As promised, I finally got around to writing up a Travel Guide to Nashville for you guys! You all know how near and dear this city is to my heart. I grew up only two hours away in the small town of Murray, Kentucky, where my parents still live and then I went to college at Vanderbilt. Every time I go back home I get nostalgic even when I arrive in the Nashville Airport. Okay, no more reminiscing… you guys want a guide to the Music City!
To be honest, wherever you stay in Nashville, you’re going to receive the utmost southern hospitality, which is what I love most about this city! Men go out of their way to open their door for you with a smile and genuine pride. There are a few hotels I’ve stayed at over the years, and these are some of my favorites that I think you guys will enjoy too.
The Hermitage Hotel is a 5-star hotel located in downtown Nashville and walking distance to Broadway (the main street with bars, live music and restaurants). The moment you walk into the lobby, you’ll be amazed by the intricate details. In the summers they have live music every Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m and cocktails! As if you need another plus, they have fresh fruit, lemonade and cookies in the lobby every day in the afternoon.
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel is where I stayed the last time I was in town. It’s located on Music Row and is great for kids because of their programs like Loews Loves Kids! On top of all of the regular amenities, they offer complimentary shoeshines and a SUV at your beck and call.
Omni Nashville Hotel is where you want to stay if you want the most luxury in the best location (close to Broadway). Not to mention, they have a biscuit bar that has every type of buttery biscuit your heart desires with various sweet and savory toppings. If that doesn’t make you want to stay here, then I’m not sure what else will.
Thompson Nashville is located in the heart of the Gulch with easy access to great shopping and restaurants! If you’re not set on going full Nashville, this hotel has a great mix of luxury and southern hospitality. The rooms are decorated in a modern farmhouse type theme that is kind of amazing! Not to mention, they have a rooftop with an insane view… and you know how much momma loves a rooftop!
There are many things that I love about Nashville, but the one thing I love the most is the food. But I’m warning you, you’re not going to get your typical kale, matcha, gluten free meal here… they’ll laugh in your face. The more butter, gluten and sugar… the better when you’re here!
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken- If you’re in town for one night and you need some traditional southern food, this is the spot. It’s nothing fancy, but if you do one thing in Nashville, it has to be a big plate of hot chicken! Just be prepared to wait in a long line, this place gets very popular!
Josephine’s on 12th- If you’re looking for something on the healthier side, I suggest Josephine’s! It’s definitely on the nicer side, but you have to go for their pecan cinnamon buns. to. die. for.
Butcher & Bee- You know how much I love my farm-to-table restaurants so I just couldn’t leave this place out! Some places are smaller than others so I would definitely recommend to share with the table. That way you get to taste a little bit of everything.
Edley’s Bar-B-Que– I mean, you can’t come to the south without some good ‘ol fashioned BBQ! I don’t think you can go wrong here… everything from the cornbread to the brisket to the ribs is phenomenal! If you’re not into meat, the mashed potatoes are straight butter!
5th & Taylor- Saving the best for last. This is one of my favorites restaurants in Nashville and will probably be yours too! They’re extremely busy so make sure you make a reservation! But make sure you’re adventurous because they have items on the menu that are incredible like the fried pickles or beef cheek that you normally can’t get at home.
As always, I save the shopping section for last because… it’s the best for last, duh!
Grimey’s New & Preloved Music- So normally I wouldn’t put a record store in my blog but I had to since we’re talking about the Music City!! There are very few music stores around … yet alone stores that still sell vinyl! Even if you don’t have a record player, it’s just fun to walk around and scope it out.
Star Struck Vintage- Another must is vintage shopping. If you stop here, you’re going to find everything from Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd concert tees to vintage Christian Dior silk scarves. There’s something here for everyone.
Jamie Nashville– Now this is if you’re trying to get some luxury pieces in a small boutique setting. Jamie features designers like Vera Wang, Derek Lam, Max Mara and J. Mendel. Definitely expect to spend a few bucks since it’s definitely on the expensive side. Luckily, the last time I came, they had a major sale going on so cross your fingers that the same happens for you!
Lucchese Boots has been dedicated to hand crafting the best boots for over a century. They were established in 1883 and are still going strong. Each boot is hand stitched and individually made. If you’re looking for a unique gift for someone in need of a good pair of boots, make sure you stop here.
Epiphany Design Studio– I had to include some interior decor! This is an upscale antique and interior retailer. If you’re re-doing a space or just in the mood to stare at beautiful furniture, make a point to give this store a walk through.
Nashville is definitely on the trendier side but it’s also casual. A staple outfit is a good pair of jeans, flannel or plaid shirt, great boots, floppy hat, leather jacket or even a fun dress and a cool pair of sunglasses!
I hope this guide helps you all with your trips to Nashville! I truly love this city and I know you guys will too! It’s the best for a bachelorette party, girls weekend or just a getaway to have some fun. What guide do you want me to write up next? Let me know!
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