The Best of Nashville

The Best of Nashville

I originally wrote this blog about a year and a half ago after planning a trip for my bestie, Nicole, and me to visit Nashville. Nashville is one of my favorite places on earth and probably the only other place in the world, besides Dallas, where I’d actually want to live. Nashville is where I went to heal after my dad passed. It allowed me to be creative, to sing, to write music and try something new. I loved living there and I miss it all the time; and even though Dallas is my home, Nashville will always be a close second.

Oddly enough, the entire time I lived in Nashville, Nicole never visited me once. I think she was in denial that I had actually moved. Either that or she was just protesting. But as soon as I moved back to Dallas, Nashville was the first place Nicole wanted to visit!

Of course, since I love Nashville so much, I wanted Nicole to love it that way too. So instead of just going and hanging out in the city, I wanted to show her the best of Nashville. That started with me drawing up a very detailed itinerary of all the hotspots, with every single hour accounted for! There’s a chance I may have gone a little overboard. There’s also a chance I’m a bit Type A.

Since I’m back in Nashville this week (doing a little writing, singing and a birthday celebrating!), I thought I’d re-share all my favorite places in Nashville. It really is like coming back home and my heart is full!

Broadway

Broadway is our “Bourbon Street”, the place you go to see live music. There are probably 30 bars down there and they play live music from 10 am – 2 am every night. Which means you can go at any time and have a beer while you enjoy live music. It’s pretty touristy but you absolutely HAVE to go because it’s one of the best things about Nashville. My favorite spots are Tootsie’s (it’s the original bar on Broadway and has been there since the ’50’s), Acme (on Lower Broadway and less touristy but has really fun different live music), Honky Tonk Central and The Stage.

The Gulch

The Gulch is where you want to stay, which is also my old hood. Some of the restaurants in the area are chains, like Cantina Laredo, but there are a few local restaurants that are great. https://www.mstreetnashville.com/whiskey-kitchen/Whiskey Kitchen is one of my favorite restaurants, complete with all the yummy Southern fare. If there’s a wait, put your name on the list and then grab a drink at Up. Across the street from Whiskey Kitchen is Virago (sushi), Moto (Italian) and Kayne Prime. Kayne is one of the best steakhouses in the COUNTRY. You have to try the pork belly cotton candy, the mac and cheese gratin and the creamed corn brûlée!

Music Row

Music Row is the super-cool, local area where all the recording studios are. The best bars on Music Row are right next to each other; one is called Winners and the other is Losers. Both always have really great live music and it’s iconic Nashville.

12 South

12 South is a new thriving area of Nashville. It’s super cute and you can spend a few hours doing some shopping and of course eating and drinking. Urban Grub is one of the best restaurants down there and Frothy Monkey is a really famous coffee shop.

Green Hills

Green Hills is where the mall is. It’s one of the nicest malls I’ve ever been to and maybe the best Nordstrom in the country. There are a ton of different boutiques around there as well. It’s also where the iconic Bluebird Cafe (as seen on the show, Nashville) is, so it’s worth checking out!

Arrington Vineyard

Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn owns a vineyard in Arrington, which is about 30 minutes from Nashville. If you’re a wine enthusiast, it’s totally worth the drive. It’s absolutely gorgeous … and of course, wine!

Pinewood Social

You HAVE to check out Pinewood Social. It’s one of the coolest spots in town. There’s a ton to do … bowling, karaoke, a yummy restaurant and there’s even a pool! It is SO cool and unlike anything I’ve ever seen and a great place to hang any time of the day.

The Tavern

For Sunday brunch, the ONLY place to go is The Tavern because it’s the best brunch place in town. The Singapore Stir Fry is the best thing on the menu and famous around town. The Tavern is always filled with the beautiful people and the drinks are yummy! I promise, you will love!

If you’re looking for a quick getaway, whether it’s a quick girl’s trip or just somewhere to refill your tank, I promise Nashville won’t disappoint. It’s an awesome city filled with good Southern people and good Southern hospitality, and of course … the music!

I hope you love it as much as I do!

xo,
Caroline

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