Now, it’s been a minute since I was in Nashville. However, I am starting to get ideas for some things I want to do for my second time around this summer, and I wanted to share a few recommendations for anyone who might find themselves planning a trip to music city. If you haven’t started planning a trip to Nashville, you better get on it!
I took this trip with two of my girlfriends and we opted to stay at an Air BnB in East Nashville. We needed a place that could accommodate our fur friend as well, and this place was perfect. It was just a short Uber ride away from downtown, and our lovely host filled our fridge with snacks and local beer upon our arrival! Great start.
Food Food Food
This place is a foodie’s heaven! I felt like we ate our way through Nashville and still didn’t even put a dent in all the possibilities. Collectively we decided brunch is really hard; there are just so many options #firstworldproblems.
These bad boys are Bonuts – biscuit, donuts. We indulged in these at a place called Biscuit Love in an area of Nashville called The Gulch. They were unique and delicious and I highly recommend them to share with the table and then another meal to yourself.
So, for a girl who tries not to eat meat a lot, there was no shot in Nashville! So I got elbows deep into the culture and had my first barbecue experience. I had the Tuck Special at Edley’s Bar-B-Que which was voted the best sandwich in Nashville. Boy, was it ever!
Again, when in Rome. I had never had fried chicken before but everyone said we had to check out Hattie B’s because it was the “best hot chicken in Nashville” (apparently we had to try the best of Nashville everything). The chicken was good, but my favourite part about southern food, is that mac and cheese come as a side with everything! It’s amazing. Also, if you’re lucky enough, you might pick yourself up a boyfriend here ;)
Things To Do
We were there for 5 days and while we did a lot, we just scratched the surface. Stay tuned for a list of things I want to do on my second trip this summer.
Murals, murals everywhere! There are so many cool murals all over the city and I wish I got to see more. Of course, we had to hit the iconic one. There are a couple of the “I believe in Nashville” murals throughout the city, we hit two birds with one stone and went to the one located on 12th Avenue, South Nashville. It is down a side street next door to the Draper James store, and this mural is directly across from the beautiful blue and white striped Draper James wall. Best location for two photo opportunities.
We wanted to visit a plantation but we were there for fourth of July weekend so they weren’t open when we wanted to go. Somebody suggested we go visit Cheekwood Mansion which had beautiful gardens and happened to have a Downton Abbey costume exhibit – score! The mansion was beautiful and we had so much fun. We also got stuck in a big storm and waited it out overlooking the gardens. There are definitely options for heritage homes and history tours in Nashville, I’m hoping to explore more of this on my next trip.
This was easily one of the best trips I have ever had. Good company, good food, and great memories. Even if country music isn’t your things, you can still enjoy all of the things this city has to offer. I can’t wait to go back again this summer and share new things I discovered.