9 Things to Do in Nashville for a Fun and Relaxing Vacation

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Hi, hi, hi!

What a relief to be back in (semi) cooler weather! I just got back a few days ago from my road trip to Nashville with my sister and it was so fun! We first made our way to Louisville, KY to catch the Reputation Stadium Tour on my 20th birthday, then we headed to Nashville to stay over the 4th. Neither of us had ever been to Nashville before so we didn't really know what to expect. My sister heavily researched restaurants to go to and places we could tour/visit. So most of what you'll see below was either discovered or planned out by her (lol).

Nashville was a blast. The city is full of tons of different atmospheres, from intimate live performances for 70 tops at The Bluebird Cafe, to the live bands playing in Broadway Bars like Jason Aldean's, to the symphony playing in the Ascend Amphitheater while the fireworks lit off on the Fourth of July. Everywhere you go in Nashville, not one place is like the other. No matter where you are, you experience the same kind of culture yet in a totally different way and to me, that's what made Nashville so unique.

The heat and humidity was no joke though! When we left the fireworks at 10pm on the 4th, it was still 95 degrees out. Though it was hot, it still made for a fun time because much of what we did consisted of being inside, besides for the walking and a few other fun things that you can find below! I've been waiting to have some time to sit down to write and edit this post, and I am finally able to and I'm so excited to share all of these fun things with you!

We dined at tons of different restaurants and did a lot of fun tourist-y (and non tourist-y) things that I wanted to share with you all on a sort of Things To Do in Nashville type list! I could split this into a ton of different posts, but I'd rather keep it all on one so I'm going to split the list up with Places to Dine and Places to See. There's so many things on this list and I recommend trying/doing every single thing on the list if you ever find yourself in the heart of Music City.

Places to Dine

1. Milk and Honey

Milk & Honey was this cute and trendy restaurant located right in the Gulch area in Nashville. A coffee shop that also serves lunch and dinner, they have a variety of things on their menu so there's no worry when it comes to choosing. They also made wood-fired pizza (which we got but it is sadly not pictured), made with homemade dough cooked fresh daily.

I really liked this restaurant for many different reasons. It was a light and fun atmosphere and the food was delicious. The hummus platter (pictured above) came with three different spreads, veggies and pita bread. The pizza came wood-fired, cut into eight slices. Aside from the restaurant, they also have a place where you can buy fresh gelato and coffee, along with souvenirs like mugs, honey, and more.

2. The Mockingbird Cafe

Another restaurant located in the Gulch area, The Mockingbird Cafe is this chic new restaurant that incorporates ingredients from all over the world into their menu to take a global wide spin on their dishes. We actually made reservations to the Cafe for 11am, but we didn't know it opened right at 11 so reservations for around that time weren't really needed, but it was still nice to have them.

The decor at the Cafe was one of my favorite parts about the joint. It was modern and sophisticated, yet had a fun spin with golden hexagons tiling the floor, decorated floral print walls, a chic bar, an outdoor patio and more. Though there were only few others dining at the same time as us, it was a light, easy-going and unique atmosphere, and if it were busy it'd carry the same.

For lunch we split the Brussels Sprouts and "Meatless Monday" lunch special (great for vegetarians!) that came with the chef's choice of half a sandwich, salad, a cup of soup, fries and a cookie. The food was awesome and the global wide spin they discuss of their dishes was evident in each portion.

3. The Bluebird Cafe

One of Nashville's most iconic, The Bluebird Cafe held an astonishing level of intimacy and is one of my most recommended of places to go while visiting. The Bluebird Cafe was where Taylor Swift was got discovered by Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Records, so I of course wanted to go and see it. We found a show on a Monday night that was first come, first serve with a $15 coverage at the door. Many of the shows at the Bluebird have tickets available online for purchase but I read they sell out fast, and every show we had checked out online aside from the one we went to had already been sold out.

We arrived about an hour early and waited in line with about 60 others for the doors to open. The show lasted an hour and a half and we were able to order food and drinks during it. For how small of a club it is, it doesn't seem as crowded or enclosed as you would think once everyone is in there and the music starts playing. The food was average but the intimate and fun atmosphere makes the experience worthwhile.

4. Biscuit Love

My sister found this place while hunting down places to dine in Nashville and boy am I glad she did. We went to Biscuit Love for brunch around 11am on a Tuesday and had to wait in a line that was out the door for a little over a half hour! Thankfully they had umbrellas and water out for our convenience in the hot Nashville heat, but the food was well worth the wait. Biscuit Love is also in the Gulch area, as are Milk & Honey and The Mockingbird Cafe listed above.

It's a very fast-paced environment; you order at the front, get your number, pick a spot to sit and the food is delivered out only about 10 minutes after sitting down. I went with the biscuits & gravy with chicken and it was the best chicken I have ever eaten. The biscuits were homemade, cooked fresh everyday and were so fluffy, buttery and made to perfection.

I would highly recommend anything with a biscuit on this menu because if the chicken and biscuits were that good, I can only imagine what everything else tastes like. And for those