What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Nashville? Perhaps the fact that it’s home to Country music, or maybe your mind is set on all the Honky Tonks on lower Broadway, where the music and good times just flow? If that’s what you’re thinking – you are not alone! But I’m here to tell you there is so much more to Nashville than that. Much more!
We have too much history, art, food, and exploring in our great city to let it go unnoticed. In our last post, I took you on a tour of the hotel to show you the beauty that lies within our Kentucky limestone walls. When you come to visit us though, we also want you to enjoy and explore our great city! And with so much to do (and just not enough time to do it), I thought I would provide you with a Nashville guide on what to do while you’re here! You might not be able to get it all done, but that just means you’ll have to come back a second time!
We love it when we get to see our guests start their weekends early on a Thursday night, but we understand that sometimes that’s just not the case. This weekend play-by-play is going to start you off on Friday, from the minute you check into the hotel, to Sunday afternoon right after check out. Make sure you grab a pen and pad – you might want to write this down!
Friday: 5PM: Start the evening off right with a cocktail at our on-property restaurant, Carter’s! Whether it’s that smooth glass of wine you need, or a crisp glass of whiskey, whatever your drink of choice – Carter’s has it covered.
6PM: Dinner in The Gulch. This area isn’t going to be as crowded as lower Broadway can get, so it’s perfect for a casual evening stroll. With so many great options within walking distance from the hotel, and so many different cuisines, I won’t list just one. If your party is in the mood for one of the best steaks they’ve ever had and top-notch service, head on over to Kayne Prime. It doesn’t matter that we’re in the south – if you have a love of Italian food, get over to Moto immediately! And if you’re looking for guac to write home about, don’t waste another second before you get to Saint Anejo (you will not regret the hot chicken tacos either – I promise).
9PM: What’s all the fuss about rooftop bars? Well – when you have a skyline as gorgeous as Nashville’s, they are essential in truly appreciating the vibe of the city. Time to head to Tootsie’s! With such a rich history, you have to carve out time for one drink. Head to the rooftop and gaze at all the neon lights on Broadway and see the street come alive.
10PM: Take the rest of the evening to enjoy Broadway! After all, you are on vacation. Make sure to stop by some of our favorites like Whiskey Row, Red Neck Riveria, and George Jones. Don’t stay out too late though – we have a big day planned for tomorrow!
Saturday: 9AM: Good morning! A certain aspect of vacation should be reserved for relaxation so turn on the TV to access that in room dining menu and enjoy some breakfast in bed!
10:30AM: Time to head out. First stop of the day, Bell Meade Plantation or Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Truly – I think they are both great, so you get to choose what you are more in the mood for. Both are located about 20 minutes outside of downtown Nashville. Each spot marks important places in Nashville’s history. View the grounds, learn the history. Enjoy amazing southern hospitality and grab a souvenir or two.
2PM: Time for a downtown museum! Pick between the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the new Tennessee State Museum. At the Country Music Hall of Fame, you will learn more about music then you ever thought possible! At the Tennessee State Museum you’ll gain so much fascinating cultural knowledge on Tennessee. When I referenced Nashville being so much more than Broadway, this is what I am referring to! There is so much thought that has gone into these museums and making sure that all visitors leave with more knowledge than they came in with.
4PM: Let’s get a drink! With all the learning and exploring from this morning, it’s time to sit down and get some more of that relaxation we were talking about earlier. You’ve already done Broadway so now it’s time to experience one of the many breweries Nashville has to offer. Whatever your drink of choice may be, I really mean it when I say the city has something for everyone. If you’re in the mood for some thirst-quenching beer – Yazoo Brewery, or Jackalope Brewery are great options. If we’re looking for Whiskey – Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery! Last but certainly not least, as Ciders have become increasingly popular, Nashville has recently opened their first ever Cidery! Diskin Cidery offers ciders, local beers, and craft cocktails. While these spaces specialize in their own drinks, they also seem to specialize in a concept often lost today – having a good time! From the customer service to the carefully crafted enjoyable atmosphere, you’ll be glad you visited!
7PM: Was that the dinner bell that just rang? I think so! Time for some a Nashville southern dinner! Hot Chicken or BBQ…it’s what’s for dinner! Depending on your pallet and if you prefer hot and spicy or sweet and tangy, you’ll have some options! When it comes to Hot Chicken, take your pick from Hattie B’s or Price’s. For BBQ, take your pick from Martin’s BBQ, Peg Leg Porker, Edly’s, and Party Fowl (and many more)!
8PM: What’s dinner without a little dessert? Jeni’s Ice cream is waiting for you. When I tell you Jeni’s is some of the best ice cream you’ll experience, I’m not exaggerating. There are locations in 12 South, Hillsboro Village, and East Nashville. Brambleberry Crisp, and Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks will become your newest obsession!
9PM: Walk off that ice cream on the Pedestrian Bridge! This spot is ideal for the ultimate photo op and enjoy that awesome Nashville skyline!
Sunday 10AM: Brunchhhh! There is no better way to end your weekend than to leave on a full belly filled with some southern goodness. Adele’s, located just two blocks from the hotel has a brunch buffet you won’t forget anytime soon. Feeling funky? Head over to Suzy Wong’s House of Yum for a brunch with bite…the colorful drag show and Asian fusion offerings, make this a truly unique experience. Be sure to take lots of photos! Another local favorite for brunch is Josephine, in the 12 South neighborhood. A little bit French, a little bit Southern, Josephine hits the right note every time…and their Eggs Benedict is one you won’t forget!
Few! We just covered a lot of ground in a little bit of time. Whether you are using this guide for your upcoming trip, or in the beginning stages of planning, feel free to use to help you navigate your way around town! Being located in the heart of the city, we have our finger on the pulse of what is happening in our surroundings, and we’re making it our job to make sure you do too. What are some Nashville spots you’ve found that can’t be missed?!