I can’t believe I’ve been home from Nashville for 2 days already! It was such a perfect girls trip! I’m lucky enough to have 3 best friends that love to go on adventures, so every few years we try to go away. 2 years ago we went to Vegas while I ran the Rock and Roll Half Marathon. As country music lovers, we knew Nashville was on our bucket list, so we decided going during CMA Awards week was the perfect time! We added another friend to the mix, so we were a rambunctious group of 5.
We got to tour and see a show at the Ryman Auditorium. If you’ve never been to The Mother Church of Country, you need to go. The atmosphere at show time is electric, even though I didn’t know any of the artists. And for the history buff in me, learning all about the history behind the building and it’s part in country music history was amazing.
Speaking of history, we were able to tour the Country Music Hall of Fame as well. The amount of history in that one building is unreal. My favorite exhibit was on Loretta Lynn. I had no idea her backstory besides her being the ‘Coalminers Daughter” so to learn about her life was so fun.
The last place we toured was the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg. It was a bit of a hike, but totally worth the trek. Did you know the distillery is located in a dry county, so you can’t buy alcohol there? We learned so much about making whiskey and the JD history, including why Tennessee whiskey is different than Kentucky bourbon.
We also ate and drank A LOT. Some of our favorite places were:
Rippy’s – We ate here twice and came here to watch the CMA’s because it was right across the street from the Bridgestone Arena. Unfortunately, it didn’t overlook the red carpet! If you go, be sure to get their fried pickles. They were so good!
FGL House – We went here for our last night, after planning on eating here a few times during the trip. The food is phenomenal. None of us had a bad meal and we even shared an app. If you’re there, be sure to get the Dirty Kettle Chips- they’re like nachos but with kettle chips. Amazing. And the live music up on their Cruise Rooftop Bar was amazing. The group that played on Friday night was unreal. They were the first band playing non-country music, but they were some of the best.
The Wildhorse Saloon – We had so much fun here. We got to take some line dancing lessons and met a bunch of people. Nashville is such an eclectic city, it was great to meet people from all over.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken – Ok, I’ll admit it. I was questioning this one. After we walked from our hotel to the Nashville Angel Wings, I didn’t want to walk the other 3/4 mile to Hattie B’s. But my friends convinced me… And then we waited in line for AN HOUR for the food. But IT WAS WORTH IT. The chicken was tender, the crispy outside was perfect and that heat was amazing. Paired with some southern mac and cheese and fries… it was amazing. If you go there and the line is past the outside deck, wait it out. I promise you won’t regret it.
Final thoughts, this trip was probably a once-in-a-lifetime, just because of the sheer amount of things we did. I definitely want to go back, but for now, I think I need a mini-vacation from my vacation! And I need to start planning the next one!
What about you, what’s your favorite vacation destination?