Nashville (Music City), 2017

Prior to this trip, I hadn’t considered Nashville as a tourist destination (or, general destination). Thanks to our friends for getting married there, and opening my eyes to a really cool southern destination!

I spent three days dancing, walking, exploring, hee-hawing, eating and drinking my way through the city before the wedding festivities kicked off. Some of the best parts of the trip are highlighted below.

 

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Downtown Nashville from Nudie’s Rooftop Bar

 

Where to stay:

AirBnB in the Hillsboro/Vanderbilt area is the way to go (shoutout to Jerry & Beth for storing our Alaskan Salmon, giving us fantastic recommendations, and a beautiful place to stay). Conveniently located to food and shopping, it’s also a 15-minute Lyft ride to downtown and a 25-30 minute bike ride.

What to do:

Eat, drink, and dance. I couldn’t possibly remember all the places we stopped for food and drink, so here’s a smattering of the ones I really loved:

Eat:

Biscuit Love (Hillsboro location): the best, most inventive fried and “hot” chicken I’ve ever had. Try the Princess and East Nasty. It was so good, we ate here twice.

 

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The Princess. It was, hands-down, the best.

The Grilled Cheeserie: our first meal in Nashville, and damn it hit the spot!

The Treehouse, East Nashville

5 Points Pizza, East Nashville. After a few+ bourbons, this was a lifesaver (some habits never die).

Drink & Dance:

TwoBits has board games and arcade games galore – it’s the most fun!

There was live music at all of the following: Robert’s Western World, The 5 Spot, The Red Door Saloon, Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar.

 

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Robert’s back entrance – the better way to get in.

 

Learn/Explore:

Patsy Cline Museum: when I was a little girl, I thought my grandmotherΒ was Patsy Cline (although, she never quite sang in tune…). It was a really interesting tour and look into Patsy’s life beyond the music and her tragic death. I’m just more impressed with her than ever.

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The one and only, Patsy Cline

Nashville Ghost Tours: Haunted tavern tour of downtown Nashville. Less spooky, and more of our tour guide telling us their own weird experiences. But, still a great opportunity to learn the history of some of downtown’s local bars and the development of the city. I recommend!

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Our very animated, vegan tour guide.

 

Misc:Β take a lot of pictures in front of Nashville’s colorful walls and murals!