Hey, everyone! I’m back in NY trying to sort my life out after being away in Nashville over the holiday weekend. The boyf and I had a great time taking in the sights and more importantly, the food! Nashville has such rich cultural offerings unlike anything I had ever experienced. Instead of giving you guys an exact breakdown of what I did on each day, I organized all of my activities into categories. If you’re planning to visit Music City one day, you can customize your own 3 day itinerary for Nashville with the help of this list.
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WHAT WE SAW
Johnny Cash Museum: My boyfriend is a big Johnny Cash fan, so this was actually at the top of his list, not mine 😂. Still, I enjoyed learning more about Johnny, particularly his dedication to and involvement in political movements. If you’re not super into Johnny Cash, this isn’t a must-see. 119 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201
Hatch Show Print: This was our favorite attraction! Hatch Show Print is an old-fashioned print shop that’s still fully operational and open for business. The staff works tirelessly to create beautifully printed posters for their clients using hand-carved pieces of wood dating back to 100+ years. The tour walks you through the history of the shop and you even get to make your own mini printed poster to take home and keep! Totally worth every cent. (It’s also in the same building as the Country Music Hall of Fame, so you can do both in one go!) 224 5th Ave. South Nashville, TN 37203
Marathon: Marathon is an old auto factory that is now home to shops, bars, and coworking spaces. As you walk through, you’ll see tons of old machine parts and mechanical drawings from the early 20th century. I was astounded by how many original pieces of the factory were preserved and on display. Going shopping alongside historical artifacts was an unforgettable experience. 1310 Clinton St., Ste 100 Nashville, TN 37203
Yazoo Brewery Tour: Nashville is home to several breweries, and we chose to tour Yazoo because they offer tours during weekdays (many only offer tours on weekends). Yazoo is a local beer (I had never heard of it before this trip!) and for $8, you get to learn about how the beer is both made and distributed. Included in your tour are 3 flavor samplings and you get to keep the souvenir mini glass they give you! Afterwards, you can chill in the taproom or bounce. 910 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203
Gaylord Opry: Oh boy, how do I explain the Gaylord. It’s basically an enormous indoor resort with restaurants, gardens, shops, and even a boat ride. It was so baffling to walk around the inside – it seems like it’s neverending. It’s not often that a city girl like me gets to spend time in a space so large and wide. 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214
Cheekwood Estate and Gardens: A little off the beaten path, but a fantastic outdoor activity. Cheekwood is sort of akin to Vizcaya Gardens in Miami – a vast, historic mansion surrounded by acres of botanical flora. The gardens and mansion were decorated with giant, brightly colored plastic animals as part of an art installation. It was so fun to see the antique and the modern in juxtaposition. 1200 Forrest Park Drive Nashville, Tennessee 37205
The Parthenon: Inside Centennial Park stands the Parthenon, a replica of the structure of the same name from Ancient Greece. It’s absolutely enormous and a perfect place to take shade on a hot summer day. There is also a museum located within. 2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
WHERE WE SHOPPED
Third Man Records: Fan of the White Stripes? Jack White owns a little record shop called Third Man Records. While a lot of the merchandise sold was White Stripes related, the atmosphere and vibe of TMR did not disappoint. 623 7th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
Grimey’s: If you’re looking for a more traditional record store experience, Grimey’s is the spot. The selection is plentiful – you could easily spend hours sifting through everything! My boyfriend loved this store so much, he bought a souvenir tee shirt. 1604 8th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203
WHERE WE ATE & SIPPED
Frothy Monkey: An adorable local breakfast and coffee chain. Perfect for a light, sit-down morning meal or for a quick caffeine stop (P.S. they serve brunch till 5 PM). Click for all Nashville locations
Five Daughters Bakery: Donut lovers, where ya at? I’m not a donut person per se, but the ones from Five Daughters knocked my socks off. Home of the “100 layer donut,” these pastries are flaky and powdered to perfection. 1110 Caruthers Ave, Nashville, TN 37204 and 1900 Eastland Ave Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37206
Dozen Bakery: Another charming breakfast spot, Dozen Bakery serves delicious coffee, tea, pastries, and light bites. You’ll start your day on the right foot by stepping into this establishment. 516 Hagan St Suite 103, Nashville 37203
Jeni’s Ice Cream: There are Jeni’s locations in 10 major cities (including Chicago but sadly, not New York), so if you’ve never heard of Jeni’s, it’s probably not available in your state. Known for inventive and creamy flavors (like the goat cheese and cherry and frosé sorbet), Jeni’s is an American ice cream institution. Perfect for a summertime treat. Click for all Nashville locations
Hurry Back: A cute spot of true southern Americana fanfare, Hurry Back is a no-fuss spot to sit down for a meal and stay awhile. The staying awhile part comes mostly due to the fact that they have board games! 2212 Elliston Pl, Nashville, TN 37203
Hattie B’s Chicken: Hot chicken is a Nashville specialty. Hattie B’s is so popular, that we waited about in hour in line, so make sure you’re not starving if you decide to eat here! I ordered the mildly spicy chicken and even that had quite a bit of a kick, so be careful. You get to choose two side dishes with your chicken, so I got the macaroni and cheese and the greens. Honestly, I liked my side dishes better than the chicken! 112 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
The Pharmacy: It’s no secret that burgers and beer are a great combo. The Pharmacy does an excellent job of catering to both burger fans and beer aficionados alike. Did I mention they have tater tots? They also have tater tots. Enough said. 731 McFerrin Ave, Nashville 37206.
Pinewood Social: Gonna be honest here and thought this place was just one big Instagram gimmick (there’s a bowling alley in the back with a turquoise neon sign and overall trendy decor), but I was gladly proven wrong. The food and drinks here are amazing- you won’t be disappointed! 33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210
Flying Saucer: If beer is your thing, you may want to visit Flying Saucer. They have a huge selection and the comfiest couches for unwinding after a long day of sightseeing. 111 10th Ave S Ste 310, Nashville, TN 37203
The Crying Wolf: While Pinewood Social is more trendy, Crying Wolf definitely reads more hipster. It’s dark and moody with just the right amount of edge and attitude. They serve a great selection of beer, cocktails, and bar food. (My recommendation: head here after a meal at the Pharmacy since they are fairly close by!) 823 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
Want to relive my exact 3 day itinerary for Nashville? Look out for my vlog, coming to my YouTube channel later this week! Have you ever been to Nashville? Did you like how this travel post was formatted or do you prefer more exact itineraries? Let me know in the comments below.
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