I may have missed the ball on getting you my snapshots of my trip to Nashville. But the good news is, that gave me time to put together a whole stinkin’ guide.
Ever since becoming mildly obsessed with the TV show, I’ve been wanting to go to Nashville to take in the tunes at the Bluebird Café and find Connie Britton in her trailer and convince her to be my best friend. Luckily, my current (real) best friend Sarah was right there with me and decided to choose the city as her bachelorette destination.
Our itinerary was planned by the Maid of Honor who, lucky for us, also just started a travel blog, Bon Voyaging. She beat me to the punch in writing up a mini guide to Nashville. I found this incredibly helpful in putting together the below, since in the land of bourbon and bacon, I may have accidentally forgotten to take a few brain cells home with me.
Even though we got there on Friday evening, and I left early Sunday, we managed to pack in an extraordinary number of things into our short stay – especially considering we spent 3 hours of our Saturday waiting in line for pancakes. We stayed at Hutton Hotel which was chic and cute, just as Gwenie promised it would be, and also perfectly located.
Friday night we had dinner at Taco Mamacita, where the tacos were meh, but the margaritas were good and cheap. We bounced around to a couple places after we couldn’t get into the super trendy library-style speak easy, The Patterson House. If you go to Nashville, you should at least try to get in there, and then if you are a super geeky fan of the show, you should stroll down two doors. We are 90 percent positive this is where Scarlet and Gunner go to write their music. This area (Midtown) was less touristy and we loved that there was Loser’s Bar and Grill right next to Winner’s. Both had great live music without all the intensity of the Honky Tonks.
Saturday morning we went to the much-acclaimed Pancake Pantry. We waited two hours in line to get in, then possibly another hour for our food, which may or may not have the waitress’ spit in it. Only a group of 10 New York girls would wait 2 hours for brunch at a pancake restaurant, then order egg white breakfast wraps with about 3 different requests and substitutions. Needless to say, we didn’t order right, but it was worth the wait for the mounds of pecan pancakes and buttery hash browns we got for the table.
We spent the rest of the day walking around to various vintage shops. Couldn’t quite tell what the name of the neighborhood was, but it had an awesome hipster-y vibe. And popsicles. The Las Paletas popsicles were amazing. We then moseyed back Downtown to check out the level of day drinking happening on Broadway. It was high to very high. Luckily there were other fun things to see like Hatch Print Shop and some crazy candy joints.
That night we ate at Tavern which was serving one of the more ridiculously delicious bar snacks I’ve ever eaten: buffalo cauliflower. I’m definitely going to be recreating it for you guys sometime soon. Then, it was off to the Honky Tonks. The bars were a sweaty crowded mess. But after a few Taylor Swift covers, the sing-alongs made all the beer-down-the-back worth it. Continue reading