My husband and I are almost 7 years into this parenting gig and we are learning that sometimes we need to put aside time just for us. While leaving the kids has actually gotten harder as they get older (and are fun to travel with), I think our kid free vacations are more important than ever so we can reconnect as a couple.
We recently spent a long weekend in Nashville and my Facebook travel group had tons of questions so I wanted to put together a list of places to go, things to see and must haves to eat. Here is the rundown of our favorites from our trip:
Where we Stayed:
We stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. We booked this particular hotel because we liked the “resort” aspect and I liked that it was a bit away from the craziness of downtown. The lush grounds inside the hotel are absolutely stunning, there are lots of restaurants and bars to choose from and there is even an indoor water park (extra charge). The hotel proved to be especially great on a rainy day because we were able to stay in our hotel and truly relax during the day.
The main negative to the resort is that it is about a 20 minute ride from downtown Nashville. This ended up meaning Uber rides adding up . There were several downtown hotels that looked nice (and within walking distance to things) so if we did it again I may have split our stay half at the Gaylord and half downtown.
Where we Ate:
The Stillery- O.M.G. you MUST try this place for lunch! I had the mac and cheese, which was out of this world! My husband had a salad with hot chicken as well as deviled eggs to start. It is only about a block off Broadway so super easy to get to.
Bakersfield – We ended up here for dinner and drinks at the bar our second night. The tacos were out of this world and the chips and guac were great as well. We loved the vibe of this place and the cocktails were on point!
The Chef and I – If you are looking for a more upscale dinner, this restaurant in the Gulch was out of this world! The short rib was really good and we liked that the restaurant was outside of the craziness of Broadway. I would definitely recommend making a reservation in advance.
Hattie B’s – If you are visiting Nashville the hot chicken is a must and everyone told me I *had* to try Hattie B’s! Chicken was AMAZING as were the fries and mac & cheese. If you are going on a weekend or at peak time, place an order online before you go and it will be ready for you when you get there!
Where we Hung Out
Acme was the perfect spot for drinks and people watching! It is located right on Broadway so we went to the rooftop bar and watched the pedal bars, bachelorette parties and other craziness below!
Nashville Bourbon Steak – I HIGHLY recommend a drink here before going out! You have panoramic views of the city right from the 34th floor of the JW Marriott and it was the perfect spot to set the tone for the night.
FGL House rooftop bar– Things may or may not be a little fuzzy at this point but I know we had a blast here! Anytime there is a rooftop and drinks, I am all for it!
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage– If you want to slow things down and get your history on, this place was actually pretty interesting. It is a sprawling estate with exhibits, tours and we even saw a duel! Plan to spend a few hours here because it is very spread out and there is lots to see!
We ate, we drank, we reconnected. Nashville- thank you for some amazing memories and a great time! It was the perfect long weekend and we can’t wait to come back!