When In Nashville

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Disclaimer:  This is not a sponsored post.  This was a trip that we took and paid for on our own.  All opinions presented are 100% mine and were not influenced by anyone.  Images are made up of ones we took on our trip and official images from the respective business’s Facebook or website.

Nashville has an iconic way of life. It has a distinct culture of music, cuisine, and easy-going people who define the South. Some of the best food and live music can be found throughout this beautiful city.  It is perfect for not only families, but also couples and friends.  Recently my husband and I spent our Spring Break in Nashville, Tennessee.  This was a first for us.  We had always dreamed of heading to the big city known as Nashville, and we got our chance this past week.

We chose to stay at the Radisson hotel near Nashville’s International Airport.  This was a perfect location.  It is conveniently located near everything.  Although it is not within walking distance, it is within a short driving distance to just about everything you want to see in Nashville.  It was easy to get on and off the interstate as well.

The Radisson is currently undergoing renovations.  From what we were able to see and stay in, we were quite pleased.  Even on Trip Advisor it has four stars, which is always a plus in my book.  If I am going to spend the money, then I want to know it is worth it.

One cool thing about this hotel is that you could see the airplanes coming in for landing.  What made it even more cool is that we did not hear them–AT ALL! Seriously, we looked out our window and could see the planes coming in but NEVER heard them.  The only thing missing from this hotel was a free continental breakfast.  But no worries friends, we found some great places you can go to get your day started off right.

Biscuit Love

Featured in each of these publications (Garden & Gun – The Year in Southern Restaurants: Biscuit LoveSouthern LivingThe South’s Best Breakfast Spots, Garden & Gun – The Art of the Beaten Biscuit), the Biscuit Love was truly AH-MAZING!  Located in The Gulch, we knew we were in for treat when we saw the line gathering outside just to get in the door!  I do not know about you but usually this is a GOOD sign of the things to come!  We just had no idea just how good it was until we took our first bites. By the way, don’t let that line thing deter you.  It moves relatively quick.

I chose to have the EGG PLATE- 2 eggs scrambled well with cheese, biscuit, cheese grits (that were to die for IMO), jam, and bacon.  My husband had the Biscuit and Gravy which was a    buttermilk biscuit, local sausage gravy, and dressed kale.  It was seriously so stinking good that you almost wished you had never had it–cause now I know what others aren’t giving me!

Two of their popular items are the EAST NASTY-biscuit, fried boneless chicken thigh, aged cheddar and their BONUTS, delicious sugary delights of fried biscuit dough.  We had every intention of going back to this place to try these things for ourselves, yes-it was/is that good, but did not make it.  It will be one of my first stops next time for sure!

What is great about this location is that there are two iconic Instagram photo opps in or near this place in The Gulch.  First, inside the Biscuit Love is this cool Nashville sign that you may have seen from time to time floating out there on social media.  Of course, I did not really post mine out there because I could not get a good angle on it.  Nonetheless, it is in this restaurant that is only open from 7am to 3pm daily.

The next photo opp that you WILL NOT WANT TO MISS is the famous angel wings that everyone takes a picture with “When in Nashville!”  Even my hubby got in on it. #WhatLiftsYou is located around the corner from Biscuit Love, and it is a MUST STOP!

 

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

My husband learned about this place from the Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern, the host of a show called Bizarre Foods.   Although Hattie B’s is not bizarre at all, just a little hot, my husband just had to make a stop here.  With a variety of Southern staples like mac n cheese and turnips, this is one good ole eatery!  My husband chose to get his chicken medium, meaning a touch of the burn.  Boy did he feel it!  They have a Damn Hot if you dare!

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

For the past couple of months I have been seeing this ice cream on social media.  I was tempted to order some to be sent to me.  Yes, you read that right.  Have ice cream delivered through the mail to my door.  Thankfully, I did not have to experience that….yet!  While cruising through the downtown area of Nashville, we came across this ice cream shop and I had to stop!  It is absolutely heavenly and delightful.  Worth the wait.  I will be purchasing some from a local store that I just learned sells it by the pint.  I am dying to try the Super Moon flavor.  It is supposed to taste like cereal marshmallows.  Now I do not know about you but I LOVE pulling out all the marshmallows in my favorite little leprechaun box.

Five Daughters Bakery

Located in East Nashville, we came across this cute bakery with fantastic doughnuts.  This vanilla cream doughnut was to die for!  Big and fluffy, this mouth watering doughnut did not just have that lovely ring of vanilla cream on the outside as you see in the picture below, but also, nestled in the middle was another layer of vanilla.  DELISH!  They have some other staples such as the King Kong, a maple and bacon doughnut I know my boys would have loved!  They even have Paleo and Vegan doughnuts.

Loveless Cafe 

This was one of our last food stops that was a must.  Loveless Cafe began back in 1951 when Lon and Annie started serving fried chicken and biscuits “out the front door of their home to travelers who passed by on US Highway 100, the then primary route between Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee.  Weary travelers found comfort and refuge at the cozy home and in the food the owners served to them while seated at picnic tables in the front yard. As the tiny house became a planned stop for treks along the Trace, Lon and Annie Loveless expanded their private home into the Loveless Motel and Cafe. Lon Loveless built and ran the property’s motel and was responsible for smoking the meats while Annie whipped up batches of her homemade preserves and scratch-made-biscuits – a secret recipe that remains unchanged to this day.”

With a history like that, we just had to stop and catch a glimpse into this Southern Living magazine must.  Let’s just say, it was well worth the 19 mile drive to the west.

 

 

Of course, our trip was not just about food….it was about going to some locations that make Nashville, well Nashville!  If you are ever in the area, be sure to go to Broadway in downtown Nashville.  Here,  along will many other connecting streets, you will find an assortment of eateries, bars, and museums.  Plus, you can gain access to the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge.  Our black and white picture above was taken from that bridge.  Make sure you also find time to stop at the Goo Goo Cluster store. “In 1912, in a copper kettle at the Standard Candy Company at Clark & First Avenue in Nashville, TN, the world’s first ever combination candy bar was invented. A roundish mound of caramel, marshmallow nougat, fresh roasted peanuts and real milk chocolate.”  We had to buy ourselves a box of these sinfully delicious candy bars.  Let’s just say they did not last long either.

There is so much to do in downtown Nashville that I can confidently say that you can’t do all of Nashville in one visit.  You gotta go back a few times before you can get it in.  There are so many more musts in the downtown area alone.  Signing up for the trolley tours is probably one of the best  ways to get in as much as you can from someone who really knows their stuff.  This is on our list for the next visit.

Of course, you will want to head to some other must see places when you are in Nashville.  The Gaylord Opryland Hotel is beautiful and ENORMOUS and has to be added to your list to see in person!  My husband and I ended up going back here at night so we could see what it was like then.  Filled with gardens and shops and eateries, this is a place you could literally spend hours at and it is free to walk around in!   You can even park at the Opry Mill Mall, and it is not a bad walk to do this either.   When inside, you are going to be blown away at the gardens within the walls of this building and the enormous glass ceiling.  They even have a cool river that you can pay  to ride on (short ride).  You will want to come back at night to see the water fountain show and stroll through the gardens.

Grand Ole Opry

Of course a trip to Nashville would not be complete without a trip to the iconic Grand Ole Opry. My husband and I recall many times as youngsters being wowed by the crazy antics of Minnie Pearl and others on the Hee Haw show.  After a little research I learned a lot more than I ever knew about country music’s most famous stage.  It originally began as a radio broadcast at the National Life and Accident Insurance Building in Nashville.   Since then it has been housed in  four different buildings across Nashville until it finally got its own permanent location in 1974.  Located near the Opry Mill Mall and the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, this iconic American stage still holds concerts and allows guests to take a backstage tour.

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

One of our final stops on this trip was to Cheekwood Eastate & Gardens.  “Once the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek, this extraordinary 1930s estate, with its Georgian mansion and 55 acres of cultivated gardens and expansive vistas, today serves the public as a botanic garden, woodland sculpture trail, and art museum.”  This place is gorgeous, and if you are lucky enough to visit in late March or early April, you will see thousands of tulips in full bloom.  One of our favorites from our trip was the railroad tracks.  Such a fun thing to see! Check out our video below to see just how lovely it is.

Be sure to drive through Belle Meade which is located just up the road from Cheekwood.  Here you will the homes of some of the richest people living in Nashville.  Be sure to stop at Belle Meade Mansion.  We did not get a chance to do it on this trip, but we will be back.

Where we will go next time we are in Nashville……

The Pharmacy Nashville

Treehouse Restaurant

I Dream of Weenie Food Truck

Have you ever been to Nashville, Tennessee?  Are there any must visits on your list that we missed?  

36 Comments
  1. Tina Butler says

    Nashville is so beautiful and one of my absolute favorite places that I have ever visited. I have been to Nashville twice and I fall in love with it again every time I visit. I went to the Loveless Cafe for breakfast as well and it is the best!!! I went during the CMA awards back in 2015 and it was crazy fun! You showed me a few places I still need to visit next I visit. 🙂 Isn’t the Grand Ole Opry something special!!!

  2. crocbows@gmail.com says

    I’ve only been to Nashville a couple of times and I loved it. I’m a southern girl and you can’t live in the south without loving homemade biscuits!!!

  3. Looks like you had an awesome trip. It’s been a while since I’ve been to Nashvile and right now it’s not on my radar but if it does come up, I’ll remember this post.

  4. colleen wool says

    Your pictures look so amazing. I have been to Tennessee many times, but never to Nashville. Now I want to go.

  5. colleen wool says

    I have always wanted to visit Nashville. Your pictures make it look so amazing. I will definitely be adding it to my bucket list.

  6. theterrificfive says

    My husband went to college in TN and always told me that Nashville is the place to be. I guess he is right about how great and fun the place is!

  7. natalielovesbeauty says

    As a country music lover, Nashville is high on my bucket list. I am writing your recommendations down for future reference 🙂

  8. Elizabeth O. says

    Every food picture made me more and more hungry! These are lovely options for places to dine in when you’re in Nashville and I’ll be sure to check them out.

  9. cgmjemus says

    We went to Nashville years ago. Looks like we will have to go back. If you are a foodie the choices are endless. And the Musically inclined…Need I say more. There is plenty of history here as well. Go to Nashville.

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  11. gaborvantolna says

    I´ve never been in Nashville, but all those food pictures you shared really make me feel like going there sometime! Nice ones!

  12. Coralie says

    What a fun trip!! I haven’t been to Nashville before, but would love to take my family there. It looks like you did so many fun things. The Treehouse Restaurant looks awesome!

  13. Karlyn Cruz says

    I love this kind of place! It is totally awesome and fantastic. I really like to go there! I wish I could be.

  14. oh this would be a dream come true and by the looks of it it would be worth a visit just for the food which all just looks amazing

  15. Rosey says

    Some of those fancy homes in Nashville really rival the ones in California and Palm Beach. I love to visit.

  16. Oh how fun! Nashville has always been on my bucket list! It looks like you had so much fun there! My favorite thing to do on trips is try out the local food places. The hubby and I just took a trip to the Bay Area here in San Francisco and I’ve been working on those travel posts for my blog. Honestly, wish I could travel more, there’s so much to see!

  17. Claire Santiago says

    haven’t been to Nashville but the treehouse restaurant is interesting. I never been to any food haven with such unique concept.

  18. Ana Rose | Roads and Pages says

    I remember one of my close friends whose name is Tennessee while I read your post. I once asked her about the meaning behind her name is she mentioned Nashville. I think that visiting Nashville is really an exciting experience. I also enjoyed the about the foods. I have to agree with you regarding the long queue of people in a restaurant. Actually, my mom also told me the same thing.

  19. Roads and Pages says

    I remember one of my close friends whose name is Tennessee while I read your post. I once asked her about the meaning behind her name is she mentioned Nashville. I think that visiting Nashville is really an exciting experience. I also enjoyed the about the foods. I have to agree with you regarding the long queue of people in a restaurant. Actually, my mom also told me the same thing.

  20. Rebecca Swenor says

    Biscuit Love sounds like a great place to get food in the morning. I would love to visit Nashville some day and stay this Radisson. thanks for sharing your experiences and I love the Angel wings.

  21. Angela Milnes says

    Looks like you had a great experience there and I would love to go there soon with my family.

  22. aurora says

    I never really knew what Nashville looked like. It’s nice to see that it’s not cowboy-ish. lol

  23. Chelsea Pearl says

    Nashville is such a fun city, I once went for a quick business trip and I can’t wait to go back and actually explore a bit deeper. Hattie B’s is at the top of my list!

  24. Tara Pittman says

    I have never been to Nashville. They got some great food that I would like to try.

  25. pinkoddy says

    OMG you are making me want to go to Nashville for the food alone! We stayed at a hotel where you could see the planes land and it is so beautiful – and we too were surprised that you didn’t hear them,

  26. Akamatra says

    I am a country music lover 100%. I would love to visit Nashville and after reading about how good the food is I now have another reason!

  27. Crystal Carder says

    I visited Nashville 9 years ago, on my honeymoon. It was such a fun place to visit, but I can’t wait to go back and do more! Looks like you had a great time.

  28. Sarah Bailey says

    Oh my goodness how amazing does Nashville sound like it would be! It seems like there is so much going on and really as though it offers something for everyone.

  29. daria says

    Very nice, honest review. Have not visited this part of the USA, but would love to one day.

  30. Tina Hogan Grant says

    A place I so want to see. Love everything I’ve seen about Nashville. I hope to make it there soon. Love the pictures. Looks amazing.

  31. Stephanie Pass says

    This is making me want to go to Nashville. I just watched Ugly Delicious on Netflix where they were at Hattie B’s! And any place named Biscuit Love is my kinda place.

  32. Jenn @ EngineerMommy says

    My husband went to Nashville many years ago and loved it there. I would love to visit. Paleo donuts sound amazing to me!!

  33. Trina says

    So much cool info, I am hoping to take the kids up to Nashville over summer vacation. It’s been on my bucket list forever!

  34. Stephanie Jnote says

    Wow. Sounds like a great place. Someday I have to get there.

  35. Blair Villanueva says

    What a gorgeous city. Nashville reminds me of a certain American country song that my Dad used to sing (I forgot the exact title).

  36. Garf says

    The plates of food are making me hungry. I forgot I haven’t eaten anything yet since this morning at it is almost 3 pm. Thanks for the reminder 😉

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