Hey y’all! I just got back from a 4 night stay in Nashville with Steven, and I’ve got to say – although Nashville is a cool city, it’s not really my scene. Don’t get me wrong – we had a blast, but I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I was still 21 or 22. I thought I’d take a break from the cancer posts and write a recap of our Nashville trip for y’all!
The live music. No matter which bar or hotel you pop into, there is always awesome live music. These are some seriously talented musicians and they work entirely on tips. For $20, you can get any band to play a song request. My go-to for the weekend was “Hey Bartender” by Lady Antebellum, which people loved. Steven continuously requested “Neon Moon” by Brooks & Dunn, which was clearly not a favorite as it cleared the bar every time. (It became our strategy for getting bar seats!!)
The people. Everyone we met – Uber drivers, hotel staff, bartenders, shop owners, etc. – were so incredibly nice! And they all seemed so genuine. When we went shopping one morning a young lady working at the store we popped into told me I was “outfit goals”. That was the ultimate compliment (since I spent a ungodly amount of $$ on the boots I was wearing!). It was a nice change from Boston!
The weather. This could be skewed because we left a whopping 18 inches of snow on the ground in Boston, but Nashville had some incredible weather while we were there! Sunny and in the 60s and 70s! We hung out on rooftop patios, wore t-shirts and had margaritas in the sun. Now I REALLY can’t wait for the summer!
The Nashville Hot Chicken. So delicious. However, regular “hot” in Nashville is VERY hot (a dry heat) so after my first “Nashville hot” chicken, I started going with the regular “hot”. Steven, on the other hand, continued to eat “Nashville hot” everywhere he went and would turn bright red and his eyes would water. Yet he still kept eating it!! Crazy old man. (Pictured below is his attempt at eating “Nashville hot” from Party Fowl.)
Everyone smokes. I’m biased, I hate cigarette smoke. I don’t judge people who do smoke, but I don’t like being around it. In Nashville, it seemed like there were no designated smoking areas. Everyone smoked on the rooftop bars, in the streets, on restaurant patios…there didn’t seem to be any regulations around smoking. So for me, this was a big con.
Broadway bars are pretty dirty, and are VERY crowded. I’m someone who likes to sit down at a nice bar and enjoy a glass of wine, without having house vodka-redbulls being spilled down my back by drunk 19 year old girls with fake IDs. I like being able to use a restroom without having to jump over puddles of pee. We’ve all been through that phase, but that phase was 12 years ago for me, and I’m well past it. It was a trip down memory lane to be back in that type of bar…welcome to all the bars on Broadway!
My favorite things we did…
Shopped at King Baby
While en route to Party Fowl for some Nashville Hot Chicken, we saw a “unique jeweler” sign in some back alley in the Gulch district of Nashville. Since we were 15 minutes early for our brunch reso, we decided to pop in. Boy, am I glad we did! The place was called “King Baby“, and while I had never heard of the line before, I am now obsessed! It’s almost a rocker meets country vibe, and the jewelry is beautiful! We browsed the store talking to the salesman, and learned that each piece is hand crafted and designed by the jeweler himself. Jeweler to stars such as Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, T Swift, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Depp and Steven Tyler, he creates custom pieces. I fell in love with a piece that is now my Nashville souvenir! (Pic of my bracelet above).
Recorded a Song at Ryman Auditorium
Ryman Auditorium is known as the original “Grand Ole Opry”. Just a block off of Broadway, close to the world famous “Tootsie’s” bar, it’s a beautiful piece of architecture filled with country music history. One of the things they offer is the opportunity to record your own song (or professionally record another country artist’s song). Since I’ve been known to enjoy singing (especially after a few beverages), we paid the $30 so that I could record my rendition of “Jesus Take The Wheel” by Carrie Underwood. Turns out that is a VERY difficult song to sing, and all these times I thought I was hitting the high notes while singing along in my car…nope. I wasn’t. But it was a LOT of fun and we took home a CD which we will keep (and make fun of) for years to come!
Brunched at Fin & Pearl.
Oh em gee, what a find!! This place was amazing! I saw a recommendation on Thrillist or Buzzfeed and so I booked us a brunch reso, and it did not disappoint! It’s a beautiful restaurant in the Gulch, and we had the perfect weather for an outdoor brunch. It was warm and sunny and the mimosas were flowing! They also had (by far) the best biscuits Steven and I have ever tasted. It was a phenomenal experience and I hope to get back here for dinner one day!
Spent hours hunting down unique cowboy boots.
Steven and I had tons of fun going through all of the famous boot shops on and around Broadway looking at different styles and colors. Nashville has everything from novelty boots (ahem, Kermit the Frog!) to high-end boots by Frye and Lucchese. We ended up on settling on some baby boots for our little nephew Wells, and some legitimate Lucchese boots for Steven. We wanted to buy these ah-mazing Kermit boots for my mom, but unfortunately they were not for sale!
We did more fun things, so I might add more later – but for now I’m ready to sleep as I’m finally back home! Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear if you have any opinions on Nashville!