Last fall we headed to Nashville for a weekend getaway. We had wanted to go for a while and when we found out that we could get tickets to the Ed Sheeran concert and the flights were reasonable, we jumped at the chance. Here are the details of our weekend in Nashville.
We arrived on a Friday afternoon. It was a quick direct flight from Calgary to Nashville. And, a short taxi ride from the airport to our hotel.
We opted to stay at the Noelle hotel in Nashville. Since it was a really warm fall day, we checked in and changed into more appropriate attired. We hit up the hotel rooftop bar for a drink and a snack, since our dinner reservations weren’t until later.
Before dinner we decided to stop by Third Man Records. If you are a fan of Jack White, it’s a must see. It’s a combination store/museum/recording studio all in one.
For dinner the guys wanted to hit up a BBQ joint. So, we decided to try out Peg Leg Porker BBQ. Why did we decide to go there given all the options available in Nashville? It was purely based on the online reviews, a segment that we had seen on the Food Network and the fact that we could make reservations. The food was fantastic and they even have their own brand of award winning whisky.
For the ladies out there, if you are a fan of Kristin Cavallari and her store Uncommon James, it is just steps away.
After having stuff our faces, we decided to check out LA Jackson. It was just a quick walk away. It was a beautiful evening, so a few drinks on a rooftop bar seemed like a great idea.
For breakfast we went we checked out Milk & Honey. The restaurant is big and the menu has lots of great options. The food came out quickly and there was plenty of it.
Looking to get to see more of the city than the few blocks around our hotel, we booked a private tour with Joyride Nashville. We were picked up at our hotel, at 10 am sharp. We toured around, getting to learn a bit more about the city’s history and landmarks. Like in every city, there are always plenty of options for tours. We opted for this one, since it was more private. The tour lasted about 2 hours and we were dropped off back at our hotel.
Before the trip, we decided that we needed to try some Nashville Hot Chicken and decided to hit up Hattie B’s for lunch. The line was long but certainly well worth it. Hands down the best fried chicken that we have ever tasted! We went to the 8th Avenue South location, since we had heard that it was not as busy as the downtown location.
We spent the rest of the afternoon taking in the sights and sounds of Broadway and even stopped by the Johnny Cash Museum. If you are a fan, do make sure to put it on your list.
For dinner, we made reservations at Pinewood Social. We looked for something close to the concert venue and that took reservations. What a fantastic place that is. The food and drinks were outstanding. Shortly before the start of the show, we walked over to Nissan Stadium for the Ed Sheeran Concert. Since Pinewood Social is so close to the stadium, it is a great pre-game option for any event there.
Sunday was a bit of a lazier day. We hit up Frothy Monkey for breakfast since it was just a short walk from our hotel. We got very lucky when we arrived the lineup was pretty short, but as we left the lineup was out the door.
Later that morning, we decided to hit up 12 South area. We had lunch at Bartaco. To read all about it and why you should go, click here. Since we love sweets, we also grabbed a snack at Five Daughters Bakery.
Their 100 Layer Doughtnut is their version of a cronut, a hybrid of a croissant and a doughnut. It takes up to three days to craft this decadent creation. Once cooked, the 100 layer doughnut is rolled in sugar, filled with cream, and topped with a heavenly glaze. Their incredible doughnuts are worth the trip alone.
We also shopped at Reese Witherspoon’s store, Draper James. With all these great establishments, 12 South is by far our favorite Nashville neighborhood.
Later that day, we stopped by The Filling Station for a few beers and then Mill Creek Taproom for some burgers and beers. The Filling station is a great source for local beers, served by beer lovers in a very casual environment.
From there, we hit up The Patterson House for a few cocktails. It’s a Prohibition-themed upscale bar, known for their craft cocktails and unique, cozy atmosphere. Definitely worth checking out if you are looking for something away from Broadway’s honky-tonks.
Monday we were going back home. Since we really enjoyed Milk and Honey, we decided to go again as there were more menu items that we were wanting to try.
Without a doubt, we will be back in Nashville soon. What are your favorite places to check out while in Nashville?
Wary Travelers Tips:
We decided not to rent a car while in Nashville. Instead, we ubered everywhere. Unless you are looking to travel outside of the city, we would recommend you do the same. Ubering in Nashville was very easy and reasonably priced.
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