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A woman in Printer's Alley enjoying a Nashville girls trip

Known as the Music City of the United States and the number one bachelorette party destination, there is no better place to do a girls trip than in Nashville, Tennessee. This fun city is perfect for all age groups to enjoy and it is filled with fascinating history, great cuisine, admirable street art and a thriving culture.

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and it is situated in the north central part of the state. The name of this fun city came from Francis Nash who was one of the few Patriot generals killed during the American Revolution. Nashville also holds the Grand Ole Opry, which is the longest-running live music radio show and its iconic landmark is the AT&T Building, which is also known as the “Batman Building”.

The Broadway Bars in Nashville, Tennessee - best things to do on a Nashville girls trip

I’ve had the opportunity to visit Nashville, Tennessee twice! My first trip to Nashville was during President’s Day weekend in February 2017 with a friend and my most recent trip was for a destination bachelorette party in July 2022.

Whether you are traveling to Nashville for a bachelorette party, milestone birthday or just a regular girlfriend getaway, discover the most memorable things to do during a girls trip to Tennessee!

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time in Nashville, Kimpton Aertson Nashville hosted me for two nights.


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Nashville Girls Trip

Plan a Trip to Nashville:

A woman on a girls trip in Nashville, Tennessee

Traveling to Nashville from anywhere in the United States is easy. You can find a lot of affordable flights that go into Nashville International Airport!

Other ways to get to Nashville are by car and public transportation! If you choose to take the public transit route, you can either travel via the Greyhound bus or Amtrak train. For those who fly into the city, it’s unnecessary to rent a car if you plan to only stay in Nashville. (We mainly got around with car service apps.) If you choose to travel around Tennessee, then you will need your own vehicle!

Nashville makes for a great stop on a USA road trip! Click here if you are planning to road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.

The Best Girls Trip Hotel in Nashville:

Two women enjoying the rooftop at Kimpton Aertson Hotel during a Nashville girls trip

The best place to stay in Nashville during a girl getaway is Kimpton Aertson Hotel, which is in Midtown. I adore staying at Kimpton hotels around the world and I loved how the Aertson was conveniently located, featured spacious rooms with balconies and offered an incredible rooftop pool and bar to cool off to in Nashville’s summer heat!

Kimpton Aertson is a stunning luxury boutique hotel situated in Nashville’s new social hub! The entire hotel captures the pioneering spirit of America’s first Vanderbilt. It has industrial details with swanky features.

The Rooms at Kimpton Aertson Nashville:
A woman staying at the Aertson Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee

There are 180 guest rooms that include 12 suites at the Aertson Hotel. One of the many reasons why it is a great hotel for a Nashville girls trip is because there are many rooms that also connect for friend groups.  

During my recent trip to Nashville, I stayed in the 1 King Premium Balcony room that included a cozy king bed, beautiful marble en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower, comfy sofa, floor to ceiling windows with a balcony that offers a panoramic view of Midtown, 30-inch television and more. The room also has green energy features! It was perfect. (I also loved the robes at the Aertson!)

A hotel room at the Kimpton Aertson Nashville

Staying at Kimpton Aertson Hotel is like having your own private retreat! Each room features a leather stitched headboard above the beds, industrial-era concrete ceilings and local artwork.

In addition to the 1 King Premium Balcony room, you can also stay in a 1 King Essential guest room, 2 Queen Essential guest room, 1 King Essential Midtown View guest room and a 2 Queen Premium guest room.

The suites you can choose from at Kimpton Aertson are the 1 King 1 Bedroom Suite with Living Area, 1 King 1 Bedroom Suite with Walk-In Shower and 2 Queen 1 Bedroom Suite with Living Area.

The Aertson also accommodates guests with disabilities and is pet friendly!

Staying at Kimpton Aertson Hotel:
A woman at the pool bar at the Aertson Hotel

A great reason why Kimpton Aertson Hotel is the perfect place to stay during a girls trip to Nashville is because it has a great restaurant that offers a wonderful happy hour and brunch; a rooftop pool and poolside bar, fitness center along with a spa!

During my recent trip to Nashville, Tennessee, fellow travel creator Lacey of Live it Up with Lacey met up with me for a few days before I met my college friends for the bachelorette party. We had a blast enjoying the amenities at the Aertson Nashville and exploring all of the fun spots in the area.

Happy hour at the Henley in Nashville

A modern and artisanal French brasserie to enjoy during a Nashville weekend getaway is Henley at the Aertson. During my recent trip to Nashville, Lacey and I got to enjoy a nice happy hour at this spot! I savored the Herb & Sorghum Parker House Rolls that came with lemon and sourwood honey butter. It was incredible and melted in my mouth! I also sipped the Naked on Broadway cocktail, which was a mezcal that included Ancho Reyes Rojo, Aperol, grapefruit, lime and tonic.

In addition, we also loved spending time and cooling off to Nashville’s heat at the Aertson Hotel’s rooftop pool and bar. The rooftop pool is a beautiful and great spot to relax at! Both Lacey and I enjoyed sitting in the lounge chairs that were directly in the water! You can also sit in the shade under one of the cabanas.

A woman enjoying the pool at the Aertson Hotel in Nashville

Located at the rooftop pool is a bar where you can enjoy refreshing cocktails, healthy snacks (like hummus platters) and great music! It’s the perfect spot to escape to in the heart of Nashville!

Please note that the Aertson pool is open daily from April through October from 9am to 9pm. The poolside bar is weather permitting and open from Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 5:30pm.

The lobby of the Kimpton Aertson Hotel

Not only is the Music City great for a girls trip, Nashville is also one of the best getaways for couples! In fact, the Aertson Hotel has a spa for you to enjoy either by yourself, with friends or with a significant other.

Kimpton Aertson has partnered with Nashville’s Woodhouse Spa where you can receive a massage, hydra facial and more.

Best Restaurants for a Girls Trip in Nashville:

Two women enjoying a Nashville Girls Trip

One of the best things to do in Nashville during a girlfriend weekend getaway is to explore the food scene! Nashville is known for its hot chicken, Southern comfort food (mac and cheese, fried green tomatoes, sweet tea, etc.), BBQ and more.

Throughout the city, you can find grab and go eateries, fine dining, “Instagrammable” brunch spots, celebrity-owned restaurants, renowned food halls and more! Below are the best restaurants you must visit in Nashville:

Hattie B’s:

A hot chicken sandwich and Southern greens from Hattie B's in Nashville

An iconic staple to Nashville, that you cannot miss out on trying, is Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. It is a black-owned father and son restaurant chain that specializes in spicy fried chicken.

With locations in Midtown, West Nashville, Melrose and Broadway, you can savor delicious chicken on the bone, tenders or a sandwich with heat levels ranging from no spice to “Shut the cluck up!”, which has a burn notice.

When my friends and I visited Hattie B’s Midtown location, I savored the chicken sandwich with the medium heat level. Even with the medium heat, my lips were burning! It was delicious though, especially with their fresh country lemonade. (I also had Southern greens as a side. The crinkle-cut fries are also delicious.)

Hattie B’s also has locations in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; Las Vegas, Nevada and Dallas, Texas. Please note that when you visit the Nashville locations that you’ll probably have to wait in a line to order your food. The line can be short or up to hours long! If you don’t want to wait for your food, you can order it through a food delivery service.

The Hampton Social:

A lobster roll and bellini from The Hampton Social during a girls trip to Nashville

A Nashville girls trip is not complete without having brunch at The Hampton Social in Downtown. This fun “Instagrammable” restaurant is made to have you longing for summer days on the coast. In fact, the restaurant has large windows that overlooks the Cumberland River in Nashville.

From different rosés to its coastal-inspired cuisine, The Hampton Social doesn’t disappoint! When I visited this adorable spot during my friend’s bachelorette, I had the Beaches & Cream Bellini that included sparkling rosé, peach and lemongrass.

For my main meal, I had the Manhattan style lobster roll and then we all shared the doughnut drops for dessert, which is like a beignet. Everything was delicious!

The Hampton Social also has locations in Chicago’s River North and Streeterville areas; Orlando, Florida; Naples, Florida; Skokie, Illinois; South Barrington, Illinois and Burr Ridge, Illinois. If you’re looking to eat at the Nashville location, it is best to make a reservation in advance.

*Please note that you must be 21 years or older to enjoy The Hampton Social rooftop party!

Geist:

A Southern dish from Geist in Nashville

Every girl getaway needs a fancy dinner included in the itinerary and Geist Nashville is the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious meal!

Located in a former 1900 blacksmith shop in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood is a stylish bar and American restaurant that offers everything from crafted cocktails to mouthwatering seafood, meat and vegetarian plates.

We visited Geist one evening during my friend’s bachelorette party and we were seated in a private space where we were able to fully enjoy each other’s company! For dinner, I had the shrimp and grits with a La Brujita, which was a mezcal with honey, lemon and tajin. It was tasty!

Geist also has a great brunch and boasts Nashville’s only Champagne Garden for you to enjoy during a girl’s trip! Please make a reservation ahead of time if you plan to eat here.

Biscuit Love:

Biscuit Love in Nashville, Tennessee

Another Nashville staple is Biscuit Love! Located in The Gulch area of the city is this family-owned, award-winning spot that serves mouthwatering biscuits and meals for breakfast and lunch every day.

All of Biscuit Love’s meals are made with locally sourced ingredients. During my friend’s bachelorette weekend, we ordered Biscuit Love through a food delivery app and everything was great! I had the Princess biscuit sandwich that included a homemade buttermilk biscuit with Nashville hot chicken, mustard and honey. You can also add an egg with it!

We also shared the bonuts, which are a fried biscuit doughnut that is tossed in sugar and topped with lemon mascarpone and served over blueberry compote. In addition to food, you can also enjoy hot and cold beverages, along with cocktails at Biscuit Love!

In addition to The Gulch, you can also find Biscuit Love in Nashville’s Hillsboro Village and downtown Franklin, Tennessee.

Edley’s Bar-B-Que:

Edley's BBQ in East Nashville

One of the best barbecue and Southern comfort spots in Nashville is Edley’s Bar-B-Que! At this family-owned restaurant, you can savor delicious meats that are smoked low and slow using Southern white oak.

During my first trip to Nashville in 2017, I enjoyed dinner at Edley’s Bar-B-Que with my friend. I savored the pulled smoked chicken sandwich with cornbread and green beans and it was delicious. I also had a Nashville craft beer with my meal, which was awesome!

I visited the East Nashville location, but you can find Edley’s Bar-B-Que in the 12 South neighborhood and Sylvan Park. There are also locations in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Glen Carbon, Illinois.

Frothy Monkey:

Frothy Monkey in Nashville, Tennessee

During a girls weekend in Nashville, it is a must to visit a Frothy Monkey location for breakfast! On my latest trip, I had a lovely breakfast at Frothy Monkey. Known as another Nashville staple, this awesome spot has some of the best locally roasted coffee in the Music City!

My friends and I visited the 12 South location, but you can also find Frothy Monkey in Downtown, The Nations and East Nashville. There are also locations in downtown Franklin, Tennessee; Southside in Chattanooga, Tennessee; downtown Birmingham, Alabama and it will soon be in Knoxville, Tennessee.

For brunch, I had a mimosa with the vanilla-cinnamon brioche French toast and it hit the spot!

Velvet Taco:

Tacos from Velvet Taco in Nashville

A funky taco spot with incredible options is Velvet Taco! With locations in Midtown, Assembly Hall in Downtown and East Nashville, you can savor regular, vegan and gluten free tacos and enjoy refreshing Mexican sodas!

Lacey and I visited Velvet Taco in the Midtown location for dinner one evening and I enjoyed the piña colada shrimp tacos and chicken and waffle tacos with a pineapple Mexica soda. It was so good!

Other states you can find Velvet Taco in are Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, North Carolina and Georgia.

Milk & Honey:

Milk & Honey, a great restaurant to enjoy on a Nashville girls trip

Another great brunch spot to visit during a girls trip to Nashville is Milk & Honey. Located in The Gulch, this trendy coffee bar is known for its fresh salads, pastries, gelato, coffee, breakfast sandwiches and more!

During my time at Milk & Honey with Lacey, I had a coffee with the prosciutto, egg and smoked mozzarella breakfast sandwich. It was awesome! You can also enjoy great brunch cocktails at this restaurant.

Butchertown Hall:

Tacos from Butchertown Hall in Nashville

A great upscale craft taco, Texas BBQ and margarita joint in Germantown, that my friends and I visited on my recent trip to Nashville, was Butchertown Hall.

Located in a beautiful building with outdoor seating, Butchertown Hall is the perfect spot to visit on a weekend girls trip to Nashville. I had a spicy margarita with the wood-fire chicken tacos that also included grilled pineapple salsa, cilantro and white BBQ sauce. It was the perfect summer evening meal!

Josephine:

Chicken and waffles from Josephine in Nashville

Situated in the quaint 12 South neighborhood is a lovely Southern restaurant called Josephine. At this lovely spot, Chef Andy Little, who was a James Beard semifinalist, combines his Pennsylvania Dutch roots with Southern comfort flavors! No matter what you choose to get at Josephine, everything is delicious.

When I first visited Josephine during my 2017 trip, I had the chicken and waffles that came with spicy brown butter syrup. It’s a great spot to visit during a Nashville girls weekend.

Yeast Nashville:

Czech kolaches from Yeast Nashville

An amazing place to grab breakfast or a snack during a Nashville girls trip is Yeast Nashville in the East Nashville neighborhood.

This adorable café is home to the Czech kolaches in Nashville, Tennessee. A kolache is a Bohemian pastry (like a Danish or donut) that is filled with fruit, cheese or chocolate. When I first visited Nashville, my friend and I made our way to Yeast Nashville and I savored a delicious Mexican hot chocolate kolache with a latte on the side!

Fun Things to do with Girlfriends on a Nashville Girls Trip:

A woman enjoying the Governor's Pool at White Limozeen during a girls trip in Nashville

From Honky-tonks to pool parties, here are the most memorable Nashville getaway ideas for you to enjoy with your girl’s!

Have a Fun Night Out on Broadway:

The Stage on Broadway in Downtown Nashville

No matter the time or day, there is always something going on in Nashville, Tennessee! The main party area of the city is in Downtown Nashville on Broadway.

Situated on this lively main street are what Tennesseans call Honky-tonks. They are bars that have live country music and entertainment brought to you by local and talented musicians. Below are my favorite bars on Broadway:

The Stage on Broadway: The Stage is one of my favorite music venues in Nashville. You must go here during a girls trip! From newer country to classics, you can enjoy the best hits from Luke Bryan to Shania Twain and Brooks & Dunn to Faith Hill! Overall, The Stage on Broadway is the best spot to sing, dance and enjoy good drinks!

Tootsies: Recognized as an icon to Nashville and a historic watering hole, Tootsies is a must-visit when you do a girls getaway to the Music City! Also located at Nashville International Airport, Tootsies is a fun bar and rooftop where you can dance the night away to your favorite country music hits. If you get there early enough, enjoy dinner with a local craft beer.

Tin Roof: If you’re looking for a great bar to dance at, I recommend visiting Tin Roof! What is awesome about this bar is that they play more than just country music. In fact, when I first visited Nashville in 2017, I got to enjoy a 90s night. There were cover artists that played 90s classics from Backstreet Boy’s to Britney Spears!

A night at Tin Roof is also not complete without getting their signature drink – the Tin Roof Runner! This delicious concoction has two different types of rum, pineapple juice and a splash of grenadine.

Acme Feed & Seed: Located in a historical building in Downtown Nashville, Acme Feed & Seed is a multi-level bar and restaurant. Each floor has a different theme ranging from live country music, on the bottom floor, to a hip hop DJ on the rooftop. This awesome spot also has a great brunch during the day!

Take a Tractor Tour through Downtown Nashville:

Women on a tractor tour in Nashville, Tennessee during a bachelorette party

One of the most fun things to do during a Nashville girls trip is to take the Nashville Tractor around Broadway! My friends and I did the tractor tour during the bachelorette party and we had the time of our lives.

We all wore cowboy boots and hats and enjoyed this non-stop party on a bright red tractor! The Nashville Tractor is BYOB and you will be provided with a bucket of ice to store your drinks. Throughout the entire tour, you will dance to country music, sing karaoke and enjoy one giant party as you make your way down Broadway.

The public Nashville Tractor costs $19.98 per person and you can also book a private tour for $495. Each tractor tour holds up to 35 people and it’s 75 minutes long.

The Nashville Tractor tour begins at Doc Hollidays Saloon in Downtown. At this spot, you can purchase from a selection of beer, seltzers and other beverages to take with you on your ride. In addition to the ice buckets, you can also bring your own coolers.

Join the Governor’s Pool Party at White Limozeen:

A woman enjoying an afternoon at White Limozeen in Nashville, Tennessee

There is nothing more perfect for a Nashville girls trip than experiencing an afternoon at the Governor’s Pool Party at White Limozeen. Located in the Dolly Parton-themed girly hotel, The Graduate, White Limozeen is a pink rooftop that overlooks Nashville.

If you’re a guest at The Graduate, it is important to note that the Governor’s Pool is not an amenity of the hotel. You must book a reservation to experience the rooftop pool just like anyone else! (I recommend making a reservation in advance, since the Governor’s Pool is a popular spot during the summer.)

When you make a reservation for the Governor’s Pool Party, you will be given a lounge chair, umbrella, complimentary welcome drink, iced water, towel and pool service during the time you’re there. Please note that any food or drinks purchased at White Limozeen is an additional cost.

White Limozeen during a Nashville girls trip

It costs $50 USD per person, without tax, to make a reservation for the Governor’s Pool Party. All the food on White Limozeen’s menu feature homestyle renditions of traditionally French presentations. You can also just enjoy the bar and restaurant at White Limozeen, if you don’t make reservations for the pool party. You must book a table if you want to dine there!

The Governor’s Pool Party is a lot of fun and a great way to cool off in Nashville’s heat. There are three time slots you can choose from when you make your reservation – morning brunch; mid-afternoon and late afternoon. Lacey and I enjoyed the later afternoon pool party!

Make Memories on a Pontoon:

A pontoon boat tour in Nashville during a girls trip

Whether you’re celebrating a bachelorette weekend, college reunion, milestone birthday party or just a general girlfriend getaway, a pontoon boat party is where everyone can have a blast!

Nashville Toons provides great pontoon experiences on Nashville’s Percy Priest Reservoir. You can either get a regular pontoon or a double decker pontoon with a water slide! All the pontoons come with a captain, state-of-the-art sound system and coolers with ice. If you book the double decker pontoon, you’ll also get a 16-foot lily pad for floating. (There are also life jackets on each pontoon.)

*Please note that the pontoon party is BYOB! The overall experience is around four hours long and it is a great way to have a good time with your friends, cool off in the lake, relax and share memories.

If you don’t have your own vehicle to get to the lake, Nashville Toons has a free shuttle that will take you from their Downtown office to Percy Priest Reservoir. It costs $599 for a double decker pontoon cruise with a water slide, making it perfect for a group activity.

Enjoy Dinner and Retro Bowling at Pinewood Social:

Retro bowling at Pinewood Social in Nashville, Tennessee during a girls trip

If you’re looking to have a chill night with your girlfriends in Nashville, I suggest making reservations for dinner and bowling at Pinewood Social. It is a trendy social hub for anyone and everyone!

Located in the Rolling Mill Hill area of Nashville, across from the Cumberland River, Pinewood Social is in an industrial-chic space where you can enjoy New American cuisine, craft cocktails, coffee and more. There is also a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

I had the opportunity to visit Pinewood Social during both of my Nashville trips and it’s always a fun time! During my first trip, I savored the fried half chicken with spiced honey and on my friend’s bachelorette getaway, I enjoyed the salmon and brussels sprouts dish with lemon-caper brown butter sauce and dukka.

In addition to the food and drinks, Pinewood Social in Nashville has a cool 50’s retro-style bowling alley for you to enjoy and make memories with your friends!

Go Mural Hunting:

A woman exploring the Nashville murals during a girls trip

One of the top things Nashville is known for are the cool street murals that are located around the city.  In fact, a great way to see every neighborhood is to go on a scavenger hunt to find them all! (The most popular and “Instagrammable” murals are mainly found in The Gulch and 12 South neighborhoods.)

A great activity to do with your friends is a Murals & Mimosas Sightseeing Tour.

Below are murals you must check out during your girl’s trip to Nashville:

A woman at the "What Lifts You Wings" in The Gulch in Nashville

What Lifts You Mural: The one mural I could not wait to see during my first trip to Nashville was the famous “What Lifts You” wings in The Gulch.

This beautiful 20-foot piece of art by Kelsey Montague was inspiring for me. These wings prove that anyone can follow their dreams and do what they love. Next to this mural are baby wings that are perfect for a small child.

A woman at Draper James during a girls trip to Nashville

Draper James: One of my favorite murals, that I finally got to see in person on my recent trip, is the Draper James mural in 12 South. It is unknown who painted this colorful Nashville mural, but it will brighten your day!

Draper James is Reese Witherspoon’s boutique that boasts adorable clothing and elegant home décor with Southern charm. Both the Draper James sign as well as the blue and white brick wall make for great photo opportunities!

A woman at the "I Believe in Nashville" mural

I Believe in Nashville: The most iconic street artwork in Nashville is the “I Believe in Nashville” mural series by Adrien Saporiti.

There are three locations where you can see this popular mural – the Howell’s Alley building in 12 South, Marathon Music Works and Basement East in East Nashville. The original “I Believe in Nashville Mural” is the one in 12 South.

A woman exploring Nashville's murals

Nashville Walls Project: It isn’t a surprise that Nashville is a mural city, along with Austin, Texas! The Nashville Walls Project consists of various street art around the Music City like the “One Little Dream at Night” in Printer’s Alley; “Green Leaves of the Gulch” in The Gulch; Elliston Parking Garage in Midtown; “One Day I will Rescue Your Brother, Too” in Downtown and Nation’s Wall in West Nashville.

Walk Around Centennial Park:

The Parthenon at Centennial Park in Nashville

On a beautiful day in Nashville, one of the best things to do is stroll around Centennial Park. It is a large urban park that is located in Midtown, across from Vanderbilt University. If you’re looking to get active during your Nashville girls trip, you must visit Centennial Park! There are a lot of great walking trails and gardens to explore.

I got to visit Centennial Park during both of my Nashville trips and it is beautiful! What makes this park special is that it boasts the iconic Parthenon that stands as the centerpiece. In fact, this cool landmark is a replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece and serves as Nashville’s art museum.

Discover the Music City Walk of Fame:

While you wander through Nashville with your girlfriends, you cannot miss the Music City Walk of Fame that showcases star-studded pavement honoring country music legends. It is awesome to see the star tiles for Kid Rock, Tim McGraw, Jimi Hendrix, Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley, to name a few.

Experience the Grand Ole Opry:

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee

What began as a radio broadcast in 1925 is now a live entertainment phenomenon. Nowadays, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and contemporary top 100 artists that have followed their footsteps.

The Grand Ole Opry is Nashville’s number one attraction and it even features a great museum to walk through! I recommend not skipping the Grand Ole Opry if you plan to visit Nashville.

Watch the Sunset at Nissan Stadium:

The Nashville skyline
Even though this wasn’t taken during sunset, this is the best spot to experience golden hour in Nashville.

During my first trip to Nashville, there was nothing more magical than watching the sunset over the city’s skyline while listening to country music play from the nearby Broadway bars across the river.

Just outside of Nissan Stadium, where the Tennessee Titans football team plays, is a lawn area right next to the Cumberland River. I recommend bringing a blanket with some wine as you enjoy the best sunset in the city!

Explore Marathon Music Works:

Another cool place to visit in the Music City, during a girls weekend in Nashville, is Marathon Music Works. This creative music community was built in the early 1900s. Nowadays, it features a winery, distillery, coffee company, candy shop, gourmet hot dog joint and antique store for you and your friends to enjoy.

Marathon Music Works will also host local bands. I recommend keeping up to date on their website to see who is playing and how you can purchase tickets. Marathon Music Works is an awesome project!

Tour Belle Meade Historic Site and Winery:

Belle Meade Historic Site

A lovely spot to visit during a Nashville girls trip is Belle Meade Historic Site and Winery. Once a Southern plantation, Belle Meade mansion was owned by the Harding and Jackson families. During a tour at this beautiful spot, you can learn all about both families as well as the women, men and children who labored there.

There is another tour you can do, called Journey to Jubilee, that tells the stories of the enslaved people who were brought to Nashville or were born at Belle Meade from 1807 through the Emancipation. In addition to the history tours, you can also do a food tour at Belle Meade and learn all about the roots of Southern culinary traditions. (You can also sample food as well.)

In addition to the historic and food tours, you can enjoy a wine tasting at Belle Meade and do the Bourbon Experience! My friends and I did the Mansion Tour where we walked through the Greek Revival home and ended with a wine tasting.

Wine tasting at Belle Meade during a Nashville girls trip

It costs $28 USD to do the Mansion Tour; $28 USD to participate in the Journey to Jubilee; $40 USD to do the Southern Food Traditions tour; $60 USD to do the Wine & Food Pairing; $60 USD to do the Belle Meade Bourbon Experience and $98 USD to do the Chef-Inspired Food & Wine Pairing. There is also a Guided Segway Tour you can do around the Belle Meade property for $35 USD.

Not only does Belle Meade provide tours, they also have a great education program! It is located in the upscale Belle Meade area of Nashville and it’s around a 20-minute drive from the heart of the city. (We took an Uber to get there.)

Optional Nashville Road Trip Ideas:

In addition to all of the best things to do in Nashville, here are optional girls trip adventures to add to your itinerary!

Visit Jack Daniel’s Distillery:
A woman at Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee

Located an hour and half south from Nashville (near the Alabama border) is the famous Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. If you rent a car, you could easily drive to Jack Daniel’s, but if you choose not to, then you can book a day tour that will take you to and from Nashville to the distillery!

I visited Jack Daniel’s Distillery when I vacationed in Nashville in 2017 and my friend, who lives in the capital city, had a car!

My friend and I signed up for The Angel’s Share, which is an hour and a half-long tour that took us around the distillery and introduced the Tennessee whiskey-making process to us. It was cool walking through the distillery and watching the fermentation process. We even got to take a photo with good ole Jack… on the rocks! (This tour costs $35 USD per person.)

Whiskey tasting at Jack Daniel's - a road trip from Nashville

Our last stop on the tour was to the historical Barrel House, where we were able to taste five of Jack Daniel’s most popular whiskeys. During our tasting, we slowly sipped on each whiskey to enjoy the delicious honey and other ingredients that make Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey the highest quality.

Other tours you can sign up for at Jack Daniel’s are The Flight of Jack Daniel’s, which costs $30 USD and The Dry County that costs $20 USD.

After whiskey tasting, I suggest heading into Lynchburg’s cute Southern town. (It’s in walking distance from the distillery.) There are a few souvenir shops, a hardware store, BBQ restaurant, café, winery and Southern comfort restaurant to enjoy.

Wine Taste at Arrington Vineyards:
Wine tasting at Arrington Vineyards

Another great spot to visit from Nashville is Arrington Vineyards in Arrington, Tennessee. It is around a 40-minute drive south from the city. What is cool about Arrington Vineyards is that it is co-owned by country music artist Kix Brooks, who was part of the duo, Brooks & Dunn.

Arrington Vineyards is in the beautiful countryside of Tennessee and the property is located on 95 acres, which includes 16 acres of vineyards. There are also five tasting rooms to enjoy, shaded picnic areas and live music on the weekends. It is a great spot to visit whether you are in Nashville for a girls trip or a couple’s getaway!

(You can enjoy a round-trip tour to and from Nashville and Arrington Vineyards if you don’t have a car.)


A woman on a girls trip in Nashville

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best things to do in Nashville, Tennessee. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected].

Basic Facts of the United States:

Currency: United States Dollar, Capital: Washington D.C., TN State Capital: Nashville, Time Zone: Time Zone: Most of Tennessee is on Central Standard Time, but anywhere in Knoxville or east of there is on Eastern Standard Time.

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2 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on August 3, 2022 at 1:13 am

    What a great blog! You brought all the places and the city of Nashville to life! I can’t wait to visit this awesome city ~ looks like so much fun. All the fabulous places to go for live country music ~ so many talented people. I loved all the foodie pics ~ it all looked so delicious. Great photography too! I want to go back in time and have my Bachelorette party there ~ lol awesome blog!!! Love you, mom xoxo 👩🏻

    • Taylor Deer on August 3, 2022 at 1:14 am

      Thank you mom! It really is such a fun city, especially for a girls trip. Love you too!

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A woman in Printer's Alley enjoying a Nashville girls trip

Known as the Music City of the United States and the number one bachelorette party destination, there is no better place to do a girls trip than in Nashville, Tennessee. This fun city is perfect for all age groups to enjoy and it is filled with fascinating history, great cuisine, admirable street art and a thriving culture.

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and it is situated in the north central part of the state. The name of this fun city came from Francis Nash who was one of the few Patriot generals killed during the American Revolution. Nashville also holds the Grand Ole Opry, which is the longest-running live music radio show and its iconic landmark is the AT&T Building, which is also known as the “Batman Building”.

The Broadway Bars in Nashville, Tennessee - best things to do on a Nashville girls trip

I’ve had the opportunity to visit Nashville, Tennessee twice! My first trip to Nashville was during President’s Day weekend in February 2017 with a friend and my most recent trip was for a destination bachelorette party in July 2022.

Whether you are traveling to Nashville for a bachelorette party, milestone birthday or just a regular girlfriend getaway, discover the most memorable things to do during a girls trip to Tennessee!

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time in Nashville, Kimpton Aertson Nashville hosted me for two nights.


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Nashville Girls Trip

Plan a Trip to Nashville:

A woman on a girls trip in Nashville, Tennessee

Traveling to Nashville from anywhere in the United States is easy. You can find a lot of affordable flights that go into Nashville International Airport!

Other ways to get to Nashville are by car and public transportation! If you choose to take the public transit route, you can either travel via the Greyhound bus or Amtrak train. For those who fly into the city, it’s unnecessary to rent a car if you plan to only stay in Nashville. (We mainly got around with car service apps.) If you choose to travel around Tennessee, then you will need your own vehicle!

Nashville makes for a great stop on a USA road trip! Click here if you are planning to road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.

The Best Girls Trip Hotel in Nashville:

Two women enjoying the rooftop at Kimpton Aertson Hotel during a Nashville girls trip

The best place to stay in Nashville during a girl getaway is Kimpton Aertson Hotel, which is in Midtown. I adore staying at Kimpton hotels around the world and I loved how the Aertson was conveniently located, featured spacious rooms with balconies and offered an incredible rooftop pool and bar to cool off to in Nashville’s summer heat!

Kimpton Aertson is a stunning luxury boutique hotel situated in Nashville’s new social hub! The entire hotel captures the pioneering spirit of America’s first Vanderbilt. It has industrial details with swanky features.

The Rooms at Kimpton Aertson Nashville:
A woman staying at the Aertson Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee

There are 180 guest rooms that include 12 suites at the Aertson Hotel. One of the many reasons why it is a great hotel for a Nashville girls trip is because there are many rooms that also connect for friend groups.  

During my recent trip to Nashville, I stayed in the 1 King Premium Balcony room that included a cozy king bed, beautiful marble en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower, comfy sofa, floor to ceiling windows with a balcony that offers a panoramic view of Midtown, 30-inch television and more. The room also has green energy features! It was perfect. (I also loved the robes at the Aertson!)

A hotel room at the Kimpton Aertson Nashville

Staying at Kimpton Aertson Hotel is like having your own private retreat! Each room features a leather stitched headboard above the beds, industrial-era concrete ceilings and local artwork.

In addition to the 1 King Premium Balcony room, you can also stay in a 1 King Essential guest room, 2 Queen Essential guest room, 1 King Essential Midtown View guest room and a 2 Queen Premium guest room.

The suites you can choose from at Kimpton Aertson are the 1 King 1 Bedroom Suite with Living Area, 1 King 1 Bedroom Suite with Walk-In Shower and 2 Queen 1 Bedroom Suite with Living Area.

The Aertson also accommodates guests with disabilities and is pet friendly!

Staying at Kimpton Aertson Hotel:
A woman at the pool bar at the Aertson Hotel

A great reason why Kimpton Aertson Hotel is the perfect place to stay during a girls trip to Nashville is because it has a great restaurant that offers a wonderful happy hour and brunch; a rooftop pool and poolside bar, fitness center along with a spa!

During my recent trip to Nashville, Tennessee, fellow travel creator Lacey of Live it Up with Lacey met up with me for a few days before I met my college friends for the bachelorette party. We had a blast enjoying the amenities at the Aertson Nashville and exploring all of the fun spots in the area.

Happy hour at the Henley in Nashville

A modern and artisanal French brasserie to enjoy during a Nashville weekend getaway is Henley at the Aertson. During my recent trip to Nashville, Lacey and I got to enjoy a nice happy hour at this spot! I savored the Herb & Sorghum Parker House Rolls that came with lemon and sourwood honey butter. It was incredible and melted in my mouth! I also sipped the Naked on Broadway cocktail, which was a mezcal that included Ancho Reyes Rojo, Aperol, grapefruit, lime and tonic.

In addition, we also loved spending time and cooling off to Nashville’s heat at the Aertson Hotel’s rooftop pool and bar. The rooftop pool is a beautiful and great spot to relax at! Both Lacey and I enjoyed sitting in the lounge chairs that were directly in the water! You can also sit in the shade under one of the cabanas.

A woman enjoying the pool at the Aertson Hotel in Nashville

Located at the rooftop pool is a bar where you can enjoy refreshing cocktails, healthy snacks (like hummus platters) and great music! It’s the perfect spot to escape to in the heart of Nashville!

Please note that the Aertson pool is open daily from April through October from 9am to 9pm. The poolside bar is weather permitting and open from Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 5:30pm.

The lobby of the Kimpton Aertson Hotel

Not only is the Music City great for a girls trip, Nashville is also one of the best getaways for couples! In fact, the Aertson Hotel has a spa for you to enjoy either by yourself, with friends or with a significant other.

Kimpton Aertson has partnered with Nashville’s Woodhouse Spa where you can receive a massage, hydra facial and more.

Best Restaurants for a Girls Trip in Nashville:

Two women enjoying a Nashville Girls Trip

One of the best things to do in Nashville during a girlfriend weekend getaway is to explore the food scene! Nashville is known for its hot chicken, Southern comfort food (mac and cheese, fried green tomatoes, sweet tea, etc.), BBQ and more.

Throughout the city, you can find grab and go eateries, fine dining, “Instagrammable” brunch spots, celebrity-owned restaurants, renowned food halls and more! Below are the best restaurants you must visit in Nashville:

Hattie B’s:

A hot chicken sandwich and Southern greens from Hattie B's in Nashville

An iconic staple to Nashville, that you cannot miss out on trying, is Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. It is a black-owned father and son restaurant chain that specializes in spicy fried chicken.

With locations in Midtown, West Nashville, Melrose and Broadway, you can savor delicious chicken on the bone, tenders or a sandwich with heat levels ranging from no spice to “Shut the cluck up!”, which has a burn notice.

When my friends and I visited Hattie B’s Midtown location, I savored the chicken sandwich with the medium heat level. Even with the medium heat, my lips were burning! It was delicious though, especially with their fresh country lemonade. (I also had Southern greens as a side. The crinkle-cut fries are also delicious.)

Hattie B’s also has locations in Birmingham, Alabama; Memphis, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; Las Vegas, Nevada and Dallas, Texas. Please note that when you visit the Nashville locations that you’ll probably have to wait in a line to order your food. The line can be short or up to hours long! If you don’t want to wait for your food, you can order it through a food delivery service.

The Hampton Social:

A lobster roll and bellini from The Hampton Social during a girls trip to Nashville

A Nashville girls trip is not complete without having brunch at The Hampton Social in Downtown. This fun “Instagrammable” restaurant is made to have you longing for summer days on the coast. In fact, the restaurant has large windows that overlooks the Cumberland River in Nashville.

From different rosés to its coastal-inspired cuisine, The Hampton Social doesn’t disappoint! When I visited this adorable spot during my friend’s bachelorette, I had the Beaches & Cream Bellini that included sparkling rosé, peach and lemongrass.

For my main meal, I had the Manhattan style lobster roll and then we all shared the doughnut drops for dessert, which is like a beignet. Everything was delicious!

The Hampton Social also has locations in Chicago’s River North and Streeterville areas; Orlando, Florida; Naples, Florida; Skokie, Illinois; South Barrington, Illinois and Burr Ridge, Illinois. If you’re looking to eat at the Nashville location, it is best to make a reservation in advance.

*Please note that you must be 21 years or older to enjoy The Hampton Social rooftop party!

Geist:

A Southern dish from Geist in Nashville

Every girl getaway needs a fancy dinner included in the itinerary and Geist Nashville is the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious meal!

Located in a former 1900 blacksmith shop in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood is a stylish bar and American restaurant that offers everything from crafted cocktails to mouthwatering seafood, meat and vegetarian plates.

We visited Geist one evening during my friend’s bachelorette party and we were seated in a private space where we were able to fully enjoy each other’s company! For dinner, I had the shrimp and grits with a La Brujita, which was a mezcal with honey, lemon and tajin. It was tasty!

Geist also has a great brunch and boasts Nashville’s only Champagne Garden for you to enjoy during a girl’s trip! Please make a reservation ahead of time if you plan to eat here.

Biscuit Love:

Biscuit Love in Nashville, Tennessee

Another Nashville staple is Biscuit Love! Located in The Gulch area of the city is this family-owned, award-winning spot that serves mouthwatering biscuits and meals for breakfast and lunch every day.

All of Biscuit Love’s meals are made with locally sourced ingredients. During my friend’s bachelorette weekend, we ordered Biscuit Love through a food delivery app and everything was great! I had the Princess biscuit sandwich that included a homemade buttermilk biscuit with Nashville hot chicken, mustard and honey. You can also add an egg with it!

We also shared the bonuts, which are a fried biscuit doughnut that is tossed in sugar and topped with lemon mascarpone and served over blueberry compote. In addition to food, you can also enjoy hot and cold beverages, along with cocktails at Biscuit Love!

In addition to The Gulch, you can also find Biscuit Love in Nashville’s Hillsboro Village and downtown Franklin, Tennessee.

Edley’s Bar-B-Que:

Edley's BBQ in East Nashville

One of the best barbecue and Southern comfort spots in Nashville is Edley’s Bar-B-Que! At this family-owned restaurant, you can savor delicious meats that are smoked low and slow using Southern white oak.

During my first trip to Nashville in 2017, I enjoyed dinner at Edley’s Bar-B-Que with my friend. I savored the pulled smoked chicken sandwich with cornbread and green beans and it was delicious. I also had a Nashville craft beer with my meal, which was awesome!

I visited the East Nashville location, but you can find Edley’s Bar-B-Que in the 12 South neighborhood and Sylvan Park. There are also locations in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Glen Carbon, Illinois.

Frothy Monkey:

Frothy Monkey in Nashville, Tennessee

During a girls weekend in Nashville, it is a must to visit a Frothy Monkey location for breakfast! On my latest trip, I had a lovely breakfast at Frothy Monkey. Known as another Nashville staple, this awesome spot has some of the best locally roasted coffee in the Music City!

My friends and I visited the 12 South location, but you can also find Frothy Monkey in Downtown, The Nations and East Nashville. There are also locations in downtown Franklin, Tennessee; Southside in Chattanooga, Tennessee; downtown Birmingham, Alabama and it will soon be in Knoxville, Tennessee.

For brunch, I had a mimosa with the vanilla-cinnamon brioche French toast and it hit the spot!

Velvet Taco:

Tacos from Velvet Taco in Nashville

A funky taco spot with incredible options is Velvet Taco! With locations in Midtown, Assembly Hall in Downtown and East Nashville, you can savor regular, vegan and gluten free tacos and enjoy refreshing Mexican sodas!

Lacey and I visited Velvet Taco in the Midtown location for dinner one evening and I enjoyed the piña colada shrimp tacos and chicken and waffle tacos with a pineapple Mexica soda. It was so good!

Other states you can find Velvet Taco in are Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, North Carolina and Georgia.

Milk & Honey:

Milk & Honey, a great restaurant to enjoy on a Nashville girls trip

Another great brunch spot to visit during a girls trip to Nashville is Milk & Honey. Located in The Gulch, this trendy coffee bar is known for its fresh salads, pastries, gelato, coffee, breakfast sandwiches and more!

During my time at Milk & Honey with Lacey, I had a coffee with the prosciutto, egg and smoked mozzarella breakfast sandwich. It was awesome! You can also enjoy great brunch cocktails at this restaurant.

Butchertown Hall:

Tacos from Butchertown Hall in Nashville

A great upscale craft taco, Texas BBQ and margarita joint in Germantown, that my friends and I visited on my recent trip to Nashville, was Butchertown Hall.

Located in a beautiful building with outdoor seating, Butchertown Hall is the perfect spot to visit on a weekend girls trip to Nashville. I had a spicy margarita with the wood-fire chicken tacos that also included grilled pineapple salsa, cilantro and white BBQ sauce. It was the perfect summer evening meal!

Josephine:

Chicken and waffles from Josephine in Nashville

Situated in the quaint 12 South neighborhood is a lovely Southern restaurant called Josephine. At this lovely spot, Chef Andy Little, who was a James Beard semifinalist, combines his Pennsylvania Dutch roots with Southern comfort flavors! No matter what you choose to get at Josephine, everything is delicious.

When I first visited Josephine during my 2017 trip, I had the chicken and waffles that came with spicy brown butter syrup. It’s a great spot to visit during a Nashville girls weekend.

Yeast Nashville:

Czech kolaches from Yeast Nashville

An amazing place to grab breakfast or a snack during a Nashville girls trip is Yeast Nashville in the East Nashville neighborhood.

This adorable café is home to the Czech kolaches in Nashville, Tennessee. A kolache is a Bohemian pastry (like a Danish or donut) that is filled with fruit, cheese or chocolate. When I first visited Nashville, my friend and I made our way to Yeast Nashville and I savored a delicious Mexican hot chocolate kolache with a latte on the side!

Fun Things to do with Girlfriends on a Nashville Girls Trip:

A woman enjoying the Governor's Pool at White Limozeen during a girls trip in Nashville

From Honky-tonks to pool parties, here are the most memorable Nashville getaway ideas for you to enjoy with your girl’s!

Have a Fun Night Out on Broadway:

The Stage on Broadway in Downtown Nashville

No matter the time or day, there is always something going on in Nashville, Tennessee! The main party area of the city is in Downtown Nashville on Broadway.

Situated on this lively main street are what Tennesseans call Honky-tonks. They are bars that have live country music and entertainment brought to you by local and talented musicians. Below are my favorite bars on Broadway:

The Stage on Broadway: The Stage is one of my favorite music venues in Nashville. You must go here during a girls trip! From newer country to classics, you can enjoy the best hits from Luke Bryan to Shania Twain and Brooks & Dunn to Faith Hill! Overall, The Stage on Broadway is the best spot to sing, dance and enjoy good drinks!

Tootsies: Recognized as an icon to Nashville and a historic watering hole, Tootsies is a must-visit when you do a girls getaway to the Music City! Also located at Nashville International Airport, Tootsies is a fun bar and rooftop where you can dance the night away to your favorite country music hits. If you get there early enough, enjoy dinner with a local craft beer.

Tin Roof: If you’re looking for a great bar to dance at, I recommend visiting Tin Roof! What is awesome about this bar is that they play more than just country music. In fact, when I first visited Nashville in 2017, I got to enjoy a 90s night. There were cover artists that played 90s classics from Backstreet Boy’s to Britney Spears!

A night at Tin Roof is also not complete without getting their signature drink – the Tin Roof Runner! This delicious concoction has two different types of rum, pineapple juice and a splash of grenadine.

Acme Feed & Seed: Located in a historical building in Downtown Nashville, Acme Feed & Seed is a multi-level bar and restaurant. Each floor has a different theme ranging from live country music, on the bottom floor, to a hip hop DJ on the rooftop. This awesome spot also has a great brunch during the day!

Take a Tractor Tour through Downtown Nashville:

Women on a tractor tour in Nashville, Tennessee during a bachelorette party

One of the most fun things to do during a Nashville girls trip is to take the Nashville Tractor around Broadway! My friends and I did the tractor tour during the bachelorette party and we had the time of our lives.

We all wore cowboy boots and hats and enjoyed this non-stop party on a bright red tractor! The Nashville Tractor is BYOB and you will be provided with a bucket of ice to store your drinks. Throughout the entire tour, you will dance to country music, sing karaoke and enjoy one giant party as you make your way down Broadway.

The public Nashville Tractor costs $19.98 per person and you can also book a private tour for $495. Each tractor tour holds up to 35 people and it’s 75 minutes long.

The Nashville Tractor tour begins at Doc Hollidays Saloon in Downtown. At this spot, you can purchase from a selection of beer, seltzers and other beverages to take with you on your ride. In addition to the ice buckets, you can also bring your own coolers.

Join the Governor’s Pool Party at White Limozeen:

A woman enjoying an afternoon at White Limozeen in Nashville, Tennessee

There is nothing more perfect for a Nashville girls trip than experiencing an afternoon at the Governor’s Pool Party at White Limozeen. Located in the Dolly Parton-themed girly hotel, The Graduate, White Limozeen is a pink rooftop that overlooks Nashville.

If you’re a guest at The Graduate, it is important to note that the Governor’s Pool is not an amenity of the hotel. You must book a reservation to experience the rooftop pool just like anyone else! (I recommend making a reservation in advance, since the Governor’s Pool is a popular spot during the summer.)

When you make a reservation for the Governor’s Pool Party, you will be given a lounge chair, umbrella, complimentary welcome drink, iced water, towel and pool service during the time you’re there. Please note that any food or drinks purchased at White Limozeen is an additional cost.

White Limozeen during a Nashville girls trip

It costs $50 USD per person, without tax, to make a reservation for the Governor’s Pool Party. All the food on White Limozeen’s menu feature homestyle renditions of traditionally French presentations. You can also just enjoy the bar and restaurant at White Limozeen, if you don’t make reservations for the pool party. You must book a table if you want to dine there!

The Governor’s Pool Party is a lot of fun and a great way to cool off in Nashville’s heat. There are three time slots you can choose from when you make your reservation – morning brunch; mid-afternoon and late afternoon. Lacey and I enjoyed the later afternoon pool party!

Make Memories on a Pontoon:

A pontoon boat tour in Nashville during a girls trip

Whether you’re celebrating a bachelorette weekend, college reunion, milestone birthday party or just a general girlfriend getaway, a pontoon boat party is where everyone can have a blast!

Nashville Toons provides great pontoon experiences on Nashville’s Percy Priest Reservoir. You can either get a regular pontoon or a double decker pontoon with a water slide! All the pontoons come with a captain, state-of-the-art sound system and coolers with ice. If you book the double decker pontoon, you’ll also get a 16-foot lily pad for floating. (There are also life jackets on each pontoon.)

*Please note that the pontoon party is BYOB! The overall experience is around four hours long and it is a great way to have a good time with your friends, cool off in the lake, relax and share memories.

If you don’t have your own vehicle to get to the lake, Nashville Toons has a free shuttle that will take you from their Downtown office to Percy Priest Reservoir. It costs $599 for a double decker pontoon cruise with a water slide, making it perfect for a group activity.

Enjoy Dinner and Retro Bowling at Pinewood Social:

Retro bowling at Pinewood Social in Nashville, Tennessee during a girls trip

If you’re looking to have a chill night with your girlfriends in Nashville, I suggest making reservations for dinner and bowling at Pinewood Social. It is a trendy social hub for anyone and everyone!

Located in the Rolling Mill Hill area of Nashville, across from the Cumberland River, Pinewood Social is in an industrial-chic space where you can enjoy New American cuisine, craft cocktails, coffee and more. There is also a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

I had the opportunity to visit Pinewood Social during both of my Nashville trips and it’s always a fun time! During my first trip, I savored the fried half chicken with spiced honey and on my friend’s bachelorette getaway, I enjoyed the salmon and brussels sprouts dish with lemon-caper brown butter sauce and dukka.

In addition to the food and drinks, Pinewood Social in Nashville has a cool 50’s retro-style bowling alley for you to enjoy and make memories with your friends!

Go Mural Hunting:

A woman exploring the Nashville murals during a girls trip

One of the top things Nashville is known for are the cool street murals that are located around the city.  In fact, a great way to see every neighborhood is to go on a scavenger hunt to find them all! (The most popular and “Instagrammable” murals are mainly found in The Gulch and 12 South neighborhoods.)

A great activity to do with your friends is a Murals & Mimosas Sightseeing Tour.

Below are murals you must check out during your girl’s trip to Nashville:

A woman at the "What Lifts You Wings" in The Gulch in Nashville

What Lifts You Mural: The one mural I could not wait to see during my first trip to Nashville was the famous “What Lifts You” wings in The Gulch.

This beautiful 20-foot piece of art by Kelsey Montague was inspiring for me. These wings prove that anyone can follow their dreams and do what they love. Next to this mural are baby wings that are perfect for a small child.

A woman at Draper James during a girls trip to Nashville

Draper James: One of my favorite murals, that I finally got to see in person on my recent trip, is the Draper James mural in 12 South. It is unknown who painted this colorful Nashville mural, but it will brighten your day!

Draper James is Reese Witherspoon’s boutique that boasts adorable clothing and elegant home décor with Southern charm. Both the Draper James sign as well as the blue and white brick wall make for great photo opportunities!

A woman at the "I Believe in Nashville" mural

I Believe in Nashville: The most iconic street artwork in Nashville is the “I Believe in Nashville” mural series by Adrien Saporiti.

There are three locations where you can see this popular mural – the Howell’s Alley building in 12 South, Marathon Music Works and Basement East in East Nashville. The original “I Believe in Nashville Mural” is the one in 12 South.

A woman exploring Nashville's murals

Nashville Walls Project: It isn’t a surprise that Nashville is a mural city, along with Austin, Texas! The Nashville Walls Project consists of various street art around the Music City like the “One Little Dream at Night” in Printer’s Alley; “Green Leaves of the Gulch” in The Gulch; Elliston Parking Garage in Midtown; “One Day I will Rescue Your Brother, Too” in Downtown and Nation’s Wall in West Nashville.

Walk Around Centennial Park:

The Parthenon at Centennial Park in Nashville

On a beautiful day in Nashville, one of the best things to do is stroll around Centennial Park. It is a large urban park that is located in Midtown, across from Vanderbilt University. If you’re looking to get active during your Nashville girls trip, you must visit Centennial Park! There are a lot of great walking trails and gardens to explore.

I got to visit Centennial Park during both of my Nashville trips and it is beautiful! What makes this park special is that it boasts the iconic Parthenon that stands as the centerpiece. In fact, this cool landmark is a replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece and serves as Nashville’s art museum.

Discover the Music City Walk of Fame:

While you wander through Nashville with your girlfriends, you cannot miss the Music City Walk of Fame that showcases star-studded pavement honoring country music legends. It is awesome to see the star tiles for Kid Rock, Tim McGraw, Jimi Hendrix, Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley, to name a few.

Experience the Grand Ole Opry:

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee

What began as a radio broadcast in 1925 is now a live entertainment phenomenon. Nowadays, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and contemporary top 100 artists that have followed their footsteps.

The Grand Ole Opry is Nashville’s number one attraction and it even features a great museum to walk through! I recommend not skipping the Grand Ole Opry if you plan to visit Nashville.

Watch the Sunset at Nissan Stadium:

The Nashville skyline
Even though this wasn’t taken during sunset, this is the best spot to experience golden hour in Nashville.

During my first trip to Nashville, there was nothing more magical than watching the sunset over the city’s skyline while listening to country music play from the nearby Broadway bars across the river.

Just outside of Nissan Stadium, where the Tennessee Titans football team plays, is a lawn area right next to the Cumberland River. I recommend bringing a blanket with some wine as you enjoy the best sunset in the city!

Explore Marathon Music Works:

Another cool place to visit in the Music City, during a girls weekend in Nashville, is Marathon Music Works. This creative music community was built in the early 1900s. Nowadays, it features a winery, distillery, coffee company, candy shop, gourmet hot dog joint and antique store for you and your friends to enjoy.

Marathon Music Works will also host local bands. I recommend keeping up to date on their website to see who is playing and how you can purchase tickets. Marathon Music Works is an awesome project!

Tour Belle Meade Historic Site and Winery:

Belle Meade Historic Site

A lovely spot to visit during a Nashville girls trip is Belle Meade Historic Site and Winery. Once a Southern plantation, Belle Meade mansion was owned by the Harding and Jackson families. During a tour at this beautiful spot, you can learn all about both families as well as the women, men and children who labored there.

There is another tour you can do, called Journey to Jubilee, that tells the stories of the enslaved people who were brought to Nashville or were born at Belle Meade from 1807 through the Emancipation. In addition to the history tours, you can also do a food tour at Belle Meade and learn all about the roots of Southern culinary traditions. (You can also sample food as well.)

In addition to the historic and food tours, you can enjoy a wine tasting at Belle Meade and do the Bourbon Experience! My friends and I did the Mansion Tour where we walked through the Greek Revival home and ended with a wine tasting.

Wine tasting at Belle Meade during a Nashville girls trip

It costs $28 USD to do the Mansion Tour; $28 USD to participate in the Journey to Jubilee; $40 USD to do the Southern Food Traditions tour; $60 USD to do the Wine & Food Pairing; $60 USD to do the Belle Meade Bourbon Experience and $98 USD to do the Chef-Inspired Food & Wine Pairing. There is also a Guided Segway Tour you can do around the Belle Meade property for $35 USD.

Not only does Belle Meade provide tours, they also have a great education program! It is located in the upscale Belle Meade area of Nashville and it’s around a 20-minute drive from the heart of the city. (We took an Uber to get there.)

Optional Nashville Road Trip Ideas:

In addition to all of the best things to do in Nashville, here are optional girls trip adventures to add to your itinerary!

Visit Jack Daniel’s Distillery:
A woman at Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee

Located an hour and half south from Nashville (near the Alabama border) is the famous Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. If you rent a car, you could easily drive to Jack Daniel’s, but if you choose not to, then you can book a day tour that will take you to and from Nashville to the distillery!

I visited Jack Daniel’s Distillery when I vacationed in Nashville in 2017 and my friend, who lives in the capital city, had a car!

My friend and I signed up for The Angel’s Share, which is an hour and a half-long tour that took us around the distillery and introduced the Tennessee whiskey-making process to us. It was cool walking through the distillery and watching the fermentation process. We even got to take a photo with good ole Jack… on the rocks! (This tour costs $35 USD per person.)

Whiskey tasting at Jack Daniel's - a road trip from Nashville

Our last stop on the tour was to the historical Barrel House, where we were able to taste five of Jack Daniel’s most popular whiskeys. During our tasting, we slowly sipped on each whiskey to enjoy the delicious honey and other ingredients that make Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey the highest quality.

Other tours you can sign up for at Jack Daniel’s are The Flight of Jack Daniel’s, which costs $30 USD and The Dry County that costs $20 USD.

After whiskey tasting, I suggest heading into Lynchburg’s cute Southern town. (It’s in walking distance from the distillery.) There are a few souvenir shops, a hardware store, BBQ restaurant, café, winery and Southern comfort restaurant to enjoy.

Wine Taste at Arrington Vineyards:
Wine tasting at Arrington Vineyards

Another great spot to visit from Nashville is Arrington Vineyards in Arrington, Tennessee. It is around a 40-minute drive south from the city. What is cool about Arrington Vineyards is that it is co-owned by country music artist Kix Brooks, who was part of the duo, Brooks & Dunn.

Arrington Vineyards is in the beautiful countryside of Tennessee and the property is located on 95 acres, which includes 16 acres of vineyards. There are also five tasting rooms to enjoy, shaded picnic areas and live music on the weekends. It is a great spot to visit whether you are in Nashville for a girls trip or a couple’s getaway!

(You can enjoy a round-trip tour to and from Nashville and Arrington Vineyards if you don’t have a car.)


A woman on a girls trip in Nashville

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best things to do in Nashville, Tennessee. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected].

Basic Facts of the United States:

Currency: United States Dollar, Capital: Washington D.C., TN State Capital: Nashville, Time Zone: Time Zone: Most of Tennessee is on Central Standard Time, but anywhere in Knoxville or east of there is on Eastern Standard Time.

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2 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on August 3, 2022 at 1:13 am

    What a great blog! You brought all the places and the city of Nashville to life! I can’t wait to visit this awesome city ~ looks like so much fun. All the fabulous places to go for live country music ~ so many talented people. I loved all the foodie pics ~ it all looked so delicious. Great photography too! I want to go back in time and have my Bachelorette party there ~ lol awesome blog!!! Love you, mom xoxo 👩🏻

    • Taylor Deer on August 3, 2022 at 1:14 am

      Thank you mom! It really is such a fun city, especially for a girls trip. Love you too!

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