I’m pretty inexperienced when it comes to traveling in the South. The first time I had truly been in the “south” was last year in Louisiana. Nashville was a place that I had never really considered going to. I dislike southern accents almost as much as I dislike country music. I never saw a reason to visit until a Bachelorette weekend with girlfriends brought me there. Well, I am glad that I was proven wrong! Nashville is a fun city and even if you don’t like country music you can still enjoy everything that the town has to offer. Planning a trip soon? Look into visiting these places during your stay.
Where to Stay
Any hotel in Downtown Nashville is a great choice. That’s the best location as it is walking distance to the most popular bars and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Don’t be fooled into staying near the Grand Ole Opry. It’s about a 25 minute drive from everything else which will get old after 24 hours.
Where to Eat
The Southern- This restaurant in downtown is filled with cute decor, a nice cocktail list, and a ton of options for every palate. From creative salads and sandwiches to fried chicken and BBQ there is no food group that this menu doesn’t hit. However, be warned that the salads are small portions so split an order of fries on the side with a friend.
Cabana- This one is located closer to Vanderbilt University and is another great place to go if you’re looking for a ton of options and a cool environment. Order the Lobster Mac & Cheese appetizer (trust me on this one).
Puckett’s- The live music here from 7-9 on Sunday was great. The singer was super talented and not too country for my taste. The cocktails are not to be missed. They’re so good that you can’t even taste the alcohol… That might come back to bite you in the ass later. Go for the blueberry lemonade or hard peach tea. For dinner, don’t skip out on southern delicacies like fried chicken, fried pickles (are you sensing a theme here?) or mac and cheese. If you’re feeling spunky, try the deep fried brownie for dessert. Yes, you read that correctly; a deep fried brownie sundae. Come here to eat greasy fried foods. You won’t regret it.
Where to Go
Grand Ole Opry Tour- The “home” of country music opens its backstage doors to to tourists everyday. If you’re a fan of country music you will love learning about the history of the popular venue.
Pontoon boat- This was a little ways outside Nashville but totally worth it. We left from the Four Corners marina and took the pontoon boat out to “Party Cove.” You can spend the day floating in the lake and listening to music with your friends. Remember to pack floats, drinks & snacks!
The bar scene in Nashville is not to be missed. The strip of dive bars on Broadway are great places to go and have a good time listening to live music. Not to mention the bars there have $3.00 beers and $4.00 glasses of champagne. If you’re from New York you know that you have to take advantage of that. Once you’re back in the city you will be back to paying $19 for a mixed drink. The standard uniform here is sundresses or cut offs with cowboy boots so make sure you are not over dressed! The style in Nashville is extremely casual and laid back. Tootsie’s was by far my favorite. bar. The live band was great and played everything from country pop, to “true country”, to songs I actually knew like those from Blink 182. Other great options were Tin Roof & Tequila Cowboy. Have a few drinks there and then head to Tequila Cowboy to ride the mechanical bull.