Nashville had been on the short list of weekend trips for a while, so when Emily’s cousin enrolled at Vanderbilt in the fall of 2015 we knew the Nashville stars were finally aligning.  Emily’s family is predominately Missouri alumni, so we figured the Saturday afternoon Vanderbilt vs. Missouri football game was the perfect excuse to meet up with family in Nashville! It was a great weekend exploring a city full of good food, lots of history, and of course great music.

Friday October 23rd

We took a Friday night flight out of Laguardia direct into Nashville and landed in time for a late dinner on Lower Broadway. While Nashville is not a large city, a car is nice to have in order to get around and see different parts of the city.  We quickly jumped in a rental and headed down to the Honky Tonks for a later dinner at Rippy’s Ribs.  The food was good, the music even better.

New York City...the city that never sleeps
Leaving NYC.  All of the lights.
Nashville | Lower Broadway
Lower Broadway was as advertised – lots of people, lots of boots, lots of country music.


We stayed with family at a Courtyard by Marriott near the Grand Old Opry.  The hotel was fine, but it was a 15-20 minute drive to downtown.  We recommend staying in the downtown district instead so one is right next to the different restaurants and night life.

Saturday October 24th

We started the morning with a quick breakfast at the hotel before heading downtown near the university to check out the action. As everyone knows, college football games call for a day of pre-gaming.  We decided to get started at San Antonio Taco Co., an easy walk from the stadium, for pre-game drinks with family and friends.  The fall weather made for a great time sitting on their patio while conquering a bucket of beers.

Pretty soon it was game time.  We endured a few scattered showers which passed through the region but overall had nice weather while watching the home team grab a win.

After the game we concluded the day with a fun pizza dinner at the Mellow Mushroom.

Nashville | Vanderbilt Football
Black and gold on both sides of the ball.

Sunday October 25th

We met up with family once more for breakfast at the local student hangout Bruegger’s Bagels before heading south to Franklin.


Franklin was recommend by several friends when they heard we were visiting Nashville.  We were told it was a quaint Tennessee town just a 30 minute drive from downtown Nashville and also had a touch a history to explore.  Say no more, we were sold!

Our first stop was the Carnton Plantation to learn about the Battle of Franklin and satisfy Garret’s need for some history on the trip.  We participated in a tour of the plantation which was just an hour long and very informational.  The Carter house is the highlight of the tour where you learn about the thousands of Confederate soldiers who used the house as a hospital during the battle.  After the tour of the house we walked around the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, a somber reminder of the cost of the Civil War. It had been neatly maintained by the McGavock family for many years, and by the 1970s the plantation was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

After getting our fill of history we headed to Franklin’s Main Street, strolling up and down the street to check out the cute shops. We finally decided on lunch at 55th South which was a great spot for one last meal before heading northeast for a final drive through Nashville on our way to the airport.

Franklin | McGavock Confederate Cemetery
McGavock Confederate Cemetery – the largest privately owned military cemetery in the nation.
Nashville | I Believe in Nashville
I Believe in (an awesome weekend in) Nashville!

(De)parting words of advice!

  • Great town to explore for a weekend getaway.
  • If you enjoy country music this is your town!
  • A car rental is recommended, especially if you are wanting to explore around the city or beyond (Franklin).

Nashville | Live Music

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