This past weekend I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee after finding a round trip flight with Frontier Airlines for $76. I had already been planning a trip with my girlfriends for March, but I was going to meet my mom in Huntsville, Alabama that weekend anyway so I decided to extend my trip and explore Nashville for a day. After reaching out to my friend to make sure it was okay for me to stay with her for two nights, we got to work planning our Saturday. This was my first time visiting Nashville, so I reached out to a few of my friends who have been multiple times for their recommendations. Unfortunately, the weather was against us and the forecast was rainy with a high of 45 degrees. We planned our day accordingly and I think it worked out perfectly. I’ll share with you what we did that day, and what I would have done if the weather had been a little nicer!
“Ooooh, I love Nashville! It seems like everywhere you walk, there’s great music coming out of every wall.” – Imelda May
We knew we wanted to go to brunch, we just couldn’t decide where. My friends recommended Loveless Cafe, Biscuit Love, and The Sutler. We decided on The Sutler because they have live music on the weekends and a Bloody Mary bar. I was super happy with our choice and would recommend it to anyone! We got there around 10:30am and just beat the crowd. The food was delicious! I got sweet potato pancakes and she got chicken and waffles. The ambiance was my favorite part about this place. The live music and decor really made it for me.
2. 12 South
12 South is basically a street with a lot of cute shops and restaurants. It’s also where most of the wall murals are located. We went into a few of the popular stores like White’s Mercantile and Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James. At Draper James they gave you sweet tea to drink while you shopped. I thought that was the cutest (and most Southern) thing ever! We took a picture in front of pretty much every mural we passed by. My favorite was the tie dye one with the peace sign! After shopping we got coffee at Frothy Monkey. I got the Havana Latte and Caitlin got the Turtle Latte.
“Nashville, man. That’s the place to be.” – Willie Geist
3. County Music Hall of Fame
By this time of the day it had started to rain pretty consistently so we decided to check out the Country Music Hall of Fame. We got there around 3pm and they closed at 5pm, but we still had plenty of time to see everything. It was really neat to be at such a historic and important part of Nashville. I have always loved country music so I enjoyed learning about the artists that shaped it. I also may or may not have realized how big of a Taylor Swift fan I am…
After the museum we were only a block away from Broadway, so my friend said I had to check it out because did you even go to Nashville if you didn’t go to Broadway? I’ll be honest and say bars aren’t usually my scene, so I hadn’t originally put Broadway on my must-do list. Needless to say, I was totally surprised by how much I loved it. The first bar we walked into, Honky Tonk Central, was by far my favorite of the night. I had no idea that a lot of country music’s biggest stars have their own bars on Broadway. We went to bars owned by Kid Rock, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Jason Aldean just to name a few. All of the bars on Broadway have at least three stories and each floor has a different live band playing. Most of them have rooftop bars as well. A view of the neon lights on the street from above while listening to live music is hard to beat. We stayed for hours going from bar to bar listening to music and singing along. I highly recommend giving Broadway a visit, especially if bars aren’t normally your thing. I don’t think you will regret it!
“Music gives a soul to the universe.” – Plato
5. Hot Chicken
Another quintessential part of Nashville is hot chicken. You absolutely cannot go to Nashville without getting hot chicken and seriously why on earth would you want to? I’ve had hot chicken before when we went to Memphis and it was DELICIOUS. But I’ve never had hot chicken from Nashville, so I knew I had to try it. We originally planned on going to Hattie B’s, but my friend was telling me about this hot chicken pizza she had one time before at this place called The Stillery and that sounded too good to pass up. There just so happened to be one on Broadway so we went there for dinner and split the hot chicken pizza and the hot chicken Mac and cheese. Life. Changed. I will leave it up for debate whether this actually counts as having experienced Nashville hot chicken, but I have no regrets.
“Nashville is the place where I first realized how impossible it is to look at someone and know what is inside them, what special something they possess.” — Callie Khouri
A few things I would have added if we had had more time or better weather would be the Nashville Farmer’s Market, visiting the Parthenon, walking across the pedestrian bridge, and going to some of the famous places to listen to live music like Bluebird Cafe. Is there anything you would add to this list? I’m already counting down to my next visit to Nashville. It’s a special place and one I think everyone should visit!