Nashville - Music City- My 2018 Favorite City
Nashville has easily become my new favorite city this year! I traveled to Nashville twice this summer and again this fall, so this is a little bit of all of my Nashville experiences combined. I definitely see myself becoming a Nashville junkie and visiting regularly (I feel like I have to make up for lost time for not going until I was 29 years old).
My first Nashville trip this year was in June for another girls retreat, which seemed to be my thing this year! I am all about girl power and coming together with like minded women for a fun filled weekend of positivity and cultivating new friendships! I can honestly say I made some of my very best friends on this trip to Nashville, and we definitely had some stories to tell after this trip! (This retreat again was put together through Michelle Money, after taking her Master Your Money Look Course- www.michellemoney.com)
Places to Stay
The Westin- Always have a great experience staying at the Westin, it was only for one night and we were poolside on of the days. Really cool pool (but small area in general), very picture worthy
The Renaissance- was under construction and having renovations done at the time, and construction all around so I wouldn’t recommend this necessarily if you are a light sleeper, until they’re done with construction. Great location though, right around the corner from The Ryman Auditorium and close vicinity to Broadway.
The Thompson- didn’t realize how cool this hotel was, but it does come with a steep rate. Hands down on my list for an upcoming Nashville stay or when I can afford more of a splurge! They have a really cool indoor/outdoor rooftop bar called LA Jackson, where you may or may not have a celebrity sighting (hint, hint).
JW Marriott- This hotel opened summer 2018 and I am so excited to stay here next time I’m in Nashville. It’s in a great location, and as we know, I’m loyal to Marriott brand hotels.
The Hermitage- I heard about this hotel from the photographer I hired to do a Nashville shoot, and I definitely have it on my list of places to stay on one of my next Nashville trips. It is a five-start hotel that was built in 1910, and it was actually voted the #1 Reader’s Choice Nashville Hotel by my favorite travel magazine/website, CondeNast Traveler. It is such a gorgeous and very classic looking hotel, with a very high end feel.
Reunion Stay- this is actually located in Franklin, Tennessee and where I stayed on my girls retreat when I went in June. Love everything about this place, and definitely suited for large parties
Places to Eat/Drink
Frothy Monkey- You should skip the Starbucks and check out this cute coffee shop in Nashville
The Southern- This is a good restaurant in Downtown Nashville with great Southern fares
BarTaco- Definitely a popular spot to get great tacos and they also have really good drinks
Barcelona Wine Bar- May or may not be Kaitlyn Bristowe’s favorite place to get wine, it’s a tapa’s style restaurant with shareable dishes
Whiskey Kitchen- Another good option if you’re looking for somewhere to eat on 12 Ave South
Kayne Prime- Higher end steakhouse, highly recommend!
LA Jackson- This is the bar located on the rooftop of The Thompson Hotel, I would highly recommend visiting this cool spot during happy hour!
Things to Do
The Ryman- I was lucky enough to get tickets to see Luke Combs at the Ryman and it was amazing! I highly recommend catching a show at the Ryman if possible, I promise it won’t disappoint!
Grand Ole Opry/Opryland- This is on my list of places to check out next time in in Nashville
Predators Game- Nashville is home to the Predators NHL Hockey Team, and Bridgestone arena is in Downtown Nashville, so I would definitely recommend checking out a game if they are playing in town!
12 Avenue South- This is a great area with tons of boutiques, including Draper James (Reese Witherspoon’s store), and cute coffee shops and restaurants, including Frothy Monkey and Bar Taco.
Uncommon James- Located near the Gulch, they have cute jewelry, and you may run into Kristin Cavallari
Nashville Pedal Tavern- This is definitely fun with a big group
The Bluebird Cafe- If you watched Nashville (the tv show), then you’ve heard about the Bluebird cafe, or at least, that’s how I knew about it! The setup is a little different from the tv show, there’s not an actual stage- the songwriters set up in the middle of the room and are surrounded by the audience in the intimate venue and song swap. You definitely need to buy tickets in advance and they usually sell out quick, so make sure you do this a week out if you plan on going!
The Listening Room Cafe- This is a cool spot to listen to song swaps from Nashville songwriters, loved the atmosphere & how intimate it was
You’re always bound to have a great time on Broadway, which looks a little like Vegas, with a whole lot of Honky Tonk! Here are a few of my favorite bars-
Honky Tonk Central
If you want to hang with the locals, I would recommend leaving Broadway and hanging out in Midtown. There a bars there too, and you may see some Nashville musicians hanging out like we did. We checked out these bars-
Winner’s Bar & Grill
Loser’s Bar & Grill
Kung Fu Saloon
I’m sure my list of suggestions will continue to grow as I make more trips back to Music City, but these are definitely some of my favorite places to date!