How To Spend A Weekend In Nashville

How To Spend A Weekend In Nashville

Hey y’all! I am excited to share our Nashville travel guide! My boyfriend, Joe, and I headed south for the Easter weekend because I had a long weekend that I wanted to take advantage of. Nashville has always been on my bucket list so we decided it was time to pay a visit! The funny thing is that I thought we had Saturday to Monday off of work so our flight was scheduled to leave on Saturday, buuut I was wrong and we had Friday to Sunday off of work lol. Oops! So I used some of my PTO to take Monday and Tuesday off so we could spend plenty of time in Nashville 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

Nashville Travel Guide

Day One: Saturday

We didn’t arrive until 4 PM so we didn’t have the opportunity to visit as many places today.

Where To Eat

  • Martin’s BBQ – I don’t normally eat pork, but I decided it was a must to eat in TN. I would have opted for BBQ pulled chicken if it was available, but it wasn’t. Regardless, it turned out to be delicious. Joe and I both had the BBQ pulled pork sandwich topped with Coleslaw. The building is two stories big. We walked inside and walked up to their second floor – an outdoor bar area. Great atmosphere – would highly recommend. Customer service was phenomenal as well. The bartender recommended a rooftop bar that I wish we would have experienced, but we went back to our Airbnb and took a nap. It’s okay though, I am more of a dive bar kind of gal anyway.
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – I had read great reviews and ice cream is my favorite, so it was a must visit. There are two locations In Nashville and they have crazy awesome flavors. Joe had a Brown Butter Almond Brittle and Salted Caramel In a waffle cone and I had bumbleberry and Brown Butter Almond Brittle in a bowl (it was $2 cheaper). Two flavor bowls were $5 and 2 flavor cones were $7. I believe a bowl with 4 different flavors was $10, so that would have been a better deal, but Joe HAD to have his cone. Expect there to be a very long line when visiting.

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What To Do

  • Visit Lover’s Circle – We drove to Lover’s Circle, which is a hill that you can sit on to get a great view of the city. Beware that the street that surrounds the hill is slightly nerve wracking to drive on. Since there are tons of cars parked on the side of the road, there is only enough room for one car to drive through the street at a time and there are cars coming from both directions. I would recommend parking somewhere nearby and walking.
  • Stroll Down 12th Street – we took a night stroll down 12th street after getting ice cream. There was a great bar scene, but we weren’t in the mood to drink. Instead, we stumbled across one of the many art murals in the city so snapped a bunch of photos.
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Day Two: Sunday

Our first full day in Nashville and it was Easter!

Where To Eat

  • Loveless Café –  We woke up early (around 8 AM or so) in hopes to avoid the big breakfast crowds as we were heading to eat some good ol’ southern breakfast. We drove 20 minutes to eat at Loveless Café. Let me tell you, we were far from disappointed. If you want to save roughly $20, share a meal. They serve generous portions and before the food even arrives, you get 6 amazing rolls with three different flavors of their jam. For our main entrees, I had an omelet and joe had some famous chicken and waffles. It’s some ways out of town, but it’s worth it if you want a true southern dining experience.
  • The Wild Cow – After an active day, I wanted to nourish my body rather than overindulging in fried food. So, we headed to The Wild Cow, a vegetarian café near our Airbnb. The food was good, but for someone who is not actually a vegetarian, the atmosphere felt a little weird. Bri would have loved it since she’s a vegetarian lol.
    Shortly after eating dinner we called an Uber and went downtown to browse the music and bar scene. We went into a few bars, but none stood out to me to recommend. I’d suggest dropping into several to listen to the different artists. Drinks are expensive, about $6 a beer, so we did didn’t drink much nor stay out very late.
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What To Do

  • Percy Warner Park – After breakfast, we took a stroll through Percy Warner Park, not too far from the café. You had the option to stay on a paved walkway or hike. We stuck with the regular bike trails. It took about 45 minutes to walk the whole trail if you keep left the entire way.
  • Cummins Falls State Park – Since it was Easter and we were unsure what was all open, we thought it’d be the perfect day to go hiking. We drove 1 hour and 20 minutes to Cummins Falls State Park. If you rent a car (which I’d recommend) then it is worth the drive! I will warn you that there will be a point where you’ll need to walk across the river, so you would want to wear shorts and shoes you don’t mind getting wet. The water came close to our knees (we’re both 5’3). This is not an easy hike. Besides having to cross the river, we also had to climb over huge rocks. I’d only advise going with kids 12 years and older.
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Day Three: Monday

Where To Eat

  • Five Daughters Bakery – First…morning donuts!! One of the things I was most looking forward to! I had heard such great things about Five Daughters Bakery and could not wait to try them out for myself. These donuts are made with non-GMO ingredients (for all the health enthusiasts out there such as myself) and are delicious. The sweetness is an entirely different experience as it derives from natural ingredients. We tried out the Lemon Blueberry with lemon curd infusion (seasonal) and one of their originals, Vanilla Cream.
  • Hattie B’s – After quite the shopping spree (for Joe Anyway) we decided we had to try out some hot chicken. Our restaurant of choice was Hattie B’s; another Nashville must. I was a bit skeptical when I arrived and realized it was fast food, as I was trying to stick to unique dining experiences, but it was the best fast food chicken I have ever had. Popeyes Chicken has nothing on Hattie B’s! You do have five choices for heat levels, luckily. Joe loves hot foods and he said “Hot” was perfect and that any hotter would have been too hot.
  • The Post – Before seeing Adam Sandler live, we stopped at The Post for smoothies. Unfortunately, they were no longer making smoothies for the day, so we each grabbed one of their pre-made fresh juices. Although super delicious and fresh, I would not recommend unless you want to spend $5 for four sips of juice.
  • Bakersfield Downtown –  We were starving after the Adam Sandler show, so we chose to get late night tacos at Bakersfield downtown.

Nashville is such an amazing city full of culture and GOOD FOOD that it's now my favorite place! Click here to read our Nashville travel guide!

What To Do

  • Shop The Mall at Green Hill – After breakfast, we decided to do some shopping. Neither me or Joe shop for clothes very often, so we usually do some clothes shopping when we vacation. There are tons of places to shop and I’m sure there are some amazing boutiques, but we browsed the Mall at Green Hills.
  • See A Show At the Grand Ole Opry – While we stood in line for lunch, Joe impulsively purchased tickets to see Adam Sandler live. I typically get tired during night entertainment (ie. movies, concerts, etc.) so wanted to make sure I was fully awake to enjoy my first comedy show. The Comedy show included comedians Adam Sandler, David Spade,  Rob Schneider, and Nick Swardson. It was held at the world famous Grand Ole Opry; the most beautiful convention center I have ever seen. It’s close by the Grand Opry Hotel, which I was told to visit. Unfortunately, we were starving after the show, so instead, we went to eat. If you’d like to explore the famous hotel, prepare to spend $6+ on parking. However, touring the hotel is free.
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Day Four: Tuesday

This was a partial day for us.

Where To Eat

  • Calypso Cafe – We decided to sleep in Tuesday morning and wait last minute to check out of our Airbnb. I get nervous about doing a lot on days I need to catch a flight, so we ended up getting lunch at Calypso Café, which was close to our stay.

What To Do

  • Opry Mills Mall – The decision to go to the mall was last minute and was because it wasn’t too far of a drive from the airport. We intended on going to the hotel but didn’t want to spend the money on parking. Instead, we spent much more money at the mall (facepalm).

All in all, I’d say we had a successful trip! Both Joe and I were pleased with how kind everyone was to us during our stay. Everybody was more than willing to give suggestions for things to do as well. If ever in doubt, ask a local. I hope you enjoyed my itinerary and I would love to hear if you visit Nashville for yourself!

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Siera is an occasional contributor to Wondering & Wandering. She's a travel and health nut who loves hot weather and long walks.

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  1. April 21, 2017 / 11:26 pm

    Ooh I loved Hattie B’s and the donut shop too!! So good!! I was there only for a short weekend but I can’t wait to go back and do some of the things I missed!!

    • April 22, 2017 / 7:52 am

      Hi, Julie! I LOVE chicken AND donuts 🙂 There are so many good places to eat! Thanks for commenting!

  2. rhiannontravels
    April 21, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    Nashville has been on my bucket list for such a long time too! I’m glad you got to visit. Your photos look awesome, and it sounds like there’s a ton of cool stuff to see and do 😀

    • April 22, 2017 / 7:54 am

      Hi, Rhiannon! Thanks so much for the comment! It’s a great place for good eats and a good balance of city and nature. I would recommend not taking it off your list! 🙂

  3. April 22, 2017 / 12:26 am

    Nashville is one of my top US dream destinations! I was in Tennessee last year for Bonnaroo and made it to Murfreesboro but never actually TO Nashville which is something I regret. Heading back this year though, so I’ve bookmarked this as a guide!

    • April 22, 2017 / 7:56 am

      Hi, Sky! I HATE when I’m so close to somewhere I want to visit, but am short on time. So happy to hear you’re going to be able to go back and hope the guide helps. 🙂 Have a great day!

  4. PrachiJ
    April 22, 2017 / 1:50 am

    Amazing Pictures! Your Blog gives me some serious Wanderlust! 😀


    • April 22, 2017 / 7:57 am

      Hi, PrachiJ! So glad to hear this! Thanks for commenting and I hope you’re able to do some exploring soon! 🙂

  5. April 22, 2017 / 4:15 am

    What a wonderfully comprehensive guide! Next time I’m in the U.S. I will definitely be checking out Nashville 🙂

    Lucy x

    • April 22, 2017 / 8:00 am

      Hi, Lucy! I would definitely put it on your to do list and make sure to eat all the donuts 🙂 Thanks for commenting and have a great day!

  6. April 22, 2017 / 4:59 am

    Great guide! I definitely need to explore the States more! 🙂

    • April 22, 2017 / 8:03 am

      Hi, Charmaine! The states have so much to offer no matter where you visit, so definitely come back 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  7. April 22, 2017 / 10:12 am

    This is great timing as I’m headed to Nashville for the first time next week! Definitely want to check out Hattie B’s, I love spicy food and fried chicken!

    • April 22, 2017 / 1:57 pm

      Hi, Allison! I’m so glad I was able to help 🙂 You will love Haittie B’s based off your comment. Have a great trip!

  8. Anisa
    April 22, 2017 / 11:07 am

    I love country music but I haven’t made it to Nashville yet! I really want to go. I would love to see a show at the Grand Ole Opry.

    • April 22, 2017 / 2:01 pm

      Hi, Anisa! The great thing about Nashville is that even if you don’t love country music, it’s still a great time! It’ll be extra special though if you do like it 🙂 Grand Ole Opry was beautiful. I hope one day you get to experience it. Thanks for commenting!

  9. April 22, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    This is the perfect weekend trip! I’ve been wanting to spend some more time in Tennessee as I’ve been home in Louisville, KY a lot recently. Bookmarking for later!

    • April 22, 2017 / 2:03 pm

      Hi, thanks for commenting! I hope you get the chance to visit. Have a great day! 🙂

  10. April 22, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Wow! Nashville looks way cooler than it did when I visited 10 years ago. Maybe it’s time to return?! Bookmarking this guide!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • April 22, 2017 / 2:04 pm

      Hi, my pleasure! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  11. April 22, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    That hike looks like something I’d want to do! Nashville looks fun!

    • April 22, 2017 / 2:06 pm

      Hi, Grace! Nashville was sooo fun! If you go, the hike is a must! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  12. Jodi-Ann
    April 22, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    So I’m a foodie, and I’m so jealous. Will definitely refer to this post if I ever get the chance to visit Nashville. I can just imagine how amazing the BBQ is 😍.

    • April 22, 2017 / 2:08 pm

      Hi, Jodi! I am a total foodie myself! I love sharing all my food on Instagram 😀 Actually, eating good food was one of the main reasons we decided on Nashville for this trip. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  13. April 22, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    There are some great tips here Siera! Sounds like you definitely know how to find the good restaurants, too! Thanks for sharing 😊

    • April 22, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      Awh, thank you so much for commenting! Trying new foods is one of my favorite parts of traveling 🙂

  14. Daisy
    April 22, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    I never seem to spend time eating out when I travel. I tend to stay with McDs and all that junk, but all this food you mention really makes me feel like I’m missing out big time! Can’t believe you saw Adam Sandler though, wonder how he is live? Grew up watching his moviess

    • April 22, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      Hi, Daisy! I am an online health coach aside from blogging. So, when I am home, my diet is pretty clean. Travelling is my excuse to treat myself more than usual 🙂 Food is also a great way into better understanding a place’s culture, so definitely try out some local eats when you travel next time! Adam Sandler was good, but I loved Rob Schneider. He did an elvis impression and it was amaaazing. Thanks for stopping by!

  15. April 22, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    You had me a brown butter almond brittle! Thanks for this amazing guide! Nashville has been on my list for years! Hoping to make it soon!

    • April 22, 2017 / 7:45 pm

      Hello, thanks for commenting! I would definitely recommend visiting, but you can actually order their ice cream online too 😀

  16. April 22, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    These look like awesome food recs!! The ice cream looks a bit expensive but I’m glad it was good. I’m from Texas so the BBQ might be a let down (it always is! 🙁 )but I’ll try it next time I’m in Nashville anyways!

    • April 22, 2017 / 11:35 pm

      Hi, Alice! Is Texas known for BBQ? If so, I had no idea!

      • April 22, 2017 / 11:45 pm

        It definitely is!! You’ve never heard of Texas BBQ????

        • April 23, 2017 / 6:32 am

          Haha no, I’ve heard Kansas has good BBQ though! I have a sister in Texas, so if I ever visit I will be sure to try some out 🙂

  17. April 22, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    I didn’t know much about Nashville. Glad you shared such an elaborate post. I especially liked the picture of the Cummins Falls State Park. From your description, the hike to this park is a tough one! Nevertheless, I will try once I visit there.

    • April 22, 2017 / 11:37 pm

      Hi, Chirasree! It wasn’t terribly bad, I just wasn’t as prepared because I didn’t know what to expect. Hopefully you’re better prepared than I was 🙂 Bring water, too! I always forget.

  18. April 23, 2017 / 4:09 am

    It looks like Nashville has a load of cool things to do! The Cummins Falls State Park looks so beautiful too. I’d love to do a proper roadtrip around the US one day so this might just come in handy!

    • April 23, 2017 / 6:34 am

      Hi, thanks for commenting! 🙂 I would love more than anything (even to leave the country) to do a US road trip! Some day 🙂

  19. April 23, 2017 / 4:28 am

    We’ve never really considered visiting Nashville (we’re Belgians), but the Cummins Falls look absolutely beautiful! Love it that you give a bunch of suggestions on where to eat too.

    • April 23, 2017 / 6:37 am

      Hi, Birthe – thanks for commenting! Belgian?! That’s pretty cool 🙂 I’m always in search of cool waterfalls or trails when I am traveling. Cummins Fall exceeded my expectations by far!

  20. blueberryjane
    April 23, 2017 / 5:49 am

    Oh it looks like a lovely city ! I’m very impressed by the Cummins Falls State Park, it does look like a great gateway for a weekend~

    • April 23, 2017 / 6:40 am

      Hi, thanks for commenting 🙂 Hopefully you’re able to check it out for yourself sometime!

  21. April 23, 2017 / 6:29 am

    I have to say I don’t know much about Nashville but I know it’s big for country music so that alone has it on my bucket list! Sounds like a cool city though with lots to do and yummy BBQ to eat! Plus those falls are stunning- definitely worth a trip out!

    • April 23, 2017 / 8:00 am

      Hi, Hannah! There are SO many food options bbq or not, so prepare to indulge a bit. Then go for a hike 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  22. April 23, 2017 / 8:10 am

    I keep hearing of Nashville as a great tourist destination – and now I know why! It sounds like a really pleasant place for a weekend/ long weekend getaway. I love how comprehensive your guide is – especially about the food, lol. That ice cream looks amazing!

    • April 23, 2017 / 9:17 am

      Hi, Alison! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I am such a foodie! I almost skipped out on ice cream because I had just had some chocolate that my airbnb host gave me. So glad I decided to still go for it! 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  23. April 23, 2017 / 8:57 am

    Sounds like a really cool way of spending a long weekend with lots of things to do and see and a whole lot of food options (especially that ice cream looks amazing)! I hope I will also get the chance of seeing this place at some point 🙂

    • April 23, 2017 / 9:20 am

      Hi, Ingrid! You are so right! There is TONS to do. I wish I could have done more so I could have also shared more, but I am not one to go go go. I need my naps 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  24. Lianna
    April 23, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Wow, I really need to visit Nashville! I’ve only been to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and I loved it there. The food sounds delicious! Eating while traveling is one of my favorite things to do and you listed a lot of delicious sounding places!

    • April 23, 2017 / 5:15 pm

      Hi, Lianna! Thanks for commenting 🙂 I wanted to visit Gatlinburg so bad, but we decided not to last minute. Someday I will make it there!

  25. April 24, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Breakfast donuts?! Sounds like my kind of place! xx

    • April 24, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      There was one with Bacon on it, so a legit breakfast donut :p

  26. April 26, 2017 / 6:38 am

    I’m desperate to visit Nashville and you’ve made me even more keen with this post! We both love country music so it feels like one of those places we just need to visit. Will be bookmarking this for sure 🙂

    • April 26, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      Hi, Sarah! So glad to hear it! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  27. twobluepassports
    April 26, 2017 / 6:54 am

    Sounds like the perfect long weekend. I would love to visit Nashville one day. xx

    • April 26, 2017 / 1:13 pm

      It was perfect for a long weekend. I’m sure we could have done more and stayed longer, but 3-4 days is usually sufficient for me in most places 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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