Spend a Perfect Weekend in Nashville

Shane McCarty

From its landmark music halls to its lively honky tonks, there’s no denying Nashville’s status as the Music City. As the home of country music and the birthplace of bluegrass, there’s no better place to watch live music than Nashville. Since its beginnings as a music mecca, Nashville has recently evolved into a top-tier tourist destination, where people from all over the world go to enjoy everything the city has to offer. From world-class restaurants and bars to legendary entertainment, here’s how to spend a perfect weekend in Nashville. If you’re looking into Nashville luxury real estate, don’t miss these spots.

Tour the famous Ryman Auditorium

If you love history or country music, then visiting Ryman Auditorium is a must. Established in 1892, Ryman Auditorium is a historic music venue that cemented Nashville’s iconic status in the music industry, hosting performances from some of music’s most legendary singers. It’s also the perfect place to kick-start your perfect weekend in Nashville. Take a tour through the museum at your own pace or go on a guided tour.
  • Tip: To elevate your experience, book tickets to a live performance at Ryman Auditorium. Check out the schedule to see who's performing during your trip.

Hang out at a rooftop bar

Every night, there is a party in Downtown Nashville, and Broadway is at the center of it all. Home of the city’s legendary honky tonks and bars, there’s no better place to kick off your weekend than the Broadway scene.

For a truly spectacular experience, check out one of the city’s many rooftop bars. The early evening is the best time to visit these popular spots, where there are Happy Hours and fewer crowds. Some of Broadway’s best rooftop bars include
  • AJ’s Good Time Bar
  • Luke’s 32 Bridge Bar
  • Nashville Underground
  • Ole Red
  • Downtown Sporting Club
  • Acme Feed & Seed
  • Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
  • Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar

Live it up on the Honky Tonk Highway

When the sun goes down, the real party begins in Nashville. Once you are done with your drinks at the rooftop bars, head downstairs for some honky tonk hopping. Located on Broadway, Nashville’s Honky Tonk Highway is where you will experience some of the best live music anywhere.

Every honky tonk has a different vibe, but what all honky tonk bars have in common are ice-cold beers, live music, and a party atmosphere from dusk until dawn. Honky tonk bars are not only excellent places to party, but they also have some of the best up-and-coming music acts found anywhere. No trip to Nashville is complete without a night out at the honky tonk.

Start your day right with bowling & brunch at Pinewood Social

Nashville has no shortage of brunch spots. From The Mockingbird to The Southern Steak & Oyster, Nashville has more than earned its place as one of the biggest foodie capitals in the southern U.S. Yet, there’s one brunch spot that takes it up a notch: Pinewood Social. With a restaurant, a bar, a coffee shop, and a bowling alley all rolled into one, brunch at Pinewood Social is a one-of-a-kind experience. Let’s not forget: there’s also a pool and a bocce ball court here as well.
  • Tip: Try one of Pinewood Social’s coffee cocktails for an unparalleled brunch experience. Some brunch favorites include chicken and biscuits, brown butter waffles, and breakfast tacos.

Take in a live show at the legendary Grand Ole Opry

Photo courtesy of Opry
While Nashville is well known for its honky tonks and live shows on rooftop bars, the Grand Ole Opry has cemented Nashville’s place as the Country Music Capital of the World. The world-famous Grand Ole Opry is one of the city’s biggest live show venues, as well as the birthplace of some of music’s biggest legends, including Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson–even Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Catch a live show at the Grand Ole Opry, or even take a tour of this iconic music venue.
  • Tip: If you plan to see a live show at the Grand Ole Opry, buy your tickets early. Tickets to shows often sell out fast, especially weekend shows. 

Explore Percy Warner Park

Searching for peace and serenity? Take a break from touring Nashville luxury real estate to relax in the beauty of nature. Percy Warner Park is one of Nashville’s most gorgeous parks—it’s an excellent place to get away from the crowds. Located southwest of Downtown Nashville, Percy Warner Park is one of two parks that are part of the Warner Parks, along with Edwin Warner Park. Percy Warner Park has tons of amenities, including walking and jogging trails, equestrian paths, athletic fields, and the Warner Park Nature Center.
  • Tip: To get the most out of your visit to Percy Warner Park, play a couple of rounds of golf at the Percy Warner Golf Course. With the park's rolling hills as its backdrop, Percy Warner Golf Course is considered one of the most beautiful golf courses in Nashville. Percy Warner Golf Course is a 9-hole, par 43 golf course perfect for golfers of every skill level. It’s open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dine at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

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No trip to Nashville is complete without trying the city’s most famous dish: Nashville Hot Chicken. While there are many places in Nashville that serve excellent hot chicken and barbeque, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is among the best of the best. If you come in on a Sunday, you can order hot chicken with waffles, putting a Nashville twist on a classic southern staple.
  • Tip: Chicken spiciness ranges from mild to mouth-on-fire hot. Seasoned with cayenne seasoning, Nashville Hot Chicken is not for the faint of heart. Ask your server for recommendations based on your tolerance for spicy food.
From music legends to world-class dining, nothing beats a perfect weekend in Nashville. Fall in love with the music city, and you might not be ready to leave. Start your search for a new home with a Nashville real estate agent today.

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