Nashville is in the world of vacation spots that are incredibly trendy right now. That being said, a trip to Nashville doesn’t need to break the bank! It is an incredibly affordable city if you can snag a cheap flight.

A long weekend will be plenty of time here! There are tons of experiences to be had, food to be eaten, and music to be listened to, even if you aren’t a country music fan!

The gorgeous blue & white Draper James striped wall!

Getting There and Getting Around

Nashville International Airport will be your best bet for getting to and from this city. It is located about 15 minutes by car from the main downtown area and you can easily grab a cab, Uber, or Lyft to get to and from. Once you are in the main downtown area, you won’t need a car.

Nashville is a fairly small city and you will easily be able to walk to everything you want to see without having sore feet!

Amazing murals like these are scattered throughout the city!

Where to Stay

If you’re into renting a vacation home or apartment, there are some amazing listings on Airbnb that are filled with lots of Nashville charm. There are also some great hotels within the city that provide easy access to all the main spots.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Nashville Downtown/The Gulch

During a snafu with a different hotel in the city during a trip to Nashville, I booked this hotel the morning of my first day there and ended up absolutely loving it. It is about a five-minute walk to get to the major areas of the city, but the rooms are updated, modern, and incredibly clean. If you find yourself here, don’t miss the rooftop bar for a drink, you’ll find yourself looking at one of the prettiest skyline views!

Hutton Hotel

Located just outside of Music Row, the Hutton is a gorgeous, modern space with updated rooms. This hotel often has a few good package deals if you’re looking for a place with breakfast or a suite. The amenities are aplenty with a live music venue, a delicious restaurant, and writers studios for music professionals.

The Hermitage Hotel

A Nashville hotel list would be incomplete without The Hermitage Hotel. From the lobby to the rooms and everything in between, this hotel has all the luxurious charm you could ask for. Even if you can’t manage a stay here, I highly recommend adventuring to the hotel just to walk around the lobby and catch a glimpse of the historic charm.

Five Daughter’s Bakery has a to-go donut window!

Explore + Experience

For those who want to know more about Nashville, kick off your trip with a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The self-guided tour of this museum takes you through the history of country music and Nashville’s stars.

Insider Tip: Make your way to the museum in the morning about a half hour after they open. There was no wait to get in and it felt like we had the entire museum to ourselves!

For country music lovers, make sure you visit the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium, two iconic concert halls in the city.

Insider Tip: The Grand Ole Opry is about 20 minutes outside of the main downtown area of Nashville. It is easy to grab an Uber or Lyft here, but it will likely cost you about $50 roundtrip.

For those looking for live music, make a day of popping in and out of the many honky-tonks on Broadway! Each bar has their own live music with many of these performers covering popular country songs (some even by request) and trying out some of their own material.

Insider Tip: Be sure not to skip Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge! Tootsie’s is one of the original honky-tonks in Nashville and had some of the best live music on Broadway.

For cowboy boots, there are plenty of shops on Broadway with boots like you’ve never seen. Pop into a few different shops to get a sense of what you like before deciding.

Insider Tip: Many of these shops will be offering discounts so be sure not to settle on the first pair of boots you like! I ended up finding a four pairs for the price of two deal and split it with one of my friends!

For shopping and snacks, make your way to 12 South, a district located just outside the major downtown part of the city. This area is home to many boutiques, as well as White’s Mercantile and Draper James.

Insider Tip: If you venture to 12 South, be sure to grab a donut from Five Daughters Bakery!

The prettiest pink cocktail at Pinewood Social!

Eat + Drink

Acme Feed & Seed, bartaco, Biscuit Love, Burger Up, Epice, Five Daughter’s Bakery, FGL House, Fox and Hound, Frothy Monkey, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Husk, Josephine, Paradise Park Trailer Resort, Pinewood Social, Monnell’s, The Flipside, Tin Roof, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

Have you ventured to Nashville? What was your favorite spot?


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