Getting To Nashville, Tennessee
If you want to get to Nashville, it’s easiest to drive or fly. Southwest has a new terminal at BNA and the flights are pretty affordable from anywhere in the US. If you live in the southeast, Nashville is a scenic gorgeous drive any time of the year.
Planning Tips For A Nashville Girls Weekend
The biggest tip I can give is to plan ahead. Nashville is busy year-round due to the mild weather and it is a bachelorette party hub (making it the perfect location for a girl’s getaway!). People plan their visits months in advance, especially if it’s around music or an event so book all reservations in advance.
COVID Advice: Music City currently doesn’t have any mask mandates in place and is one of the lowest vaccinated cities in the country. If you’re feeling ill or showing COVID-like symptoms, please wear a mask or refrain from visiting.
Getting Around Nashville, Tennesee
There isn’t any public transit in Nashville and unless you’re on Broadway or 12 South it’s not walkable. You’ll either need to rent a car, Uber/Lyft, or find a friend to show you around. The airport is about 20 minutes from Downtown, so Ride Share prices fluctuate based on the time and day of the week.
If you’re at a Bachelor/Bachelorette Party, the party vehicle circuit is popular. You can ride a pedal tavern, rent a party bus, dance in the bed of a John Deere tractor, or sit in a pontoon while you see the sights.
Please for the love of Johnny Cash, don’t rent a Bird scooter. You can’t ride them on sidewalks and traffic is bad enough without being stuck behind you while you figure out which Honky Tonk you’re going to hit up.
Best Time to Go to Nashville
January-March is an iffy time to visit because the weather is so unpredictable. The thing about Nashville is you can experience every season in a week. Sunny and seventy on Monday, tornadoes and flash floods on Tuesday, ice, and cold on Thursday with snow on Saturday. It’s hard to know what the weather will be like during these months.
The summer is a popular time due to CMA Fest and Bonnaroo but it’s so hot and humid, you’ll either have a heat stroke or be seeking solace in an air-conditioned bar. Summer is technically peak time in Music City so you might have a hard time with reservations.
In this native’s opinion, mid-fall is the best time to visit Nashville. The weather isn’t as hot and you might even have a few brisk, chilly mornings. The tourists have thinned out a little and you can get into restaurants and shows with little wait time. Plus the fall foliage in Nashville makes it so fun to get out, drive around and enjoy a hike.
Where to Stay in Nashville, Tennessee
- Budget – If you want Budget, your best bet is to find hotels outside of the city and just ride in every day. Mt. Juliet, Hermitage, Cool Springs, and Brentwood are suburbs of Nashville with lots of hotels and amenities like Target, grocery stores, and chain restaurants. AVID is a great, affordable hotel brand!
- Luxury – If you truly want the Nashville experience. Splurge a little and stay at a cool, retro hotel in downtown Nashville or an Airbnb in 12 South.
Here’s a guide with more info on the best places to stay in Nashville.
Things to Do During a Nashville Girls Weekend
- Tour at the Gibson Garage – Nashville is known as Music City and Gibson Guitars is a huge part of it! Gibson recently opened a store/music venue/museum near The Gulch and it’s such a fun place to tour and walk around. You can custom make your own guitar, test the acoustics in the acoustic room and walk around and see so much Gibson history with fun facts about the brand.
- Mural Hunting – Did you know Nashville has over 100+ murals? Everywhere you turn there’s a colorful wall, begging to be photographed. The most well-known murals are “I Believe in Nashville” in 12 South and the Angel Wings in the Gulch. Here’s a post that rounds up the most iconic Nashville murals.
- Plan a Photoshoot with Flytographer – Have you ever wanted a professional photoshoot while you’re out of town? Book a shoot with Flytographer! You meet up with a photographer, shoot for half an hour and get your photos a few days later. It’s so quick and easy. The Babes shot at the John Seigenthaler Bridge and we love how our shots turned out!
- Secret Food Tour with Get Your Guide – You had us at Food Tour! Have you ever heard of Get Your Guide? They have tours in different cities and do all the planning for you. All we did was show up! We enjoyed all sorts of different foods from East Nashville restaurants and were stuffed by the time the tour was over. Plus our guide was do informative and knew a lot of history about the area and the food establishments we visited.
- Duck Bowling at Pins Mechanical – If you don’t know what Duck Bowling is, neither did we before our night at Pins Mechanical. Duck bowling is basically bowling but with smaller balls and the lanes aren’t normally as long. We had a ball tapping into our competitive sides and enjoying a few cocktails while we had fun.
- Walk Around Cheekwood – If the day is lovely, take a stroll around the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. You can easily spend half a day wandering the grounds, the historic home and taking in all the beautiful scenic views.
- Tour the Country Music Hall of Fame – If you’re a country music fan, or just interested in learning more about it. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. You can learn about the birthplace of Country Music and see some exhibitions from some of your current favorite artists. They change the exhibits up pretty often so every time you go you see something different and learn something new.
- Make Your Own Goo Goo Cluster – Sure, you’ve probably enjoyed a Goo Goo Cluster but have you ever made your own? We headed downtown and had a class at Goo Goo’s flagship store off-Broadway. We got our hands sticky and picked ingredients, added chocolate, decorated our boxes, and then got to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Delicious!<
- Make a Custom Face Oil at Lemon Laine – One thing women don’t think about is making your own custom face oil. Everyone’s skin is different and we all need different things out of our skincare. Lemon Laine in East Nashville can host up to parties of six and help you create your own custom face oil. Once you personalize your oil, they keep your recipe on file so they can recreate and ship it to you whenever you need it. Such a luxury!
- Have a Spa Day at Woodhouse Day Spa – Girls just want to have a spa day. In Midtown you can have the pampering you deserve at Woodhouse Day Spa. Book a facial, massage, or other body treatment and leave Nashville feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
- Manicure at Chao Nail Bar – Chao takes your manicure to the next level with guided meditation, vegan and toxic-free products, and ultra-hygienic protocols. Book with the girls or head over on your own for some much-needed self-care.
- Dress Up Nashville (Hillsboro) – If you got to Nashville and suddenly hated all your clothes, stop by Dress Up! You can get your souvenir Nashville tee and some cute pieces at a great price point.
- Krewe (12 South) – Krewe is a New Orleans-based sunglasses company that has a little location in 12 South outside of White’s Mercantile. We all got a new pair of sunnies that made us feel like movie stars!
- Imogene & Willie (12 South) – You can’t say Nashville without denim. Imogene & Willie is known for their premium denim. It has a high price point but it’s an investment you’ll enjoy for years. Their 12 south store perfectly embodies the “Nashville Look” with tees, neck scarves, and lots and lots of denim.
- Trendy & Tipsy (Green Hills) – If you want a Bachelorette Party outfit or like being over the top with sequins, fringe, and prints, you have to visit Trendy & Tipsy. Their pieces are amazing and it’ll be a place you’ll keep coming back to when you’re in Nashville due to their unique pieces.
- Store 5A (Green Hills) – The luxurious shopper will love the new Store 5A. They sell designer pieces second-hand and have pieces from Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Hermes, and much more!
- Alexis & Bolt (Germantown) – Another fab boutique in Germantown is Alexis & Bolt. They carry lots of great apparel and shoes with a trendy, minimalist vibe. The pieces are classic and can be worn anywhere, not just in Nashville. You’re bound to leave their store with a million things you love.
- Boot Barn (Broadway) – You can’t go to a honky tonk without some boots! Hit up Boot Barn on Broadway and find the perfect pair of boots to line dance the night away. You can also shop their pieces online and the babes love their new WanderWest collection.
Where to Eat in Nashville, Tennesse
Sharing a few amazing spots to eat during your Nashville girl’s weekend!
Anzie Blue for Brunch – Anzie Blue is located in Hillsboro Village and has the ultimate brunch. Their chef, Star Maye is a visionary and creates perfect dishes that tie into Nashville’s southern roots while being out of the box and delicious. Order a cocktail or some delicious flavored coffee and order a bunch of different things and eat family-style. There isn’t one bad thing on the menu.
Hampton Social for Dinner – If you want a truly Instagrammable dinner experience, you have to hit up Hampton Social. Order Frosé and take a photo in front of the Rosé all-day sign. We split a bunch of different dishes from pizza to chicken fingers to their main dishes. Everything was delicious!
12/30 Club for Cocktails – We didn’t want to hit up Broadway due to COVID so we went to the 12/30 Club for cocktails on their rooftop. The cocktails were great, it wasn’t packed and the view was perfect for Broadway. The 12/30 Club is in Fifth & Broadway and is from the mind of Justin Timberlake and each level is a different vibe. You have live music and a more casual setting on the first floor, an intimate supper club on the second, and then the fun rooftop bar. It’s 12/30 somewhere y’all!
The Dutch for Dinner – For an intimate date night, head to the Dutch inside the new W Hotel in the Gulch. The vibe is dark and romantic and the food is to die for. Plus the decor has so many subtle details that are a nod to Music City. You’ll want to come for dinner here every night!
Loveless Cafe for Breakfast – No visit to Nashville is complete unless you go to the Loveless Cafe for Breakfast. The Loveless is known for their incredible biscuits and you could fill up on them alone! Try their filling breakfast dishes and refuel for a busy day of exploring Nashville.
The Fairlane Penthouse for Cocktails – The Fairlane Hotel is a gorgeous space Downtown that converts its penthouse every few months into a pop-up bar. When we visited it was a beautiful fall theme but since then have had Christmas pop-ups and currently have an Alice & Wonderland theme. Their themed cocktails are always on point and enjoyed with a large charcuterie board.
Slim & Husky’s for Pizza – Slim & Husky’s is located at Fifth & Broadway and is the first Black-Owned Business on Broadway. Come hungry for one of their amazing pizzas! They’re known for their yummy white sauce that will have you dying and coming back to life to enjoy more.
Hattie B’s for Hot Chicken – Nashville Hot Chicken is something everyone needs to experience once. But a word of advice, start mild and work your way up. Hattie B’s has several locations in the Nashville area so you can definitely find one near you to enjoy yourself.
Caffe Nonna for Italian – A small mom-and-pop Italian restaurant in Sylvan Park that is so romantic and intimate. This restaurant doesn’t hold many people so it’s imperative that you book a reservation in advance. Everything on the menu is divine and you definitely leave full and happy.
Headquarters for Coffee – The best coffee in Nashville is a small coffee shop in the Nations off of Charlotte Pike. There isn’t enough room to sit and enjoy your coffee at Headquarters but come and see the space for yourself and grab a coffee to go.
Grilled Cheeserie – Grilled Cheeserie did the impossible and made a restaurant just out of making grilled cheese. Who knew such a simple sandwich could have so many variations? You can build your own grilled cheese with your favorites or go outside of the box and try one of the specials. Let’s just say anything with peach preserves or jam is a slam dunk.
Five Daughters for Doughnuts – Five Daughters is a local Doughnut brand with locations all over the city. They’re known for the 100-layer donut and have paleo options as well. Try a quinnamon, cookie, or other yummy baked goods while you’re there, and definitely take some to go.
The Babes had so much fun on our Nashville girl’s weekend! Stay tuned for more travel guides from our recent trips together, coming soon.
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Get Your Guide, Flytographer, Wrangler, Junk Food, Boot Barn, Seychelles
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