How to spend a weekend in Nashville

I just came home from a fabulous girls weekend in Nashville! It is such a unique town that has a little something for everyone.

From daytime shopping excursions, live music 24/7, wineries, and an unbelievable foodie scene, you are sure to find something in town that fits your style.

This was not my first rodeo in Nashville (see what I did there =P) and we have a couple friends that live in the area, so below is a compilation of our favorite spots and how to plan your trip for a weekend in Nashville.

Nashville Map

WHERE TO STAY:

Loews Hotel or Hutton Hotel (near Vanderbilt) – both of these are across the street from the Vanderbilt campus and in a great proximity to multiple areas in Nashville. On this past trip we stayed at the Loews hotel which is great for a group, with a huge lobby and they even provide a complimentary shuttle service to get around the city.

Union Station (near Broadway) - If you are looking for something closer to the Broadway action, without fail I always recommend this Marriott Autograph Collection hotel. It is on the pricier side, but it is such a unique boutique hotel, that used to be a former railroad terminal.

Thompson Nashville (The Gulch) - One of my favorite foodie areas in Nashville is, the Gulch. They have a great new, modern boutique hotel, the Thompson Nashville. Likely the best part of this hotel is the rooftop view at LA Jackson. If nothing else, make a point to stop here for a cocktail and amazing city views one evening.

Gaylord Resort & Convention Center (near the Opry) - I have not actually stayed at this Gaylord, but you cannot go wrong with a Gaylord property. FYI, this is further away, outside of downtown. 

The Loews Hotel Nasvhille
Loews hotel lobby

Loews hotel lobby

 loews hotel lobby

 loews hotel lobby

WHAT TO DO:

Arrington Vineyards - If you are into wine tasting and picnic-esque atmospheres, I love this place! It is about 45 minutes from downtown, but I would go here every time I visit! Great vineyard views, their wine is actually pretty dang good and it is such a relaxing escape from the city. It is also owned by country music star, Kix Brooks, of Brooks and Dunn. 

Bridgestone Arena or Nissan Stadium - all-purpose / sporting event venues. Great to take advantage of if hockey/football are in season or if there is an awesome show or concert in town.

Grand Ole Opry Tour - If you are a country music fan, you have to make a stop here at some point. I actually have not made it to a show, but the behind the scenes tour is pretty amazing! It is definitely a Nashville staple, with such cool history. 

Country music hall of fame - Yes, this is very touristy, but pretty awesome museum, even if you don't fully appreciate country music. This could be a quick 1-2hr walk through. 

Arrington Vineyards
Arrington Vineyards

And then there is shopping, of course: 

12 South

  • Draper James - boutique owned by Reese Witherspoon. It is very southern (which isn’t exactly my style), but it is the cutest shop.
  • White's Mercantile - I am obsessed with stores like this! Adorable general store with great gifts, things for the home, beauty items, kitchen gadgets and more.
  • Moda - more high-end boutique. They carry this brand, Milkman, that I am obsessed with for baby gifts. #yourewelcome
Reese witherspoon's store - draper james

Reese witherspoon's store - draper james

Draper James
Adorable store - white's mercantile

Adorable store - white's mercantile

Hillsboro Village

  • Dress up - just discovered this store and I stalk their instagram. They have multiple locations and you can order online. Love the brand Peach Love. 
  • Revv - great clothes and they carry the NASH collection. Love these hats! 
  • Posh - very fashionable, more high-end, awesome selection!
  • The Impeccable Pig - They have multiple locations, but very cute trendy clothes. 
  • Tennessee Chic - Really cute gifts and a lot of Nashville, boutique style, branded items. 
Hillsboro Village Street Art
my heaven - candle wall @ posh boutique 

my heaven - candle wall @ posh boutique 

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK:

There are sooooo many amazing places to get a taste of the Nashville food scene, that we wrote a whole post on it. Check it out here!

We review by neighborhood - 12 south, Hillsboro Village, The Gulch, Midtown, Downtown, even a couple hot spots outside of downtown that are worth checking out ...and without fail, a few mentions of the best bars on Broadway. 

If you are looking for an awesome resource for your next trip, this website has tons of information. 

For more Nashville recommendations from us, feel free to comment below. We love planning trips, so always happy to help!

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