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Capital of Tennessee and second largest city after Memphis, Nashville is at the heart of the music industry, which has earned it the nickname “Music City”. Second center of music production after New York, Nashville is also considered the birthplace of country music. To walk in this city is to walk in the footsteps of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Donna Summer and many others.

Capital of Tennessee and second largest city after Memphis, Nashville is at the heart of the music industry, which has earned it the nickname “Music City”. Second center of music production after New York, Nashville is also considered the birthplace of country music. To walk in this city is to walk in the footsteps of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Donna Summer and many others.

Friday

To fully enjoy all that Nashville has to offer, stay at the magnificent 1 – The Hermitage Hotel. Opened in 1910, it combines sumptuous decor, great comfort, an exceptional location to shine in the city, not to mention the legendary hospitality of the Southern United States. Of course, many celebrities (Greta Garbo, Al Capone, Kennedy, etc.) have stayed there. Do not miss the visit to the men’s bathroom (yes, yes, even if you are a woman, we have the right!). When renovations were made to this hotel, residents insisted that this magnificent art deco piece be preserved. Impossible not to be seduced by this decor of yesteryear, entirely black, in which there is a shoe-shining station surrounded by toilets, urinals and apple green sinks. Easy to access (whether staying in the hotel or not), this room is just steps from the Oak Bar and the Capitol Grille. www.TheHermitageHotel.com

19 h

Having a meal in the hotel where you stay allows you to relax a little more. We therefore opt for southern cuisine prepared with delicacy by chef Tylor Brown at the Capitol Grille, a 4 diamond restaurant (AAA / CAA) at the 5-star establishment that is the Hermitage Hotel. But if you prefer to immediately dive into real Southern cuisine (heavy and spicy), the 2 – Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant offers surprising menus, like fried chicken on a waffle, all drizzled with maple syrup! www.puckettsgrocery.com

21 h

This is the perfect time to get to the legendary 3 – Bluebird Cafe (www. bluebirdcafe.com) or to tour the famous Honky Tonks of Nashville like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Robert’s Western Wear, Wildhorse or Legends Corner, where many big names in country music have performed. If you prefer rock’n’roll: Exit / in, Mercy Lounge, Station Inn, Douglas Corner and many others.

Saturday

Full day on the theme of Christmas which begins with a visit to the 4 – Manoir Belmont (www.belmontmansion.com), a beautiful from the past (1850) decorated for Christmas.

10 h

Festival of the Holidays à 5 – Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Art Museum (www.cheekwood.org), the sumptuous residence of the Cheek family (the Maxwell House café). During this period, each of the rooms in this mansion turned museum is decorated with a Christmas tree on a different theme.

13 h

On the way to Orpyland, a theme park, for a cruise-meal-show aboard the 6 – General Jackson Showboat (www.generaljackson.com), a paddle steamer decorated for the occasion.

15 h

We take the direction of 7 – Gaylord Opyland Resort and Convention Center (www.GaylordOpryland.com) to fully immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas with the nearly 2 million lights twinkling inside and out, but, above all, to experience ICE. Yes, if Quebecers flee the cold for the heat, in Nashville we create a world of ice. This event, which is now part of Christmas traditions, is impressive. From the fall, sculptors cut, sculpt and paint 900,000 kg of ice blocks on a theme (this year, Frosty the Snowman), which are then brought together in a space maintained at -12 ºC. This year, there is also a section reserved for New York and a magnificent Nativity scene.

18 h

Meal at the Solario restaurant of this gigantic hotel with 2,884 rooms, which also features a river-shaped circuit that can be traveled by boat. A great opportunity to admire the cascades of light inside while sleigh rides invite to enjoy those outside.

20 h

Radio City Christmas Spectacular au 8 – Grand Ole Opry House (www.opry.com). The New York Rockettes Tour Show. This magnificent and colorful show brings together dancers, singers, actors and animals (a donkey, two camels and six sheep) to offer a moment of pure happiness.

Sunday

9 h

Time flies too quickly and there is so much to see! One thing is certain, you don’t leave Nashville without having visited the 9 – Country Music Hall of Fame (countrymusichalloffame.org), a must-have whether or not you are a fan of country music. About 12,000 square meters are collected 2 million artefacts. You could spend the day there, especially since there is also an excellent restaurant, the Two Twenty • Two Grill (reservations required).

13 h 30

We board an old school bus to get to the historic 10 – Studio B, where some 40,000 records have been recorded, of which 1,000 have reached the Top Ten. Among the latter: Only The Lonely by Roy Orbison, Dream, Dream, Dream by the Everley Brothers and numerous hits by Elvis Presley, including the unforgettable Are You Lonesome Tonight. The guide plays these tunes, tells related anecdotes, which causes many chills. To do absolutely, if only to stroke the piano on which the King played!

14 h 30

Visit of 11 – Johnny Cash Museum (www.johnnycashmuseum.net). When entering the small shop, it is difficult to imagine the treasures hidden behind the curtain. Fan or not of this singer, it is impossible not to be impressed by this museum which traces his life (from his birth to his death), his loves and his successes, on stage, in bookstores or in the cinema.

The 42 hours are over and there is still so much to see. If, luckily, you have planned a week, do not miss the Centennial Park, the visit of the Parthenon, a perfect replica of that of Athens. Inside, the huge Athena was created by the same sculptor Alan LeQuire to whom we owe the extraordinary sculpture of the Music Row district. You can even go to LeQuire Gallery (www.lequiregallery.com) and, who knows, surprise the sculptor at work. There is also Broadway Street with its magnificent buildings and small shops. And if you have children (or a child’s heart), you save time for the Adventure Science Center (www.adventuresci.com), an interactive and fun museum.

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