The Traveling Roses
A Weekend in Nashville
Mural Location: 2702 12th Ave S. Nashville
If you are looking for the perfect getaway from NJ/NYC then make sure to add Nashville to your bucket list; it’s about a 2 hour flight which makes it great for a quick trip! Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a quick weekend getaway then Nashville known as the “Country Music Capital of the World” will make for the perfect trip.
Where to Stay:
During our recent trip to Nashville we stood at The Fairlane Hotel located in the Downtown Business & Arts district which was in the perfect location and easy walk to Nashville’s famous Broadway area.
The moment you step foot inside The Fairlane Hotel you are greeted by their hospitable team and are welcomed with a drink; definitely a great way to kick off any vacation. Love the retro-chic design of their lobby which made it the perfect hangout spot and they even have coworking desk space.
We stood in one of their king rooms which was super spacious, their rooms offer high ceilings, comfy Euro-top king bed and we loved their peek-a-boo showers.
Some of the other on-site amenities include their “Jim”, valet parking, high-speed WIFI and meeting rooms. They also have two on site restaurants and a pop up bar that are a must visit when staying at The Fairlane Hotel.
Where to Eat/Drink:
Our go to breakfast spot was the Bagelshop located in the lobby at the Fairlane Hotel. It was convenient to have a quick & easy grab and go spot right in our hotel. Their bagels are delicious, it’s no wonder why they sell out fast.
You can’t come to Nashville and not try delicious BBQ Food - so of course we had to check out Jacks’ BBQ, a staple located on Broadway and just a short 5 minute walk from our hotel. We got their three meat combo; BBQ rib, pork shoulder & brisket which were all delicious and of course we had to try their mac and cheese which was phenomenal. Make sure to leave some room for the chess pie!
Fall down the rabbit hole at Alice for drinks, a pop-up bar located on the Penthouse floor at the Fairlane Hotel. This bar is super photo worthy and they serve up delicious specialty cocktails. My favorite was “Through the Looking Glass” and their mocktail.
Another restaurant/bar to check out is the Ellington’s Restaurant also located inside the Fairlane Hotel. We didn’t get to try their food but did go for cocktails. Make sure to try their old fashioned!
We had some of the best BBQ wings over at Rippy’s Honkytonk - their dry rub and crispy wings were finger licking good. Nothing like eating delicious food in a fun atmosphere with great live music.
Head over to the 12 South neighborhood and check out Bartaco. We had some tasty margaritas and tacos; their chicken and fried avocado tacos were my favorite. Of course we also had to walk over to Five Daughters Bakery to pick up some sweets to go.
For you pizza lovers and fans of chic speakeasy’s then a visit to Red Phone Booth is a must. In order to enter you need to know the secret phone number and dial it into their restored London red phone booth entry. To get the code you either need to be a member or obtain the number from a concierge or friend.Here we tried their meat lovers Neopolitan pizza and I had the best pisco sour cocktail ever! Highly recommend checking them out if you are looking for a unique experience.
Want a taste of Spain right in the heart of Nashville? Then head over to Boqueria; this restaurant serves up delicious tapas like the Patatas Brava & Garlic Shrimp. Love the esthetics and romantic atmosphere the restaurant has to offer.
Things to Do:
Nashville is known as Music City for a reason. Head over to Broadway to check out one of their many honky tonks. Each bar offers live music which makes it such a fun way to experience the local talent. Some of our favorites include Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, Tootsies, Lucky Bastard & Honky Tonk Central. You can’t go wrong and we loved that it was easy to go from one establishment to the next and check out all that Broadway has to offer.
If you want to switch things up then head over to Printers Alley to check out some of the best live blues bands.
Nashville is not just about BBQ food and honky tonks. You can check out some local museums like National Museum of African American Music, Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum and the Johnny Cash Museum among many others.
If you love street art then the Gulch neighborhood will not disappoint; here we saw some cool street art from local artists.
This was our first time in Nashville but it certainly will not be our last. We loved that it was a quick and easy getaway filled with great food, live music and a lot of fun! Huge thanks to our friends at The Fairlane Hotel for hosting us during our stay.