How to See Nashville on a Budget

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Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, Nashville is a great city to visit. The area has lots of affordable options for dining, drinking, accommodations, attractions and more. You can see and do a lot in Nashville without breaking the bank. Here are some ways to save money when traveling to the Country Music Capitol of the World.

Accommodations
If you need a place to stay in Nashville for a week or more, book a room at one of our newly renovated Extended Stay locations. The rates start at only $239.99 a week – that comes to less than $35 a night – much more affordable than your average hotel room! Our extended stay properties come will full kitchens and free high speed internet providing even further value.

Attractions
Nashville is a country music lover’s paradise. Unlike many major cities where concerts cost hundreds of dollars, in Nashville you can often attend high quality music venues for next to nothing. The Bluebird Café has hosted some of the most famous singers and songwriters in Country music from Garth Brooks to Taylor Swift, and yet there is still no cover charge for the early shows. All you need to do is spend at least $7 on food or drink -it’s hard to beat dinner and a show for $7! The Grand Ole Opry is the longest running live radio performance in America. Eight or more artists preform at each show, which runs over 2.5 hours, but you can get a ticket for as little as $35 dollars.

There is more to Nashville then music though. The Tennessee State Museum (one of the largest state museums in the nation) and the State Capitol are both open to the public, free of charge. Vanderbilt University, one of the best collages in the country is located in Nashville and the campus often hosts free events, concerts and exhibitions that are open to the public.  To score a good shopping deal, head to the weekly Farmer’s Market, which is also home to a weekly Flea Market on Saturdays.

Dining
If you stay at an extended stay property, you can save money by cooking your own meals, but if you’d still like to go out and explore Nashville’s eats, you can find lots of delicious and inexpensive meals. The Arcade is a popular spot for lunch – the Arcade is full of small family restaurants that cater to the 9-5 lunch crowd. The best spots typically have the longest lines! Food Trucks are also a great way to dine out on a budget. Nashville has over a dozen food truck options to choose from. Some of the most popular trucks include Biscuit Love, The Grilled Cheeserie and The Trailer Perk.  

One of Nashville’s most popular meal choices is also one of the most cost effective. Many Nashville restaurants offer “Meat and Three” plates where you choose your protein and then pick three side dishes. Usually a Meat and Three will fill you up for less than $10 dollars.

Drinks
Nashville is home to many Honky-Tonk bars that play country music. Most of the Honky-Tonks can be entered with no cover charge and they typically offer drink specials earlier in the evening. When visiting a Honky-Tonk, you could be listening to a country music star in the making.

The Jack Daniels Distillery is only a short drive from Nashville. The Distillery provides free tours of the facility and at the end of the tour you can even sample some of their famous lemonade – unfortunately since it’s a dry county, you won’t find any liquor in it.

Why November is a Great Month to Visit San Antonio

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While San Antonio is great to visit any time of year, November is an especially great month to visit. First of all, the weather is fantastic. Unlike most of the country which tends to turn cold and dreary in November, the temperature in San Antonio generally hovers around 66 degrees, and the chance of rain is less than at other times of the year.

San Antonio also hosts a number of amazing events in November. The month kicks off with Dia de Los Muertos – a Day of the Dead Celebration. This holiday is perfect for anyone who wishes the spooky fun of Halloween would last just a little longer. On November 1st and 2nd, the Dia De Los Muertos Fest will be held at the Arneson River Theater. The festival has a great talent line-up including the Texas Tornadoes and La Santa Cecillia. On the 2nd and 3rd, over at Market Square you’ll be able to view a dancing and drum procession as folks go by dressed up like skeletons. On the evening of the 2nd, you can join (or just come and watch) the 5k Night Run at McAllister Park. In this evening run, racers dress up as skeletons and other dead folk.

On November 2nd and 3rd, San Antonio will be hosting its first Meatopia, a meat lover’s paradise held at The Pearl. On Saturday, for $100 you can enjoy signature drinks and all the steak you can eat for $100 at the Beefsteak event. At the main Meatopia event on Sunday, $75 gets you entry to all kinds of meaty delights prepared by 30 of the top chefs from around the country. You’ll be able to eat all kinds of animals, everything from Beef to Quail and more.

If the 5k Night Run isn’t enough exercise for you, sign up for the San Antonio Rock N’ Roll Marathon. San Antonio’s leg of the “World’s Largest Running Series” takes place on November 17th. Amazing live music is played along the course and the event headliner is multiple Grammy Nominee Joe Nicholas. Proceeds from the race go toward charity, and San Antonio’s preferred charity is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  In addition to the marathon, the event will also host a half marathon, relay races and a bike race.

If you’ll be visiting San Antonio over Thanksgiving, you can enjoy a festive Thanksgiving meal at Luby’s. The restaurant chain has locations all over the city, and on November 28th, they will be offering a buffet of Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings for only $10.00 per person!

The next day, walk off the calories from your turkey dinner by exploring San Antonio’s famous River Walk. It’s beautiful any time of year, but the day after Thanksgiving, all of the Christmas decorations go up.

Finally, at the very end of the month, Six Flags Fiesta Texas kicks off their Holiday in the Park extravaganza – a month full of Christmas celebrations.

We hope to see you in San Antonio in November! If you need a place to stay, at InTown Suites, we have recently renovated rooms in the city for as little as $209.99 per week!

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