Nashville: An Affair Worth Remembering?

Travel Blog  •  Jenna Schnuer  •  06.04.09 | 12:30 PM ET

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Dear Nashville,

It’s been too long. For a while there, we had a thing going. I showed up every six months or so. You entertained me. It was an ongoing affair to remember. But then life got in the way. All my fault. I know. I apologize. But, really, my love for you has grown. I think about you constantly and, don’t tell my hometown (or anywhere else for that matter), but I’m secretly rooting for you in Travel + Leisure’s Favorite Cities survey.

So here’s the thing. I’m returning to you in the near future. I’m even dancing around the idea of checking out some rental houses in 12South or Inglewood and making it a permanent thing. (Again, no snitching on me to NYC, please.) But what if I’ve just built you up in my mind? What if, like the ex-boyfriend I (briefly) took back, you don’t live up to my mind’s hype? That’s not possible, right?

Almost every traveler I know struggles with the internal debate of should I go somewhere new? or should I return to my favorite places? I’m pretty sure my struggle stems from fear of falling out of love with the old. It happened to me, briefly, with Boston (though the city later redeemed itself).

While I’m not doing too much advance planning, I know there’ll be a visit to The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Hank Williams exhibit. And there will be one—but just one—Goo Goo Cluster. Then we’ll see.

Love (hopefully),

Jenna Schnuer

Freelancer Jenna Schnuer writes about travel, food, culture, books, and life's quirky bits (and bites) for publications including American Way, National Geographic Traveler, Southern Living, and many others. She also co-writes Flyover America, a site filled with quieter stories from around the U.S. Send Jenna an email or, if you're so inclined, follow her on Twitter.

6 Comments for Nashville: An Affair Worth Remembering?

Gail Tidwell 06.04.09 | 1:53 PM ET

Jenna….There is no way you will be disappointed when you return to Nashville.  We have so much going on.  I have lived here almost all of my life, so I know how Nashville has “grown up” and continues to grow.  Hope you find a house and stay a while.  And by the way, if you eat only one Goo Goo Cluster, you’re good.  Don’t forget the country ham and bar-b-que!!!!!!

Sophia Dembling 06.04.09 | 1:59 PM ET

Two words: Pulled pork.

Chris 06.04.09 | 6:03 PM ET

Nashville is the city of choice for wild bachelor parties from Huntsville, AL. I have friends who have never seen it sober. I have other friends that are banned from some restaurants. :-)

While you are that close you should come down to Alabama and visit the Hank Williams museum and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Zach 06.04.09 | 7:37 PM ET

Great city—Bluebird Cafe is a must.

US Travel Guide 06.05.09 | 2:06 PM ET

Nashville’s a wonderful city. It’s pretty clean and the people are friendly. You can almost normally find a job in what particularly interests you.Nashville may be the home of Country Music, but not many hopefuls come from there.The reason not many hopefuls come from Nashville is because there are already several country music stars that moved to Nashville (Keith Urban, Kellie Pickler, Tim McGraw, etc) so they want more professionals working in Nashville. Memphis, though, has open arms.

kerry dexter 06.21.09 | 5:47 AM ET

ah, Jenna, I feel the same way [except I’d live in the Vandy neighborhood or Green Hills]. I used to be in Nashvile every month or so and in this last while I’ve not been able to do that. while you’re going to the CMHF, I’ am sure you’ll stop by the Ryman too—they have a great series of bluegrass concerts through the summer, and there’s a new music series at the Frist now too.

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