Quick. Quick. Slow. Slow. That’s the counting pattern for the country 2-step dance. And also the pace of our Nashville long weekend this past April.

A 5:45 pm day of arrival dinner reservation was the only time slot available at The Catbird Seat (no relation, I don’t think, to the BlueBird Café,) the Achazt-inspired (you’re a foodie if that means something to you) counter-seating hot restaurant. So we moved quickly from the airport to the hotel and on to the restaurant.

The next morning was Slow Slow as we set no alarm for sightseeing, yet managed a full Hop on Hop Off Trolley route around the city before our 8:30 pm dinner reservation at Husk, the James Beard award-winning restaurant a short cab ride from our base of operations, the Hotel Indigo, in downtown. Then it was off to live music and dancing. This trip we did the two-step at the Wildhorse Saloon, West Coast swing dance at BB King’s and Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie bar and lindy-hop to the music of Bryan Wain & Hush Puppy’s Daddy at the Whisky Bent Saloon on their Sunday swing dance night.

Swing dancing and molecular gastronomy? Yes, Music City had these to offer for our gourmet-food fueled danceathon in Nashville.

Here’s our full itinerary, if you’d like to follow my lead:


12:01 pm American Air from La Guardia to Nashville

Checked in Hotel Indigo

Walked along river from hotel to Riverfront Station

Rooftop drinks at Acme Feed & Seed- live music, view of the river

Catbird Seat Restaurant for dinner

Downstairs for after-dinner drinks at the Patterson House (tried the Bacon Old fashioned!)

Union Station Hotel for lobby drinks – a restored 19th century rail road station with a stained glass ceiling

Live country music – one set at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

Robert’s Western World for country music

One set of the Stacy Mitchhart Band at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie bar in Printer’s Alley


Breakfast at 417 Union Street Restaurant – serves breakfast all day!

Hop on Hop off trolley around the city

Stops at Marathon Village for museum visit and Antique Archaeology shop

Green Brier Distillery tour

Johnny Cash Museum

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery for drinks and appetizers

HUSK restaurant for dinner

The Big Bang–a dueling pianos lounge and dance floor

Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie bar


Breakfast at 417 Union Street Restaurant

Country Music Museum and Hall of Fame

Margot Cafe in East Nashville for dinner

The 5 Spot bar for drinks and live music

Nashville Swing Dance Foundation’s Friday night JUMP SESSION

Wildhorse Saloon for two-step dancing


The Southern Restaurant for brunch

Afternoon antiquing at 8th Ave Antique Mall, Pre to Post Modern, Tennessee Antique Mall

The Bridge RLife Bar at Renaissance Hotel

German Town Cafe for dinner

Rolf & Daughters for drinks

Swinging Doors for country music

BB King’s for Blues


Easter Brunch at the Hermitage Hotel – best peppered bacon ever

Sambuca for dinner and live music

Whisky Bent Saloon for swing dancing

Whisky Bent Saloon Swing Dance night

Minnie Murphy & Crew At Sambuca Nashville
Robert’s Western World
Robert’s Western World
Sambuca restaurant

Brunch at The Southern

Easter Brunch at the Hermitage Hotel

Easter Brunch at the Hermitage Hotel

Easter Brunch at the Hermitage Hotel
Easter Brunch at the Hermitage Hotel
Easter Brunch at the Hermitage Hotel
Easter Brunch at the Hermitage Hotel
Cocktail menu at Rolf & Daughters
Union Station Hotel lobby ceiling
Drinks Menu at the Patterson House
13 courses at The Catbird Seat

By Lisa Skriloff, editor, Dance Travel News dancetravelnews.com

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