Nashville Travel Guide

Ashley Varney

My highly requested Nashville travel guide is here! It's crazy to think back to my first trip to Nashville, it was November of 2017. I booked that trip with an old friend who was a flight attendant at the time and could travel a lot. I was fresh out of a serious relationship and was ready to have a girls trip I would never forget. Nashville was number 1 on my bucket list at the time. I have always felt like I was meant to be born in the south so something was just calling my name. My first trip to Nashville was unforgettable, I had the best time ever and feel deeply in love with it there. I have been 3 times now and am currently planning my next trip to go back. I can honestly say I would move there if I wasn't so attached to my hometown friends and my family...and the ocean. So because of that I will continue to go back over and over again for vacations. When it comes to Nashville I feel like I have done most of the touristy stuff so I wanted to give you the inside scoop of some of my favorites things to do there!

1. When it comes to finding a place to stay I recommend without a doubt spending the extra money to stay right in downtown. I have stayed outside of downtown twice near the Vanderbilt campus which wasn't bad but you end up paying for Ubers to get into downtown which do add up. I loved the convenience of staying right in downtown and if you can get a hotel with a pool they are usually pretty fun! There is really no need to rent a car when going to Nashville in my opinion a Uber from the airport to downtown hotel scene is only a 20 minute drive max. Everything is pretty close by.

2. You may be wondering how much time you should spend in Nashville, I've done between 4 days and I've done less than 48 hours (whirlwind). I recommend depending on the amount of activities you would like to include 4 days is really great. You can get a lot done in that time. If you are looking for a busy weekend then a weekend can still be enough, I personally will take what I can get so a weekend trip fills my soul for awhile before needing to go back.

3. When in Nashville you eat REALLY GOOD food. Here are my lists of must-eats:

-Biscuit Love in the Gulch, best brunch ever - get the bonuts and biscuits and gravy. Make sure you are prepared for an hour wait at least if you are going at the busy times like Saturday + Sunday

-Martin's BBQ, you really can't go to Nashville and not eat that southern BBQ, it's the best! I love the brisket, I even bought some sauces and rubs to take home and they are great.

-Milk and Honey, another great brunch or lunch spot. The atmosphere is awesome and the eats are good! They have some really awesome drinks as well.

-Hattie B's Hot Chicken, another long wait for some famous Nashville hot chicken where even the mild is HOT. Be prepared again to wait in line if you are going at prime eating hours.
- The Diner, this place is really awesome. I went for the first time on my last trip for breakfast, great bloody mary's, the food was yummy and its a ton floors with great views, I recommend going right up to the top!

-Mellow Mushroom, do not miss this late night eat pizza, it's the BOMB!

-The Stillery, this place was recommended to us by some locals and they had really good food, I would definitely go back, I had a salad and sandwich and was impressed!

- Merchants, I had one of the best ceaser salads here and would go back just for that. The history and inside of the building in really cool as well.

-The Loveless Cafe, I personally haven't been able to go here yet but it's on my next trip list as I heard it's another Nashville must.

-I Love Juice Bar, if you are anything like me you crave a healthy meal every once in awhile after stuffing your face with all the above listed meals. I highly recommend this juice bar fr your fix. They have great smoothies and AMAZING acai bowls. You can find this located right in the gulch.

-Frothy Monkey in 12th south area is a must for coffee. Very cute area to walk around with your coffee in hand after.

-Acme Feed and Seed, two words: Moonshine Slushies and even better on the roof deck overlooking the beautiful river and a view of the Nissan Stadium.

-House of Cards, if you want a full on experience dinner I HIGHLY recommend checking out the House of Cards. This was one of the coolest thing I did in Nashville and it's fairly new to the city. It's a hidden (literally hidden) gem. There is a dress code, hidden in the Johnny Cash museum is a man dressed in a suit to lead you down a staircase into an absolutely breathtaking place. You must have reservations so be sure to book those in advance. The food is delicious and it's very dark inside but there are corners of the restaurant set up with magicians so you have an interact dinner where you get up and walk around to see them. With the purchase of your meal you also get another ticket to an hour long magic show in a different room. The magical show is awesome, such a great way to end dinner and the cocktails are fantastic, true speakeasy style.

4. Other activities:

-Bell Meade Plantation Tour this is a little bit outside of Broadway but still totally doable in an Uber. I loved doing this tour with my mom, the scenery there was gorgeous and it was finished with a wine tasting in the winery there!

-Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour this is a MUST. One of my favorite thing I ever did there. I got to stand on the famous piece of circular wood on the stage and get a picture and go for a full tour behind the scenes and all the dressing rooms. So cool!

-Country Music Hall of Fame

-Country concert or sporting event at Nissan Stadium we saw Eric Church there, the atmosphere was so awesome and such a fun night!

-Do the walking bridge

-The Pedal Tavern drinking while biking with a group of people, personally haven't done it and everyone thinks I'm crazy for now since most people visiting do. Wanted to include it on my list in case you're into it.

-The Gulch Wing Mural another line to wait to get the perfect shot unless you are lucky and hit it at a quiet time.

-Kittenish in The Gulch - Jessie James Decker's store with super cute shopping!

-12th South

-The Bluebird Cafe to see a show (ticket purchase is hard to come by)

-Amelia's Flower Truck

5. Favorite Broadway Bars:

-Honky Tonk Central make this the last stop of the night.

-Kid Rock's Big Honky Tonk - lucky for me I got a surprise performance at this bar front row from the legend himself!

-The Stage many floors of fun and talent

-Tootsies a staple of Nashville, you can't miss this one!

-Jason Aldean's Kitchen + Bar, love this new addition to the town, such a fun place!

-FGL House

-Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row

-Famous Saloon Rooftop

-Margaritaville because of my Jimmy Buffett loving heart

-RIP Paradise Park Trailer Resort - thanks for the memories

I hope y'all enjoyed my Nashville Travel Guide. There are so many great resources online to check out too for other stuff. There is still a bunch I would like to do there, lots to see. I like to call it the Honky Tonk mini Las Vegas. Anyways, if you go and use my travel guide please let me know and share with me all your thoughts on what you think. I could talk about Nashville for days. If you haven't been get planning, you won't regret it. If you have any other questions please reach out!




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