A couple of weeks back my mom and I took a trip to Nashville, Tennessee. The last time I had been there I was only 7, so I don’t remember much. Going back as an adult was tons of fun because Nashville is one happenin’ city. There’s so much to do, see, and EAT. Read on for all my favorite spots!
Where to Stay:
We stayed at the historic Hermitage Hotel downtown (I have a thing for historic hotels in case y’all hadn’t noticed) and it was truly incredible. I literally would not change a single thing—and I’m picky. The decor and ambiance were beautiful, the staff was helpful and friendly, the beds and rooms were spacious and comfortable, and the hotel restaurant is farm to table and super delicious! This place couldn’t be more perfect.
What to Eat:
Urban Grub: dinner, weekend brunch
This is the coolest spot! I was just there with my mom but it would be an amazing date night spot. It has such a fun and casual, yet upscale vibe with knowledgable servers. The main reason to eat at Urban Grub though is because of their house-made (i.e. they smoke their own meats) charcuterie boards. Hands down some of the best meats and cheeses I’ve ever had. I also ordered their deconstructed caesar salad and loved it. It’s different, but in the best way possible. So, so good! Plus, they have complimentary valet parking.
As much as I loved Urban Grub (which was a lot), I think I might have liked Sinema even more. First of all, I had the BEST scallops I have ever had in my life. My mom and I both agreed that these were pretty much life changing. I also had a yummy charcuterie board (duh, always) and the hummingbird cake for dessert. It was all delicious and our waiter took such good care of us. The really neat thing about Sinema is that it is housed in an old movie theater, and the interior is very hip and unique. It’s a one of a kind spot! They also have a really cool bathroom. Sounds weird to say, but it’s a thing. Additionally, there’s plenty of parking.
Acme Feed & Seed: lunch, dinner, drinks
This spot was recommended to me by a friend, and I’m so glad I stopped in! Acme Feed & Seed is four levels of fun in what used to be a feed store. The first floor offers up American food with a southern twist (think burgers and fries), the second floor serves sushi, the third floor has live music, and the fourth floor is a rooftop with a view. Each floor also has its own bar, and you can take your food and eat it on whichever floor you like!
Monell’s: breakfast, lunch, dinner
All you can eat southern food. Need I say more? Monell’s is a must-do for anyone visiting Nashville, but you better come hungry. They have a rotating menu of meats that change daily and in addition to that, each meal is served with their famous fried chicken (so tasty), a variety of sides, biscuits, and dessert. One important thing to keep in mind is that it is served family style, and if you don’t have a large party you won’t have a table all to yourself. My mom and I were seated with the sweetest family, but tbh my introverted self was a little hesitant about it at first. However, the food and experience of it is totally worth the awkward small talk! I do recommend getting there early though, because there is generally a wait.
Five Daughters Bakery: dessert
A Five Daughter’s donut is another must if you’re in Nashville and have a sweet tooth. They are layers on layers of flakey goodness! These are not traditional donuts, however. If you go in expecting Krispy Creme you’ll be very confused. These donuts are more of a croissant/pastry. I’ve honestly never had anything like them before! So if you like unique, local food then this is an awesome spot. I got the salted milk chocolate and my mom got the maple glaze. Both were amazing!
What to Do:
If you like music, then you’ve come to the right place! Get some tickets to the Grand Ole Opry and enjoy a show or discover the newest big name in country music at the iconic Bluebird Cafe.
Cheekwood (3rd & 4th photos)
Cheekwood is a botanical garden, art museum, and historic estate. The grounds span across 55 acres, so there’s lots to explore! It is all beautiful, especially the home which is open for touring.
Belle Meade Plantation (1st photo)
Belle Meade Mansion is a historic mansion turned museum and winery. Take a tour of the beautiful antebellum home and grounds and be sure to get the complimentary wine tasting! If you get hungry, there’s also a yummy restaurant on site.
Belmont Mansion (last photo)
Belmont Mansion is another traditional southern home that is now a museum. I don’t know which is more beautiful–the interior or the exterior and the grounds. Take a tour and decide for yourself!
Amelia’s Flower Truck is a classic Nashville photo-op. Check out their website to see where the traveling trucks will be parked next!