We traveled to Nashville, TN with some some friends back in 2016 and it was such a fun trip! I never got around to blogging and sharing images from our trip, so I am doing it now. We wanted to take a quick weekend getaway, and found super cheap tickets so decided to book it. We traveled in September and the weather was good. It was warm, a touch rainy, but overall was really good weather.
FLIGHTS | We booked flights leaving from Las Vegas, NV and went straight to Nashville, TN. We flew on Frontier Airline. It is a semi okay airline, you do have to pay for carry ons and baggage but being military we got it waived. It does have cheaper flights BUT if you have to pay for your own bags, then I would check other airlines that are more accommodating and overall better rated VS the one we used. It was just cheapest and we got free bags which is what we were going for. The flight wasn’t bad by any means but it wasn’t as comfortable as other airlines we have flown on!
HOTEL | We arrived and we ended up staying at the Vanderbilt Marriot right on Vanderbilt campus. It was close to downtown, offered a free shuttle, had good reviews and was overall a really nice hotel. We always like to stay in Marriots because of the military discount we receive and internet service for being reward members. We split a room with our friends so we saved money, and were very impressed with our rooms. They were clean, comfy and the bathroom was good sized. We also loved that it offered a free shuttle to downtown so we weren’t having to Uber everywhere and we were able to save money. The decor inside was super high class feeling and it had a small bistro place located downstairs which made it easy for getting food and also ordering room service. It has a awesome gym located inside the hotel and is perfect to get those daily workouts in. Each room also has Hulu and Netflix so it makes watching your favorite shows easy and convenient. The rooms were all super nice and decorated top notch and the staff was so friendly and accommodating! We really enjoyed our stay at the Nashville Vanderbilt Marriott Hotel and would highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Nashville!
THINGS TO DO |
Music Row/Broadway | We had browsed Pinterest with all things Nashville and wanted to do everything we could in such a short time frame. The first day we had arrived we headed into Music Row and enjoyed the downtown feel. It was like a country version of Las Vegas but wasn’t as trashy or dirty we felt. On the first night we just walked the streets of Music Row and listened to the different bands play. Each bar was full of people having a good ole time and music was playing in each venue. It was neat to go from place to place and see the different musicians playing. It was super busy but that is common for a place like Music Row. We ended up finally getting a place to eat at a little bar located on Music Row and it was super yummy food + had good music! I recommend looking in advance and making reservations before you arrive so you can have a place to eat. We saw the famous Tootsie’s Music Lounge and went inside but it was overly crowded so we didn’t last long. I was pregnant at the time and super grouchy but it was fun to be able to see it! Located on Music Row is also the old Grand Ole Opry called Ryman Auditorium. We saw it from the outside but didn’t have the chance to view the inside, but it was still a neat landmark and location to see! Music Row was super fun and full of energy and night life.
Bluebird Cafe | We really wanted to make dinner reservations to eat at Bluebird one night but it is super busy thanks to the TV show Nashville, that they do ticket releases and we were too slow to get any. BUT We had to at least go see it and take a photo from the outside. When we arrived, people were lined up and it was 1:00. It is a overly populated cafe so make sure to book tickets in advance if you wish to eat here! BUT you can witness some amazing sone writers and music being performed there. It has given a lot of artists a good start in country music so is a super neat land mark.
Country Music Hall of Fame | We stopped in and saw this famous hall of fame. It was super neat to tour and view everything country music. They offer fun teaching experiences during the day and we got to join in on a banjo lesson! They have all things country music history and we spent a good portion of our day at the country music hall of fame. It was rainy this day, so being inside was a bonus!
Grand Ole Opry | We were so excited to get tickets to the Grand Ole Opry on our last night in Nashville. It had always been on my to do list and we were super excited to see our favorite “Deacon Claybourne” from the TV show “Nashville” performing live. It was such a fun show and needs to be on everyone’s list of things to do while visiting Nashville!
Centennial Park | On our last day we had a few hours to kill before our flight so we went and walked around Centennial Park and it was so pretty! The Pantheon that is locked there is super pretty and they offer tours of it! We ended up renting some bikes and riding around the downtown area for a few hours before we had to head to the airport. It was such a fun experience!
Overall Nashville was so much fun and a place that I would go visit again in a heartbeat. We enjoyed our time there and the city was so fun and so full of life! We only had a short weekend to explore this amazing city but it was such a fun experience! We loved being able to see the town of country music and to experience this! The food was amazing as well and there are so many good food places to eat! If you are thinking of planning a trip to Nashville, book it and head out! You won’t regret it!