I first visited Nashville on a girl’s weekend trip last November with a few of my blogger babes: Brooke from One Small Blonde, Lynlee from Gal About Town, and Allyson from Allyson in Wonderland. I absolutely loved Nashville. I came back telling my husband after the first visit that I could totally move there. I loved the vibe of it and felt like it was very laid back. They have so many amazing restaurants and cute little parts of town. Since I loved it so much, when a chance for another girls trip came up this past weekend, I couldn’t pass it up. I’d describe Nashville as Austin meets Dallas meets I don’t know what else, but it’s awesome. Today, I’m sharing my Nashville city guide with you all to help you plan the best trip to this fun, music-loving city. I’ll have a full round up of everything I wore when visiting to give you all ideas for what to wear in Nashville up later this week.
NASHVILLE CITY GUIDE
Even though I’ve spent two long weekends here in the past year, I of course couldn’t cross everything off the to do list, so per usual, some of these are recommendations that I have on my list for my next visit! I love keeping some for future visits and adding to the list as I get more recommendations from you all or friends and family.
WHERE TO STAY IN NASHVILLE
- Hotelette: The cutest house, ever. This Air BnB style rental is perfectly decorated by designer and owner Allison Crawford. Seriously, ever corner is Instagram-worthy. This would be the perfect house to rent for a bachelorette trip to Nashville! It would also be perfect for just a fun girls weekend like we had or even a couples trip. They also have homes in Dallas and Austin! I would stay here again in a heartbeat.
- Kimpton Aertson Hotel: We stayed at this Midtown hotel during our first girls weekend to Nashville and loved it. It’s in a great, central location. The decor is chic and welcoming and the staff is oh so helpful. I would absolutely stay here again and recommend it to anyone visiting Nashville. They had everything we needed and helped us with everything from suggestions, directions, and transportation during our stay.
- The Thompson Hotel: Located in The Gulch, this beautiful luxury boutique style hotel is in a great location, has on-point decor, and anything you may need. They have a great rooftop I’ve been to both time that has a great vibe and food. I love Thompson hotels in every city they have them in and always recommend them for a wonderful hotel experience!
WHERE TO EAT IN NASHVILLE
- Arnold’s Country Kitchen: this little diner has been serving up classic Southern-style soul food for over thirty years. It is a go to Nashville restaurant!
- Bartaco: cutest little Mexican food place with outdoor seating. Great for lunch, a casual dinner, or just an afternoon margarita while exploring the 12th South area. There are several locations throughout the USA and I am so excited because they mentioned they are opening one in Dallas, soon.
- Biscuit Love: we ate here our first day in Nashville. It is super cute, delicious, and a perfect indulgence for brunch.
- Caviar and Bananas: we were presently surprised that this was located at the bottom of our hotel, because we had heard so many times to go. They have several different ‘sections’ where you can get just about anything you’re craving. You order at one of the counters and then they bring it out to you. Everything we had was delicious and its oh so cute inside.
- Fifth and Taylor: refined American food in an beautiful, Industrial inspired space. They also have an amazing tree lined patio! Go for drinks and snacks or dinner. You really can’t go wrong with this spot!
- Five Daughters Bakery: this adorable little place is known for their donuts.
- Five Points Pizza: the best pizza spot for a casual dinner or take out in Nashville. It was super busy with lines around the corner, so we assumed it would be good and it was! They have two locations in town.
- Henrietta Red: adorable little American seafood spot in Germantown that would be perfect for brunch. They also have a great looking dinner menu that focuses on contemporary cooking with simple, fresh ingredients.
- Henley: this was located at The Kimpton Aertson, so we decided to eat there one night when we stayed there. It’s craft style cocktails and modern Southern fare with a great atmosphere.
- Le Sel: Instagram-worthy brunch or lunch spot serving delicious French food. We had brunch here our last day in Nashville.
- The Mockingbird: this modern diner serves up local fare and is the cutest, most Insta-worthy spot. I loved everything about this restaurant! Def try the mac and cheese– it’s amazing.
- Peg Leg Porker: if you’re wanting some BBQ in Nashville, this is said to be the best all around spot. It’s located in The Gulch and has both outdoor and indoor seating.
- Rolf & Daughters: awesome restaurant in Germantown where Italian cooking styles meet local meat and produce. The have the most amazing seaweed butter they serve with their bread. Just trust me! If you know, you know. It’s amazing and a must try restaurant!
- The Treehouse: this American style restaurant has an ever-changing menu full of locally sourced ingredients. They have late night food available, too.
- Silo: small spot in Germantown with a menu that changes daily and always serves the best seasonally inspired food. Great for brunch or dinner!
- The Southern: this restaurant is known for their Southern-style food, wood fired meats, and their oyster bar. It’s a popular, trendy spot for brunch or dinner!
- Urban Grub: such a good spot for fish and steak located in 12th South. I had the shrimp and grits and absolutely loved them! The brussel sprouts were delicious to share as an appetizer, too.
If you’re searching for hot chicken, which Nashville is known for, I vote you go to one of the original spots: Bolton’s or Prince’s. Hattie B’s is well known, but is more touristy.
We have to take a moment and pause for this cute little dress and these Western style boots. I’ve been on a major Fall hat kick lately and loved how this one paired with the booties edged up this look a bit. You can shop this full look via the ‘Shop My Instagram‘ page of the blog or stay tuned for my full outfit recap post.
WHERE TO DRINK IN NASHVILLE
- 308: a really popular spot for cocktails, especially late night. They have mid century modern decor and serve up delicious craft cocktails.
- The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club: creative seasonal cocktails in a beautiful, cozy space.
- Green Hour: only open Thurs-Sun. It is in a chocolate shop called tempered, but at night the bakers leave and the bartenders turn it into a cocktail bar that specializes in Abinsthe and chocolate. They only serve cocktails when their green sign in the window is lit.
- The Kimpton Hotel: this is where we stayed and they have an awesome rooftop bar with a cool view of the city.
- Kung Fu: we have one of these in Dallas and I must say, the Nashville location is not only bigger, but has a better vibe. A great spot for during the day or earlier in the evening because of all the games they have for entertainment!
- L27: this gorgeous two story rooftop bar is located at The Westin hotel downtown. It has both indoor and outdoor seating and has an awesome vibe for afternoon or evening craft cocktails.
- LA Jackson: this rooftop bar is located at The Thompson hotel in The Gulch and is so much fun. I went both times when visiting and will absolutely go again! It has a great vibe no matter when you go.
- Losers: a great, low-key bar with live music and an unpretentious, laid back vibe. Perfect spot for a fun night of dancing to local music!
- Old Glory: located in an old boiler room of a local dry cleaners, this bar is so unassuming that they don’t even have a sign. It has a great bar/lounge vibe.
- Patterson House: this is an amazing speakeasy type bar. Its super dark and cozy inside and the drinks are all amazing.
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen: two bars in one space creating an atmosphere that feels like you’re drinking at a house with friends.
- Tootsies: one of the most famous honky tonks on Broadway with several levels, outdoor seating, and live music.
- Winners: just in case you need your karaoke fix, this is the spot. They also have live bands performing on the reg, so even if singing (or listening to others isn’t your thing) this is a great, relaxed bar for a night out.
I love that it was actually cool enough to wear big, statement scarves in Nashville this time of year. I love how scarves can totally transform any outfit. You can’t really go wrong with red pants ever in my opinion, but especially during the fall and holiday months!
WHAT TO DO IN NASHVILLE
Our trip mainly revolved around where to eat and drink, but there are tons of other fun things to do in Nashville. I loved just walking around the different neighborhoods: 12th South, Germantown and The Gulch. A few fun ideas are below though!
- Alexis + Bolt: an adorable boutique in Germantown. I went to college with the owner and she is so adorable. My friends and I stopped in there one night before dinner and it was so cute. It is in a converted house so it feels so welcoming! Plus, they served wine while we shopped and were all so nice!
- Amelia’s Flower Truck: because even if you’re just in town a few days, who doesn’t love fresh flowers?
- Arrington Vineyards: just 25 miles outside of Nashville, this beautiful estate is a great place to visit for a day of wine tasting or a picnic with wine.
- Centennial Park: a beautiful 132 acre park that would be perfect for exploring on a beautiful day.
- Cheekwood Botanical Gardens: a 55 acre botanical garden and mansion that features art galleries and fun, seasonal festivities.
- Country Music Hall of Fame: one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to country music.
- Johnny Cash Museum: a must do for any JC fan!
- Listen to live music, of course! There are tons of places all over Broadway or head to the Bluebird Cafe.
- Ultimate Party Bus: these are open air buses that will take you all over Nashville. We did one during this last trip and it was SO.much.Fun. You can play music and dance around and the bus comes with a bartender. It’s a great way to explore the city without having to walk so much and it isn’t like a tour bus where they are telling you about everything as you go, which makes it way more fun to me.
- Uncommon James: cutest little jewelry store owned by Kristen Cavallari. I have several of their pieces and love them. They also have cute home goods!
I hope my Nashville city guide helps you when planning your next trip to Music City! I am always adding to my lists, so please send me any favorites that I may have missed. Nashville is such a fun city with a wonderful, laid back vibe. It’s definitely one I’m down to visit any time! I will have a full recap of all of my outfits I wore during my trip to Nashville up by the end of this week, so stay tuned for that.