A Weekend in Nashville
I love traveling, experience new places, eating new foods, and visiting all those cheesy tourist traps that everyone hates! When an opportunity for a girls weekend arose we all decided Nashville would be the funniest, closest, and cheapest option for a semi-spur of the moment trip.
When I sat down to plan my itinerary (which I LOVE doing) I realized I still hadn't found a vacation app I truly love. TripIt and other travel apps organize plane tickets, hotels, and actual TRAVEL times, but I wanted something that would coordinate all the places I wanted to go, with maps! And viola I found it !
I'm officially obsessed with RoadTrippers. While it doesn't have EVERYTHING I want in a travel app it does organize all my places and show me how long it takes to get there.
Here's my Nashville Itinerary for 48 hours in Music City USA
Leave Raleigh & head to Asheville to meet with the other 1/3 of Three Region - Asheville is a half way distance from Raleigh to Nashville. So we made a pitstop to pick up Brittany and spend the night before heading on our way.
Coming into town we needed to grab dinner, so Amanda and I stopped at Westville Pub - a very chill joint in Asheville - we then met up with Brittany at Tiger Mountain to watch a local show her friend was playing and couldn't resist stepping into the Photo Booth they have there.
- Wake up early and head to Nashville
- Head to The Local Taco for Lunch (try the East Nashville location) - Happy hour is from 2-6 which equals $5.00 Margaritas
- I had been dying to visit Third Man Records - Jack White's recording studio and store. This super cool and unique store features a slew of records, trinkets, and vintage music recording listening devices. You can totally spend a few hours getting lost in this tiny store, listening to records, and becoming fascinated with Jack White's obsession with quality music and recordings.
I finally got to play with my new Instax Camera and took this Amazing photo in front of Third Man - and picked up a few goodies along the way including the new TMR lighter.
- Check into our Air B&B - which were Cory and Davie's Dog Friendly House - Even though they were out of town they left plenty of instructions on how to get around and manage the house. They have two cats and a dog (who the dog was on vacation with them) and some friends who use their shed for music (which are a great resource for best local things to do if they are around).
They left out plenty of leaflets out with information for travel into Nashville. The house was a straight shot into Nashville on 70 which was great because we could use the Air BnB as a home base.
- Then we found much needed chocolate and caffeine at Barista Parlor.
I had heard wonderful things about this place ! And I had also heard there was usually a wait. We ended up here about an hour before closing time - right before the St Patrick's day fun. The place was completely empty - and even though they no longer sell Counter Culture coffee - they have started roasting their own beans.
They also have a great selection of Olive and Sinclair Tennessee Artisan Chocolate - I grabbed the Cocoa Nibs one with a cortado - which kept me going for the night.
- Walk Down Broadway - I actually didn't snap any photos of Broadway at night - I didn't even bring my camera out and about - I've been waiting to get a really good portable point and shoot for vacations that is hopefully coming soon!
- Dinner at Pub 5
We were starving and needed dinner - because it was St Patrick's day Broadway was crazy and we found Pub 5, a great little spot right on a side street of Broadway. With a variety of upscale food and rooftop dining it was a great place to grab a quick bite to eat. The waiter also gave us a great tip of a new, local only bar about a 20 minute walk outside of downtown.
- Drinks at Bar Sovereign - Don't be fooled by the website which says "Coming Soon" - this cocktail lounge is open and amazing.
Bar Sovereign has the best atmosphere of any bar we went to that weekend. It's small, lounge feel made us feel like locals, and their craft cocktails made us feel like we had stepped into a Hipster Speakeasy. If you're looking for a drink away from the madness I highly recommend. Also the bartender made them quite strong which was a plus!
- Nurse the hangover with Biscuit Love
I have so many things to say about Biscuit Love. First off - get there early - we arrived around 10 and still had an hour wait - but the line moves pretty fast. There is open patio seating out back, and no order is complete without these Bonuts! A combination of biscuit and doughnut that is delectable and delicious. They are lightly fried, with a dollap of lemon cream and blueberries at the bottom. They didn't last long at the table.
This place is all about ham - even the sausage tastes like ham, so if you're not a big fan of ham - I suggest grabbing a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice and maybe (2) orders of Bonuts and heading out.
This resturant is also the home of this lovely Nashville marquee sign! I a great photo opportunity.
We all really enjoyed this museum and taking a look into the original Man in Black. It really had a lot of interesting artifacts, tons of photo opportunities and a lot to look at for such a small space.
- Caffeinate with Creama
This hip coffee joint in downtown Nashville is always bustling. But it does have it's own parking lot - which is great if you need a pick me up after you leave the city of before you head in. Try to grab a table on their patio if you can!
- Check out East Nashville
At some point in your trip head to East Nashville. This is where some of the most unique and interesting shops are. You can find unique clothing, jewelry, and other items such as spices, soaps, and chocolate in this area. The Fatherland District. Check out a few other places to shop here.
This is another HOT SPOT in Nashville that's on everyone's list. So make sure you arrive at least an hour before you want to eat. They do have a nice outdoor beer garden where you can drink while you wait for your table - and the food was Phenomenal. I highly recommend the Curry Ketchup and Garlic Aioli to order on the side for your fries.
Our last day in Nashville we knew we wanted to get a good breakfast so what better place than the famous Loveless Cafe!
From what we heard there's a wait no matter what time you arrive! So make sure you anticipate that. They also have a few small shops you can walk around in, grab a souvenir, or taste some homemade sauce.
The biscuits are famous for a good reason! They are delicious. Between the three of us we killed our plate in a few minutes. This classic, southern style cooking will keep you full for almost the whole day! Definitely a place to grab a bite before heading out on the town.
- Walk Around The Farmers Market
The Nashville Farmers Market is a great place to hang out - grab lunch - shop - and take in all local aspects of Nashville. Full of handmade shops, authentic cuisine, and bustling people from all walks of life - this was a great way to get an authentic feel for Nashville.
I was super excited about buying this North Carolina print from Nashville designers - Born in the Nash - they have a lot of cute things in their shop which is on wheels, and you can find their whereabouts on Instagram at @borninthenash
And while I had an amazing trip - I wish I would have stumbled upon this Nashville secret instead of at the last minute - Native Magazine
Walking around the Farmers Market this publication screamed at me. It was also a FREE publication that tells you all the great things about Nashville, new restaurants, and all the fun places local appreciate. I know that all my next trips I'm going to read the city publications to find all the best new and trendy places that don't show up on the travel blogs!
So if you're headed to Nashville check out this magazine.
For more exciting things to do in Asheville - Check our Air BnB's guide to Nashville here.
That's my trip - I hope I've helped you plan your own Nashville vacation! And if you decide to go there I'd love to know your favorite places and see all the photos!