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Weekend Life in Nashville | Travel Guide

Nashville, Tennessee

Famous songwriting capital of the world and home to some good old honky tonks! It was a no-brainer when we decided Nashville would be a great place to visit especially to ring in my big 3-0! We planned a 4 day weekend and off we went!

You guys should already know by now that when we travel we ALWAYS use Airbnb for our accommodations because it’s just the way to do it (be on the lookout for an Airbnb specific post soon). We ended up scoring an amazing house in such a hipster part of town and the decor was everything! Let’s just put it this way, if I ever moved to Nashville that would be THE house of my dreams.

Breakfast: Pancake Pantry

We flew in early and were able to settle right into our comfy home and hunt down some breakfast. I came prepared with a list of places that were specific to Tennesse that I just HAD to try. So first on my list was the Pancake Pantry. And guys… this place is notorious for having a line and when we arrived, that famous line awaited us. We only ended up waiting about an hour and maybe 10 minutes to get seated. It was no big deal because we ended up making friends with people in the line. Nashville folks are SO nice!! Oh and if you’re wondering if it was worth the wait? Absolutely, 100% yes.

Activities: Centennial Park

With full and happy bellies, we walked around Hillsboro Village some, which is where the Pancake Pantry is located but then quickly decided to visit the Parthenon. Yes… you read that right, as in Nashville has a fully replicated Parthenon like they do in Greece! The art nerd in me jumped for joy when we pulled up into Centennial Park and saw all these amazing statues and all these people picnicking and bike riding like it was no big deal! Talk about being green with envy, heck if I lived close to Centennial Park I’d be doing all of the above too! The park and the replicated Parthenon DID NOT disappoint.

Activities: John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge

Naturally, the park ignited us to do some more touristy activities so, we decided the next stop would be the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. A lot of my friends said this bridge had beautiful views and made a great backdrop for pictures. But I was actually more excited to visit the bridge because it’s one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world. When we arrived, I was NOT READY for the steep incline. But once we got to the top, my friends weren’t lying, the views were AMAZING.

We got to walk across the Cumberland River, view the “Batman”  building, overlook the Tennesse Titans stadium, I mean there was so much to take in. It was awesome. 

Activities: Johnny Cash Museum

By the time we got done enjoying the bridge and the views we were feeling HOT, from both the incline and the weather. We needed to find AC stat and right at the bottom of the bridge was the Johnny Cash Museum.  We decided to go and check it out and I’m so glad we did, it felt surreal to be in there. To read about his life and see the things that were once his. His story is beautiful and hard all at the same time and to be able to experience that will always be a treasured memory for me. I especially loved all of the photographs of Johnny and June. #swoon

Activities: Ryman Auditorium

After spending time at the museum, we decided to just stroll down Broadway to see what tickled our fancy. We had no idea that the Ryman Auditorium was just right down the road. I immediately said, “we need to go there now!” We purchased tickets and made it just in time for the last tour of the night. I’m not going to lie, I got pretty teary eyed being there and listening to the rich history of such an extraordinary place. It felt like I was standing in the middle of the heart and soul of Nashville.

Lunch: Puckett’s Grocery Restaurant

After the tour, we were all starving. I took out my list of places to try and I was so excited that Puckett’s Grocery was 2 blocks away. It’s a pretty busy place especially around lunch/dinner time so I’m not ashamed to tell you that I ran to get our names on the list and did I mention it was uphill!? Luck was on my side because we got seated almost immediately. Win! Ok, so hands down this is a MUST try. If you are ever in Nashville, go here. I promise you will love it.

And if you’re trying to figure out what to get, allow me to help you. The Piggy Mac is a yes, the BLT with Fried green tomatoes is a double yes and their skillet pecan cobbler, OH MY GOSH, triple yes. You can thank me later. Overall, day 1 in Nashville was super successful!

Breakfast: Biscuit Love

Before we even got up for the day we had already decided to make it an early morning so we could get first dibs in line at Biscuit Love. Why? Because this place is also notorious for having lines up to 3 hours long!  I’ve only ever waited that long for one place and that’s Franklin’s Barbecue in Austin. We arrived early enough that we only had to wait 20 minutes and it was legit! You place your order at the counter and then find a table and await the goodness. Their biscuits were fluffy and tasted like little miniature cakes! SO delicious. Also, it’s home to the famous NASHVILLE sign that you can find all over Instagram and Pinterest!

Activities: Grand Ole Opry

After our delicious breakfast, we decided to visit the Grand Ole Opry which is a good 15 minutes away from downtown. We purchased our tickets and took our spot in line for the tour. I was so blown away by the building and how friendly the staff was. We got to explore the dressing rooms and hang out backstage before they let us actually go up on stage and get our picture taken!

Activities: Madame Tussauds Nashville

The Grand Ole Opry was right across the Opry Mills mall and they had just opened up the Madame Tussauds Nashville inside. To celebrate its grand opening we scored some awesome tickets to go inside. I’m not the biggest fan of wax museums but our group was super excited so I decided to give it a go. I’m so glad we did because I am a huge country music fan and inside was the mecca of country music stars plus a multitude of genres and eras. If you can score coupons, I say go for it, lots of great photo ops!

Lunch: The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden

When lunch time finally hit, we were ready to get our grub on. We had a lot of friends recommend the Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden so off we went. We didn’t know what to expect when we got there, we just knew that we had to get on the wait list. There’s an app that we were able to use to skip the long line, so by the time our lyft got there we had a table waiting for us! It was awesome. The place itself is super inviting and homey, and the outside beer garden is top notch. Now the best part hands down are the burgers. OH MY GOSH. I went with build your own, and it was heavenly! I just can’t say enough good things. Everyone at my table agreed it was one hell of a burger, one of the best we’ve ever had!

Dessert: Five Daughters Bakery & Jeni’s Splended Ice Cream

I don’t know about you guys, but I love me some dessert. It’s one of those small things in life that I am very grateful for. I asked the group what they all felt like, and there was a mixture of replies so we found a place that housed two of Nashville favorites, Five Daughters Bakery and Jeni’s Splended Ice cream down in East Nashville. Both get A’s in my book especially the vanilla flavored icecream at Jeni’s, SOOO good. Definitley worth all the hype.

Activities: Nashville Really Entertaining Tours

After our amazing lunch and dessert combo we headed home to rest. We had planned a Bar crawl with Nashville’s Really Entertaining Tours that evening and we knew we needed some rest before we took off for the night. I slept for like 3 solid hours and I’m so glad I did because the bar crawl was EPIC and I needed all the energy I could get!

We met with Ryan our host and guide and he took us to bars that I probably wouldn’t have thought to go into. My favorite was the George Jones Museum Rooftop bar, because the view… gorgeous. On the tour we made our way into a speakeasy jazz bar, karaoke bar and finally made it to the moonshine bar where we stayed the rest of the night. We had a blast with both Ryan and the guests themselves. They all sang happy birthday to me at the end of the night! It was the perfect way to ring in my big 3-0!

Breakfast: 417 Union St.

Sleeping in after my awesome birthday celebration was a must. There was no need to rush, so when we were finally ready, we made our way to 417 Union st. to get our breakfast on. Please do yourself a favor and next time you’re there order the chicken and waffles. YUM!! The biscuits and gravey are a close 2nd! It’s a cute little place with some mean drinks on the menu. You won’t be disappointed!

Activities: Home of the Stars Grayline tour

My siblings had purchased some celebrity home tour tickets for us so after breakfast we hopped on a bus at a local hotel near 407 Untion and sat back and enjoyed the 4 hour tour. We got to visit the homes of Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, Dolly Parton, Hillary Scott, Martina McBride, and many more. We weren’t really able to stop in front of the homes so snapping pictures was a little hard to do. It was enjoyable but definitley a long tour. Bring snacks, although they do stop for a break, it’s better to have them on hand, and don’t sit in the very back, it’s hard to get AC back there. Just an fyi.

Lunch/Dinner: Food Crawl at Martin’s Barbecue, Desano Pizza Bakery & Party Fowl

Since the days were beginning to catch up, we were running out of time to try all the awesome places on my list to eat so we decided to embark on our own food crawl. The premise was that we’d visit each place, get a plate to share so we could try out a variety of places. Our first stop was Martin’s barbecue. Tennessee is famous for their dry rub barbecue and although it was good, I’m just a Texas barbecue with all my sauce kind of girl. The sides were great and I just love the way they style their pancake cornbreads!

Next stop was Desano Pizza Bakery and originally we ordered a small pizza but they accidentally read our order wrong and they gifted us a large! This pizza was awesome, we were all just supposed to have one slice but my husband and brother kept going for it. It was that good! They might have over done it because we spent the next hour trying to walk off our food down music row before we headed off to our final destination to Party Fowl.

Nashville is famous for their Hot Chicken and so many people gave us their recommendations. We finally settled on a smaller hole in the wall restaurant which brought us to Party Fowl! I’m so glad we did because it was the perfect introduction to Nashville Hot Chicken! Our waiter recommended we start out with mild and work our way up. Thank goodness we listened because even the mild was HOT. If you’re looking for Hot Chicken, go there, it’s busy but not long line busy. You’ll get seated, no problem.

Breakfast: Frothy Monkey | Activity: Shopping at Draper James & I believe in Nashville Mural

On our last day in Nashville, we decided to take it easy. It was an easy decision to grab breakfast close by to our Airbnb. Plus I wanted to finally hunt down the famous I believe in Nashville Mural. Our first stop was Frothy Monkey for a wholesome breakfast and can I just say that the coffee is fantastic. Right down the road is Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James store, which of course we had to stop in and check out. I scored the cutest Tennessee pin for my collection, and did you know they serve you FREE delicious sweet tea? Heavenly. The alley next to the shop houses the famous mural and let’s just say it’s everything it’s cracked out to be. I’m so glad I got a photo op there!

Activities: Country Music Hall of Fame

On our way to the airport, we finally made our last stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Being able to go through the years and experience the success of so many amazing artists was magical. They showcased many artists and their unique talents, for example, did you know that Brad Paisley likes to paint? The walls were filled with stunning artwork and I even got to play and mess around with their recording studio. It was so much fun, it was a great way to end the weekend.

Thank you, Nashville.

This trip is one for the books, we had a great time! I hope that if you’re planning a trip to Nashville, this guide helps you in some way. Nashville, you’re so wonderful and thank you for all the amazing memories, I believe in you!

 

 

 

 

Dallas Bacon and Beer Classic 2017

Bacon + Beer = happiness

I can’t believe it’s been over a week since the hubs and I hit up the Dallas Bacon and Beer Classic with our best buds. Truth be told, I had no idea what we were in for. Our friends called and told us to get tickets because you know beer AND bacon. Plus there was so much hype all over social media. We ended up snagging some tickets and when the day arrived we used Lyft to drive us into Dallas because you know, we don’t play around with drinking and driving.

I had always wanted to visit the Foundry so I was super stoked that the event took place there. The place was full of excitement and none of us knew what to expect. They ended up handing us these little red cups with a card inside. The front side of the card had 12 cups that the breweries were to mark out after they poured you a drink. On the backside of the card there was a list of bacon-infused foods that the caterers marked out when you picked up your yummies.

Oh, and did I mention that there were buffet styles lines for bacon, just pure, crispy bacon? They had so many flavors and all you had to do was get in line and they served you all the bacon in the world. SO GOOD!

The bacon-infused food was the bomb! My favorites were the vanilla, sesame, bacon sticks and cheese fries because duh, my husband gave me his! He’s the best!

And can we talk about the beer?  Oh my gosh… so many flavors but my favorite? Cherry cider! I think I filled up most of my card with this beer because you guys… cherry infused, need I say more?! They basically had a beer pavilion and it was heaven.

We spent the entire 2.5 hours of the event soaking up all the fun, making pretzel necklaces, playing human size jenga,  bobbing for bacon and getting matching tattoos because why not?

Worth the hype?

Absolutely! This is the start of a yearly tradition and I hope they come back next year. Heck Tequila and tacos sounds like a great combo too! Right?! Either way, the event was worth the price. (about $50 per person) So if you get a chance to attend next year or if the event is happening in your neck of the woods, do it!  Below are some fun tips I’ve put together for you to make sure your Bacon & Beer classic is super successful!

  1. Buy your tickets early! The will run out fast!
  2. Figure out where the venue is happening. Is it indoors? Outdoors? And make sure if you’re going to be drinking that you plan on having a lyft or uber or designated driver ahead of time. No drinking and driving please.
  3. Dress for the weather and especially dress for the event. Our event was outdoors and HOT! Most of us dressed down and I’m so glad I ended up going in flats because I kid you not, I saw multiple people fall from both being drunk and trying to walk in high-heels on mulch and rocks. You can still be cute without all the extras.
  4. Bring wipes with you. Seriously, bring them and I’m not talking like a tub of them, just bring a small .99 cent pack. Bacon grease is not fun, especially when it’s all over your fingers, so bring the wipes and then everyone wins.
  5. Sunscreen. This one pretty much explains itself. Especially if the event is outdoors.
  6. Optional extras: baseball cap, or your choice of hat and sunglasses to help keep the rays away.

Alright, that’s all I got! Cheers and here’s to next one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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