE me some Johnny Cash! Making sure I’m bringing Kenzer up loving him too. :-)

  • I m going for the first time in June for CMA Music Festival and I can’t wait! Excited for boots and hats and music!

  • I NEED to go to Nashville, like NEED to.
    And next time you go, you MUST buy boots. I won’t disclose the number of cowboy boots I currently own :)

  • Michele says:

    I used to live in Nashville…I love that city! When I was 21 (a loooong time ago), I met a musician and moved to Nashville with him. We broke up 3 years later and I moved back to FL. I haven’t been back to Nashville since. I really need to plan a trip back there!

  • tara says:

    Yes, i loved nashville too ! i had zero expectations going there since i didnt know much about it and am not super into country music. wow was i wrong. it was so much more than that ! We stayed at the Loews Hotel which is just like a mile from the strip near vanderbilt univeristy. the university is really nice…not much from the road but great when you get into it. I went on a run through there and it was great. And the big park with the pantheon replica is neat too. I was just overall so impressed with the city. I think it would be a great place to live. I didnt even get into the city city (like the downtown area where i would most likely work). The music is awesome. I just got back from TX as well adn spent 1 day in austin. it wasnt long enough but i really liked it. i might have liked nashville better BUT i think i just needed more than 1 day in austin. its so neat, has a great healthy vibe to it, a hipster area, good food, and the music scene is awesome. you will need to go back sometime ! i had the best GF mexican and pizza in Nashville ! i have to eat GF and i gotta tell you its been almost a year and i STILL remember both meals they were tht good !

  • Athena says:

    I love love love Nashville! I went to the city for a work conference last year and seriously fell in love with the city. My boyfriend has never been so we are debating about taking a trip there. I will definitely keep the Hotel Preston and the Johnny Cash museum in mind for next time. Were you able to check out Broadway?

    • Erica House says:

      Unfortunately I was not able to check out Broadway. My ‘city exploring’ time was limited to just what we could do Friday morning (Johnny Cash museum and walking around the area) so we weren’t able to do as much as I’d hoped for.

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