After a bit of a hiatus, I am back with another edition of #ExploreMore, and this time I’m taking on the Athens of the South — Nashville, Tennessee!
Last weekend I experienced the opportunity of a lifetime, all thanks to Southwest Airlines. I actually won a sweepstakes, and the grand prize was a trip for me and five guests of my choice to spend a weekend in Nashville. Southwest provided the flight and accommodations, and left the exploring up to us! I had an incredible weekend, and between the food, the nightlife and the laid-back culture, Nashville definitely earned itself a top spot in my “favorite cities” list.
We headed out to Nashville on Friday morning, and after we landed and dropped our stuff off at the hotel, we wasted no time in checking out what the city has to offer. Naturally, our first stop was to get some good ‘ole southern cuisine at Edley’s BBQ.
I’d read that they have the some of the best brisket in the city, and it must be good because they were completely sold out when we arrived! Instead I opted for a rib sandwich, cheese grits and bread pudding, because I have no restraint and want to live life with zero regrets.
After dinner, the girls and I got ready for a ladies night on the town. I’d always heard about the “crazy” bar scene on Broadway street, but I had no idea how much fun I was in for. Let’s just say they call it “Nashvegas” for a reason! In fact, I’ve been to Las Vegas multiple times, and going out in Nashville was WAY more fun than any of the times I’ve been out on The LV Strip! There’s no heels or fuss; just good music, good drinks and good times.
We danced our way through Broadway street, and made it back to our hotel with just enough time to get an hour of sleep or so before sunrise. The next day I had to introduce the group to the traditional hangover cuisine of the south: The Waffle House!
After breakfast the group split up, and my roomie for the weekend and I headed back to Broadway street to join a downtown Nashville walking tour. Our guide was great! She was extremely knowledgable about the history and the culture of the city, and did an excellent job showing us what makes Nashville so special.
All of that walking (okay it was a 2-mile loop), famished Alissa and I, so we regrouped with the rest of the ladies to try out hot chicken from the foodie favorite Hattie B’s. For those of you who don’t pore over food Tumblr accounts in their spare time, Hattie B’s is one of the “must-trys” when you visit Nashville.
I have to say, I think it might be a little over-hyped! I think my expectations were just really high though, because the chicken was good, but I can’t imagine that it is the best hot chicken in the city.
Now, I hold the belief that the perfect date night consists of dinner and a show, so it was fitting that after our meal at Hattie B’s, Alissa and I went to the Grand Ole Opry to catch the show of the night. I’m going to be honest with you; I had no idea what an Opry was before I came to Nashville, but it ended up being very entertaining! The performers included a mix of country singers, bands, line-dancers and comedians perform, and even though this is not the type of show I’d normally go to, I had a “grand” time experiencing what the Opry is all about!
After the show let out, Alissa and I couldn’t go back to the hotel just yet. It was our last night in Nashville, so we had to live it up! You guessed it, we headed right back downtown to Broadway street, and danced the night away at Tootsies Bar. I will never get over how fun the nightlife scene in Nashville is. Most of the bars have 4-5 floors, and with a mix of live bands and DJs, there is never a dull moment. Alissa and I kept the party going into the wee hours into the night, and really got into the honkey tonk spirit!
On our last day in Nashville, the girls and I fulfilled our duties as tourists by tracking down the “I Believe in Nashville” mural, and doin’ it for the ‘gram. Naturally we had a full-on photoshoot, which was extra AF, but the photos came out pretty darn cute if I say so myself.
For our last meal in the city, we had an incredible Sunday brunch at a cute little spot called Biscuit Love. When we got there the line was out the door, which for me, meant we had to eat there. A #VeesassAbroad pro-tip- when eating out during a trip, ALWAYS LOOK FOR THE LINE.
No surprises here, but I LOVED Biscuit Love. I cured my hangover with a delicious breakfast sandwich and delectable bombolonis that I am still dreaming about today.
After brunch, it was sadly time to go back to Los Angeles. The girls and I packed up our things and said goodbye to Music City. I have to say, Nashville is one of the most exciting U.S. cities that I’ve visited in a long time. Between the history, the cuisine, and that famous honky-tonk energy, this is a city that deserves a spot on your travel list, no matter who you are.
Nashville, thank you for a helluva good time. I’ll be back soon, I promise.