WOW, I’m exhausted! I had a loonnnggg, fun weekend + a heavy work load.
I must say, wifi on planes is a definite life saver. I’m so glad I had those 4+ hours on the flight to Nashville to get things DONE.
The modern world is so amazing, isn’t it?!
Annyyywaaayyzz, that’s the second time in the last 4 months I was lucky enough to spend some time in Nashville, Tennessee. My last trip was with Nico, we were there for about a week, and this time I was there for almost 4 days to celebrate my Aunt Karen’s 60th birthday!
Happy Birthday Auntie Karen! Love you!
I promised you guys after my last trip that I would put together a Nashville Tour Guide, and I think after visiting the city not once, but twice, I am ready to share the goods. So get excited!
Before you travel to Nashville, ask yourself a few questions:
1. Do you LOVE live music?
2. Do you love COUNTRY MUSIC?
3. Do you love BBQ?
If you answered YES to any of the questions above, you’re going to freaking LOVE Nashville and you’re really going to love this tour guide because that’s pretty much what it’s all about.
Music and food. Ya know, the essentials 🙂
During both of my trips to Nashville, I made a point to find the best live music, the yummiest BBQ, and most interesting activities. Like, think outside the box. It’s gonna get weird.
So here we go, let’s get right down to it shall we???
YEEHHAAWW. ( <<— Yes, I’m THAT nerdy, I just had to throw in a yeehaaaww.)
Behold, 10 things to do in Nashville, Tennessee:
1. Go to the Grand Ole Opry, and YES sign up for a tour.
The Grand Ole Opry is UH-MAYYZZZIINNGGGG. I’m. Not. Kidding. It’s so much fun. The music is absolutely incredible. For how historical and iconic the Opry is in country music, it’s surprisingly chill. Their dress code is pretty much anything goes, as they say on their website “Just wear something,” LOL!
I’m currently loving all of the Blue Life rompers. The prints are gorgeous, they are cute but still feel appropriate (some rompers feel a bit scandalous these days if ya know what I mean). I like long sleeves to. My Mom always told me growing up, if you’re showing more skin on the bottom, cover up the top, and vice versa.
Larry Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers is there every night, he is absolutely hilarious. Like, I can’t even deal. During his songs he walks around and interacts with the guests.
He even ate one woman’s Doritos! So classic.
There are always big stars at the Opry, but if you’re lucky, you might just get a special surprise guest.
We were SERIOUSLY lucky this time around, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks surprised the crowd. Everyone seriously went wild. The energy in the room completely exploded when they walked out on stage. USA Today even wrote a story about it which you can read HERE.
I am totally not a fan of looonng gruuueling tours. Like, no, thank you.
The Opry tour was no snooze fest. It was perfect. You got to see all the dressing rooms, walk back stage, walk on the stage, take pictures, everything. Our tour guide was super sweet and informative. She kept it moving and she kept it interesting.
I think my favorite part about it was standing on the iconic 6 foot circle on the Opry stage. It’s a circle of wood moved from the Ryman Auditorium in 1974, the original home of the Opry.
Moral of the story, go see a show at the Opry, and book a tour.
Located in the Hermitage Hotel, it’s fine dining at it’s best! They are all about farm to table foods. Executive Chef Tyler Brown sources all of his ingredients from the Farm at Glen Leven. Stop by the Oak Bar either before or after dinner for a drink :))
This iconic, traditional steakhouse was founded in 1934 while the country was in the throes of the Great Depression and just one year removed from the repeal of prohibition. The dining experience is set in an old Tennessee mansion, filled with tons of photos and history. They are famous for many reasons, my favorite being how they serve their wine, using the Grapevine Wine Decanter which they sell in the restaurant and online.
Located on Broadway in a beautifully-restored hotel where Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn once stayed. There are two floors, upstairs is pricier, downstairs is more appetizers and small plates for around $20.00.
Executive Chef and Creator of Ellendale’s, Julie Buhler, was personal Chef to Dolly Parton and has cooked for huge country stars including Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Reba McEntire. Set in a gorgeous Tennessee mansion, many of the dishes are created using food from the garden around the house.
I’m actually standing in the garden in the picture below wearing my favorite made in USA dinner outfit by LACASUSA in black. It also comes in white!
Located in the 12South neighborhood near shopping and tons of other restaurants, Edley’s is absolutely delicious. They serve moonshine mojitos in mason jars which complement the smokey flavors perfectly! Try their homemade baked beans, cornbread, and mac and cheese!
Located in the Gulch, Peg Leg Porkers is famous for its traditional style BBQ mixed with some more modern dishes like Memphis Sushi. The owner, Carey Bringle actually doesn’t have a right leg. He lost it due to bone cancer at age 17. So stop by and meet the man that didn’t let tragedy bring him down, and instead turned it into an awesome brand including a restaurant, sauces, and rubs.
Barlines is located in the Omni Hotel just two blocks from Broadway. There is live music all day on the weekends, and after 4PM during the week. The food is AMAZING, and the stage is located in front of about 6 giant TV screens so you can watch sports.
Located in the heart of Broadway, this place is definitely an experience. When we went there was a line out the door. Apparently the owner of this place is known as the “Godfather of BBQ.” The line moves quick, so definitely snag some of their homemade original BBQ to take home to your family. It’s delicious!
4. Ride and DRINK on one of the bicycle bars!
This is seriously a must. There are a few different companies that offer the bike bar tour, we chose the Sprocket Rocket. It was so fun!
You sit on bicycle seats with pedals facing inward towards the bar. They blast music and you collectively pedal around town with your group. You can stop anywhere you want in the general Broadway St. area: bars, the candy store, frothy monkey for coffee, you choose your destinations.
We stopped at the BB King Blues bar and a few other places.
The only requirement is that you wear closed toe shoes 🙂
I fell in love with this place. It has so much to offer!
There’s a coffee shop, working areas with computer charging stations, a pool, bowling alley, amazing food, and a giant bar with yummy craft cocktails! If you want to bowl, schedule it in advance. They book up quick.
Also, do yourself a favor and order the Southern Limerick. It’s delicious!
I also love the turkey sandwich, fried broccoli, and breakfast tacos. If you follow me on Snapchat (JordanBosstick) you would know that I tried them all.
Their signature espresso blend is ethically sourced and roasted Frothy Monkey Coffee Roasting Co. in St. Louis while their factory in Nashville is still under construction. It’s a favorite local coffee shop, they have a few locations located all around Nashville. But they’re not just a coffee shop, they serve food, beer, and wine. So definitely stop in and check it out.
8. Visit The Famous Bluebird Cafe
It’s hard to get in, but so worth it when you do, so plan ahead.
This place is one of the most famous destinations in Nashville, and has been made even more popular by the TV Show, Nashville. Performers are only aloud to sing their own original songs. In other words, if you didn’t write it yourself, you can’t sing it. Many country artists don’t write their own songs, so you won’t see them at Bluebird. However you sill see tons of famous song writers, as well as songwriters that are trying to get their songs picked up. It’s really cool!
9. Try Goo Goo Clusters
These little treats are seriously everywhere. The airport, every single candy store, gas station, literally everywhere. They’re made in Nashville and definitely a staple. These little treats combine all the essentials: caramel, marshmallow nougat, peanuts, and milk chocolate, and often appear in local donut shops and ice cream stores as toppers. Enjoy :))
10. Go play on Broadway!
Broadway is definitely the main party street in Nashville. It’s pretty crazy, so be prepared to see tons of Bachelorette parties and drunken frat boys. But there is also tons of live music, and if you are ready to party, dance, and don’t care about heavy crowds, you’ll have a good time.
I recommend Robert’s Western World, Tootsies, Legends and Honky Tonk Central when you’re ready to get crazy. Tootsies and Honky Tonk Central both have 3 different floors, a live band on each floor playing mostly country music, but you’ll also probably hear some throwbacks and songs that are currently trending.
Start at Acme, it’s a super cool spot all the way down near 1st and Broadway. The line gets crazy long towards the end of the night so check it out first. There’s shuffle boards, arcade games, and tons of local brews.
So there you have it! A Nashville tour guide + details about my trip + my made in USA outfits.
Have you been to Nashville?
Going any time soon?
I’d love to hear your recommendations! I’ll add them to this list.
Also let me know if you guys like these tour guides, I’ll try to complete one every time I travel to a USA city.
I hope you guys are having a great start to summer 🙂 I’m currently getting all my 4th of July shopping done, blog post coming soon! I’ve found soooo many American Made patriotic outfits. You guys are gonna freak!