Every year Chad and I try to check multiple travel destinations off our must see list, but sadly due to Covid-19, our travels have been fairly non existent in 2020. For the last 8 years, every September, we head someone in the country and indulge ourselves in all things having to do with said cities culture. In years past we’ve travelled to Napa, Washington D.C, Paris & London…we’ve done staycations in Charlotte, headed to Asheville and gone to the infamous Old Edwards Inn. It is something we look forward to every year and we were not about to let Covid take that tradition away from us! So this past weekend, Chad and I headed to Nashville, Tennessee to celebrate with some good old fashion country and a whole lot of fried chicken.
I had only been to Nashville once prior while working for Living Social – Escapes and really wanted to make the most out of our short trip there. I reached out to my amazing Joyful Life tribe on social and we left with a long list of must dos! Thanks to American Airlines we were able to book our flights and hotels with points and off we went!
Omni Hotel – Nashville
We decided to stay at The Omni Hotel Nashville because it was at the heart of the city, within walking distance of Honky Tonk Highway and close to The Gulch. We knew we were going to spend a lot of time listening to music and throw a few drinks back so we wanted something centrally located that we could easily walk to and from. The Omni upgraded us to an Executive King Suite and it did not disappoint. Due to Covid, the hotel was pretty dead but that didn’t stop the hotel from making us feel like a million bucks. The room was nicely appointed and the bed was Heavenly!!
Honky Tonk Highway – Day 1
Our first day started off with a bang at The World Famous Tootsies. We had THE BEST fried chicken sandwich I have ever had in my life and listened to a couple bands do their thing. Before we left someone told us to not spend a ton of time at one bar because there are so many incredible musicians on the strip, and we wanted to follow that advice in order to make the most of our short time there. Following Tootsies we hit up The Stage, had the famous Bushwacker at Broadway Brew House (seriously AMAZING concoction) and parked it at Honky Tonk Central, which was one of my personal favorites. Floor after floor were incredibly talented artists and the crowd was awesome. Due to Covid-19, the bars are only at 25% capacity and you must remain seated the whole time, which quite honestly outside of a couple songs, was pretty nice.
Following our Sunday Funday day drinking, we went back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. We originally planned on going for sushi near The Thompson Hotel but due to a few too many cocktails, we opted to stay closer to the hotel and went to Merchants…WOW was it good! I had the most delicious Filet Mignon, and Chad had the Ribeye. We paired it with mouth watering mac and cheese and roasted broccoli. To our surprise the chef came out with a peach cobbler for us to share in celebration of the big 8th year.
As we sat sipping on our Prisoner win, we had every INTENTION of calling it an early night in order to be useful the next morning, buttttt that isn’t exactly what happened. We ended up back at Tootsies with an amazing band called The Mantz Brothers and well…you can look at my instagram stories to see how that went.
Scooter Tours & Delightful Brunch
After getting a 6 AM wake up call, thanks Camden, and a whoooole lot of coffee later, Chad and I finally made it out into the world for day 2. We hopped on Uber’s scooters and headed all over town. We say the Titan’s Stadium, hit up The Gulch and ate our way through Nashville. Among my favorite stops were Uncommon James, Kittenish, Biscuit Love and The Thompson Hotel. After a day of shopping til we dropped, we headed to The Gaylord Hotel for a nice relaxing afternoon spent at the spa. Our night ended with Il Mulino and the most amazing 5 course Italian dinner, followed by L.A Jackson and a sweet Funchurro Sundae!
If you ever have the chance, I HIGHLY recommend heading to Nashville. It was an amazing, fun filled trip and I cannot wait to come back! Nashville, you officially stole my heart!
XOXO – Katy