Travel Guide: Nashville

A born lover of fried chicken and country music, I jumped at the chance to travel to Nashville, TN to celebrate my youngest sister’s 21st birthday in March. As Nashville is quickly becoming the go-to destination for bachelorette parties, I have received numerous requests from friends and colleagues on where to stay, eat and play in Music City, so I decided to write a foolproof guide for a weekend in Nashville. While writing this I just keep thinking…when can I go back?

Where to Stay

My lovely older sister works for 21C Museum Hotels, so I’m only going to give you one recommendation for where to stay in Nashville: 21C Museum Hotel Nashville. For those of you who are not familiar, 21C Museum Hotels is a brand of boutique hotels in Southern and Midwestern cities that also house contemporary art museums, which makes them pretty damn cool. Regardless of the family tie, they really are incredible hotels and I have had the pleasure of staying at three of their locations (Durham, NC, Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN) and can say each one is cooler than the next.

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Activities

  • Visit Marathon Village to see the “I Believe in Nashville” mural
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Grand Ole Opry
  • Pedal Pub Crawls

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Where to Eat & Drink

  • Brunch/Lunch
    • Butcher & Bee – Middle Eastern/Southern fusion that has an extremely creative menu with every dish being perfectly executed.
    • Hattie B’s Hot Chicken – If you go nowhere else on this trip, go to Hattie B’s. TRUST. ME.
    • Biscuit Love – The name says it all.
  •  Dinner
    • Pinewood Social – Any restaurant with great cocktails and a trendy bowling alley gets a win in my book, but they make it even better with solid comfort food. Insider tip: get the fried broccoli!
    • Gray & Dudley – This sleek restaurant and bar is located in the 21C Museum Hotel and boasts some amazing boudin-stuffed lumpia and a killer burger. They even offer an Impossible burger for the vegetarians out there!
    • Husk – With locations in Charleston and Nashville, Husk continues to serve up create takes on Southern favorites.
  • Bars
    • The Stage on Broadway – At the Stage, you will enjoy quality music in a large space with plenty of room to dance.
    • Paradise Park – I never thought I would recommend a trailer park-themed bar, but here I am. The crowd is definitely on the younger side, but this place is a blast.
    • Tootsie’s – A Nashville classic that is a little cramped for my taste, but has a fun rooftop bar that you can spill onto.
    • Honkey Tonk Central – Three levels with three different bands that are all incredible.
    • Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row – Arguably the best rooftop bar in Nashville.
    • Acme Feed & Seed – Come to Acme if you want a pretty view of the river and a calmer experience than what you’d find at say, Honkey Tonk Central.

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