When you think Nashville, TN, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For me the answer was and is country music. The city is just overflowing with country music history as well as country music stars in the making.
Nashville is bursting with life. Of course it has the music scene, which is reason enough to visit, but there is so much more. Culture, history, fun, art, etc. the list could go on and on. And while it is a city, it has a quaint, small town sort of feel. My weekender’s guide to Nashville attempts to give my take on what you must-do and see in the city with limited time and money.
Start off your morning with breakfast at the Loveless Cafe. It is just a short 30-minute drive out of Nashville and the biscuits are totally worth it (i.e., they give you a whole plate of biscuits and jam as soon as you sit down). Plus this place has a ton of history, as noted by the signed portraits of country music stars upon entering the charming cafe.
Once your tummy is adequately stuffed, you might want to take a walk. I recommend taking a stroll through Centennial Park, where you can find The Parthenon replica. From there, it is only a short drive to Vanderbilt University’s campus.
If you get hungry for a late lunch, Nashville is famous for their Hot Chicken and Hattie B’s is a local’s favorite spot.
To continue your tour of Nashville, head over to pedestrian bridge (John Seigentaler Bridge) where you can snap the best view of the city! From the bridge you can see not only the city skyline, but also the Titan’s football stadium.
After grabbing a quick pic, make your way over to the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum and take a journey through country music history. I HIGHLY recommend taking the additional Studio B tour to see where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and the Nashville sound was recorded. This was by far my favorite part of the whole trip!
Now it is time to get to the heart and soul of the city: Broadway Street. Here you will find live music pouring out of each bar you pass. It is said that you are likely to hear the next big “thing” within one of these bars housed on Broadway Street. I have also found that many famous country singers, such as Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, have opened up bars/restaurants along this strip.
Don’t be alarmed if you see a bachelorette party, or 20, blocking your path. And keep your eye out for endless streams of “Party Barges” and “Pedal Taverns” driving by, showcasing brides and bachelorettes dancing, singing, and living it up in the city. It appears Nashville is the new Bachelorette capitol of the world.
Walking around the city can give you quite the appetite. Luckily, I have the perfect place to satisfy that hunger: The Pharmacy. No this not a real pharmacy, although their burgers are exactly what the doctor ordered 😉 I recommend getting there pretty early or downloading an app called, No Wait, which will put you on their waiting list. The line tends to get pretty long.
Wake up early and get to the Pancake Pantry. This is apparently a popular spot among the Vanderbilt students.
Next head to the Frist Art Museum to get an incredible taste of culture and art.
I don’t know about you, but after staring at art, my mind needs a little break. The Soda Parlor is a perfect place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a milkshake. My husband has been obsessed with the Youtube star who created the Soda Parlor for quite some time. Therefore it was a must on our Nashville to-do list. And the milkshakes are worth it!
In addition to housing The Soda Parlor, East, Nashville is a great spot for mural hunting. If you are a basic girl like me, I love a good mural backdrop for my photos. So grab your camera and start hunting.
To end your final night, head to the Listening Room Cafe to hear the next big act. Or grab some tickets for a show at the Grand Ole Opry, where you can catch both newcomers and famous country stars alike.
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If you have any recommendations for things I did not mention in the above post, let me know. I would love to hear them 🙂