A Girls Weekend in Nashville

If you missed the first part of our trip see it here.

Saturday morning we woke up and headed to take a tour of the Grand Ole Opry. The home of the Opry is now about a 15 minute drive out of town, but the experience was well worth the drive. We loved our tour guide. Getting the behind the scenes tour was so cool. Being able to see where the artist come in their special artist entrance to perform, and check out the green room, and all the dressing rooms, as well as going out on stage was a really cool experience. I would love to come back and see the Grand Ole Opry show here sometime. After our tour we went into the Opryland Hotel to look around. It is so pretty inside.

1a97a394-b011-4888-92ea-1445f40e414b

1a4735a1-223f-46bb-a44f-8cecf97febbc

0c3fc738-f104-4281-9991-43abe9da7c7a

3d10690e-daa2-45d7-ac7a-45326f422934
P.S. Did you know that there was a post office at the Opry and each member has their own box where you can send them mail?
0ca5a005-0abc-4cfe-bc33-85661d0f0901
Opryland Hotel

b2f570db-580c-4f41-b41b-e56b27955676-1

Next we headed back to town to Musicians Corner at Centennial Park. It was a really nice day so we just spent the day relaxing in the park and listening to the music. There were food trucks and ice cream trucks at the concert. We had banh mi that was delicious. The music was awesome and it was just a perfect afternoon in the park.

6871b4dd-a63f-4163-9b8f-d49cc5a31ce8
So many selfies!

bfa80606-7ef6-4991-ba38-b621a3c3e7f9

From the park we went to check out some local breweries. We went to Jackalope Brewing Company and Yazoo Brewing Company. Both were really fun atmospheres for a laid back Saturday afternoon.

fd7e246f-377a-4b4a-8537-d52e2d38a3eb

Dinner was at City Winery. We had made reservations, but the place was empty. The food was good and the restaurant was very nice, but I think I would rather go here when they have an event. They host concerts and different events that look fun, but it was kind of dead the night we went. There also wasn’t much near it and the area where it is didn’t seem like the best area to be walking around… so we headed back to The Listening Room because we had loved it so much the night before.

90d157f8-b96a-4232-97f1-0ffd420bd84c

Once the show finished up we headed for lower Broadway. We decided what’s a girls trip to Nashville without checking out all the Honky Tonks. There was great music, and we wandered in an out of different places dancing and singing for awhile before we got tired and headed back to our hotel.

d04bc108-03b4-44b7-8828-b0801665f819
Because you haven’t seen enough selfies!

We woke up the next morning and went to check out the County Music Hall of Fame. Y’all you could spend HOURS in this place. It is so full of memorabilia and things to read and learn about that in order to see it all would take quite a bit of time. We hit the highlights, stopping to check out the exhibits from some of our favorite artists, but no way we could see it all. The one thing we kept noticing is how tiny all the stars look. Their clothes are on display on mannequins, and I think I’m too big to be famous (and I’m not very big at all). They’re so TINY, even the men!

f172904e-bd7b-4b8e-bede-7c272939bc66
Tay’s Guitar
f85811e9-9e79-4f34-8b29-ad094ecba93e
I love this song! So neat to see it being written.

We loved our weekend in Nashville! I can’t wait to go back. Next time I hope to get to see the Grand Ole Opry and to see a show at the Ryman. Or maybe both at once, since during the winter months the Opry moves back home to its roots at the Ryman.

 

img_3707

 

A Girls Weekend in Nashville

First of all – Nashville is SO fun and such an amazing place for a girls weekend get away. I got to spend the weekend in Nashville with a best friend and we had the BEST time. It was my first trip to Nashville. We did the perfect amount of planning – which was not much at all. We got to see all the sights, and eat all the food, and drink all the drinks and laugh and dance! It was just perfect!

724008c3-9eb6-4612-871f-a9b53f14ad6d

I flew into Nashville early on a Friday morning. This worked out perfect because we had all day to explore. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express – Downtown and the location could not have been better. It’s on Broadway, but it’s a few blocks away from the bars and nightlife. It was easy to walk to restaurants and bars, but when we wanted to be done with that scene we could get away. It was also in walking distance to the area in Nashville called the Gulch which has lots of good restaurants.

After first arriving we decided we would walk to the Gulch for breakfast at Biscuit Love. I had heard all the good things, and was ready for some biscuits, but we were not ready for the two hour wait. We were starving so we ended up having brunch next door at Bar Louie, which was good but not the amazing biscuit I had been dreaming of.

After brunch our first stop was to take a tour of the historic Ryman Auditorium. The Ryman is known as the “Mother Church” of country music and it was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. It was really neat to see all the history of country music that has been made there. Miranda Lambert’s pink guitar was one of my favorite things on display. I would love to go back and see a show there sometime. (P.S. hope you love selfies because there are A LOT OF THEM).

db779b2a-f6f5-4bd6-9be5-6afbb9e3c208

a78c0993-57e2-45b7-9467-4113b8547a99

77fc404b-f669-4924-bab1-b8bc7bbe71fe

After the tour we walked down Broadway to check out the sites. We ended up stopping at Acme Feed and Seed for drinks and to check out the roof top scene.

5cc1bcdd-33cc-4af3-ab4d-c71e61c856c5.jpg

Our next stop was to take an Uber to the 12South neighborhood. This is where Reese Witherspoon’s store Draper James is located. And the iconic “I believe in Nashville” street art is here as well, so we had to take the obligatory tourist photo. We stopped in a few other cute stores in the neighborhood, before stopping at the Filling Station for drinks to cool off.

e402a340-d9f7-49b9-805b-c5f5ddf1acbd

We headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. Dinner was at Whiskey Kitchen. It came highly recommended, and was a quick walk from out hotel. We sat at the bar and the food and service was really great.

From dinner we went to The Listening Room. I LOVED this place. If you are into country music (maybe even if you’re not) this is a must visit place in my opinion. The night we went, there were Nashville songwriters performing the songs they had written; many of them were hits from big stars and it was really neat to see them performed by the artist who had written the songs. It’s the kind of place that you never know who you might see, Keith Urban showed up and performed there unexpectedly not too long ago.

c1b6259a-b793-4c49-96cc-b54bfc3bf369

cafc2cf0-3cc2-404b-86e2-2752e892fded

We ended the night here and headed back to our hotel to rest up for a another big day. Our first full day in Nashville was a busy one! Check back later this week for the rest of our trip.

img_3707