Go Country, Western, and Antebellum in Nashville

Posted October 21, 2009 by Jamie Moore

Blurrylinedance-DEF You can't go anywhere in Nashville without encountering the city's country charm. Get lost in an over-the-top honky tonk bar, eat your fill of grits at a landmark greasy spoon, and glimpse the good life at a historic thoroughbred farm.

Robert's Western World: This self-proclaimed "honky tonk heaven" turns up the volume on some of the best country music in Nashville. Kid Rock, Alison Kraus, Tom Petty, and Merle Haggard have all bellied up to the bar here for a PBR and burger while listening to a show. Live music plays 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week, and there's never a cover charge. You can even try on cowboy boots at this bar, voted one of the best in America by Esquire magazine.

Loveless Cafe: For more than 50 years this roadside diner has dished out what many foodies have called the best country cookin' in America. Locals, celebrities, and world travelers rave about the hot made-from-scratch biscuits. Try to tackle a heavy breakfast platter ($11.95) yourself: Loveless country ham, two eggs with red-eye gravy, grits or potatoes, and biscuits with homemade preserves.

Belle Meade Plantation: This historic plantation, once an internationally known thoroughbred horse farm, sits on pastures six miles outside city limits. Kentucky Derby winners like Barbaro and Secretariat trace their bloodlines back to Belle Meade. Learn about the farm and life in the antebellum South on a tour of the 1853 Greek revival mansion, carriage house, stable, and grounds. Costumed interpreters tell the story through the eyes of original owners the Harding and Jackson family.

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