Brad and I took a short trip to Nashville, TN, over Memorial Day weekend! My cousin got married in Hannibal on Saturday, so we figured since we’d already driven across Missouri we might as well keep driving and see Nashville! We’d actually planned on making this trip before we knew we were pregnant, but it worked out for it to be our last baby-free trip.
We arrived in Nashville on Sunday evening and headed straight to Pinewood Social. I had heard a lot about it and it did not disappoint! I wish they would open one in KC! The weather was perfect, so we sat on the patio and enjoyed Crema coffee and chicken tacos. From there we walked downtown by way of the riverfront and took in the sights and sounds of Broadway. We also checked out the Music City Walk of Fame.
On Monday, we went to Puckett’s Grocery for breakfast. It reminded me of a cooler Cracker Barrell haha. It was great! Definitely recommend it. From there we walked down to Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame. We decided not to pay to tour either of them, but there was still a lot of neat stuff to look at for free. We really enjoyed the Hatch Show Print. (If we had another day in Nashville I think I would have like to do the Country Music Hall of Fame, but it definitely seemed like an all-day kind of thing and we only had two full days in Nashville.)
Next we drove to East Nashville for coffee at Barista Parlor. It was different than I expected, but still really neat.
After coffee, we went to the Opryland Hotel and Resort. It’s a huge convention center that has expansive indoor gardens with a glass roof. Brad said it’s what it would feel like to live in a dome on another planet. Definitely a neat place to kill a few hours for free. (Of course I had to take a baby-bump picture with the pretty plants and waterfall.)
Then we drove over and saw the outside of the Grand Ole Opry, but didn’t pay to go in. By then we were hungry so we went to the Pharmacy and split a burger. It was a really neat spot and super affordable!
After that we went back to our Air Bnb and rest our feet a bit. Then we picked up coffee at the Frothy Monkey and walked around the Vanderbilt and Belmont University campuses. To our surprise, Vanderbilt wasn’t all that impressive, but Belmont was amazing! The buildings and landscaping were awesome!
Next we went to Centennial Park and saw the Parthenon. We had the most beautiful weather all day and the perfect sunset to finish the evening. To end the day, we went to Burger Republic and split appetizers and a shake.
For our second full day, we went to the Well Coffee House for coffee and a light breakfast. Then we drove to Franklin and enjoyed walking through the shops downtown and looking at the neat old houses. Franklin was a super neat town! I realized I didn’t take many pictures because I was just enjoying it! We ate lunch at 55 South, got coffee and tea at Merridee’s and headed back to Nashville.
Once we got back to Nashville, we parked at our Air BnB and walked to 12 South, a popular district where we were staying. We went to some shops (including Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James), saw the cutest flower truck, and checked out a music store. Then we had ice cream at Jeni’s and picked up donuts from Five Daughter’s Bakery to enjoy later (they were AMAZING btw).
And of course we had to take advantage of the murals! Luckily there were some high school (college? idk I’m old now) girls there that were super excited to take pictures for us.
That evening we went and heard some live music at a bar and restaurant called 3rd and Lindsley. The girl was really great; it felt like we got the true Nashville experience.
We actually ended our last night in Nashville back at Pinewood Social. The weather was so nice but we didn’t want to walk around anymore (our feet and legs were so tired!), so we opted to hang out on the patio and have drinks. The next Monday we had breakfast at Biscuit Love before hitting the road.
We loved Nashville! We saw and did a lot in our short time there. There are tons of tours and things that you can pay to do, but you can also do Nashville on the cheap! We basically only paid for food and we split a lot of meals. Plus the food was more reasonable than in other cities we’ve been to. We’re excited that Ben will be on the outside of my belly for our next trip!