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Marche – Stop by this European style café and market for a fresh brunch featuring items such as toast with pear and camembert and more from the frequently changing menu. (Photo courtesy: Aparna Krishnamoorthy)

Head to Music City for a weekend of food and fun

Nashville is the ultimate destination for country music fans, singers and songwriters from all over the country. It’s a lively city with a dynamic food and drink scene, history, and of course fantastic music! Given that it’s under a two hour flight away from D.C., Music City makes for a perfect weekend getaway.

Where to Stay

For an indulgent stay and fancy digs, check out The Hermitage hotel in downtown Nashville, or get a taste of local artist life by renting out an Airbnb in East Nashville, or a B&B experience at The Big Bungalow.

What to Do

  • Take a tour of the Ryman Auditorium: One of the most legendary buildings in Nashville, and one of the earliest homes of the Grand Ole Opry, this downtown landmark is not to be missed.
  • Drop by the Johnny Cash Museum which includes artifacts and memorabilia celebrating the icon of country music!
  • No trip to Nashville is complete without a stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Book a group tour, which includes a recording session and some line dancing at the famous Wildhorse Saloon! It doesn’t get more Nashville than this, y’all!
  • Walk through Centennial Park – home of the 1897 Centennial Expo, and housing one of the city’s most prized landmarks, the to-scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens. The park’s lake is a great spot to wander around and take a few photos.
  • Bar Hopping at the Honky Tonks: Spend your evening on Broadway and experience some of the best live music bar hopping through the different Honky Tonk bars. We had a great time at Tootsies and Layla’ Bluegrass Inn, but pretty much anywhere is a fun time!

Where to Eat

  1. Start with the granddaddy of them all, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, the legendary inventor of the fiery fried chicken. You can’t talk about hot chicken or take a trip to Nashville without a stop at Prince’s, period. Regardless of your choice of heat level, be ready to have your taste buds on fire!
  2. If you want to stuff your face even more with hot chicken (trust me, you do!),Hattie B’s is another favorite. Just a word of warning, they are not joking around when they say HOT.
  3. If it’s nice out, grab one of the outdoor tables at Pharmacy Burger, and settle in with one of their unique beer and burger offerings. It’s the kind of place where you can while away entire afternoons.
  4. Arnold's Country Kitchen – Heard the term “meat and three” before? If not, make this Nashville staple a destination when in the city, and grab some of the best plates of a meat and three sides (or more!). The secret is out on this spot, but the lines move fast. Just make sure to remember that they only open for lunch.
  5. Biscuit Love – They draw lines every morning for their “bonuts”, the biscuit donut with blueberry compote and lemon mascarpone, and trust me, it is absolutely worth the wait!
  6. Marche – Stop by this European style café and market for a fresh brunch featuring items such as toast with pear and camembert and more from the frequently changing menu.
  7. Husk – Chef Sean Brock’s popular spot does not need an introduction, but if you don’t have it in your plans to be in Charleston anytime soon (at the first outpost), add this to your Nashville dining list!
  8. Lockeland Table – This East Nashville spot is loved by locals, and when you get one of their wood fired pizzas in their convivial and comfortable atmosphere, it’s easy to see why. A must stop if you want to get off the beaten path and get a taste for how the locals eat!
  9. The Catbird Seat – I’ll admit I have not been here, but they constantly get rave reviews, and if you are into the “dinner as an experience”, the price tag is definitely worth it. Check it out if you are looking for a special occasion meal.

You should also plan to stop by Patterson House for cocktails, Pinewood Social for food and drink and bowling, and Las Paletas for gourmet popsicles!

Trust me, you will not have any dearth of good food, good music, or just good fun in Nashville!

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