DAY ONE - EAST NASHVILLE
First: coffee. Barista Parlour has an INCREDIBLE Bourbon Vanilla Latte with Almond Milk. This place is cool. It's like new age motorcycle collection meets a 1950's adolescent boys room.
After, take a 15 min ($12) Uber to the Grand Ole Opry, definitely a must see. Stroll over to the Gaylord Opryland and check out the beautiful hotel complete with an indoor garden. If you have the time, stop for a moment in their sushi bar, which is conveniently located in the middle of the gardens.
For lunch, head to Mas Tacos Por Favor. They are AMAZING and cheap! The vibes are fun, the staff is friendly and decor is spot on. Insider secret: you can sit at the bar, order your tacos and make your alcoholic beverage desires come true (can you say Margarita?).
If you're feeling frisky (which I was) head across the street to The Pharmacy and grab one of their local brews. Super rad spot. Their barstools are short enough that us ladies can cross our legs without hitting the bar - huge plus. They make their sodas in house, and have a wild selection of German beer. Prost!
After lunch and drinks, venture over to The Shoppes on Fatherland. The concept is really cool; boutique retail incubation shops. These stores are tiny, but pack a big punch. Rusty Rats Antiques + Vintage is owned by one of the set designers for Nashville the TV show. They have awesome odds and ends - a must see if you're into vintage.
Bar Luca is great for happy hour or dinner. Killer cocktails and a great wine selection.
DAY TWO - DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE
We began the day at the famous Pancake Pantry (not downtown, but close) and boy was it worth it. The food is incredible, and there's a good chance you'll meet some new friends while you're in line. Yes, I heard the word line too and was not happy about it, but it wasn't bad at all!
After the carb load, we headed to Nashville Pedal Tavern where we did the Broadway bar tour. I can't recommend this activity more. Our bike ended up being 10 women all experiencing Nashville for the first time. The tour is unforgettable, especially when your tour guide is a singer/songwriter and you find his albums on iTunes while pedaling - shout out to Jeremiah.
After drinking all day, it's best to recover with some good food. There are plenty of options on Broadway, and to keep it spontaneous, we ventured into whatever looked best at the time.
That night, we rested.
DAY THREE - PINEWOOD SOCIAL + 12 SOUTH
Lesson #1 - Make reservations at Pinewood Social before you plan your trip. There are limited times and it's a MUST DO. We could have spent the whole day there. Brunch on Sunday was the only time they had open so we went out of our way to bowl and eat, but it was worth it! I highly recommend the Cuban Coffee, breakfast potatoes and the broccoli.
Nashville is great because Uber is easy and inexpensive, you can quite literally Uber everywhere. With that said, jump in an Uber from Pinewood Social and head to the trendy little neighborhood of 12 South. While in 12 South you must see and experience: Draper James (Reese Witherspoon's store), Vinnie Louise, the iconic I Believe in Nashville mural, Five Daughters Bakery (yum, donuts!), and Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream.
After 12 South we penciled in a quick nap, and ended the evening with The Patterson House - a really cozy speak easy that makes custom craft cocktails.