Y’all looking for a quick weekend getaway? You’re in luck! Nashville, Tennessee has so much to offer and is relatively central for a short flight or road trip excursion. And with even more than country music on the lineup, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy.
Have kids with you? Don’t worry. After getting my 3-month-old kicked out of her first bar (parenting win!), I’ve included some family-friendly places to visit as well.
Where to Eat?
Let’s get right down to the important stuff… FOOD! Nashville is known for it’s southern comfort cooking and does not disappoint.
Everything’s better with a side of biscuits! If you haven’t heard of Loveless Café, then you haven’t done your research. All of our friends who’ve visited Nashville told us to come here. About a 25 minute drive from downtown, their biscuits and fried chicken are worth your time. And they serve breakfast all day long if you’re in the mood for some grits. Wait times can be long, so try to visit at an off-peak time.
Deacon’s New South
Being a super-fan of the show ‘Nashville’ (with a main character named Deacon, in case you’re not a super-fan), I had to try this restaurant when I came across the name. And since it was our last night in Nashville, a dry-aged steak dinner with good wine sounded perfect.
‘The spot’ to go on Broadway. Located right in the middle of all the action, park yourself near the window and watch the night unfold. The funky décor and lively crowd will keep you entertained, and be sure you save room for the giant sweet potato fries.
What To Do?
Dance on Honky Tonk Row
This is Nashville’s main music scene. Strap on your cowboy boots (if you’re looking for country) and walk the strip in search of your favourite tunes. If you’re into line dancing, check out the Wild Horse Saloon (famous for it’s horse statues on the ceiling), or pop in and out of the many ‘no cover charge’ bars to find your jam.
If you’re travelling with kids, you’ll quickly learn that no one under the age of 21 (even if they are a baby) is allowed in a bar after 9 p.m. But don’t be discouraged. Grab a table at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and enjoy the show! Since they are also a restaurant, we had no trouble parking Liv in her stroller for the night and singing along with the band.
Time-travel to Athens
If you haven’t been to Greece, then you are in luck! Nashville just so happens to have built their own full-scale, exact replica of the original Parthenon in the middle of Centennial Park. Why you may ask? The monument was originally built for the 1897 Centennial Exposition and now serves as Nashville’s art museum.
Spend the afternoon enjoying the park’s beautiful walking trails or visit at night to see the Parthenon completely lit up. The park also hosts free movie nights in the summer months, with food vendors for the perfect evening picnic.
Visit the Belle Meade Plantation
Known as the Queen of Tennessee Plantations, spend the day exploring this 19th century mansion and world-renowned horse farm. And with its own onsite winery, stop by for a complimentary wine tasting to end your tour.
Where to Stay?
If you can find a decent priced hotel downtown, you should take it. You’ll be near the action and within walking distance to great restaurants. Just make sure you’re a little removed from Broadway, as it gets loud and crazy at night (i.e. beer bike trolleys)!
This is another safe neighbourhood for hotels and most have free shuttles to take you downtown and to local attractions.
If you’re staying for a few nights, Nashville has a lot of great listings for home rentals which are ideal for families in need of more space and access to a kitchen.
Have you visited Nashville? Comment below with your favourite spots!
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