Nashville!

Around October of last year, a few of my friends and I decided to take a girl’s trip to Nashville. We heard great things and found good airfare, so this past Thursday, off we went!

We rented a sweet minivan who chaperoned us through the city. She was a wonderful beast.
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First stop we made was to Hattie B’s for hot chicken! We didn’t get a photo because we were busy stuffing our faces.
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After lunch, we dropped off our bags and then did a little walkin’. We hoofed it down Music Row and then meandered around Vanderbilt.
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After freshening up, we headed out to our first dinner destination: Puckett’s. It was fun – there was some great entertainment and a perfect foray into Nashville!
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We tried to take a picture with the selfie stick after dinner, but finally someone stepped in and saved us.
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A few of us went to get a nightcap at a bar. Turns out you can still smoke in bars in Nashville…yuck!
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The next day we got up early and drove out to the Loveless Cafe. Yum country ham and hot biscuits! Or as Michele would say…hot ham and country biscuits.
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We visited the Belle Meade plantation, which I hadn’t heard of before but it was very interesting. We did the tour of the mansion as well as roamed the grounds, and finished our time there at their winery. A good day!
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We drove back to our apartment, changed, and headed out for our fancy dinner at Cabana! One thing we noticed about Nashville is that it’s made up of about 85% bachelorette parties, and Cabana was no exception.

I had a little mishap with one of my baby martinis. Whoops!
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We tried to go honky-tonking after Cabana but we couldn’t find anything that wasn’t 100% touristy, so we decided to pack it in for the evening. Good thing because Pancake Pantry was our breakfast and we had to get there early to beat the rush. A rush there was – we snagged the last table at 7:45am, and when we left the line was out the door and around the corner! We understood why though…the pancakes were indeed delicious. Nashville knows how to do their breakfast food.

Saturday, after Pancake Pantry, we did the music thing – toured the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry. Both were really interesting and we’re glad we did it…but we didn’t realize the Grand Ole Opry was literally sandwiched between a Gaylord hotel and Opry Mills (like Grapevine Mills) on the outskirts of the city. Kind of weird.
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We drove by the Bluebird – also in a completely random location – and then headed to lunch at Acme Feed and Seed. It was a great vibe and fantastic people watching…I felt like we were at Coachella with all the hippie clothes, big hats, and short shorts.
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For our final night out, we chose Pinewood Social. It is an interesting place – it has a bar in the middle flanked by dinner tables, but also has a Starbucks-like bar where people can work on their laptops, some lounge chairs and sofas, bowling, bocce ball, table tennis, and a swimming pool. We loved the atmosphere and the food was great too. A great way to end our trip!
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Well…not quite end. We did sneak in one more breakfast at Southern before our (bumpy) flight home. Worth it!

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