Andrew and I went to Nashville for my birthday! It was both of our first times going!
This is what we did and where we went with some notes and suggestions at the bottom
The Renaissance | we like staying at Renaissance hotels because they are usually great stays!
-Fantastic location!! This hotel was located right around the corner from Broadway street which is where we spent majority of our time so we just walked!
– The hotel was under construction when we were there but no loud noises, just some of the entrances were closed off
– The room was pricey, but after looking around and asking, for that location it was a competitive price
– No breakfast, but the room service was pretty good!
-We went here on the first night and it was pretty good! The food menu was a bit limited but we both we able to find something to eat; I had the truffle pasta and Andrew had the filet
-Was is neat about this place is that it used to be a movie theater, so it’s decor is on point with that and the women’s bathroom is a must-see!
-Overall: it’s outside of downtown so you have to Uber, we probably wouldn’t go out of our way to go here again but was a good try
-This place was amazing!! It’s located on the second floor of a building right on Broadway so easy to get to from the hotel
-It’s definitely a more upscale restaurant and prices are about $30 a plate but it was so worth it; this was my birthday dinner so we splurged a bit! If you’re going to splurge, I definitely recommend the table-side Caesar salad! I had the cedar plank salmon and Andrew had the filet
-Overall: we will definitely be going back next time we are in Nashville; highly recommend this place!
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken |
-A Nashville staple is hot chicken so of course we had to check out one of the famous places! Hattie B’s has multiple locations so we went to one outside of downtown to avoid the super long line!
-I got the mild (because I’m a wimp) and Andrew got the hot! Mild still had some heat on it and was good for me, but the hot was way too intense for me! Andrew loved it though!
Biscuit Love |
-Another Nashville staple is this cute little company that does several variations of biscuits and gravy! We weren’t too hungry so we split the original and it was very good
-They also have multiple locations and are pretty busy, so if you don’t want to wait I’d suggest going during an off time
Jason Aldean’s bar |
-This was more of a random lunch spot because we had just got in to the city and were starving so we stopped at the first bar that looked good!
-Surprisingly the food there was good! I got the chicken mac n cheese and Andrew got the hot chicken sandwich; both good options. The nice part about the bars is that they have live music all day long so we grabbed a beer and sat on the patio listening to music for a little while after we ate!
Our hotel didn’t offer breakfast so in the mornings I would go grab something quick at a coffee shop down the road!
-Over-the-top and amazing milkshakes!!! I think we got the “breakfast of champions” and it was so good
-Can definitely split one between two people!
Christie Cookie Co.
-We were out shopping and stopped into this cute little cookie place; if you are in the area I would highly recommend stopping in!
-This is where we ended the both nights we were in Nashville! There is live music in all of them and the cool part is that all the bars are multiple stories, so the music and vibe changes on each floor!
-I had heard of these places where it’s a restaurant/bar/bowling alley/many other things to do! We had some down time and were in the area so we stopped here for a drink and to check it out. Really cool place if you are looking to kill some time!
Things to do
Concert: we saw Parker McCollum at EXIT/IN
-There’s plenty of live music in bars all around but we wanted to see someone we knew!
-If you haven’t been to a city with these bad boys yet, you’ve got to check them out! They are electric scooters that you activate and pay for through an app and can ride them anywhere and drop them off anywhere! Andrew and I rode these around downtown and it only costs us about $6 and a couple hours of fun!
-There is this massive pedestrian only bridge near the Titans Stadium that has a nice view of downtown Nashville; great photo op too!
Country Music Hall of Fame
-If you like country music, you should definitely check this museum out. I don’t think I would go again but it was something I wanted to see at least once in my life. They have exhibits about every era of country music all the way up to modern day! It’s located downtown so we were able to walk there
-There are little areas outside of downtown Nashville that had some great boutiques to shop in!
-I would have loved to go to a Titans (football) game or to a Predators (hockey) game there!
-Some places to get a cute picture: Draper James, pedestrian bridge, The Gulch wings, I believe in Nashville mural, women’s bathroom at Sinema (trust me on this one)
-The Grand Ole Opry is about 20 – 30 minutes outside of town, so plan accordingly if wanting to check that out
-Locals say there is a great music scene outside of downtown as well so if you have time, check it out!
-Low humidity but it was still pretty warm when we went in September!
Hope this travel diary was helpful; if you travel to Nashville and found this post helpful please let me know! I love hearing from yall!