A few weeks ago, DG and I finally made it to Nashville after literally two years of planning this trip. For whatever reason, every time we’d have dates set and flights booked, we’d have to postpone. There is so much to do in the city, so we were really intentional about planning our trip and what we wanted to see on our first trip. I’m sharing our itinerary below.
Nashville in 72 Hours
We flew in early Saturday morning on Southwest and headed to drop some of our bags off at the Air BnB we were staying at for our trip. We then headed to the Gulch to meet up with Tory for a little tour of the neighborhood. The Thompson Hotel is so pretty and is located right in the heart of the Gulch.
We were also able to check out Amelia’s Flower Truck while visiting the neighborhood. The murals in this neighborhood were amazing as well. We also headed into 12 South for a little shopping adventure. 12 South is where Draper James and the Frothy Monkey are located. You can also find the “I Believe in Nashville” mural located in this neighborhood and also some super cute restaurants and shops. There is a Sprinkles ATM in 12 South, too!
After getting our tour of these two neighborhoods, we headed back into the Gulch to have lunch. We heard so many great things about Biscuit Love, but be prepared for a really long line. The one restaurant DG and I both had been dying to try was Peg Leg Porker for BBQ, and it was delicious! I highly recommend a stop here while in town.
With extremely full bellies, we made our way downtown to Broadway. We walked around the Ryman and checked out some of the spots before deciding to head into Nudie’s Honky Tonk to hang out until we were able to check into our Air BnB. The musicians were amazing that we listened to and we had a great time.
We had dinner at Husk, and while we’ve eaten at the Husk in Charleston a couple of times, this was not our favorite dining experience. There are a lot of dinner options in Nashville, and I would recommend asking a local for a recommendation before heading to Husk.
That night, we headed to the Grand Ole Opry to hear Old Crowe Medicine Show. We had so much fun listening to several new artists as well. It is definitely touristy, but it was a lot of fun.
Sunday morning, we slept in a little bit, and we headed out to The Southern for brunch. This is another restaurant that I would add to your list to try while in town. They make their own Bloody Mary mix and their hot chicken & waffles were amazing. We definitely are still talking about how delicious our meal was for brunch.
We decided to walk off our brunch by heading over to the Johnny Cash Museum. DG is obsessed with Johnny Cash and so he was definitely looking forward to this. He truly enjoyed himself and we both enjoyed learning a little bit more. It was pretty crowded, so I’d recommend giving yourself a little time to get through it.
After our tour at the Johnny Cash Museum, we took a walk to the Tennessee State Capitol. We stopped at the Hermitage Hotel to check out the gorgeous lobby and Capitol Grille. It’s hosted a lot of famous musicians and politicians to say the least, so it was really interesting to check out.
We headed back our Air BnB to relax for a little bit before heading back out to the Dawghouse Saloon. Our Air BnB host recommended it because the Spazmatics play there on Sunday afternoons and it was maybe our favorite live music experience while in Nashville. Chris Young was in the audience and joined them on stage for a song, too. It felt off the beaten path, which was something we wanted to incorporate more into our trip.
For dinner, we went to Acme Seed & Feed. Acme has three levels of service; the first has eclectic Southern food and is a bit more laid back. You order at the register, grab a number, and wait for your food before taking a seat. The second floor offers sushi and other upscale dishes, along with taking reservations. The rooftop bar has an amazing view of the Cumberland River & downtown Nashville.
The last full day we were in town was a rainy one. We went to brunch at Sky Blue Cafe and I am still thinking about the cheese potatoes and breakfast sandwich I had. We then headed out to Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. The staff at the estate is extremely knowledgeable and the information provided is surprisingly objective for a president who was incredibly controversial.
We stopped at Germantown Pub for a snack before going back to the Air BnB to get ready for dinner. Our dinner was at Pharmacy Burger Parlour and Beer Garden and I got a veggie burger and tater tots, so y’all know I was in heaven.
We finished our last night out with an awesome night at Whiskey Jam at Winners Bar & Grill based off another recommendation from our Air BnB host. DG and I heard some great artists and would recommend this as another spot to do that isn’t quite so touristy.
Have you been to Nashville? What were some of your favorite things to do and places to eat?