Monday, October 5, 2015

What to do in Nashville!

Well it is officially over! We are married and had an awesome honeymoon! We started our trip in Asheville NC (click here for things to do in Asheville) and ended the trip in Nashville, TN. Rather you are looking for a romantic trip for 2, or a group trip, or even want to explore the city your self, I recommend trying some of the things we did! I can certainly say we ate like kings the whole time!!

We stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton near downtown. The staff was awesome there! We originally booked a double bed room (it was significantly cheaper.) They upgraded us to a King room! We got warm cookies upon our arrival and got a honey moon tray sent up with fresh fruit, cheese, chocolate dipped strawberries, and a bottle of wine!
We drove in a little late, so not much was planned. We decided to walk around on Broadway where all the local Honky Tonks are. There were so many to pick from! We stopped into Jacks to eat to get some brisket. We were pleasantly surprised! It was so moist!

After dinner we walked around listening to the bands until we found one we loved. We ended up going inside the Second Fiddle!
We also found an AWESOME ice cream shop on Broadway called Mikes Ice Cream. It is safe to say we visited the shop several times during our stay. Johnny's Favorite was the Tennessee Tracks while mine was the coffee ice cream. They also have shakes, hot chocolate, and soft serve!
After dinner and a few drinks, we did a Haunted Hearse Tour. Yes, you read that right! A hearse tour! They took an old 1980's hearse, cut the top off and put benches in it for rides around the city. It was a really cool way to explore some haunted history of Nashville!

Thursday morning we had the best breakfast of the entire trip. If you are ever in Nashville YOU HAVE to go to Biscuit Love. They use biscuits in all of their meals and it is awesome. We even tried to go back on Saturday before we left the hotel but the line was just too long.

I got the lemon blueberry biscuit French toast. I am still having dreams about it! It was so delicious!
During the day we drove to Lynchburg to visit the Jack Daniels distillery. (There is an option where you can take a bus there and back, Its $60 a person for 1.5 hour drive.)
They have 2 tour options there. The original tour is free and runs around 1 hour or so. We chose the tasting tour for $10 each which ran around an hour and a half. Our tour guide Courtney was awesome. She had us cracking up the entire tour and was a real joy.

The Welcome center was pretty cool. There is a lot of history in the front room with different antique Jack Bottles and stories from the company.
The original Fire Brigade that used to put out any fires from the Rickyard.

Only free shot of Jack on the rocks you'll find in Tennessee.


Jack Daniel's Single Barrel gets it name from exactly how it seems. It all comes from 1 barrel. With any other Jack, they will take 200 or so bottles and mix them together to get its flavor where Jack Single Barrel will only use 1 barrel for each bottle. The picture above shows how many Single Barrels are made from 1 barrel. Each barrel having tis own distinct flavor. You can buy an actual Barrel of Single Barrel..... It will run you around 12k though!

And of course the best part of the tour! The tasting!
For lunch we swung by Martins BBQ to get their famous Red Neck Taco.
We can tell why these taco's are famous! They were so good and so were the sides! The taco was made from a cornbread pancake.
Thursday night we got to see one of our favorite bands playing at the Cannery Ball! Lucero!
You can download an app called Bandsintown to see who is playing in different cities at the time! Anything from local bands to big bands! Never know if one of your favorite bands will be playing while you are on vacation!
We started our Friday with Breakfast at Puckett's. Sunday morning brunch can be wrapped around the building and we can tell why! They have live music playing and delicious food!

Friday was the typical tourist day! We did a combined tour with the "Hop on/off tour" and a walking tour which included 17 stops to explore the city.
We started with the Country Music Hal of Fame


When we stopped in the Farmers market we found a Grilled Cheese Truck! (You can find all their stops online) It was so yummy and a fun lunch!

There were tons of small exhibits we stopped at but the best was the antique mall! They had Antique Archeology (from the Hit TV Show American Pickers) and an underground mall which had tons of cool shops, places to eat, and a winery with a tasting!
After touring the city we went to Burger Up. It was a cool family seating type place with great food! (We were so hungry we forgot to take pictures of our food!)
Our last night in downtown Nashville we hung out at the Hotel bar and listened to the live music. It was a nice relaxing way to end our trip there.
Saturday morning we tried to go back to biscuit love but the line was wrapped around the building! One of the guys at the hotel recommended 417 Union around the corner and it was fantastic! We both got the biscuits and gravy. They did not disappoint. The restaurant was a cool house converted into a restaurant with a very historic feel and decorated to match the 417 union theme. Definitely a great place for brunch!
We checked into a hotel closer to the Air Port on Saturday. We dropped off our rental car early to save some money and took a shuttle back to chill at the hotel. (We stayed at the Holiday Inn) The food and drinks were great. Our bartender Amy was awesome. Overall, we had a BLAST. It is hard to capture all the magical moments we had but I figured I could at least share some great places to eat and a few things to do the next time you visit Nashville! Thanks for reading!



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