This year, Michael took me to Nashville for my birthday. The weather was gorgeous all weekend and it was nice to get away for a few relaxing days before the rush of work hit in the next few weeks.
On the way down, we stopped in Louisville for dinner. I chose a place in a cute neighborhood downtown called the Mayan Cafe. We got an appetizer of lima beans (I KNOW- but somehow, they were really really good) and the waitress recommended the Chilaquile- a “tortilla lasagna.” It was all amazing, but the dessert, churros, were like no churros I had ever had before. Still thinking about them, and still remember them as delicious. (Pictured is my tortilla lasagna)
We stopped at a beer store nearby to get some drinks for the weekend. They had an amazing selection, and I even picked up a bottle from Jolly Pumpkin (the brewery in Michigan with all sours). We stayed overnight outside of Nashville in a little town called Bowling Green, right across the road from the best breakfast ever: Motor City Bar and Grill. It was like diner food, served in a bar. Only it was really good diner food and the coolest bar ever. M and I have both been talking about that breakfast ever since.
Our first stop in Nashville was the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. I’m not usually a fan of huge hotels, but I was intrigued by the indoor gardens and fountains. It was pretty cool, and a nice way to spend some time. With the big domed glass ceiling, it almost felt like we were outside.
We drove past the Grand Ole Opry (why not- we were right next to it!) and then, obviously, stopped here:
Next, it was downtown for lunch. We ended up near Vanderbilt University at a branch of a pizza place that I passed all the time in NYC: Two Boots. We shared a pie that came with a little cup of pickles. And it was GOOD with the pickles on it.
Then we wandered around nearby and found an outdoor patio with live music. The band was good, they had a local beer on tap, and the bartender went to OU.
We wandered down music row, then made our way to the Parthenon.
(I love this picture. So silly.)
And yes, Nashville does have a full-size replica of the Parthenon.
Checked in to our hotel downtown, got gussied up for the night… (I LOVED my dress and necklace from Rent the Runway)…
…although I wish I had cowboy boots. So many girls wore cute short dresses with boots!
We visited another area about a mile away from downtown that seemed to have lots of breweries. I had a local Jackalope beer that tasted like a milkshake at Hops and Crafts, along with the best pretzel and beer cheese I’ve ever had. Mmm.
We did make it back towards our hotel to check out the touristy strip of bars and bands (Layla’s Bluegrass Bistro) but I’m glad that we spent more of the day at the two other neighborhoods.
Summary: Good birthday trip. Fun city- lots of cool and different neighborhoods and good drinks. I would love to go back.