Summer is quickly approaching – presenting the perfect opportunity for a getaway with the girls! If a tropical vacation isn’t what you have in mind this year, a great option is Nash-Vegas, otherwise known as the bachelorette capitol of the US. Nashville is famous for its live music and country roots, but throughout our visit we were amazed by how many different experiences the city had to offer. No – we weren’t there for a bachelorette – but Nashville is the perfect place to celebrate any occasion, even if the occasion is just kicking-back and having fun with your girls.
Here are some must-do’s for an unforgettable weekend in the city.
Experience live music
Live music is EVERYWHERE in Nashville, so finding it won’t be hard. A few of my suggestions include:
Almost every bar has live music (day and night) and rooftops, so you can take your tunes with a view!
The Grand Ole Opry:
If you’re a country music fan – this one is for you. The Opry has shows most weekend nights, and offers backstage tours. Pro-tip: talk to the locals! We struck up a conversation with our cashier at the Opry gift shop, and it turned out both of her sons were bass & guitar players in the concert we were seeing later that night, and she was able to tell us a ton of background information about the bands and how they made their name.
An outdoor venue located right on the Cumberland River, Ascend offers music of all genres. We saw Thomas Rhett’s Home Team Tour, but check the schedule for upcoming entertainment.
Indulge in some shopping
What girls trip doesn’t include shopping? We had scheduled more outdoor activities for the weekend, but rain caused us to shift our plan just a little. Here were some of my favorite places:
The cutest store featuring an assortment of Southern gifts and clothing. I was able to pick up some gifts including a biscuit mix and preserves from the famous Loveless Cafe!
The Shoppes at Fatherland:
Y’all – we happened upon this little village of start-up shops and they were the best part of the trip. Each store has a story, and the store owners made our experience so personal and inviting.
The Idea Hatchery:
For an authentic East Nashville shopping experience, check out this small village of eclectic, quirky shops (just down the street from the Shoppes at Fatherland)!
Catch the views.
There are so many ways to take in this beautiful city. A few of my favorite views included:
The John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge:
The bridge crosses the Cumberland River, and is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world. I recommend crossing from the East Nashville side over to the Downtown area for the best views of the river and the skyline.
“What Lifts You” Mural.
“I Believe in Nashville” Mural:
Did you really go to Nashville if you didn’t snap a pic with this iconic mural? There are three locations, but my favorite was in the 12South District, right next to Reese Witherspoon’s store, Draper James! (See Picture at Bottom of Post)
Snack & sip.
We most definitely ate and drank our way through Nashville thanks to some great recommendations from friends. My top picks:
ACME Feed & Seed:
If you go one place, go here. ACME offers unique music, food and cocktails on each of its three floors. With a sushi bar on the second floor, and frozen moonshine punch with unparalleled views from the rooftop, you can’t go wrong.
You have to try the Hot Chicken when you are in Nashville. The Stillery serves up Hot Chicken on top of macaroni, paired with the cutest mason jar cocktails.
Chic food in a lounge atmosphere, with a bowling alley in the back. Make reservations in advance and plan to stay a while! We really enjoyed relaxing here at the end of our trip.