Travel Guide: Nashville
I love traveling, experience new places, eating new foods, and visiting all those cheesy tourist traps that everyone hates! When an opportunity for a girls weekend arose we all decided Nashville would be the funniest, closest, and cheapest option for a semi-spur of the moment trip.
When I sat down to plan my itinerary (which I LOVE doing) I realized I still hadn't found a vacation app I truly love. TripIt and other travel apps organize plane tickets, hotels, and actual TRAVEL times, but I wanted something that would coordinate all the places I wanted to go, with maps! And viola I found it !
I'm officially obsessed with RoadTrippers. While it doesn't have EVERYTHING I want in a travel app it does organize all my places and show me how long it takes to get there.
Here's my Nashville Itinerary for 48 hours in Music City USA
- Wake up early and head to Nashville
- Head to The Local Taco for Lunch (try the East Nashville location) - Happy hour is from 2-6 which equals $5.00 Margaritas
- Visit Third Man Records - Jack White's recording studio and store. This super cool and unique store features a slew of records, trinkets, and vintage music recording listening devices. You can totally spend a few hours getting lost in this tiny store, listening to records, and becoming fascinated with Jack White's obsession with quality music and recordings.
- Check into our Air B&B - which were Cory and Davie's Dog Friendly House - Even though they were out of town they left plenty of instructions on how to get around and manage the house. They have two cats and a dog (who the dog was on vacation with them) and some friends who use their shed for music (which are a great resource for best local things to do if they are around).
They left out plenty of leaflets out with information for travel into Nashville. The house was a straight shot into Nashville on 70 which was great because we could use the Air BnB as a home base.
- Then we found much needed chocolate and caffeine at Barista Parlor.
I had heard wonderful things about this place ! And I had also heard there was usually a wait. We ended up here about an hour before closing time - right before the St Patrick's day fun. The place was completely empty - and even though they no longer sell Counter Culture coffee - they have started roasting their own beans.
They also have a great selection of Olive and Sinclair Tennessee Artisan Chocolate - I grabbed the Cocoa Nibs one with a cortado - which kept me going for the night.
- Walk Down Broadway - I actually didn't snap any photos of Broadway at night - I didn't even bring my camera out and about - I've been waiting to get a really good portable point and shoot for vacations that is hopefully coming soon!
- Dinner at Pub 5
We were starving and needed dinner - because it was St Patrick's day Broadway was crazy and we found Pub 5, a great little spot right on a side street of Broadway. With a variety of upscale food and rooftop dining it was a great place to grab a quick bite to eat. The waiter also gave us a great tip of a new, local only bar about a 20 minute walk outside of downtown.
- Drinks at Bar Sovereign - Don't be fooled by the website which says "Coming Soon" - this cocktail lounge is open and amazing.
- Bar Sovereign has the best atmosphere of any bar we went to that weekend. It's a small lounge that made us feel like locals, and their craft cocktails resemble concoctions you'd find in a Speakeasy. If you're looking for a drink away from the madness I highly recommend. Also the bartender poured heavy.
- Nurse the hangover with Biscuit Love
I have so many things to say about Biscuit Love. First off - get there early - we arrived around 10 and still had an hour wait - but the line moves pretty fast. There is open patio seating out back, and no order is complete without these Bonuts! A combination of biscuit and doughnut that is delectable and delicious. They are lightly fried, with a dollap of lemon cream and blueberries at the bottom. They didn't last long at the table.
This place is all about ham - even the sausage tastes like ham, so if you're not a big fan of ham - I suggest grabbing a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice and maybe (2) orders of Bonuts and heading out.
This restaurant is also the home of this lovely Nashville marquee sign! I a great photo opportunity.
- Head towards Broadway and visit the Johnny Cash Museum - if you're interested in visiting all the historical hotspots such as The Ryman and Grand Ole Opry they have a package ticket that I highly recommend getting to save you some cash. You can check it out here.
We all really enjoyed this museum and taking a look into the original Man in Black. It really had a lot of interesting artifacts, tons of photo opportunities and a lot to look at for such a small space.
- Caffeinate with Creama
This hip coffee joint in downtown Nashville is always bustling. But it does have it's own parking lot - which is great if you need a pick me up after you leave the city of before you head in. Try to grab a table on their patio if you can!
- Check out East Nashville
At some point in your trip head to East Nashville. This is where some of the most unique and interesting shops are. You can find unique clothing, jewelry, and other items such as spices, soaps, and chocolate in this area. The Fatherland District. Check out a few other places to shop here.
- Dinner at The Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden
This is another HOT SPOT in Nashville that's on everyone's list. So make sure you arrive at least an hour before you want to eat. They do have a nice outdoor beer garden where you can drink while you wait for your table - and the food was Phenomenal. I highly recommend the Curry Ketchup and Garlic Aioli to order on the side for your fries.
- Our last day in Nashville we made the 30 minute trek outside the city to experience Loveless Cafe!
The biscuits are famous for a good reason! They are delicious. Between the three of us we killed our plate in a few minutes. This classic, southern style cooking will keep you full for almost the whole day! Definitely a place to grab a bite before heading out on the town.
- Walk Around The Farmers Market
- The Nasville Farmers Market is a great place to hang out - grab lunch and shop. With handmade shops, authentic cuisine, and bustling with life, this was a great way to experience an authentic Nashville.
- We stumbled upon Nashville design artists Born in the Nash
- Travel Tip: Pick up a copy of Native Magazine - the alternative source for Nashville Arts and Culture on your way into the city. It will give you lots of insight into the happenings on the days you're there.
For more fun places to go in Nashville please check out Air BnB's list of Things to Do In Nashville.
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