In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, I’m sharing about my trip to Nashville this summer. I know that it’s November, but life has been so crazy and I haven’t gotten around to it.
So, I have to start this post by sharing that Nashville has never really been on my radar as far as places to visit. For one reason or another, I never knew anything about the city beside it being a major player in the music industry. I had to travel to Nashville for a work-related conference and was pleasantly surprised. One of the things that I learned was that Nashville is one of the most popular destinations for bachelorette weekends.
There were three things that surprised me about Nashville and I’m sharing them below.
1. The “District” is all the way live
The “District” is the stretch of blocks in the Downtown area (mostly Broadwary between 1st and 5th Avenue) that is literally lined with back-to-back honky tonks and dive bars. I was so surprised and impressed by how big and buzzing Main Street was. It was nonstop people and music all night long. I’ve visited both 6th Street in Austin and Bourbon Street in New Orleans and they both have nothing on Nashville. Not only is it huge, but I was told that there are so many bars in the city that you can go to a bar each night in a year and not repeat a venue. By the way, don’t be fooled by bars that look like a hole in the wall. There were places that had the appearance but when you enter, it was like a concert hall with stage and lighting suitable for a performance by Beyonce.
2. Experience the Parthenon
Nashville is home to the only full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon. It totally found this by accident. My hotel room wasn’t ready when I arrived and the front desk attendant provided me with tickets to the Art Museum at the Centennial Park. I had some time to kill so I decided to take the walk over. When I arrived, I was blown away by this monument.
The replica was built in 1897 for the Centennial Exposition which was hosted in Nashville that same year. The Greek Parthenon features an impressive 42-foot statue of the Goddess Athena, photos the exposition, and replicas of the Parthenon Marbles. It’s super affordable at $6 for adults and $4 for children and senior citizens. As a side note, if you plan to visit Nashville, you should also add Bi-Centennial park to your list. It’s a beautiful park which features and highlights the history of the state.
3. Foodie’s Dream
Nashville is a foodie’s dream. I thought that Nashville was only known for BBQ. While BBQ is popular, the city has so many other things to offer.
Places To Eat
Three Brothers Coffee is a super cute coffee shop that I visited when I was in desperate need of caffeine. I loved the black and white mural in the front corridor of the shop. It provided the perfect backdrop for a selfie photo shoot.
Hog Heaven is a BBQ spot that has been featured on the Food Network. I heard good things about this place so I figured that I would try it out. I had the pulled chicken sandwich with white sauce and coleslaw. It was so yummy. My favorite part about coming to eat here was the casualness of it. It basically looks like a BBQ shack. You walk up to a counter to place your order and choose a seat at one of their community dining picnic benches to enjoy your food.
The Patterson House is a speakeasy bar with drinks that are similar to those served during the Prohibition Era. I love a great speakeasy bar and this one was great. It was complete with a curtain to shield the bar from prying eyes, servers dressed in flapper-era garments and a real-life mixologist. I could not get enough of this place.
The Terminal Cafe – I literally went to this place because of an Instagram photo. I saw pictures of throwback airport terminal chairs and clocks to represent the time in different parts of the world. Even though it was totally out of the way, I had to go to this place. I went for breakfast and got the Battered Rye French Toast with roasted apples, whipped cream & honey, and eggs. It was so yummy. A perk to visiting this spot was meeting Khalil Davis, the super friendly and welcoming owner.
I learned that Nashville is really known for their hot wings. I didn’t get a chance to try them out but I heard that Hattie B’s had the best in town.
Hope you enjoyed my thoughts on Nashville. Have you visited before? If so, what was your favorite thing to do there?