Growing up in Memphis, I’ve been to Nashville my fair share of times. Since moving back to Tennessee, I’ve been lucky enough to visit Music City even more. It is such a unique + fun city to spend time in. It has something to do for every personality – but especially those country fans. The city has even become a top destination for bachelorette parties + girl’s trips. If you’re lucky enough to be taking the trip, I hope this guide to Nashville helps you plan the perfect weekend getaway!
Guide to Nashville Activities
Nashville is obviously known for country music. So there are several country-related items you’ll want to check off your list. 1) Hit up a Honky Tonk – Broadway is full of them, but this local knows the best ones! 2) Tour the Grand Ole Opry + see a show if you can. 3) Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. 2) Check out one of the many museums dedicated to country legends.
Once you’ve fulfilled your country music obligations, there is so much more you can do in Nashville. The first night I was there with my college bestie, we hopped on the Nashville Party Wagon. Think peddle taverns, but better. A tractor pulls you + ~20 other people around the center of the city. It is BYOB but there is a bartender to keep your drinks in order + play some tunes. It’s only $35/person + you don’t have to have a group. You can get one with other pairs or smaller groups without having to rent an entire wagon.
To keep the fun going all weekend, you’ll want to stop by Pinewood Social. It’s a little off the beaten path, but they have food, drinks, bowling, yard games, and even a small pool. It’s a great place to hang with friends. Pinewood Social is a great place to relax after a day of shopping + sightseeing. Top sights to see are the river from the pedestrian bridge, the Parthenon, Amelia’s Flower Truck, and all the street art. There are amazing murals all over town. My favorites are, of course, the I Believe Nashville Mural, Wings, and Pink + White Wall. Find their locations on the map below. If you still need more from this guide to Nashville, tour a brewery or distillery – there are plenty to choose from!
Guide to Nashville Eats
On pretty much any trip, brunch is the most important meal + Nashville does not disappoint there. I had one of the BEST brunches I have ever had in my life at The Flipside. Do yourself a favor + order “Brunch” – that’s the name of the chicken dish picture left. It has bacon, a fried egg, and cheese. Other great places for brunch are Five Daughter’s Bakery, Acme Feed & Seed, Le Sel, and Biscuit Love. Be sure to get to Biscuit Love early as there was a line every day.
While I could spend this entire guide to Nashville talking about brunch, there a plenty of popular lunch + dinner options. The Pharmacy is one popular option for a burger. Hattie B’s is a must for hot chicken + Rosepepper Cantina is your stop for Mexican food. You should stop by there anyway just to get a picture of their ever-changing sign + see the cute area it is in on the east side. For dessert, be sure to stop by Soda Parlor.
Guide to Nashville Shopping
Nashville has some amazing options for shopping. Whether you’re looking to get something brand new or want something classic, you can find it here. 12 South is an area full of restaurants + shops to explore. Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James can be found here as can Imogene + Wille. If it’s antiques you want, stroll through the Downtown Antique Mall + Old Made Good to get some vintage finds. For the fancier among us. Green Hills Mall is full of high-class stores like Tory Burch + Louis Vitton, as well as slightly more affordable stores like Lush, Madewell, and Gap.
I hope you now feel fully prepared thanks to this guide to Nashville. Did I miss your favorite spot? Be sure to check out some of my pictures from my trips to Nashville on my Instagram!