For those of you planning to attend ESX 2012, I’d like to welcome you to my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. During the show, Honeywell will wow you with new products including the LYNX Touch 5100, MAXPRO Cloud®, and NetAXS-123 with Video as well as RMR drivers like Honeywell Total Connect 2.0 Enhanced and Managed Access. But when the show floor closes, I invite you to experience my Nashville. Better known to locals as Music City, I hope you find Nashville to be a great host for ESX and a fun town to spend some time.
Music of Lower Broadway
Just one block south from the ESX entrance
In the Honky Tonks of lower Broadway, you’ll find some of the best music in the world. It has everything from Bluegrass music to up and coming singer/songwriters and of course, good ole country music. There are over 30 bars to visit, but two of my favorites, Tootsies and The Stage, are part of the ESX Crawl on Wednesday, June 27th.
The Country Music Hall of Fame
222 5th Ave. South – Two blocks south of the Convention Center – Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The museum tells the story of country music through historic country video clips and recorded music, and dynamic exhibits. The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country and Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player are currently on display. Tickets start at $22 for adults.
Located outside the east entrance of the Convention Center-Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The historic Ryman Auditorium will forever be known as the mother church of country music. When the Grand Ole Opry settled into this brick tabernacle in 1943, the Ryman instantly became the stage where every country star wanted to perform. But it’s not just country music that is played there; where else in the world can you see Vince Gill, Nora Jones and Jack Black’s Tenacious D in the same week?
Monell’s in Historic Germantown
1235 6th Ave North – 15-20 minute walk or 5 minute cab ride
I have been eating at Monell’s since it opened 15 years ago; this is Southern cooking at its best! Owner and chef Michael King brings you a real Tennessee treat. Upon entering this antebellum home, you are seated with other locals for a family style meal. The menu changes daily, but his famous pan fried chicken is served at every meal and the daily desserts are amazing. Come hungry, this is an all you can eat experience and you will want to try everything.
416 Broadway – Just a 5 minute walk from the Convention Center
Whether you are looking for lunch or a quick dinner, Jack’s Bar-B-Que is a must. Specializing in BBQ and sides with a Southern flavor, my suggestion is the 3 meat plate w/ pork, turkey, and beef with Hot BBQ sauce mac and cheese, green beans and a big glass of Southern sweet tea (heavy on the sugar and light on tea).
1126 McGavock Street – A short 10 minute walk from the Convention Center
I’ve traveled all over the country and had great sushi, but I always come home to Virago’s. This is my number one place to eat in Tennessee; it really is that good. Virago’s combines the upscale metro atmosphere found in NY and Miami with impeccable southern service. This is the place the big name stars go when they are hungry and if you look under their sunglasses, you are likely to see a few. I recommend the Wok Charred V2 Edamame and “The Bomb” roll. If you’re not in the mood for sushi, get the Stone Steak, but be prepared to be the chef. You are given a red hot river rock, seasoning and slices of filet to cook at the table.
The Loveless Café
8400 Highway 100 Nashville, Tennessee – 30 minute drive from downtown.
Serving its world famous breakfast since 1951, The Loveless Café is a must on a trip to Nashville. The Loveless Café’s famous biscuits have been featured on Martha Stewart’s MARTHA, Bobby Flay’s Throwdown and numerous Food Network shows. Biscuits, country ham, red eye gravy and other country fixins will keep you stuffed for a full day at ESX or for a leisurely drive on the Natchez Trace, a historical path that extends roughly 440 miles from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville. Watch the video below of how ADS Security and Honeywell Security products keep this Nashville legend safe and secure.
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Historic Downtown Franklin, Tennessee
Just a 20 minute drive south of Nashville in Williamson County
Discover Franklin’s Civil War history, the boutiques on Main Street and small town atmosphere. Franklin and the unique communities of Williamson County offer visitors so many things to do.
4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville, TN – A short 20 minute drive east of downtown Nashville
The Hermitage, known as the former home of President Andrew Jackson, is southern tradition at its finest. Nestled in 1,000 acres of Old Hickory trees, this mansion hosted world leaders and led America into the Jacksonian era. For those alarm geeks like myself, the US Secret Service has been protecting the Hermitage with Honeywell and ADEMCO products dating back to the ADEMCO 229 Control.
Nashville is a great town and a wonderful place for a long weekend. I hope you enjoy your stay here and thanks for attending ESX. I look forward to welcoming you to my hometown.