At the beginning of July, I took a week vacation with my parents to Nashville, Tennessee. We’ve been here multiple times over the years, and it’s one of our favorite places to visit. By no means am I an expert on anything Nashville, but I want to share everything that we did over the course of the week!
The first full day that we were there was a little uneventful. But I managed to find some really pretty trees and views to kind of occupy myself.
The second day we were there it was rainy. So we went to Opry Mills and explored the inside of the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Of course, we stopped by The Grand Ole Opry, I don’t think I could ever do a trip down there if I don’t get to stop there even for just 10 minutes. There’s just something almost magical about being around the Opry (and The Ryman!) to me that I can’t describe. I mean it’s no secret that I really love country music so that does have something to do with it but I also love the history/ghost stories surrounding both places.
On the third day, we went and hung out in downtown Nashville. We spent the day in and out of all the bars and Honky Tonks. But before we did that, I may have influenced us to stop at 12th South Avenue to get some really cute pictures by the murals and the Five Daughters Bakery (it was very unlike me to not actually eat anything from there but I just wasn’t hungry at the time). I did forget to stop at the flower truck and I was really bummed out when I saw it as we were driving away, but there’s always next time!
We drove around a lot on the fourth day, but we did stop by Leiper’s Fork which was a very small town but it had some cute (overpriced) stores. On the way back to the hotel, we also stopped at my now new favorite restaurant, The Loveless Cafe. We didn’t eat here because it was too busy and we were all full from lunch, so we just looked around at a few of the little shops on the property.
We got a very late start on the fifth day, and it was the day that we ate at The Loveless Cafe. I had so much of a food-baby when I was finished, but it was well worth it. Afterward, we went back to the hotel and I swam for about 20 minutes before it was time to watch The Bachelorette because obviously, that took precedence for me.
On our last day, we checked out of the regular hotel that we were in and drove around FOREVER. We didn’t really have much of a plan, but we ended up staying at the Opryland Resort for our last night. It’s such a beautiful (and super expensive, yikes) place that I definitely felt that I didn’t fit in when we were there. It was still super fun to stay there.
And on day seven, we drove home. I was so happy to be back home because that meant I can have my own bed, privacy, and time to recharge. Even though my anxiety was a little annoying on this trip, I took note of what I can do differently next time.