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Kelly Hays
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Nashville for a Song

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To have fun in Nashville, it's a good idea to have a big heart, big dreams, and maybe big hair-- but you don't need to have a big wallet. Whether you're saving your pennies for a rainy day or your next recording session, this guide will help you make the most of the Music City on a tight budget.
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Frist Center For The Visual Arts

The Frist hosts a rotating, ever-evolving catalog of exhibits that range from art deco automobiles (which I saw last weekend) to the art of ancient Egypt, to modern video installations. They've usually got a nice variety of exhibits to satisfy both classical and contemporary art lovers, as well as...

Nashville Public Library

Nashville's public library is about a lot more than checking out books. They constantly have amazing free programs going on. From film screenings followed by a Q&A with the director, to free concerts of all musical genres, there's always something awesome (and free!) going on at the library. They...

Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt (Downtown)

The best mid-range priced hotel in Nashville, in my opinion. There were so many things that were good about this hotel. Three words come to mind: fun, considerate, conscientious. The fun comes in little touches like the prize wheel you get to spin when you check in if you're a rewards member. Or the...

Music City Center

Newly opened in 2013, the Nashville Convention Center is an imposing landmark on the edge of the city's SoBro district. Yes, it's the place where business-types in stuffed suits gather to learn the latest accounting practices. But it's also a great outdoor lunch spot, as they have tons of tables set...

Tennessee State Capitol

The Tennessee State Capitol building is a gorgeous piece of Tennessee history. And you can tour it for my favorite price: free! Fronted by a beautiful green hill we sled down on cardboard box tops and air mattresses when we get a good snow, the capitol building looks out over the bicentennial mall. You...

Robert's Western World

This place is AWESOME. As a Nashville native, I usually shun most of the tourist traps on Lower Broad... but not Robert's! I work in downtown Nashville and I often go here on my lunch break. Why? Two words: Recession Special. The Recession Special consists of a fried bologna sandwich (one of the best in...

Tennessee State Museum

The James K. Polk Tennessee State Museum is really two museums in one-- the state museum and a military museum-- for one low admission price: free. This museum is pretty hip for a museum, but that's what comes from being in Nashville. They have everything you need to satisfy a history buff, but they've...

Best Western Music Row Plus

The Best Western Music Row is probably the prettiest Best Western I've ever set foot in. Stepping into the lobby is a bit of a shock because the interior is so posh and elegant compared to the boring, cement exterior of the building. It's like stepping into a tank and finding a penthouse. The place is...

Nashville Farmers' Market

During the week, the restaurants inside the main building serve affordable, delicious dishes in a variety of offerings from soul food to Indian to fresh Italian. The outdoor spaces offer a huge selection of agricultural goods. On the weekends especially, they come alive with a rainbow of fresh...

Music City Hostel

When you stay at a hostel, you're going for a certain kind of experience. You don't expect to be pampered with room service or to have turndown service and little mints on your pillow. People who stay in hostels do so for two reasons: 1)the price and 2)the priceless experiences. Music City Hostel...