I’m finally getting the hang of this whole blogging thing because I couldn’t STOP taking pictures last weekend in Nashville. Everywhere we went, everything we ate/drank/did- literally over a hundred photos. It was easy because there are so many awesome things in Nashville and I’m excited to share a few of them with you!
Last weekend, Drew and I took a day off and took a long weekend trip to Nashville, Tennessee (apparently there are other Nashvilles- who knew?). It was my first time in “Music City” and let me tell you- it was AMAZING. There is so much history packed into a very cool, very laidback city. If that’s not enough to sway you, their food game is on a whole new level.
WHERE TO STAY
Drew and I love staying at the Hyatt Place wherever we go- they have an awesome rewards program and their hotels are always top notch. They have awesome amenities and spacious suites, and they are always located right in the heart of all the action. Hyatt Place Downtown is located one block away from Demonbreun Street and two blocks away from Broadway Street, so you’re a quick walk away from tons of fun places. They also have a great breakfast buffet AND they’re dog friendly. Win, win, win, win.
WHERE TO EAT
(there’s no way I can list everywhere we ate, but here are some of our faves)
The Stillery was highly recommended by several people, and it did not disappoint. It has a downstairs dining area that makes you feel like you’re right in the action and a more intimate, upstairs bar area with live music. Great cocktails, delicious food- highly recommend you add this to your itinerary!
A little off the beaten path, but when you’re craving sushi, you gotta do what you gotta do! If you need a break from Southern cuisine, I can’t say enough good things about Wild Wasabi. Amazing sushi and great specials!
If you venture down to the 21st Avenue shopping district (see below), you have to stop at KayBob’s for lunch. It’s a great Persian restaurant and offers a lot of great, healthy options. Kabobs, flatbreads, platters- it’s all good here.
WHAT TO DO
Whether you’re a fan of country music or not, this is a must see in Nashville. You can do one, or both, but both places offer a behind the scenes tour of the most iconic places in country music history. You’ll also learn so many fun facts about your favorite country music stars and the photo ops are AMAZING. BONUS: Take a quick walk through the Walk of Fame Park and see all the country music stars! (Not the actual people, the literal stars on the sidewalk- you might not see Blake Shelton, but you can definitely find his name!)
Breweries and Barcades
Nashville is home to a lot of great breweries, honky tonks, and fun bars. Literally if you walk down Broadway Street at 10am, all the windows are open and there’s live music all around. Rock Bottom Brewery has great brews and an even better view from their rooftop bar. HQ Beercade has all of your favorite arcade games for FREE and huge video screens if you’re trying to catch a game.
Would I even be a real blogger if I didn’t scope out the shopping districts? The Gulch is a very cool, urban neighborhood with shops like LOFT, Urban Outfitters, and Blush Boutique, great restaurants, and alllll of your favorite murals. 21st Avenue South is right in the heart of Vanderbilt’s campus and has a small downtown vibe. It’s also home to a very cool Altar’d State, Dress Up and a lot of cool local shops. Let’s just say I had a hard time fitting everything into my carry on on the way back (Drew had to take an Altar’d State bag as his personal item on the plane. He’s a saint.)
There are so many cool things to see, do, and eat in Nashville and this blog post could go on for ten more pages. If you’ve never been, you need to add this awesome city to your travel list- it’s a great trip for a long weekend. Parking is expensive, so I would recommend Ubering or walking when you can (or try a scooter because they’re EVERYWHERE). Take a trip to the Music City- you’ll have fun that you’ll never forget.
If you want any specific recs, send me a message or let me know in the comments below!