(Closed) Heading to Nashville for the weekend…any recommendations?

posted 10 years ago in Tennessee
Post # 3
1374 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

What about where to stay? ๐Ÿ™‚

I went to Nashville one time and we stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel! It is the most amazing hotel I have ever seen. Even if you dont stay there, go there anyway and look around. 

They have a river inside it! Its that big. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
3537 posts
Sugar bee

@RahlyRah:  Yay…. you’ll have so much fun!

A couple of places I recommend:

1- if you’re into the bar crawl, do Broadway for sure. There are some pretty famous little places like the Orchid Lounge and some good restaurants ( Big River Grill, Merchants, Rippy’s, Margaritaville) all in the same area. There are also lot’s of touristy type places to shop and pick up gifts. 

2-The Country Music Hall of Fame is off of 4th and I always like going… price is maybe $20 or so per person, but so worth it IMO

3-There are also some cool places in The Gulch area to shop/eat/drink. Roussons is an Asion fusion place there that is really good and kind of hole-in-the-wall. Lot’s of little restaurants and sushi joints… Urban Outfitters and more hipster type people hang there I would say

4-Whiskey Kitchen on 12th S is a great restaurant/bar that is fun and a little more upscale feel without being too exspensive. Tip: get there before 8 to get a table if you want to eat because there is limited seating indoors

5- The Mall at Green Hills is a good shopping stop, too… it has a lot of upscale stores, but also your regular ol shops. Also lots of good eating around there, too ( Bluebird Cafe, Crows Nest is a fav of mine)

6- Check out the Opry! Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Charlie Daniels & Alison Kraus are playing this weekend.. see if you can get tickets!

7- There is a Nashville Predators (hockey) game this weekend too at the Bridgestone Arena… those are always fun. You could go to Rippy’s beforehand ( right across from the arena) and then head to the game if you like sports

8- I also think trying to tour the Ryman downtown would be awesome— orginal spot of the Opry… Mumford & Sons is playing there this week!


You can PM me if you want more ideas! Have fun!

Post # 6
3537 posts
Sugar bee

@RahlyRah:  the hotel across from there has a great restaurant in it, so I would def try it. My parents stay there when they come to visit so I always like going there… they have live singers that do songs on request and they are AMAZING

Post # 8
42 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012 - Historic Cedarwood

Ah! So many awesome things to do here ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s start with the big one: where to eat. I highly recommend driving out to Loveless Cafe for some true country breakfast. The biscuits are seriously the most delicious thing I have ever eaten, the pancakes are to die for, and even I (who hates ham) have to admit that the country ham was pretty darn good. There is always a wait, so leave some time, but it is so worth it. For a nicer dinner, the food at Germantown Cafe is amazing and it has a cool view of the city. Or if you like Italian I recommend Valentino’s on West End – and if you go there you have to get the bananas foster for dessert. They cook it at your table and it is so delicious! 

Where to shop: The best mall right in Nashville is Green Hills. It is pretty high end – a Nordstrom just opened there in the fall which is nice. If you like antique stores and little boutique shops, it is definitely worth driving about 30 min south to Franklin – just go to Main Street and embrace all of the adorableness. For more souvenier shopping (and even if you don’t need souveniers it is still really fun) just walk down Broadway downtown. Tons of cowboy boots stores. There is one that sells them buy 1 get 2 free so if you want a pair then bring a couple friends who do too (because those things are darn expensive)!

Where to drink: Again, for the true Nashville experience I have to say downtown (along Broadway and 2nd). You can go to Tootsie’s, which will most likely be packed but it is a classic. My personal favorite is The Stage

What to do: There is a ton of things to do around Opryland (the hotel, General Jackson boat,  Grand Ole Opry, etc). There is also the Country Music Hall of Fame if you are a country fan. And personally, I love the Nashville Zoo ๐Ÿ™‚ I admit, it is not an amazing zoo, so don’t get too excited, but if it is a nice day out it is a fun place to walk around. Or if you are more into flowers than animals, Cheekwood is the botanic gardens and is also a beautiful place to walk around.

Hope that helps! Enjoy it here in Nash-vegas ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
3282 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1993

Totally bookmarking all this great info for DH and my roadtrip to Alabama in May!

Post # 12
3537 posts
Sugar bee

@RahlyRah:  The Radisson is directly across from the gates of the Gaylord Opryland and the restaurant in it is The Opry Backstage Grill… it is good! I agree with 

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@dalmatian: … those are also great suggestions!


I also meant to add if you like breakfast food.. The Pancake Pantry is one of my favorites splurges.. I will warn you.. the line can get LONG.  But, it is to.die.for especially the chocolate chip pancakes 

I went to the Buy 1 Get 2 free boot store today and got 3 boots for under $200…. it is called  Boot Country on Broadway, definitely check them out!

Post # 13
36 posts

My sister lives in Nashville! Some great places we’ve been are 1. Opreyland hotel (the most gorgeous thing ever!) and 2. The Big Bang Bar -a dueling piano bar. If you’ve never been to one, you should definitely take the opportunity!

Post # 14
48 posts

I live in Nashville and you have some good suggestions here. I’d also suggest checking out Cabana for dinner (http://www.cabananashville.com) and Pancake Pantry is an absolute MUST. Seriously, best pancakes you will ever taste. It is a Nashville staple.

If you go downtown on Broadway, make sure you stop at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, The Stage and Legends. All three have great live music and no cover.

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