Music City is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and rightfully so! There is so much to see, eat and do, it's no wonder there are nearly 80 people moving there per day. I am lucky enough to have my best friend live there, so I can visit whenever the mood strikes (or unlucky really - can you move home already, Erin?). I've shared a few of my favorite places to go!
Of course there are tons of standard stores and upscale shopping options in Nashville, but there are two unique stores that I am in love with. the first is Earthbound, which they have scattered about the country but for some reason I only go when I am specifically in Nashville! They have eclectic home and gift items that I love.
The second gem is Blush Boutique. They have clothing accessories shoes and cute gifts - similar to a francesca's!
Eating & Drinking:
There are so. many. options to eat and drink that we might as well break it down by area!
12 South- This area is super cute! There are a few streets of cute shops, bars restaurants and apartments - including Reese Witherspoon's clothing store Draper James. There is a Sprinkles Cupcakes for a sweet treat and delicious restaurants like Bartaco, Edley's Bar-B-Que, a taproom and a ski lodge themed bar.
The Gulch- My favorite neighborhood in Nashville! It's a mix of business, retail, residential and the best breakfast place in Nashville - Biscuit Love. I suggest ordering one of everything ... seriously (bonuts, grits, biscuits & gravy, candied bacon - GET IT ALL.) There is a variety of adorable boutiques, a juice bar, workout studios and bars. Adele's also comes highly recommended for dinner!
Midtown- My other best friend lived here for awhile (luckily, she moved home!) but I love this area as well. It's the Vanderbilt neighborhood so it is lively and a young crowd and a good place to go out at places like Rebar and Red Door. There are plenty of good eats here too - Nashville likes to eat. The Row, Hattie B's Hot Chicken, GiGi's Cupcakes and Noshville to name a few.
Downtown- Finally, downtown Nashville on Broadway - the place that one would imagine when thinking of Nashville. The bedazzled shirts, cowboy boots and honky tonk bars are alive and well here! It's truthfully my least favorite of the areas I mentioned because there is not a country bone in my body, BUT it's an absolute must while in town and still extremely fun. You can find live music on the street or in just about every bar. The Stage, The Stillery and Acme Feed & Seed are the ones I gravitate to but there are dozens!
*another delicious place with an incredible ambiance is 5th & Taylor in Germantown - go ahead and get the bacon wrapped quail and the macaroni and cheese... trust. Also delightful for brunch are Marche Artisan Foods, Pancake Pantry and Bluebird Cafe.
Other great places to visit and things to do: The Parthenon, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Pedal Tavern Tour, Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, Opryland and Opry Mills shopping.
Hands-down the Omni is one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in. It's in a prime location, gorgeous and has great staff. Because my friends live there, this is the only hotel I have stayed in that I recommend.
This has barely even scratched the surface because there are so many great options there, but these are the places I've come to love on my trips and hope you enjoy them too!