Ideas for {Frugal} Summer Fun: Our Nashville Trip (Report)


We have been in Nashville all week while my husband attends a conference for work. We’re staying at a nice downtown hotel, and I guess I’m used to “budget” hotels that give you free breakfast, free wifi, free parking, and all kinds of other perks to win your business. I was shocked to learn that there was no breakfast, internet is $13.95 per day, the water bottle in the bathroom costs $5, and you have to pay $8 every single time you leave the self-park garage. I had all kinds of ideas for things I was going to do with the boys “out on the town” this week, but I felt like some of my plans were foiled with the parking situation.

I was also looking forward to taking the boys to the pool. On our first swim we discovered that it is a salt water pool, which I’m sure is better for you than chlorine, but that salt water sure tastes gross if you happen to get any in your mouth!

The other challenge has been the weather. Nashville has seen some record temperatures while we’ve been here, and going out has almost been out of the question.

So…here are some of the fun, frugal things we’ve found to do this week. We have adjusted to the salt water and made great use of the pool. We’ve enjoyed some PBS Kids (we don’t have cable at home, so it’s a big treat). We attended a free performance of the King’s College Cambridge Choir at a church here in town. Oh, and I spoke with a manager who graciously waived the $13.95 internet fee for me this week. Phew!


On a special trip to the food court at the hotel for lunch with daddy on Monday.


We took a walk on Monday night when the temps finally dropped a bit. There are lots of things to see in the Music City!


We found out that the library had a reading time on Tuesday morning, and it was just a short walk from our hotel! Fun!


Daddy had Tuesday night off, so we went to Panera and saw more sights around the city.

The next Billy Graham?

Wednesday, July 4th was HOT at 103 degrees, so we found some things to do indoors. Walking around the Opryland Hotel was so much fun! I hadn’t seen it in 24 years, and they have done some amazing expansions.

Still trying to duck the heat, we walked around Opry Mills and had an afternoon snack at the Rainforest Cafe.

Quick stop at Kroger, and we enjoyed a little 4th of July party in the cool of our hotel room. 🙂

A few more days of this trip left. It’s 103 degrees again today, so we’re getting ready to head down to the pool!

See more ideas for frugal summer fun here.




  1. CA-ute!

Speak Your Mind


Image Map