Jake and I went to Nashville last weekend and it was just the break I needed from reality. He has a lot of off weekends right now, so we’re taking advantage of any traveling while we can. He started his anesthesia training finally, so right now his schedule has been much better. I decided to really live in the moment this trip, taking minimal pictures and also took a break from Instagram. As much as I love blogging, sometimes a break is needed. I wore this outfit all day Saturday and it was perfect and breezy for the hot weather. The dress runs true to size and all of the colors are so fun. We have been to Nashville 3 times, since it’s a quick road trip from Birmingham. If you’ve never been to Nashville, I highly recommend it.
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When To Visit Nashville:
Where We Stayed: We stayed in an Airbnb in East Nashville and loved the location. It was close to downtown and we felt safe. I think we will focus on staying in this area next time.
What We Did:
- Belle Meade Plantation/Winery: Last time, we went to Arrington Vineyard, but this time we wanted to stay closer to the city. We did the tour of the plantation and it includes a wine tasting at the end. The plantation is gorgeous and it was fun learning about the history. The family was known for breeding famous race horses, and then later went into major debt due to over-spending on the horses right before a stock market crash. The state of Tennessee now owns it and made it into a museum/winery. The wine tasting at the end was very nice, and I was surprised that I liked the white wine the best. You can only buy the wine on property since it’s owned by a non-profit.
- Broadway Honky Tonks: You cannot visit Music City without visiting the honky tonks. Broadway gets a little wild at night, but it’s fun to people watch. Our favorite honky tonk is Nudie’s, since it’s not overly crowded and the music is better in our opinions.
- Walk Around 12 South: Although 12 South is very touristy, it’s one of my favorite spots for shopping. I love going in the fall/winter because they have a pumpkin patch and Christmas tree farm.
- Parthenon: This is a replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. We didn’t go inside, but it was worth a quick visit.
- See The Belmont University Campus: It’s such a beautiful campus. I cannot imagine how fun it would be to live in Nashville.
- Show At The Grand Ole Opry: We saw Carrie Underwood and I have to say it was very disappointing. She only sang 3 songs and I wasn’t a fan of the other performers. Overall the venue was cool for a concert, but it’s a little bit far outside Nashville.
Where We Ate:
- Jeni’s Ice Cream: We finally tried this spot and it’s excellent.
- Loveless: We were a little let down by our meal this time. We both got a burger and it’s not as good as their fried chicken or bbq. Their biscuits and jam are excellent.
- Urban Grub: This spot never disappoints. We do the brunch buffet (I usually hate buffets) and it was amazing. They let you choose between either one plate with as much food as you can fit on the plate or a more expensive option where you can go back as many times as you want. We always do the cheaper option and challenge ourselves to fit as much food as possible on our one plate!
- Merchants: We got their baked pimento both nights as a late night snack and it was excellent. We plan to go there for dinner next time we’re in town.
- Barcelona Wine Bar: We love their tapas and wine flights. You can create your own wine flight by ordering their smaller pours on the menu.
- See Vanderbilt: We saw part of the campus, but it was mostly the medical center.
- Visit Hillsboro Village: We tried to go to Biscuit Love, but the line was out the door. Hillsboro Village looks so cute, I want to shop there next time.
- Try a new restaurant: Evertime we go to Nashville, we seem to go to the same restaurants. Next time I want to branch out and try at least one new spot.
- John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge: I hear this is a great view of the city
- Johnny Cash Museum
- River Cruise