WHEN IN NASHVILLE

The other day I accidentally said ‘y’all’ instead of ‘you guys’ and realized it’s been almost two years since I moved to Nashville! I’ll always be a Canadian girl at heart, but the ol’ South has really grown on me. How could it not? Nashville’s got such an energetic vibe. There’s live music everywhere you go, a happening restaurant scene, and the night life—well, let’s just say there’s a reason they call it Nash Vegas…

Because I travel so much, it’s always a treat to stop and smell the roses (the fried chicken?) here in Nashville and spend time exploring the city. These are a few of the best places I’ve been to so far.

Honky Tonk Central

When in Nashville, you go Honky Tonkin’ (it’s basically a law) and Lower Broadway is packed with watering holes to hit for a drink and a good time. My personal fav? Honky Tonk Central. With three floors, three bars, and three dancefloors—it’s the place to let loose. There’s a live band on every floor, so bring dancing shoes and get ready to HOLLER AND SWALLER!

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Photo Credit: Instagram @honkey_tonk_central

Husk Nashville

Next level Southern cuisine? Check. Steller service? Check. Cocktails so nice you’ll want to drink them twice (I did)? Double check. I’ve never been a huge food snob, but this place takes the whole ‘fine-dining’ thing to the next level. All of their dishes are fresh takes on Southern classics, and every ingredient is locally sourced. The décor is simple and elegant (the building itself is 147 years old!!) and the servers will make you feel like a real Southern belle.

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Photo Credit: Husk Nashville 

Country Music Hall of Fame

Is it a tourist trap? Probably. It is still worth a visit? HECK YEAH! The first time I visited the Country Music Hall of Fame, I fan-girled HARD. Was it the life-sized replica of Taylor Swift’s tour bus? Elvis Presley’s gold Cadillac? RCA Studio B where Dolly Frickin’ Parton recorded the vocals for “Jolene?!” I don’t know, but I was star-struck the entire time. Even if you’re not a huge fan of country, this is a must-see. There’s a 52 ft. guitar that doubles as a slide (it’s not just for kids you guys…) and enough interactive exhibits to keep you entertained for hours.

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Photo Credit: Country Music Hall of Fame

Ascend Amphitheater

It may not be as old and prestigious as the Grand Ole Opry or Ryman Auditorium, but when it comes to outdoor concerts, Ascend Amphitheater is where it’s at. Every seat in the house has a great view (even the lawn seats), and the beer gardens keep the fun flowing. If you catch a concert at sunset, not only do you get a great show, but you get a preemo view of the sun going down over the Nashville skyline (date night anyone???)

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Photo Credit: youvisit.com

Belle Meade Plantation

I’ve never been a huge history buff, but when I heard the tour of this plantation ended with a wine tasting, I was there faster than you could say Greek-Revival architecture. Back in 1807 the plantation was just one tiny log cabin. Now, it’s a 34-acre property with a Victorian mansion, carriage house, horse farm, Boxwood Garden and more. Started from the bottom now we here.  Apparently, lots of people have weddings here, and I can see why. The property is breathtaking, and did I already mention they have a winery?!

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Photo Credit: Instagram @bellemeadewinery

Arrington Vineyards

When I want my wine without the pre-happy hour history lesson, I head to Arrington Vineyards. Rolling hills, a private wine loft, some great-tasting grapes—the only thing that could make this vineyard even more amazing would be live music. Oh wait, they have that too (cue angels singing.) Yup, every weekend jazz and bluegrass bands bring the tunes to Arrington Vineyards for ‘Music in the Vines,’ so pack a picnic, grab a bottle of their Antebellum red wine (trust me on this one), get cozy on the lawn in front of the jazz tent and voila! You’ve got yourself a preemo date night.

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Photo Credit: Arrington Vineyards (Facebook)

Pedal Tavern

If you’ve never been to Nashville, Pedal Tavern’s tours are by far the best way to see the city. I mean, a 15 seat bar-on-wheels manned by a hilarious guide beats a walking tour any day of the week. All Pedal Tavern tours are BYOB so stock up on your go-to beverages, grab a few friends, and get ready to hit the open road. The best part? With 15 people, no one notices if you don’t pedal.

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Photo Credit: Pedal Tavern

There’s so much left to explore, and I’m always looking for new suggestions. Any places I need to check out?

Love,

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16 thoughts on “WHEN IN NASHVILLE

  1. Steph says:

    thank you, terrific ideas:)

  2. Nashville is on my GOTTA GET THERE SOON list. My boyfriend and I are dying to go! Love these recommendations, Kaitlyn!

  3. Mary M says:

    You should drive down about 2 hours to Huntsville, Alabama and check out the Cozy Cow! It’s ice cream, coffee, and the best sandwiches made from local breads!

  4. Meg Thorp says:

    Check out Cummins Falls & Burgess Falls!

    Ps. I love your posts!

  5. Nicole says:

    Great timing on this post. I’m heading to Nashville this upcoming week!! Love your podcast and snap chats – highly entertaining. My only request – bring Theresa in for a visit, it’s been a while 🙂

  6. Gabrielle says:

    This is great! We are in Nashville now and have tried most of these places and they are amazing!!! At Arlington vineyards now and we love it.

  7. Breana says:

    What else do you recommend doing in Nashville in January?!

  8. Lauren says:

    Santas Pub! Rolf and Daughters. And Riverside Grill Shack for hangover breakfast sammies. 💁🙌

  9. Kristen says:

    Thanks for sharing these recommendations! We’re visiting over Labor Day (with our pup!) and looking for things to do. Something I recently came across was a place to eat called Sinema. Ever heard of it? I guess it was a theater and now it’s a somewhat swanky restaurant. Oh…and I’ve read it’s required to get some “hot chicken”. So I’m sure we’ll hit that up. But, most importantly…the pedal tavern tour is booked! 😉

  10. Melanie says:

    12 South boutiques! Lizard thicket is the best priced and cutest boutique of all time also. Hattie B for best chicken.

  11. Ruth says:

    Hey Kaitlyn!! I love this! and who doesn’t love Nashville? So fun. I wrote a blog post with a bunch of recommendations about Nashville, maybe a few you might want to add to your list! xx

    http://www.romebythehour.com/nashville/

  12. Kristina says:

    Thanks so much for the recommendations! I’m headed there next weekend for a bachelorette party and we already have plans to visit Arrington Vineyards – so that’s great you called that out as a something you recommend 🙂

  13. Des says:

    Perfect timing! My family and I are headed to Nashville in 2 weeks for the first time ever!

  14. Charity says:

    We did and definitely recommend an East Nashville walking food tour. Amazeballs.

  15. Ashley says:

    The Pedal Tavern was my absolute favorite thing I did in Nashville! I love that city so much!

  16. Hi Kaitlyn! Do you have recommendations for overnight accommodations for a few days in Nashville? I’m considering trying AirBnB for a cute house in East Nashville but can’t decide between that and a really nice downtown hotel. I wanna check out Bluebird Cafe, Ryman Aud and cool places downtown (Tootsies, etc.) plus East Nashville. Thoughts? PS my hubby and I just celebrated our 35th anniversary. I was 4 years old at the time 😉 Anyway, I send you and Sean blessings and wishes that you will love and laugh as much as we have (and still do!) XO

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