Take a Musical Day Trip to Nashville while in Normandy

A quaint town in Bedford County, Normandy lies between the cities of Nashville, Huntsville and Chattanooga in the state of Tennessee. While staying at a Normandy bed and breakfast, take a musical day trip to nearby Nashville and explore the state capital's musical treasures. After all, Nashville isn't nicknamed "Music City, U.S.A." for nothing!

Grand Ole Opry
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 871-OPRY
www.opry.com

A weekly American country music stage concert, the Grand Ole Opry has been broadcasting since November 28, 1925. It is the longest-running live radio program, showcasing country, folk, bluegrass, gospel and comedy. Legends of the genre such as Patsy Cline, the Carter Family, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Roy Acuff and Kitty Wells were regulars on the Opry stage. The Opry has likewise hosted contemporary artists like Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood. "The show that made Country music famous," the Opry is now regarded as an American icon. Today, there are more ways to enjoy the Opry - from the March to December Tuesday Night Opry shows to the 2-hour America's Opry Weekend syndicated nationwide. Programs can now be heard via the Internet, satellite radio and the American Forces Network. Make it a point to take a trip from your Normandy inn to the place known as "Country's most famous stage" and the "home of American music."

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 416-2001
www.countrymusichalloffame.org

With a mission to "identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of Country music and to educate its audiences," the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been both a local history museum and an international arts organization since 1967. Throughout the years, its operations have included the Country Music Foundation Library (1968), the historic sites RCA Studio B (1977) and Hatch Show Print (1986), educational programs, CMF Press and CMF Records. In May 2001, the museum opened its new facility, located a stone's throw away from the Ryman Auditorium and the honky-tonks of Lower Broadway. It features the Hall of Fame Rotunda, among many other exhibits and collections, continuing to serve Country music fans, students and those in the music industry.

Ryman Auditorium
116 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
(615) 889-3060
www.ryman.com

Best-known as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 until 1974, the Ryman Auditorium is a 2,362-seat live performance venue. Thomas Ryman, a local riverboat captain and business man, built the auditorium as a tabernacle for the revivalist Sam Jones. Thus, when it first opened in 1892, it was called the Union Gospel Tabernacle. After Ryman's death in 1904, it was renamed after him. In 1971, the auditorium was included in the National Register of Historic Places and was designated as a National Historic Landmark 30 years later. Country music legends such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Willie Nelson have performed in this venue. Aside from Country music, it also features other genres, having hosted artists like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, R.E.M, Norah Jones, The Smashing Pumpkins, Coldplay, Sigur Rós, Sufjan Stevens and Bright Eyes.