The Fall Event 2019 - The Best of Nashville

How often do you take some extra time to unplug, de-stress and get away from work? It's very important and can lead to being more creative, more energetic, and more productive. We encourage you to take some extra time before or after The Fall Event to find your balance. It's an important part of running a successful business – and there's lot's to discover in Nashville!

Below you'll find links for Special Events, Nashville Attractions, Culinary Scene, Honky Tonks, Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries, Shopping and Touring, to help you create your playlist in Nashville!

Be sure to check out the details of a special Walkin' Nashville Tour we've arranged for The Fall Event participants on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. Packed with history, fun trivia, and colorful anecdotes about your favorite country legends, this 2-hour walking tour reveals hidden corners of Nashville you won't find in any guidebook and tells stories you won't hear on any other tour! What better way to see Nashville than with other Group members? Details at bottom of page under Touring Nashville.

The Fall Event in Music City

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and home to Vanderbilt University. Creativity is the heart and soul of Music City and there’s never a shortage of inspiring things to do. From music, culture and the arts to food, sports and shopping, there is an “only in Nashville” experience waiting for you.

From new sounds that fill your speakers to old songs that fill your hearts, Nashville has the musical attractions to honor both past and present. It is Music City, after all. With honky tonks, the Grand Ole Opry, and the Nashville Symphony, there's someone for everyone! Legendary country music venues include the Grand Ole Opry House, home of the famous “Grand Ole Opry” stage and radio show, the historic Ryman Auditorium, and The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. 

The average temperature in September is 72 F. For more facts on Nashville click here.

This is the PERFECT TIME to plan to add a few extra days to your Fall Event trip. There is so much to do and see in Nashville!

And, for even more inspiration, visit!

 Special Events During the Week of The Fall Event 

September 20 - 22, 2019


Whether it’s hot chicken or whiskey incarnate, Music City Food + Wine Festival is the perfect excursion for any food, wine, or spirits lover. All weekend long, mingle with chefs and indulge in artisanal food, wine, beer, and spirits from 80+ purveyors at The Grand Taste. And wake up on Sunday to stellar chefs serving up creative brunch fare, eye-opening cocktails, and a spirited live gospel performance. Tickets range from $85 to $525 for the All-In ticket.

Follow this link for details:  Music City Food & Wine Festival



September 22 - 28

Just a few blocks away from the DoubleTree Hotel, LeeAnn Rimes will take the stage Sunday night (9/22), at the Ryman Auditorium. On Monday night (9/23) and Tuesday night (9/23) Sheryl Crow will take the stage. Chris Janson will take the stage on Wednesday (9/25). 
And, for anyone staying over on Thursday night, Larry Gatlin will host the Opry Country Classics. On Friday (9/27) King Crimson will take the stage and Saturday (9/28) Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band will take the stage – all at the Ryman Auditorium.

See details for each artist below. Or visit for tickets for all of the events highlighted.

Purchase your tickets early... they go fast!


Sunday, September 22     

LeeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and author. Rimes rose to stardom at age 13 following the release of her version of the Bill Mack song "Blue", becoming the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972.

Rimes has won many awards, including two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music award. She has sold over 37 million records worldwide, with 20.8 million album sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her hit song "How Do I Live" was ranked as the most successful song of the 1990s by Billboard magazine.

Get your LeeAnn Rimes tickets here:


Monday, September 23
Tuesday, September 24

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actress. Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, country, jazz, and blues. She has released ten studio albums, four compilations, two live albums, and has contributed to a number of film soundtracks. Her songs include All I Wanna Do, If It Makes You Happy, My Favorite Mistake and the theme song for the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. She has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Crow has garnered nine Grammy Awards (out of 32 nominations) from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

In addition to her own work, Crow has performed with the Dixie Chicks, Emmylou Harris, the Rolling Stones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Nicks, Michael Jackson, Steve Earle, Prince, Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, John Mellencamp, B.B. King, George Strait, Tony Bennett, Kid Rock, Sting, Vince Gill, Albert Lee and Zucchero Fornaciari, among others. She has also performed backing vocals for Tina Turner, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, and Neal Schon.

Monday tickets can be purchased here:
Tuesday tickets can be purchased here:


Wednesday, September 25

Chris Janson

Chris Janson is an American country music singer and songwriter. Janson has recorded two full-length albums, Buy Me a Boat and Everybody. He has charted eight singles, with three top ten hits on the latter in Buy Me a Boat, Fix a Drink, and Drunk Girl. In addition to his own material, Janson has performed on albums by Holly Williams and Lee Brice, and has co-written singles for Tim McGraw, LoCash, and Randy Houser.

Get your Chris Janson tickets here:


Thursday, September 26

Opry Country Classics

This special event will be hosted by Larry Gaitlin. Artists will be added as they are confirmed.

Get your Opry Country Classics tickets here:





 Friday, September 27

King Crimson

King Crimson is an English progressive rock band from London. Formed in January 1969, the group originally included bassist and vocalist Greg Lake, guitarist and keyboardist Robert Fripp, keyboardist and woodwind musician Ian McDonald, lyricist Peter Sinfield, and drummer Michael Giles. After a number of personnel changes, the group disbanded in 1974 but have since reformed on a number of occasions. As of the latest lineup change in 2017, King Crimson consists of Fripp (the sole constant member of the band), saxophonist and flautist Mel Collins (who first joined in 1970), bassist Tony Levin (who first joined in 1981), drummers Pat Mastelotto (who first joined in 1994) and Gavin Harrison (since 2007), guitarist and vocalist Jakko Jakszyk (since 2013), keyboardist Bill Rieflin (who first joined in 2013), and drummer and keyboardist Jeremy Stacey (since 2016).

Get your King Crimson tickets here:

 Saturday, September 28

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band

Josh Ritter is an American poet singer, songwriter, musician, and author who performs and records with the Royal City Band. Ritter is known for his distinctive Americana style and narrative lyrics. In 2006 he was named one of the "100 Greatest Living Songwriters" by Paste magazine.

Get your Josh Ritter & The Royal City Bank tickets here:




September 22 - 27

The Grand Ole Opry, is an American Icon and Nashville's number one attraction, known for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages. It's where unforgettable moments happen every week...moments like the night Trace Adkins revealed a tweet inviting his pal Blake Shelton to become a member of the Opry. With country music's new stars, superstars, and legends live on stage, you never know what'll happen next. See the show that made country music famous.

The Opry House is located approximately 12 mi. (21 minutes) from the DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown.

Grand Ole Opry at Opry House Calendar


Sunday, September 22

Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan, with Macy Gray, Victory and Sparkle City Disco, will hit the stage at the Opry House on Sunday, September 22.

This Chicago-born Queen of Funk was born into a Bohemian household. She is an American singer, songwriter and musician. Her career has spanned nearly five decades, beginning in the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the funk band Rufus. Khan received public attention for her vocals and image. Known as the Queen of Funk,Khan was the first R&B artist to have a crossover hit featuring a rapper, with I Feel for You in 1984. Khan has won ten Grammys and has sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide.

To date, Khan has won ten Grammy Awards, including two as a member of Rufus. She has received 22 Grammy Award nominations, including three as a member of Rufus. Some of her best known songs are Tell Me Something Good, I'm Every Woman, Through the Fire, Ain't Nobody...



Tuesday, September 24
Wednesday, September 25
Friday, September 27
Saturday, September 28


Grand Ole Opry


Tuesday, September 24
Craig Morgan, Dustin Lynch and more

Wednesday, September 25
Various artists will be announced when confirmed

Friday, September 27
Doug Kershaw and more

Saturday, September 28
Brad Upton and more

The Grand Ole Opry features various artists and are announced when they are confirmed.
Go to the Grand Ole Opry at Opry House Calendar for details and tickets.






A historic mansion, now operated as a museum, that is truly an artifact of Tennessee history. Offering tours of the mansion and winery, as well as wine and Bourbon tastings.

Visit Belle Meade Plantation


One of the world's largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American folk and country music located blocks from the DoubleTree hotel.

Visit Country Music Hall of Fame


Offers an encompassing time of sightseeing, dining and entertainment on a 300 ft paddlewheel river boat. The General Jackson cruises the beautiful Cumberland River, and with options including a Lunch & Show Cruise, and Evening Dinner & Show Cruise, there's sure to be a setting to perfectly fit your time in Nashville.

Visit The General Jackson Showboat




An American Icon and Nashville's number one attraction, known for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages. It's where unforgettable moments happen every week...moments like the night Trace Adkins revealed a tweet inviting his pal Blake Shelton to become a member of the Opry. With country music's new stars, superstars, and legends live on stage, you never know what'll happen next. See the show that made country music famous.

Visit Grand Ole Opry






Home of President Andrew Jackson, is one of the largest and most visited presidential homes in the United States, and recently named the #1 historic house in Tennessee. Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with over 30 historic buildings, that welcomes some 200,000 annual visitors from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Visit Andrew Jackson's Hermitage to witness "The Duel: The Art of the Southern Gentleman." This 30-minute visitor experience will answer questions about dueling followed by an ACTUAL demonstration by our historic re-enactors. “The Duel” takes place every Thursday through Sunday throughout the day, free with paid admission.

Visit The Hermitage





When you walk through the doors of historic Ryman Auditorium, one thing becomes clear right away: this isn’t just another nightly music venue, and it’s so much more than a daytime tourist stop. This place is hallowed ground. This is the exact spot where bluegrass was born—where Johnny Cash met June Carter, where souls were saved and a slice of history was nearly lost. It was right here that country music found an audience beyond its own back porch, and countless careers took off as deals were signed on napkins and paper scraps backstage. This is a building where anything is possible: a soul can find redemption, a crumbling building can find salvation, and an unknown kid with a guitar can find his or her name in lights.

Visit Ryman Auditorium

Southern food, live-music, multiple bars & free nightly dance lessons in a 3-story space of action packed fun. If learning to line dance is on your bucket list, complimentary line dance lessons are offered throughout the day.

Visit Wildhorse Saloon

If any of this is on your "bucket list" now is the PERFECT TIME to make it happen! Plan to come early or stay over after The Fall Event.

Nashville's Culinary Scene

Nashville’s dining scene is exploding thanks to a combination of chef-driven restaurants and classic dining spots. Discover the spots that put Nashville on the map as a culinary destination at

Here’s a few spots you may want to check out:

Hattie B's Hot Chicken – a Nashville original with chicken ranging from mild to XXX Hot. With three locations around Nashville, they serve Southern sides and local brews in a casual, counter-service eatery.

Sea Salt – nestled in the heart of downtown Nashville and historic Printers Alley, Sea Salt is not your typical Nashville restaurant. Modeled after the traditional farm-to-tables of France, it's the perfect restaurant for foodies with Champagne taste on a beer budget. And best of all, it's only a few blocks from the DoubleTree hotel.

Bluebird Cafe – Located in a small strip mall outside of downtown Nashville, up and coming songwriter's as well as seasoned stars perform nightly. Seeing a show at the famed Bluebird Cafe is a challenge, with only 90 seats available, so if this is on your bucket list get your tickets early!

Loveless Cafe – Known for its Southern cooking, this Nashville landmark  is best know for its biscuits, country ham, and red-eye gravy.

Honky Tonks

Robert’s Western World
Tootsie’s Honky Tonk
Central Layla’s
The Stage
Whiskey Bent

Nashville Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries!

Nashville may be known for music, but it's also a city with an impressive number of craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries sure to satisfy beer, wine, bourbon and whiskey lovers.

Nashville is full of startup and well-established craft breweries. As beer lovers quickly learn, every brewery has its own unique offerings—some have just a taproom with light snacks while others have a full kitchen and restaurant. With more than 20 craft breweries you'll want to get an early start to experience some of the best Southern craft beers in Nashville!

For complete details on local breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries visit

For a list of Nashville’s breweries visit

For your convenience, here's a map:

And if you're a wine or bourbon lover, you'll certainly want to check out Belle Meade Plantation!

Shopping in Nashville

When heading to Nashville, bring your boots! And if you don't own a pair – no problem. There's no shortage of boot stores in Nashville. And what better souvenir? But be prepared, boots can range in price from $100 to $1,000.

For a list of local boot stores go to

Nashville is a top shopping destination, so while you're in music city you may find time for some shopping. Following are links for some inspiration:


Touring Nashville


One of the best ways to discover Nashville is to learn from an expert on a guided tour. Thanks to John Kennedy, we discovered a really cool tour and arranged a special Walkin' Nashville Tour for The Fall Event participants on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. This is Nashville's Coolest Walking Tour. Bill DeMain, is a longtime Nashville resident, songwriter and Grammy-nominated music journalist who’s contributed to publications such as MOJO, Classic Rock and Entertainment Weekly, and published four books, including the best-selling Sgt. Pepper at 50 (Omnibus Press), a book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic Beatles’ album. He is also a Nashville correspondent for the BBC.

Packed with history, fun trivia, and colorful anecdotes about your favorite country legends, this 2-hour walking tour reveals hidden corners of Nashville you won't find in any guidebook and tells stories you won't hear on any other tour! What better way to see Nashville than with other Group members?

You'll see Woolworth on 5th, The Arcade, Printers Alley, Ryman Auditorium, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Hatch Show Print, Country Music Hall of Fame and more – as well as the former sites of long-lost treasures like 
Captain’s Table, George Jones’ Possum Holler, The Maxwell House Hotel, Ernie’s Record Mart, and Sho-Bud Steel Guitar Company.

The tour covers approximately one mile and the pace is very leisurely. Even though it's on foot, the tour is less about walking and more about the narrative of how country music evolved in Nashville.

Two tours will be offered on:

Sunday, September 22     3:00pm - 5:00pm
Monday, September 23    9:00am - 11:00am

Each tour is limited to 25 people. Tickets are $25 per person.

We will purchase tickets as a Group and all you need to do is show up (with walkin' shoes)!

You haven't seen Nashville until you've taken the Walkin' Nashville Tour!


If you miss out on our special Walkin' Nashville Tour or prefer to "go it alone", there are other tour options available. 

Whether you like to explore by bus, bike, or on foot, there are tours specializing in history, food, murals, music, and more. From the Honky Tonk Party Express to the Sweet Magnolia Tours – you're sure to have a great time discovering Nashville.

Get to know Music City. Visit for a list of tour companies.


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