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Weekend inspiration: Nashville

By Kelsey + Courtney Montague

Nashville.

Anytime we say that word to just about anyone, we get the response, "I love Nashville" or "I've always wanted to go to Nashville." Nashville is a city that is not just well known for the best country music and southern food, but also as a cultural trendsetter.

Every time we go to Nashville, we leave feeling creatively recharged. The people of Nashville are extremely talented, unique and welcoming. Even though the city is growing rapidly, there is still an un-fussy, calm coolness among its inhabitants.

Here's where to go and what to see when you have a weekend off in this creative capital of the south:

Friday evening:

Interior of Urban Cowboy

If you're looking for a full-service, modern and stylish hotel, The Thompson in The Gulch is your spot. The coffee shop on the ground floor is stellar and the rooftop bar and restaurant is a popular haunt for celebrities and up-and-coming influencers throughout the city.

If you're looking for something a little more low-key but just as trendy, check out 404 Hotel around the corner or Urban Cowboy - Public House. With just a few rooms, the Urban Cowboy hotel is hard to get into but worth the wait. Each room is an interior design masterpiece, down to the tile around the freestanding bathtubs. And downstairs you'll find stellar food and drink.

If things are a bit too busy downstairs, head over to Lockeland table for a drink and some delicious southern food.

Later in the evening spend your downtime booking the plethora of music venues you want to visit over the next few days.

Saturday morning:

Biscuit House wall decor

If you can get up early and be there when they open, indulge in biscuits at Biscuit Love in The Gulch. If you don't want to get up at 7 AM on a Saturday, or if you're looking for a more relaxed environment, head to East Nashville's Biscuit House.

We've agonized over which of these places makes the best biscuits and can honestly say they are both awesome. You can't go wrong with either one. Biscuit Love's biscuits are sweeter and lighter, while the biscuits at The Biscuit House are more buttery, dense and reminiscent.

Saturday afternoon:

Kelsey working on the hot air balloon mural


If you're a street art buff, The Gulch is teaming with street artists, including Ian Ross and Jason Woodside to showcase their creations on 11th Ave. South. Our Gulch "What Lifts You" wings are right down the street – try to stop by earlier in the day to avoid a line.

If you want to learn even more about Nashville murals, we recommend Nashville Mural Tours. Mary, the founder and tour guide, will take you to the best stops in the city including the "I Believe in Nashville" mural in Germantown and Gildo van Helton's masterpiece in the Nations.

If you end up in East Nashville around lunch, head to The Burger Pharmacy or Mas Tacos and then walk up the street to see our newest hot air balloon installation on the side of The Cleo.

Saturday evening:

While in Nashville, it's important to get a taste of the local music scene. 3rd and Lindsley is a live music venue that has some wonderful shows. Of course, the Grand Ole Opry is the king of venues in Nashville, but you can also find incredible talent in just about every corner of the city, including most of the bars on Broadway Street.

Food at Butchertown Hall

Before you start hunting for live music, you have to try Nashville's barbecue for dinner. We believe the best barbecue in Nashville is at Butchertown Hall in Germantown – don't knock it until you try it. The brisket is incredible, be sure to try all the sides and save room for dessert.

If you want a more low-key barbecue experience, we also like Martin's (they have a few locations around town). Their chocolate pie is by far the best we've ever had.

Sunday morning:

Pastaria has one of the best brunches in town with to-die-for baked eggs and chef Matthew Rice's luscious donuts. The Tavern near Hattie B's is also awesome (but always packed on the weekends).

Sunday afternoon:

Nashville boasts some awesome museums, and Johnny Cash's museum is just an example of one. The museum has been ranked the No. 1 music museum by Forbes and Conde Naste and has a comprehensive look at the icon's life.

If you like good food and bowling, we highly recommend reserving a lane at Pinewood Social for lunch. Make sure you get the French onion dip.

Sunday evening:

After all of that barbecue, tacos and chocolate pie, you might want to end your trip on a healthier note. For dinner, we have awarded the "best dressed" vegetables in Nashville to the mouthwatering Folk. Located in East Nashville, we love this spot for its clean, modern décor, incredible vegetable dishes and thin crust, wood oven pizzas. A definite must for your last night in music city.

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