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How to Do Nashville Like a Boss

If you are planning to visit Nashville and you like to spend big, may we suggest a pair of high-end boots? (Photo: Getty Images)

Do you have cash burning a hole in your pocket? Whether you just won Powerball, your trust fund finally kicked in, let us help you spend it. Here’s how to splash out and live it up in Nashville.

Upgrade Your Footwear

Splurge on killer kicks at Lucchese, a company known for its gorgeous, handmade leather shoes and accessories. Cowboy boots steal the show, with styles ranging from classic to colorful. But you can also indulge in a pair of striking beaded stilettos or a buttery calfskin clutch.

The details: It doesn’t get more cowboy than John Wayne, and Lucchese was his bootmaker of choice. Boots start at $600, but if you want Willie Nelson’s custom crocodile and turquoise beauties, you’re looking at $4000.

Put Yourself in the Catbird Seat

The Catbird Seat restaurant has a laid-back vibe, but there’s nothing casual about the food. Around 20 or so diners perch at a U-shaped counter surrounding an island where chefs assemble a multi-course, fixed-price meal of New American small plates. The menu changes constantly, but think potatoes cooked in yeast water served with caviar and sturgeon, or beef tartare blended with quinoa, and sourdough topped with blackberries and citrus begonia. The creative dishes are often playful and always stunningly presented.

The details: A fixed-price menu is about $115 per person, plus drinks. Book way in advance.

Drive Your Dream Car

Your birthday cash from Grandma not quite enough to cover a Ferrari? You can at least pretend to own one for the weekend thanks to Music City Dream Cars, where the top-of-the line fleet of luxury rentals includes a Mercedes SLS AMG, Tesla Roadster and, yes, a few Ferraris. There were only 100 Excalibur Roadsters ever made, and they’ve got one of them. You can rent by the hour or the day, or spring for the “autocross” experience to zip around a closed course in a Lamborghini or that Ferrari you’ve always wanted.

The details: Weekend rentals are from $900 to $1800.

Book a Spa Day

Local favorite Escape Day Spa & Salon has a long list of ways to pamper yourself, including Eastern and traditional spa treatments or a soak in a hydrotherapy tub. Since the goal is to go all out, why not make a day of it? Try a four-handed massage (two therapists working on you at once) or perhaps an organic detox espresso scrub and mud treatment (which includes meditation time under a waterfall). You can have lunch in the private dining room and bliss out in the relaxation space, then get your hair and makeup done before hitting the town.

The details: Expect to pay about $300 for a half-day package.

Do the Opry, VIP-Style

Join a small group of fans at Nashville’s cathedral of country music on one of the Grand Ole Opry’s VIP tours. Ever wondered what goes on behind the red curtain right before a show? Visit the green room and a selection of uniquely decorated dressing rooms honoring, for instance, the women of country and Little Jimmy Dickens. You’ll get to watch the first performance from backstage, then enjoy the rest of the show from your VIP seat.

The details: Tours are offered February to October and cost $125 per person.