I woke up in Nashville, but it still felt like a dream -Seth Ennis
Since Y’all are still getting to know me, I must confess that I am a complete and utter country music fan. Chances are if you get into my Jeep Cherokee I will have 1 of 3 things on, Sirius XM The Highway (which by the way is produced in Nashville), a local Country station (Usually Go Country 105), or a podcast.
So with that said you can only imagine how long I have been dying to visit Nashville, Tennessee, Music City of America!
My best friend from graduate school Lauren, has been my travel buddy as of late. About a year ago now we took off on our first adventure together to visit Toronto, Canada. Fast forward to 2017 and she was willing to accompany me on my next bucket list adventure, to Nashville.
We started planning around December, as I was day dreaming about things to do for my upcoming 25th birthday. Another fun tip about me is that I am a HUGE birthday girl. I love celebrating birthdays and going all out if I can. However, I am not a huge party person so as I have become older traveling to a destination has becoming my go to birthday celebration.
When I brought up to Lauren that I had been dying to visit Nashville for years, she hopped right on board with my birthday plans. Of course you guys know I used Kayak.com to book our flights and we ended up getting a great deal from LAX to Nashville (only $310 round trip!)
Our trip was a complete blast and I was so blessed to be able to celebrate the week of my birthday in Nashville.
There truly is nothing better than walking up and down Broadway listening to whatever live country music you stumble upon. I can’t say I have found anywhere in the United States where you can walk into a bar at any time of day during the week and find some of the best live music around (and for free!).
Need some quick tips on how to navigate Nashville in under a week? I have lined up my favorite things to do, see, eat, and drink while in Nashville Tennessee
Heres to you Nashville, I will definitely be back!
I am a Marriott credit card rewards member, which I have always found to be the best decision I ever made. Since I am a travel junkie, having a credit card that gives me free stays at one of my favorite hotel chains was a no brainer. As I was pursuing all of the available Marriott hotels in downtown Nashville, I had this moment of clarity and realized “What am I doing? The only way to truly do a city like this is to be complete immersed!” My final conclusion? Airbnb of course!
You guys will never believe that this Marriott addict fell upon the most beautiful and perfect little studio loft in downtown Nashville, just around the corner from the best Honky Tonks in town. The best part? We paid less for our Airbnb then we would have if we had stayed in any of the other hotels around the area. Plus, our Airbnb had the cutest little style and felt just like a home away from home.
Our little home away from home was just a few minutes walk away from some of the great restaurants, bars, honky tonk’s, and site seeing we indulged in over my birthday weekend. It had a private entry and felt safe and secure to us.
Our host Andrea was amazing and even helped us print out tickets to the Nashville Predators game. All I can say is we had a great experience utilizing Airbnb for the first time!
Click here to check out here wonderful location!
*all photos of her studio loft were supplied by owner Andrea
We hit The Stillery for dinner on our first night in Nashville. It was directly across the street from our Airbnb. We loved this place, it was the perfect spot for some delicious, fried, southern, food.
We started out with deep fried pickles (Lauren and I are both pickle freaks and order them almost every where we go). They were so good and so salty! I ordered the famous Nashville Hot Chicken, but The Stillery takes it up another level by adorning delicious mac and cheese with it.
They had a awesome selection of cocktails as well, served in mason jars. I got a peach moonshine cocktail that was sweet and strong. Lauren ordered a Cherry Coke flavored moonshine cocktail, that tasted like the real thing but boozy!
OMG DO YOU GUYS KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE BISCUITS AND GRAVY?!? No? Okay, well in case you missed it, LOVE THEM!
When we found out about Biscuit Love, I knew it was the place for me. When you walk up to this adorable, once food truck, restaurant, you will notice something funny. There is a line out the door. At least thats what we experienced on a Sunday morning. Biscuit Love only lets people in when there is seating available, so that it does not get too crowded. Which is a great idea, in my book.
Once you get inside you wait in line to order from the counter, look at all of their adorable cups, t-shirts, stickers, and jars of jam, before being seated and served.
We shared these little beauties which Biscuit Love calls Bonuts, deep fried biscuit dough covered in cinnamon sugar, lemon marscarpone, and with a berry compote. TO DIE FOR!
Lauren got the East Nasty which is fried chicken, cheddar, and a biscuit. Sound southern enough for y’all?! I ordered the Southern Benny which is like an eggs Benedict dish but with biscuits and gravy instead.
If you try one place in Nashville it should be Biscuit Love, you won’t regret it, especially if you are a biscuit and gravy lover like I am.
On our last day in Nashville we decided we finally needed to explore some BBQ. I don’t know why it took us this long to figure this out… So Lauren got on Pinterest and Yelp and we ended up at this little beauty. Peg Leg Porker! It’s a really casual joint where you walk in, order from the counter and sit down with your sweet tea.
Their food is to die for! It is just around the corner from Jackalope Brewery too so you can follow up your BBQ meal with a nice cold craft beer. Perfection? I think so!
Cheeky, hipster, coffee shop?
Yes, please! Lauren and I vowed we wouldn’t be drinking Starbucks while in Nashville. This is coming from two caffeine addicts. We just knew that when you are on the road the best experience you can have is to search out local coffee shops that serve up delicious, local, and interesting cups of joe and tea.
Well Frothy Monkey hits that nail right on the head. Local art adorns the brick walls, and an overhead loft gives the place a cozy feel. We enjoyed very minute of our relaxing visit here.
Now lets talk coffee! Frothy Monkey serves, coffee, and tea with delicious in house ingredients. Be sure to take a look at their seasonal menu as it has some amazing hot and cold drinks to choose from.
Lauren and I both got iced drinks off the seasonal menu. I ordered the Lemon on a Prayer which is made with espresso, milk, lavender, mint honey simple syrup, and lemon zest. So refreshing!
Lauren ordered The Hummingbird which is made with, espresso, milk, house-made pecan syrup, hint of banana, topped w cinnamon and dried pineapple garnish. Now don’t these sound like perfect southern coffee drinks?
If coffee isn’t your think Frothy Monkey actually serves food all day long and has an amazing menu!
They have locations in Nashville and Franklin Tennessee.
Need some other suggestions? Check out my other Nashville restaurants suggestions.
- ACME (one of the coolest rooftop bars, three levels of food and drink, amazing Nashville chicken sandwiches, and yummy frozen cocktails)
- Bakersfield (Mexican American style food, delicious tacos, and amazing sangria)
Wooooo Wooo! Y’all need to hit this place up! It was our first Honky Tonk ever and it is three levels! Live music on each level, good drinks on each level, CUTE BOYS ON EACH LEVEL! Okay, I am getting myself all excited again.
But really, we had a blast and kept coming back here for more. I’m not going to ruin the secret by giving you all the dirty details. You will have to run out and check out Honky Tonk Central yourself ;).
was our favorite brewery that we visited while in Nashville. It has a fun, funky vibes with lots of in door and out door seating. Their beers are super unique and have flirty names like their seasonal beer Lovebird. I had a great, unique beer there that was infused with Chamomile tea, which apparently was a limited edition batch.
Check them out when you are in town! I recommend their Thunder Ann American Pale Ale or Lovebird, a Strawberry/ Raspberry Hefeweizen (if its in season).
(Pictured above: Outside art at Jackalope Brewery, not included in the Pedal Tavern Tour)
Lauren and I are huge beer nerds and so whenever we travel we seek out the best places to grab a pint. On our last day in Nashville we had been hearing about this place that served over 200 different beers! Sounds like a win to us! We headed on over to Flying Saucer which was walkable from our place. Everything we did mentioned in the post was actually completely walkable!
When I walked in and sat down I realized, I had seen this place before. It was on a Travel Channel special about best bars to visit. The walls are covered in “saucers” or little plates for people who have successfully tried all 200 beers. Once you get to 400 beers you get another plate, and so on. The walls, ceiling, everything is covered in these cute little plates. It is a pretty cool place to say the least. With 200 beers to try we had a hard time picking just one! We both enjoyed what we got and also enjoyed talking to our lovely bartender whom was from California originally! You’ll notice, Nashville is full of people not from Nashville.
Wanting more suggestions on where to get your drink on? Check out the following places not mentioned in this post!
- Whiskey Bent (a super fun bar that serves, you guessed it, a ton of whiskey and moonshine)
- Big Shots (want to feel like you’re 21 again? Hit up Big Shots they have super cheap and creative shots and always have drink specials and live rock music)
We chose to take the Brewery Route which stops at anywhere between 2-3 brewery locations around downtown Nashville. The Brewery tour only runs twice a week (Thursday and Friday) at 6:30 pm and is $38 a person before fees.
We were only able to stop at 2 locations, Yazoo and Rockbottom Brewery. However, Lauren and I made sure to hit one other brewery, Jackalope, the next day before we left.
I can say without a shadow of a doubt that the Pedal Tavern was our absolute favorite thing we did in Nashville. Hop on at their base camp location and your tour guide will crack open drinks (that you bring with you) yell “PEDAL” and you are off! With some good tunes bumping, fun people, and a few drinks, it really can’t get much better. Not to mention it is a really great and social way to see the city. You get anywhere from twenty to thirty minutes at each location to grab a drink. The best part is every location has a discount on drinks for you since you are part of the tour.
*Photos of Nashville Pedal Tavern were provided by the owners of Nashville Pedal Tavern.
(Pictured above: Belgium style beer from Yazoo Brewery)
(Pictured above: Flight of 6 beers from Rockbottom Brewery)
The Johnny Cash Museum was a fun break in our drinking and eating adventures! I highly recommend stopping here if you have the extra time. It was really fun and they have a ton of different exhibits from his life and even about the movie Walk the Line.
Make sure to check Groupon.com for discounts on tickets for the Johnny Cash Museum. We ended up getting a 2 for 1 discount on tickets.
Attend a Predators Hockey Game
I actually really love sports, especially hockey and football. So when I realized the Nashville Predators were going to be home and playing a game when we were in town, I was on board.
We ended up only paying $17 for our tickets and although we were in the nose bleeds section, the Preds won and are now currently in the Stanley Cup Finals! I’m not saying it was our good luck brought from California that helped them get their,well actually yes I am… What do you guys think? 😉
I would definitely saying catching a game is worth it. High energy, good beer (cheaper than California’s too!) and you get to feel like you are a real Nashville native.
The best place we found for cute girly boutiques while in Nashville (within walking/uber distance) was The Gulch.
This is where we found our absolute favorite brunch place Biscuit Love, The Wings, and this oh so adorable shop Two Old Hippies.
(Pictured above: Outside of Two Old Hippies Store)
Two Old Hippies is like a Millennial’s dream store, they sell gorgeous clothing, candles, books, hats, knick knacks, unique vintage jewelry, boots, and more. I could have spent hours in here doing some major damage to my credit card. Luckily, I promised myself I would be back and only walked out with a cute reusable tote and a camo print Nashville baseball hat. Two Old Hippies is a must visit when in town!
While you are in the Gulch check out some of the other cute boutiques they have in the area. The Lucchese boot store was kind of like a country girls dream!
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(Pictured above: What Lifts You Wings at The Gulch Nashville)
(Pictured above: Flower Truck The Gulch Nashville)
(Pictured above: Wings The Gulch Nashville)
(Pictured above:Broadway Nashville Sign)
(Pictured above: Beer themed mural was in Printers Alley)
Thats all folks! Have any tips or tricks from your Nashville trip? Any recommendations, suggestions, or questions? Feel free to contact me 🙂
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*theweekend-wanderer.com was not payed or reimbursed for any of the above recommendations.