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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (face palm).
Since we were only there for a weekend, I don’t have enough information to provide about where to stay in Nashville during your visit, but this article has an abundance of information about every single neighborhood in Nashville to make your stay more enjoyable so I recommend you check that out!
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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