48 Hours in... Nashville!

We love to travel, and we love to share our favorite finds with our friends.  In fact, ask me for recommendations and you are likely to get an essay in response.  We thought we’d start sharing our favorite finds on our blog in our new “48 Hours in…” series! 

Let’s kick it off with Nashville!

Over the holidays my husband and I went to visit his family in Atlanta, GA.  His parents generously offered to take our kids for a few days so that we could get away on our own.  There are lots of amazing cities to explore in the Southeast, but given my deep love of country music and (ahem) slight obsession with a certain television show, we decided to road trip to Nashville! 

DAY 1:

Sheraton Nashville Downtown: We checked into this centrally located, newly renovated Sheraton after our road trip from Atlanta.  It was freezing cold while we were visiting, so the free hot chocolate in the lobby was a welcome touch. 

Sheraton Nashville Downtown

Sheraton Nashville Downtown

The Patterson House: Not gonna lie – I might have scouted this place out from a list of Connie Britton’s favorite Nashville hot spots.  But it didn’t disappoint.  Our Uber driver dropped us off and we wandered around for a while trying to find this tucked away speak-easy, which is located in a converted house.  Amazing cocktail list featuring craft bourbon. 

The Patterson House

The Patterson House

Rolf & Daughters: Arguably one of the best meals of our lives, highlighting local, seasonal produce.  My husband is still raving about the seed crusted beets.  I'm hoping this place comes out with a cookbook.

Rolf & Daughters

Rolf & Daughters

Bars on Broadway: Because the trip was so last minute, we weren't organized enough to get tickets to any live music.  We were also there a few days before Christmas, so most of the venues we wanted to go to (The Ryman, The Bluebird Cafe, Mercy Lounge, 3rd and Lindsley) were featuring Christmas shows.  Instead we hit up an assortment of bars on Broadway.  Yes, most of the music was just covers of classics (Sweet Home Alabama, anyone?) but the musicians were some of the best I've ever seen.  The photo below was taken at Tootsies.  

Tootsies

Tootsies

DAY 2:

Dozen Bakery: My husband is always seeking out the best croissants wherever he travels, and his research on Nashville led us to Dozen Bakery.  They were worth the trip.  The coffee was also incredible.  

Dozen Bakery

Dozen Bakery

12 South Neighbourhood: Wander around the 12 South neighbourhood, and be sure to stop at Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James flagship location.  Other neighbourhood favorites include Imogene + Willie, Craft South, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Five Daughters Bakery and Frothy Monkey coffee house

Classic Southern style at Draper James in the 12 South Neighbourhood

Classic Southern style at Draper James in the 12 South Neighbourhood

Ryman Auditorium: We toured through the historic Ryman Auditorium, hallowed ground in the history of country music.  Johnny Cash met June Carter here.  One of the boldest business women in the South, Lula C. Naff, ran the Ryman for years.  It was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.  And the concert posters in the building speak to the amazing array of artists and performers that have played here over the years.  Attending a concert at the Ryman is still a bucket list item for me, and I expect that we’ll plan our next trip to Nashville around it. 

Martin’s BBQ Joint: Whole Hog BBQ!  Enough said.  This huge space must be amazing in the hot summer months.  We are counting the days until our return. 

Martin's BBQ

Martin's BBQ

Johnny Cash Museum: Small but worth the visit.  We spent over an hour here, and it renewed my respect for one of America’s greatest musicians and poets. 

Pinewood Social: We went here for some late afternoon cocktails and bowling in their vintage bowling alley, but you could also cozy up on a sofa and play a board game, have a full meal, or (in the summer months) go for a swim or play a round of bocce outdoors. 

Bowling at Pinewood Social

Bowling at Pinewood Social

Adele’s Nashville: The location of our only celebrity sighting while in Nashville, another great restaurant with delicious seasonal food. 

 

DAY 3:

Biscuit Love: Arrive early and expect to wait in line for this popular brunch spot.  We tried to order something pretty healthy after a few solid days of eating Southern fare and were a little underwhelmed, however the neighbouring table went all in and ordered something involving fried chicken, biscuits, gravy, and chocolate pretzels.  They looked pretty happy with their choice!

 And then we hit the road back to Atlanta!