I just got back from exploring Nashville, Tennessee for the past few days and I absolutely fell in love with the city. I traveled with my boyfriend and his friend and girlfriend to initially catch a Boston Bruins/Nashville Predators game at Bridgestone Arena, but it turned into a stretch of adventure and emerging ourselves into a town that none of us have ever been to.
The time we spent in Nashville was condensed but it was packed with so much to see, so much to eat and so much to do! Since my boyfriend loves to plan trips, we had a loose itinerary of things to do and we managed to hit up all the local things to do. Below is our itinerary/trip based on our interests.
We flew out of Logan Airport in Boston Wednesday morning, since that’s where they’re all from. It was my first time flying anywhere and I was anxious to get up in the air.
We landed into Nashville at about 1 p.m., their time. We took an Uber to our first stop before checking into our AirBnB, Hattie B’s, for a quick lunch.
For it being a commercial eatery in downtown Nashville, it was easy to see why they’re so popular! I’ve had friends that been there before who told me they’ve waited over an hour, just to get in the door!
I had ordered their chicken tenders plate in medium with an order of mac and cheese and baked beans. Hattie B’s offers five different heat levels: Southern, Mild, Medium, Hot and Shut the Cluck Up. My boyfriend and his friend decided to do the Nashville thing and ordered their tenders with the “Shut the Cluck Up” sauce. I tasted a half of a bite of Ryan’s and the sauce made my lips burn so bad, even an hour or so after eating!
We checked into the AirBnB and relaxed before freshening up and heading out to explore the craft brewery options in Nashville, since we all love going on brew tours.
Our first stop was at Yazoo Brewing Company and we all opted to get a flight, but quickly discovered that it’d be smarter to just get the supreme sample flight, which was six samples.
They had a sour beer that was fantastic and I truly wish I could have remembered the name of it, but it was part of their Embrace the Funk series. Personally, I live for sours and it was delicious.
We then decided to take a tour of the place and the tour guide Lucas was so personable, hospitable and did such a great job on letting us behind the scenes. Not only did we have six beers in the sample flight, but they also gave out three samples during the tour and I highly recommend the Dos Perros, which is a delicious Mexican style beer.
We then headed to Jackalope Brewing Company, which was a short walk from Yazoo with a couple that we met that was also in town for the B’s game! We grabbed a flight there and bonded with our new friends. From there, we decided we should probably eat and made a pitstop at Pork Leg Porters. I ordered a pulled pork sandwich, mac and cheese and baked beans.
We took an Uber back to the AirBnB to freshen up before checking out downtown Nashville, where we popped in and out of all the honky tonk bars on Broadway. What’s fantastic about Broadway is that there’s no cover charge for any of the bars so you’re free to come and go as you please!
After our night out of drinking, we opted to go to White Castle for some greasy drunk grub, went back to the AirBnB and slept.
We woke up the next morning and prior to the trip, Ryan had booked us a bus tour of downtown Nashville through a company called NashTrash, which is hosted by the Jugg Sisters, Sheri Lynn and Brenda Kay. You hop on the bus at the Farmer’s Market (where we grabbed lunch after) and it takes you on a sightseeing tour of the city, along with some celebrity gossip.
The tour itself was about two hours, and took us to all the major landmarks that we needed to see that we wouldn’t be able to get to without a car. What’s awesome about this tour is that it’s entirely BYOB and they make a pitstop at the Country Music Hall of Fame, where we refilled.
We laughed the entire time, but fair warning, it’s not for the prude and definitely not child friendly!
After lunch at the Farmer’s Market, we decided to hit up the Parthenon, which is one of the more iconic landmarks in Nashville. I never realized why it was erected, but we took a tour of it, learning that it was created as part of its Centennial Exposition. I have always been fascinated with Greek history and architecture, so it was awesome to see the replica first hand.
Not only is the exterior absolutely incredible, the Athena statue inside is downright overwhelming. It’s so massive in size and leaves you in marvel. Even for someone who might not be interested in Greek mythology, it’s still incredible to look at the detailing of her.
We went back to the AirBnB to rest up and change for the game. Since we had time to kill beforehand, we went to the Johnny Cash Museum. For someone who wasn’t a giant Cash fan, I had a new found appreciation for him once we left.
We then took a walk across the John Seigenthaler footbridge to see the skyline, where I took this shot:
From there, we decided to continue bar hopping before the game, hitting up a few places. After we were liquored up, we went to Bridgestone Arena for the game.
Prior to getting to our seats, we ran into a Preds fan, Chris, who let us in on a secret: He told us to take the elevator down to the first floor and to walk down the concourse to the glass, where we could watch the Bruins warm up at glass level. As a fan, I had never been that close to warm-ups, so it was really cool to see the players that close, especially since we weren’t alone.
Even though the Bruins lost 2-1, we still had a fantastic time at the game, though to be fair, we don’t remember a lot of it! Afterwards, we went out for drinks on Broadway again and eventually made it to Coyote Ugly, where Corrine and I danced on the bar. We wrapped up our night out of drinking and went home to sleep.
We had to check out of our AirBnB before noon, but our flight wasn’t until the evening. We took the drive out to Hermitage to check out Andrew Jackson’s property, where he lived and where he’s buried. Ryan and I love taking history tours and we both actually own a National Park passport. Just like the Johnny Cash Museum, I didn’t know much about our seventh president, but learned a lot from the tour we took.
We walked through the museum and then took the stroll around the property, to his home. We then walked the grounds and down to his memorial.
After the Hermitage, we went to lunch for some last minute BBQ at Mission BBQ, which was a new place that our Uber driver, Mario, suggested. It was really good and the theme of the restaurant was really cool, corresponding with sports and military. From there, we headed back to the airport and headed home.
Even though there were some notable places we didn’t check out, we managed to do all that we wanted to do. Nashville is such a bustling city that’s on the rise and we’ll absolutely be back, preferably during the spring or summer.
Leave your suggestions for things to do in Nashville in the comments below!