I almost titled this Top 5 Things To Do in Nashville if you’re over 40, but I wasn’t quite ready to have that up there big and bold. In all honesty, this should really be Top 5 Things To Do in Nashville if You’re Not There for a Bachelorette Party. Seriously, I didn’t realize Nashville was the unofficial bachelorette party capital of the US!
Sorry for my hiatus this summer. I’ve not been doing as many home projects lately (unless you count painting the ceilings) and I’ve been trying to take a respite from the computer when I’m not working. Plus, well… life. We’ll just leave it there. I had also been planning and anxiously awaiting a girls’ trip with some of my life long girlfriends to Nashville. Our 5 days together came and went way too fast. Girl time with these ladies, is just good for the soul!
Our group all agreed it was hard to pick out just one highlight of our trip, but if you’re planning a trip to Nashville anytime soon, here’s what we loved from our visit.
1 | Broadway Honky Tonks – it wouldn’t be a true Nashville trip without a visit to the infamous honky tonk row in Nashville. Cover bands galore playing your favorite country and rock hits. I’m not a huge country music fan, but most of the songs were country hits even I knew and brought me back to my high school days. The talent in any place you visit in Nashville will be top notch. Our favorites on Broadway were Tootsies, The Stage and Honky Tonk Central.
One night of this (maybe two) are likely enough though if you’re “old enough”. They were for us anyway. We don’t stay out until 3 am very often and we danced like crazy. The constant jostle of crowds and plethora of bachelorette parties had us looking for some other options for the remainder of our trip.
2 | Live Music – Like I said, the talent in Nashville is pretty amazing. Once we made it off Broadway and into some other neighborhoods, we were treated to musicians playing their own songs. Our favorite place was recommended to us by a local who said we had to check out 3rd and Lindsley. On Sunday night they air a live radio show from there. We got to hear Sean McConnell, who quickly became a favorite of all of our group. This might rank as our top experience in Nashville and not to be missed if you love live music!
We also enjoyed Bourbon Street Blues in Printer’s Alley and it’s like a jam session where new musicians rotate in and out. Again, we were amazed by the talent! Our group was a little split on whether we enjoyed the Bluebird Cafe (made famous by the show Nashville). It was pretty far out from where anything else was located. It wasn’t my fave, but others in our group enjoyed it.
3 | Sips and Brews – Nashville has quite a few craft beers and we enjoyed sampling them at several establishments. Some of our favorites were from Yazoo Brewing.
They are located in the Gulch, which is worth checking out for both restaurants and shopping. Unfortunately they were closed the day we were going to do a tour, but we walked down to Hops & Crafts Taproom and enjoyed an afternoon of craft brews and a game of Cards Against Humanity.
We also did a tour at Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery. Now, I’ll say, I’m not a fan of whiskey, but I loved their tour and back story. I did taste all of their whiskeys, but none of them converted me (I just kept saying “it burns!”). They are in Marathon Village which also has another distillery down the street, Corsair.
4 | Shopping – we did our fair share of shopping while we were in various neighborhoods. If you’re looking for cowboy boots to take home (I was not, this was more of a joke picture) or Nashville novelties and souvenirs, then Broadway is your place.
I picked up this guitar string bracelet from a gal who had set up a stand on the Broadway.
If you’re looking for boutique shopping, you’ll find them in several Nashville’s neighborhoods like Germantown, the Gulch, and we wish we’d had more time to explore shopping in East Nashville and 12South. Of course while in Marathon Village, we had to stop by the Antique Archaeology store of Iowa natives the American Pickers. It was a little smaller than I expected, but so many fun finds!
5 | Nashville History – there’s plenty of music history in Music City. You could spend our whole trip just doing that. Unless you’re there for an extended time or it’s your thing, I’d pick just one or two trips down nostalgia lane. We chose to see the Grand Ole Opry. While we didn’t get any surprise super famous guests, it was a fun experience. It’s not something I need to do twice, but I’m glad we did it once.
If I went back again, I’d probably check out the Ryman Auditorium tour or the Johnny Cash Museum.
In between all of that of course we ate at a lot of different restaurants. Some fun spots we hit were Clydes on Church, Acme Feed and Seed, and Germantown Cafe. Our favorite stop was our first one at Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint. It was a fun atmosphere, good food, and great craft beer selection.
We were staying at a condo just off of the lower Broadway area, so we loved having a pool to hang out at during the day a few days with the 90+ degree heat. This was a perfect option for our stay. With 5 of us, we had a little more room for everyone, plus a kitchen and some hang out space in the living room.
Have you been to Nashville? If so what were your favorite spots?
Paula, The Geeky Shopaholic
Sounds like a wonderful trip! 🙂 My friends took me to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry for my 30th birthday. It was awesome! 🙂
Erin @ sometimes-homemade.com
What a fun trip to celebrate your 30th birthday. Great friends you have!
How fun! I’d love to go here someday!
Nashville is home for me 🙂 I hate that you missed out on East Nashville and 12 South- truly my favorites! Great list!
Erin @ sometimes-homemade.com
So much to do, not enough time! We were in East Nashville just for a few hours one night. It’s definitely on the list for a return trip.
Looks like you all had a great time! I have never been to Nashville but I wouldn’t mind putting it on my bucket list for places to go to!
Erin @ sometimes-homemade.com
I highly recommend it. We had such a fun time!
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