We are so pleased that you have chosen to spend your time in Music City with us.
We hope that you have a great time in Nashville, and you’ll come back to THE WRITING SHACK the next time you’re in town. If you love us, give us a great review and tell your friends.
I’m Russ. I own THE WRITING SHACK. I worked as a healthcare business consultant for 40 years. I’ve been playing in bands for 46. I sing, play keys and guitar and write music. I have 5 independently produced records. Music is my passion.
As I planned my retirement, I knew that I wanted to be in Nashville to experience music fulltime. In addition, I wanted to help up and coming artists by developing a creative space at a rental rate that was less expensive than the soaring rates spurred by Nashville’s growth.
The tenants here, me included, are actively writing and playing music. We don’t have any contracts or major cuts….yet, but we work on it every day. Sometimes we’re on the road, or out on a co-write. If we’re home, we’d love to meet you if you’d like.
We do practice. Our intention is not to disturb you AT ANY LEVEL! If there is any issue just knock on the door and let us know. We’ll stop immediately.
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Parking is a challenge and it’s expensive.
Your best bet is Uber or Lyft. If you haven’t used the service before, download the app on your smart phone.
It’s very safe, just make sure you ask your driver’s name before you get in the vehicle. They should also say your name.
If you don’t have a smart phone, the highest ranked taxi services at the time this was written were
OnCabs Nashville (615) 724-9801 3.3 out of 70 reviews
Tenncab LLC. (615) 888-8888 3.5 out of 25 reviews
We make no guarantees about the service offered by any of these organizations
You may already have plans for your time here. If not, Trip Advisor is a great place to decide what to do.
Here are top attractions ranked by Trip Advisor.
Grand Ole Opry – Perfect for country music lovers and those who aren’t!
Guided Tours $33 – Tours start every 15 minutes
Shows: Prices range from $45 – 100. https://www.opry.com/calendar/
Ryman Auditorium Tour
Self-Guided 24.95 / 16.95 (4-11)
Guided – 34.95/ 26.95
Opry at the Ryman Post-Show Tour 29.95 / 21.95
Ryman Self-Guided/Opry at the Ryman - Tier 1 $93, Tier 2 $73
For more information call 1-800-SEE-OPRY / 1-800-733-6779
Nashville Music Pass: Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B, Ryman Auditorium, Johnny Cash Museum, Madame Tussauds, AJs Good Time Bar, Hard Rock Café ($15 discount at the Hard Rock Café).
Save time waiting in ticket lines and get access to five top attractions with one pass.
Country Music Hall of Fame - $18
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is the home of this popular American art form, safeguarding over 2.5 million artifacts, with two expansive floors of gallery space featuring permanent- and limited- engagement exhibits. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is also home to Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print. It offers three dining and four retail options, all open to the public. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Belle Meade Plantation - $24
Belle Meade Plantation is a non-profit historic site located in Nashville, TN. Established in 1807, Belle Meade was revered as the greatest thoroughbred stud farm in the United States. It was home to Iroquois, the first American bred horse to win the Epsom Derby and the great foundation sire, Bonnie Scotland, whose descendants include Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Native Dancer, Big Brown and California Chrome. Belle Meade was owned and operated by the Harding-Jackson family for nearly a century from 1807 until 1906. Today their home is restored to its turn of the century appearance along with several original outbuildings.
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage - $22
The Hermitage, 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, including 30,000 schoolchildren, 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.
There a couple of options for experiencing Downtown Nashville, but my favorite is to get a Uber/Lyft to 400 Broadway (there’s nothing special about the address, but the driver will know where you want to go and get you to a convenient corner)
Start walking. There are shops and restaurants, but most important in my mind are the great honky tonks. There’s live music all day, every day, with some of the best musicians on the planet. You’re likely to see a guitar player that’s toured with critically acclaimed country stars or someone who is about to be famous. There is never a cover charge. Just walk in, if you like what you hear, sit a while and tip the band when the tip bucket comes around (that’s how they make their money). If you don’t like it, leave and go to the next place. I always try to leave after the band has finished a song. I know how it feels when you’re playing your heart out and folks are walking out. But that’s just me.
Bluebird Café https://bluebirdcafe.com/ $0 up to $25 cover + $10 food/drink minimum
Check the schedule, but you can’t go wrong!
Nashville has a ton of great restaurants. Again, Trip Advisor is a good place to check out your options.
Additionally, you’re 0.5 miles away – an easy walk with sidewalks – from some great places to eat.
Turn right from the house and head down Scott Ave to Eastland Ave.
These establishments have 4+ star ratings:
Rosepepper Cantina serves amazing Sonoran style Mexican http://www.rosepepper.com/
Two Ten Jack has Japanese small plates, ramen & sushi, plus craft cocktails http://twotenjack.com/nashville/
Pomodoro East has casual Italian https://www.pomodoroeastmenu.com/
The Wild Cow has delicious vegetarian and vegan fare https://thewildcow.com/
Portland Brew East and The Ugly Mug are great coffee shops
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream has creative flavors of ice cream & frozen yogurt made from local ingredients https://jenis.com/scoop-shops/east-nashville/
If you head west another 0.3 miles to Gallatin Ave, you’ll find a number of great restaurants including BBQ, sushi, gyros, Cuban, pizza, burgers and more. Check Googlemaps.com for more info.
Also check out Tower Market and Deli, 1305 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206, for great breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Left out of the house, right on Douglas and .5 miles to the corner of Gallatin.
If you get sick that sucks. But there is great medical care in Nashville.
First, if you’re really sick or injured DIAL 911!!!
For less sever issues, less than 1 mile away is CareNow Urgent Care
1214 Gallatin Ave Suite 101 615-988-1620
You can check in online at https://wci.carenow.com/#/webcheckin/
They’re open 8-8 Monday – Friday and 8-7 on Saturday and Sunday. They have a 4.2 rating on Google
If you’re wondering if they can help, here is a list of common conditions they treat:
If your illness is worse, for example:
· Chest pain
· Symptoms of a stroke (e.g. facial drooping, arm/leg weakness or paralysis, speech difficulty)
· Shortness of breaGenerth
· Severe trauma or bleeding
· Severe abdominal pain
· Drug overdose/accidental poisonings
DIAL 911 IMMEDIATELY!!!
Don’t try to be a hero. You’re better safe than sorry. .
There’s not much you need to do to check out.
Check out time is 11am. Please respect this.
Check to make sure you have all your belongings.