Nashville is most famously known as Music City, U.S.A., a mecca of country music and birthplace to the careers of household names like Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and of course, Taylor Swift. While this may have you thinking twanging guitars and slow Southern drawls, Nashville is actually a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with upscale restaurants and an energetic nightlife scene. In fact, this capital of Tennessee is the ideal destination for a bachelorette weekend filled with relaxing days and unforgettable nights! Check out our tips below for some of the best spots Nashville has to offer for bachelorettes and their besties. We’ll help you find places to stay, dine, drink, and relax for a lovely few days in this Southern gem of a city.
In this city of 700,000, there are plenty of places to make a home-away-from-home during a bachelorette weekend. And fortunately, Nashville offers a wide range of options, so you can plan your accommodations to fit your bride to be’s vision. Whether you’re looking for something in the heart of the city or more of an all-inclusive experience, old-fashioned charm or a modern feel, Nashville has the hotel for you.
Turn of the century Southern charm at the Hermitage Hotel
Gaylord Opryland Resort – This is the perfect spot for the girl who loves having everything at her fingertips. Opryland is incredibly convenient, only 10 minutes from the airport, and this place truly has everything a bachelorette could want in one location. It has 17—yes, 17—restaurants, 2 outdoor pools, an indoor pool and spa, and 9 acres of beautiful indoor gardens and waterfalls under a stunning glass atrium. The only downside is that it’s a bit of a ways from downtown, but with all that’s here, you won’t want to leave anyway.
The Hermitage Hotel – If you’re looking for a true Southern feel, the Hermitage is the place to stay. Built in 1910, this downtown hotel has sophisticated interiors from a bygone era and even serves complimentary cookies and cider each night—how cute! But don’t worry, while the Hermitage may make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time, it offers modern amenities to keep you comfy and pampered.
Renaissance Nashville Hotel – The Renaissance is great for the girl who loves luxury. Little touches like marble interiors and the option to upgrade to lounge access make a stay here feel like a VIP experience. And as an added plus, it is located in Nashville’s business district, which is right in the heart of the city.
Omni Nashville Hotel – The Omni’s cool, modern look and stunning city views make it a great central option for your bachelorette soiree. Its gorgeous rooftop pool and hot tub mean you can get the party started before you even set foot outside the hotel.
The Hutton Hotel –This hotel combines upscale glamour with a commitment to the environment (it even has an electric car charging station). The Hutton prides itself on its modern take on Southern hospitality, and you’re certain to feel totally luxurious here. It is also located in the heart of downtown, with good pedestrian access to places for drinking and dining out.
Enjoy a meal on the rooftop of Watermark restauraunt
Flyte World Dining & Wine – A true farm-to-table experience, Flyte World Dining & Wine is a casual restaurant that serves only fresh ingredients sourced from local growers. One of these growers is the chef himself, as he has his own farm just outside Nashville. Flyte World blends industrial and warm elements in its décor, offering a modern feel to complement its gourmet twists on homestyle cuisine. And as the name suggests, this restaurant has an extensive selection of wines—perfect for bachelorettes!
Kayne Prime – For the bride who craves a good steak, Kayne Prime is the place to go. This delicious steakhouse has a rustic, yet contemporary feel, with wooden interiors and breathtaking views of the city. It goes without saying that the steak is fantastic, but Kayne Prime also serves excellently-prepared fish entrees, such as whole lobster and trout with a mustard crust, so the non-carnivores of your group won’t be left out. Try the cream-corn brulee as a side—it’s a Nashville legend!
Cabana – This popular spot among young people remains true to its name—instead of the usual open floor plan, Cabana gives you some privacy in your own lush cabana, complete with pillows, curtains, and a personal TV hookup (good for that embarrassing photo slideshow of the bride). You’ll feel like you’re at your own separate party as you enjoy cocktails and Southern comfort dishes like bison sliders, hush puppies, and lobster mac ’n’ cheese. Ooh la la!
Watermark Restaurant – Sometimes a girl just wants to put on a sparkly dress and go out to a fancy dinner. If this is your bride, then Watermark is your restaurant. The cuisine is upscale Southern, and the service is five-star. If you come here in a warm season, reserve a table on the rooftop patio for gorgeous city views.
Park Café – Park Café in West Nashville offers a mouthwatering menu of Southern fusion cuisine with dishes like goat cheese brulee and a famous green chili mac ’n’ cheese. The wine list here is short, but the extensive menu of chocolate desserts more than makes up for it.
Eastland Café – Eastland is Park’s casual East Nashville cousin. It is run by the same well-known chefs, but the atmosphere is much more laid back. With happy hour every night of the week, Eastland Café is the perfect place to enjoy a meal and start a night out.
Keith Urban jamming out at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
Silverado’s Dance Hall and Saloon – You can’t come to the South without getting your country on a little! This western-style saloon is an authentic Nashville staple. But it’s a little outside the city, so be prepared to designate a driver for the night.
Play Dance Bar – The bride-to-be looking for a few wild nights out before she says ‘I do’ should head to Play Dance Bar. This trendy bar is regularly packed with gays and straights alike, and its famous drag show is sure to make for a night you won’t forget!
Mercy Lounge – This intimate club is a great location for a more low-key evening steeped in Nashville’s music scene. It’s the place to go to catch local artists in a cozy atmosphere.
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge – Tootsie’s is one of Nashville’s most famous nightclubs and a must-visit for first timers to the city. Walls covered in memorabilia and a playlist of country and bluegrass make this lounge uniquely Nashville.
Exit/In – Exit/In is another spot to try for a taste of the Nashville music scene. Check the schedule on the website to be sure you’ll catch something from their diverse lineup of concerts and open mic nights.
Take a stroll around Nashville’s unique neighborhoods - Nashville is made up of several distinct neighborhoods, and each of them gives you a mini-vacation within your trip to the city. Be sure to make the rounds to East Nashville (especially Five Points), the riverside District neighborhood, and the hip, remodeled Gulch during your time here.
Check out the Grand Ole Opry for some touristy fun
Visit the Cheekwood Botanic Garden & Museum of Art – This posh country estate is a wonderful place to explore on a sunny Nashville afternoon. It has fifty-five acres of manicured landscapes and includes Japanese, herb, and dogwood gardens. Stop for lunch at the adorably-named Pineapple Room Restaurant, or buy one of their boxed lunches and make yourselves a picnic out in the gardens.
Check out the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum – Nashville is called Music City for a reason, and the hall of fame shows this off with exhibits from famous stars of past and present. Don’t write this place off too quickly as a boring museum—it features an interactive digital trivia tour and regular live performances to keep things fun and fast-paced.
Try a Distillery Tour – Tennessee is famous for its whiskey, and Nashville is full of local distilleries that give you a little something different from the typical vineyard tour. Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, located right in the heart of the city, offers tours and complimentary tastings for just $10!
Make your way to Music Valley – Music Valley, home to the Grand Ole Opry and the Opry Mills outlet mall, is a bit of a drive from the city—about 20 minutes. We won’t lie, this place is pretty cheesy, but a visit here is a fun chance to be a shameless tourist and squeeze in some shopping.
Nashville offers the timeless charm you expect from the South, hip neighborhoods that put Brooklyn to shame, and luxury dining and accommodations (at surprisingly affordable prices)—in short, something for everyone. Gather the ladies, check out some of the links above, and get started planning what’s sure to be a spectacular bachelorette weekend!
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