Headed to Nashville? Check out these sights and sounds
The Stanley Cup Final is headed to Nashvile, so there's a good chance some die-hard fans Penguins will be following the team there for games 3 and 4 against the Predators on Saturday and Monday.
There's plenty to do in Music City. Here are some of the Nashville eateries, bars and other attractions to check out.
1. Centennial Park/The Parthenon
The world's only full-sized reproduction of the Greek Parthenon sits in Centennial Park and houses Athena, the tallest indoor structure in the Western world, according to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. Visitors can tour The Parthenon and its four fine art galleries, and enjoy the green space of Centennial Park.
"Centennial Park is one of the 'must see' destinations for those visiting Nashville," says Jackie Jones, superintendent of community affairs for the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation.
The 132-acre park's features include "a one-mile walking trail, Lake Watauga, the Centennial Art Center, historical monuments, an arts activity center, a beautiful sunken garden, a band shell, an events shelter, sand volleyball courts, dog park and an exercise trail," Jones says. "Thousands of people visit the park each year to visit the museum, see exhibits, attend festivals and just enjoy the beauty of the park."
2. Ryman Auditorium
One of the most iconic venues in the country, the Ryman is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2017, solidifying its landmark status in country music history. Many of music's biggest acts have performed here, and the auditorium is open daily for self-guided tours.
Find the calendar of events at ryman.com/events .
3. Hattie B's Hot Chicken
Hattie B's is one of Nashville's most famous joints. Hattie B's lets patrons order chicken in varying heat levels, ranging from the mild Southern all the way to Shut the Cluck Up.
Owned and operated by father-and-son team Nick Bishop Sr. and Nick Bishop Jr., Hattie B's has two locations in Nashville and one in Birmingham, Ala.
"Hattie B's is uniquely Nashville and truly Southern. ... Our house-made side dishes are Southern to the bone with collard greens, pimento mac and cheese, and black-eyed pea salad, a vinegar-based salad that takes some of the sting out of the heat," Nick Bishop Sr. says.
Hattie B's recently was ranked sixth on the the Daily Meal's list of America's 75 Best Fried Chicken Spots.
4. Frist Center for the Visual Arts
The visual arts center is right up the street from the Bridgestone Arena, where the Predators play, and is housed in Nashville's former main post office, a "celebrated example of art deco and stripped classicism architectural styles from the 1930s that helped earn the building a spot on the National Register of Historic Places," says Buddy Kite, spokesman for the center.
Free architectural tours are offered every Saturday. Free admission is offered to guests who present their hotel key cards and for any visitor 18 or younger.
The center presents exhibitions from art institutions all around the world.
"One of our current shows, 'State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now,' is a landmark survey of contemporary art from all corners of the country that is the culmination of an epic curatorial road trip," Kite says.
5. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Located in downtown Nashville, the facility features 350,000 square feet of state-of the-art galleries, stores, an 800-seat CMA Theater, the legendary letterpress operation of Hatch Show Print (expanded and relocated inside the museum) and more.
"The massive Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a Nashville gem, filled with priceless artifacts from the people whose artistry built this city of music," says Peter Cooper, senior director, producer and writer at the venue.
"It's also located just steps from Bridgestone Arena, so you can see Hank Williams' guitar, Merle Haggard's Hall of Fame plaque, and Stanley Cup hockey without an extra cab ride," he says.
6. Honky-tonks on Lower Broadway
Nashville's world-famous honky-tonks, including Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Robert's Western World and Legends Corner, are where many country music legends got their start.
"Robert's Western World is the undisputed home of traditional country music," says Julie Rahimi, office manager for Robert's Western World.
Robert's has live music from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Monday to Saturday and from noon to 2:30 a.m. Sundays.
"We are catty-corner from the Bridgestone Arena. … All ages are welcome from opening to 6 p.m. and then 21 and up after 6 p.m.," Rahimi says.
7. Peg Leg Porker
The 4-year-old restaurant was founded by award-winning pitmaster Carey Bringle, who has been cooking barbecue for more than 35 years. Peg Leg Porker offers real Tennessee barbecue, dry ribs, pork and chicken, and has its own line of award-winning bourbon, Bringle said.
Located in Nashville's bustling Gulch neighborhood, Peg Leg Porker offers the kind of food that brought Tennessee its barbecue destination reputation, according to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. Enjoy a plate on the patio and take in the view of downtown, or sit inside for a comfortable and soulful experience.
8. Bluebird Cafe
The Bluebird Cafe shot to fame with the popular ABC show "Nashville" (now airing on CMT), and patrons nightly enjoy songwriters performing original material in an intimate "in the round setting," according to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.
Tickets are hard to come by, so plan in advance. Details: bluebirdcafe.com
9. Arnold's Country Kitchen
Arnold's is a southern "meat and three" restaurant, which means meat is served with three sides. Founded by Jack and Rose Arnold in 1982, the eatery offers southern comfort food served cafeteria-style.
Arnold's offers a different selection of meats each day, with sides including mac and cheese, fried green tomatoes, creamed corn and collard greens. Arnold's was awarded a prestigious James Beard American Classics Award in 2009, according to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.
"Arnold's has become a staple in the Nashville community. From blue-collar workers to country music celebrities, Arnold's serves people from all walks of life," says spokeswoman Rose Emily Minchey, daughter of the founders.
Tory Parrish is a staff writer for Upgruv.