This past weekend my husband and I “escaped” to Nashville for the night.  It was great to get away from all of our responsibilities for 24+ hours.  Thanks for watching the boys, mom!

Dinner followed by a night in a hotel - so relaxing!

Dinner followed by a night in a hotel – so relaxing!

Our goals for the trip were to relax, eat great food and do some shopping.  We didn’t end up buying much, but we did score some stuff at the Under Armour Outlet in Opry Mills and loved browsing the high-end stores at the Green Hills Mall.  Much like it’s counterpart in Charlotte (where we lived for 12 years), Opry Mills is HUGE and crowded – so we got in and out of there as quickly as possible!

The lobby of the Hermitage Hotel

The lobby of the Hermitage Hotel

The food was fabulous.  We ate lunch at Tavern, dinner at The Capitol Grille inside the beautiful and historic Hermitage Hotel (which opened in 1910) and breakfast at West End Cafe.   We stayed at the Hutton Hotel, which we loved.  If you need to stop for lunch on the way, Tulum Mexican Grill in Jackson, TN has great food (and nice people).

This was our first trip to Nashville (unless you count the night we spent at the Loews Hotel with 2 cats, a 5 yr old and a newborn when we were moving from Charlotte to Little Rock – I don’t!) so we didn’t have time to do too much…but I made a bunch of notes for places I’d like to check out on a kid-free future trip:

Some online resources:

As always, here are recommendations from those who know best – the moms!

Places to Eat

  • Eat at Puckett’s in Franklin one night. Great entertainment and food.
  • Arrington Vineyards. It is owned by Kix Brooks of Brooks and DUnn fame and he is there all the time. We sat and spoke to him for 30 mins. and they have great wine!
  • Brick Top’s is an amazing restaurant!
  • Bricktops is delicious! Hubby and I ate there when we visited Nashville in October.
  • Great, casual meal? Ted Turner’s near Vandy. The bison burger is great and the menu is filled with treats. A bit cold, but I usually recommend “Las Paletas” for some amazing gourmet popsicles. For breakfast, we like eating at Jackson’s – and laughing at the lines of people waiting for a table at Pancake Pantry. If you’re downtown, we’ve also enjoyed the breakfast at Puckett’s. Demo’s Steak and Spaghetti House downtown has become a favorite, especially when we’re there during the marathon.
  • The Southern for brunch! Delicious!
  • If your looking for a good breakfast or brunch Pancake Pantry is the place to be. A plus is you might even see a celeb. Might be a line but so worth it.
  • Most amazing local restaurant- Silly Goose in east Nashville. Chef/owner is Memphis native Roderick Bailey.
  • The Hermitage Hotel is gorgeous. Be sure to check out the men’s restroom downstairs <in The Capitol Grill restaurant>. Don’t worry the concierge will stand guard for you. It’s a gorgeous jade and black Art Deco blast from the past. It is also the hotel that was the HQ women’s suffrage in TN.

Places to Stay

  • Union Station boutique hotel!
  • Union station! Pricey but amazing!
  • For special occasions, the Gaylord Opryland is an amazing place to stay. If you’re not staying there but you’ll be there during the holidays, you should check out their holiday decorations and shows. The spa there is great and does a wonderful couples massage. We typically stay in either the Vandy area (the Holiday Inn at Vandy is a great location) or downtown (The Indigo Hotel is well situated and has a nice lobby bar).
  • Only go to opryland hotel if you like huge places. I don’t
  • Gaylord Opry hotel. Hands down.

Things to Do

  • loved the backstage tour at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • I think Antique Archeology, owned by the guys from American Pickers would be fun to browse. Also, we have a friend who visits the ICE! sculptures/winter wonderland at the Opryland Hotel every year.
  • Try to hit Opry Mall. It’s a combo of regular and outlet stores.