‘Nashville’ | Small Screen to Real Life

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Nashville is no Hollywood.  We’ve had our fair share of movies and television shows filmed in and around here, but nothing major – at least that I’m aware of.  Until now.  In 2012, Nashville began running on TV, bringing more and more attention to my already quickly-growing hometown.

The critically acclaimed and nominated show has a great cast including Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.  Nashville is filmed on location and soundstages here in Nashville.  When it first started, I was even an extra for a day and got to spend many, many hours in the Bluebird Cafe replica they made – which I must say is phenomenal.

If you’re a fan of the show and coming to the area, here is a guide to visiting the Nashville filming locations.

Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry Show is the world’s longest running radio show and has presented some of the biggest names in country music.  The Opry has been known for making country music famous and has weekly concerts on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

grand ole opry, nashville, tennessee

Bluebird Cafe

If you ask anyone in Nashville where the spot is for a songwriters night, their answer would be the Bluebird Cafe.  This is the legendary cafe where songwriters perform their original material in an intimate, in the round setting.  Every character on Nashville has performed here – this is where Gunnar encouraged Scarlett to become a singer/songwriter.

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge may possibly be the most well-known honky tonk in Nashville and is located on Lower Broad.  Guests get to enjoy listening to singers and songwriters where legends have frequented including Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline.  On Nashville, Gunnar and Will take the stage during Open Mic Night.

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tootsies, nashville, tennessee


Ryman Auditorium

No visit to Nashville is complete without seeing the “Mother Church of Country Music.”  What literally was once a church and is now a music venue that has hosted legends to current and upcoming artists of all music genres.  Rayne and Juliette performed together on Nashville at the Ryman.

Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge

The pedestrian bridge offers one of the best skyline views of the city and spans the Cumberland River.  It easily connects LP Field with the riverfront area.  On Nashville, Deacon and Rayna are walking across the bridge and it is also shown in many of the shots of the Nashville skyline.

pedestrian bridge, nashville, tennessee


Centennial Park

Centennial Park on West End in Nashville is a local favorite featuring the Parthenon, a walking trail, dog park, sand volleyball courts, gardens, monuments, Lake Watauga and the Centennial Art Center.  You’ll find Nashvillians here year round eating lunch, talking walks, visiting exhibits, attending festivals and much more.  On Nashville, this is where Gunnar popped the question to Scarlett by the pond.

centennial park, nashville, tennessee


While the aforementioned places are shown in the show a lot more and for good reason – they are some of the main focal points for country music – there are some other places in Nashville that the show was filmed at.  Definitely don’t miss out on these places – most are favorites amongst the locals as well!

The Gulch

Located between Nashville’s downtown and Music Row, The Gulch is an urban neighborhood with plenty of shopping, living, entertainment venues and restaurant choices.

Hillsboro Village

Hillsboro Village is located near both the Vanderbilt and Belmont University campuses and includes many shops, boutiques and restaurants as well.  Some of my favorite places in Hillsboro Village include Pancake Pantry – a Nashville breakfast tradition- and Cabana – a restaurant and bar.


Public Square Park

Directly in front of Metro Courthouse, Public Square Park is the site of a free concert series, festivals and other events.  It’s the spot for Nashville’s Cherry Blossom Festival I talked about last week as well.

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Have you ever watched the show Nashville?  Which of these places appeal the most to you? 

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  1. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs

    March 29, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    I always wanted to attend Nashville Jazz Festival, new the place is famous for music but filming?

  2. Raphael Alexander Zoren

    March 29, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    That replica of the Parthenon looks really nice!!! Is that real gold on top of the friezes?

  3. frankaboutcroatia

    March 30, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Nashville has such an amazing history with music and musicians, and I always wanted to visit it for that reason (not that I can sing, but I love music!). Didn’t know about it connection with the film industry. Great overview, Ashley!

  4. Emma

    March 30, 2014 at 2:54 AM

    I love your posts on Nashville… I really really want to visit now! 🙂

  5. Erin

    March 30, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    What a fun post. Spotlights some cool places to visit and is awesome for fans of the show! I think Tootsie’s looks pretty appealing.

  6. Molly s

    March 30, 2014 at 5:16 AM

    Ahh, it all looks so familiar! The show is quite popular over here in the UK, and I’ve seen it a few times. I’d love to see all of these places, especially the Opry – for the history as well as the music!

  7. Bob R

    March 30, 2014 at 5:41 AM

    I’ve never heard of the show, but I’m not much of a TV guy. 🙂 That Parthenon is interesting. How old is it?

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 2, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      It was built in 1897 – only full scale replica there is 🙂

  8. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey

    March 30, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    It ain’t no Hollywood – LOL! PLease stop posting about Nashville… I am already mad we never got that far.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 2, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Nope, sorry I won’t stop…you’ll be visiting soon enough if I have anything to do with 🙂

  9. Syd

    March 30, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    lol I didn’t even know there was a tv show called Nashville. I’m so out of the loop. But I do love the photo of the Orchid Lounge. Atmospheric.

  10. Syd

    March 30, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    I’m not sure my last comment makes sense but I’ve slept like 9 hours in the past three days so I give up…

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 2, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      It made sense to me…so either I need sleep too or you’re good 🙂

  11. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo

    March 30, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    I’ve never seen (or even heard of!) the show but I sooo want to visit this iconic town!

  12. Bronwyn Joy

    March 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    All new pop culture moments for me (how out of the loop am I?) but I love the idea of the Bluebird Cafe. Makes me want to take up singing and songwriting just to perform there. Probably lucky for you it’s a long way away.

  13. Milene

    March 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    I do not know Nashville, neither the series nor the place. But I guess even without knowing the series it would be a nice place to visit. I love the Parthenon, any idea about when it was built? I just love those kind of buildings and their history!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 2, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      It was built in 1897 Milene 🙂 Only full scale replica!

  14. Lauren

    March 31, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    I’ve never watched the show, but I loved seeing all of the photographs of Nashville! It has such character and would be an interesting place to visit/live!

  15. Adelina | PackMeTo

    April 2, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    I’ve heard of the show but never watched it. People says its good though. Great post! I might have to steal this idea for Vancouver 🙂

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