Nashville

For a while, I’ve been wanting to create travel guides to document my favorite places.

Nashville has always been on my bucket list, and I was thrilled when my longest friend chose Music City for her bachelorette weekend.

This trip was super short - only two days. But we fit so much fun and fancy into 48 sparkling hours.

The bride and matron of honor are Nashville regulars, so we didn’t have time to do all the touristy things like visit the Grand Ole Opry or the Country Music Hall of Fame. Those are definitely on my list for next time - hopefully very soon!

I absolutely fell in love with Nashville’s Southern charm, and now I can’t wait to return and soak in more of the country music scene!

Here are highlights from our girls weekend:

EAT

Milk & Honey - This trendy coffee shop/restaurant in The Gulch came highly recommended and didn’t disappoint. I walked in and my eye immediately went to the gift shop, where they sold my favorite cherry chai jam from Brooklyn - already a winner! The staff and service could not have been nicer. (They were over-and-above, unbelievably nice.) And the breakfast food was scrumptious. Brûléed grapefruit and a lavender latte? Delish!

Jack’s Bar-B-Que - Classic southern BBQ with multiple sauces to choose from. I got three sides and they were all super yummy.

House of Cards - I entered skeptical, and left blown away. This magic house is part speakeasy, part upscale steakhouse, part museum and part Vegas entertainment. Since no photos were allowed, you’ll just have to go and experience it for yourself. I can tell you that the price tag ended up being a major bargain, and I am still trying to figure out the tricks - like how the playing card I picked and wrote my name on ended up folded small inside the phone case in the magician’s back pocket - incredible!

Five Daughters Bakery - I got a chocolate covered strawberry doughnut. Enough said.

Fido - Trust me: get the grits!

SPA

Mokara Spa (Omni Nashville Hotel) - While I love a good massage, I usually opt for a straight-up massage without splurging on the full spa experience. Mokara’s luxurious lounge, snacks and amenties definitely made this spa afternoon a special treat. Chocolate covered strawberries and sparkling apple cider or champagne added an extra dose of pampering to our day of relaxation.

SHOP

The Gulch - This area had lots of Instagram-able stores, such as Jessie James Decker’s adorable and affordable Kittenish.

12 South - I wish we would have had all day to shop in this neighborhood! We quickly did some damage in the designer discount store United Apparel Liquidators and the trendy Posh.

MUSIC VENUES

The Stage - When we hopped into this Broadway bar, there were people of all adult ages dancing to down-home, contemporary country. A friend of mine who attended Vanderbilt said that this was one of her favorite spots. If you’re not sure where to go for music, The Stage is a great go-to.

Legends Corner - This bar is full of bedazzled guitars, signed albums, photos and memorabilia from country greats like Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. A simple trip to the restroom makes you feel like you’re walking through history.

MUSICIANS

Adam Sickler - I was looking for a singer/guitarist to surprise the bride with a “Welcome to Nashville” serenade, and a friend recommended Adam to me. He is the sweetest and utmost professional. He actually learned Springsteen’s “Born to Run” in less than 24 hours as a special request and knocked it out of the park. He’s new to Nashville, so definitely check him out!

The Skallywags - Led by Kristine Spielmann’s clean vocals, this group’s edgy sound that felt like classic, contemporary country. They made me dream for summertime and driving with the windows down.

Chris Shrader - One of the girls had seen Chris play many times before, and we structured our Saturday night around his set at Legends Corner. I am now a fan-girl to the max! His commitment and connection with his band and the audience were inspiring, and his rock-vibe mixed with Southern charm had me swooning. Also, a major shout-out to his violinist Renae Truex, whose “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” was one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen.

Have you been to Nashville? Leave a comment and tell me where to go on my next trip!