Nashville is truly a one of a kind city with lots of personality and tons to see and do. The average music lover will have a field day in the city limits of Nashville, but so will the food lover, the outdoor lover, the history lover, and the sports lover. Here is my complete weekend guide to Nashville!
Where to stay
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
The Orpyland Resort is Southern hospitality at its finest. The first time I stayed here was during the Christmas season and I was blown away by the beautiful decor and homeyness of this truly luxurious resort. The Opryland features a full service salon, indoor and outdoor pools, it’s own golf course, and loads of premium shopping and restaurants all under one roof. You could easily spend your entire weekend at the Opryland and be satisfied with your getaway.
Things to do
The Ryman Auditorium
The Ryman is most well-known as the home of the “Grand Ole Opry” for 31 years. Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Minnie Pearl, Patsy Cline and Roy Acuff all graced its stage at one time. Tours at the Ryman are available everyday from 9am-4pm. $15 will get a self-guided tour, while $20 will get you a backstage tour.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
A tour of the Hall of Fame and Museum with cost you $24.95. This tour is self guided but can be lengthy (around 2 hours) so make sure you budget enough time to take it at a leisurely pace and get the full experience. For a separate charge you can also take a tour of the famous RCA Studio B, where Elvis recorded over 260 songs.
fun fact: Studio B has recorded over 35,000 songs, and is known as the home of 1,000 hits
The Johnny Cash Museum
The Johnny lover in your life could easily spend the entire day at the Cash Museum. Tours are available everyday from 8am-7pm for $16. The museum includes a very nice gift shop with lots of variety in souvenirs and a cute cafe called Bongo Java.
Go to a Preds or a Titans game
Nashville is home to two professional sports teams. The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Predators and the National Football League’s (NFL) Titans. Both playing venues are right downtown in the heart of Nashville, which can sometimes make parking a hassle. The NHL seasons starts with preseason at the end of September and ends sometime in early to mid-June. The NFL’s season starts in mid-August and wraps up in early January.
fun fact: Carrie Underwood’s husband, Mike Fisher plays for the Preds.
Areas to stroll around
Broadway is thee happening place in Nashville. It’s the perfect combination of cheesy souvenir shops and restaurants/bars. This means that by day it’s filled with tourists shopping and eating…
..any by night it’s filled with rowdy drunk people.
If your up for it, both scenarios can be quite fun. One of the things I think is so unique and special to Nashville is that at any given time on any give day you can walk into a bar or restaurant and there will be live music going on. I’m talking Wednesday at 11am, yep live music. And all of it is good, like really good. A lot of it is aspiring musicians singing cover songs, so you’ll still be able to recognize the music and jam along with it, but also be able to appreciate the talent of someone new. The Stage and Tequila Cowboy were my two favorites.
Widely thought of as the heart of Nashville’s entertainment industry, you’ll find the offices of record labels, publishing houses, recording studios, and other business who play a role in the music industry.
Much to my surprise a good portion of Music Row is in a residential area and looks like regular houses. Only after taking a closer look did I realize those “houses” were actually homes to business involved in the music industry.
There are a few places to stop for pictures along the way, the two most famous are the statue of Owen Bradley playing the piano and the extra-large old school microphone.
The Hillsboro neighborhood is home to both Vanderbilt University and Belmont University, Both very prestigious (expensive) private schools. Both campus’ are equally beautiful and fun neighbor hoods to take a stroll through. Along with some great places to eat and grab a cup of coffee, Hillsboro village is home to many unique boutiques stores.
fun fact: Vanderbilt is one of the most expensive colleges in the entire country. Tuition alone will cost you around $44,000 per year. While Belmont will run you around $30,000 per year.
Places to eat
The Pancake Pantry
Pancake lovers, your prayers have been answered! This place is truly one of a kind. The Pancake Pantry serves over 20(!!) different kinds of pancakes. Not a pancake fan? Have no fear! There are plenty of omelets and breakfast sandwiches to choose from on the menu as well. Although amazing, The Pancake Pantry is not a secret what so ever, which means that you are more times than not, going to be waiting in a line to get seated. Sometimes that line will be out the door and around the corner (I kid you not), but that only proves how good the product is.
The Frothy Monkey
There are 4 Frothy Monkey locations in the Nashville area. Serving everything from lattes and waffles in the morning to beer and wine at night. The Frothy monkey is also very gluten-free and vegetarian friendly.
Edley’s is another not so secret gem in Nashville. Although there is two locations in Nashville, around the lunch and dinner hours you will most likely be waiting in line for a table. Their website describes them as “a tribute to all things southern”. That means good, hearty, home cooked food is what you’ll get when you stop by. fun fact: Edley’s 12south location is also home this famous mural.
The Loveless Cafe
The Loveless has been featured on multiple TV shows, Including Throwdown with Bobby Flay, America’s Best, and Food Paradise. Carol Fey Ellison (a.k.a: the Biscuit Lady) was the mastermind behind the Cafe’s famous biscuits and jam. The Cafe has quite the following, and even has a retail shop where you can get official “Loveless” souvenirs, and even stock up on some of their famous jam and honey ham.