Where We Stayed
We stayed at The Renaissance Hotel by Marriott! This hotel was insanely beautiful, and full of old southern charm with a modern twist. They had a delicious breakfast buffet, amazing views (pictured) and a little coffee shop serving Starbucks coffee in the lobby. We loved our experience here so much and I would 10/10 recommend to anyone else visiting Nashville. The location was walkable to everything we wanted to see, and we even got to listen to live music in ‘The Bridge’ bar, which was a bar that was literally a bridge over the road between the hotel and the parking garage! It had delicious food and an amazing atmosphere.
Some Other Recommendations:
The Thompson: Another notable hotel we ran into was The Thompson. We went to the coffee shop attached (Killebrew coffee) and explored the lobby. It was a beautiful hotel right in The Gulch and definitely would be another option we’d love to stay at.
The first thing we did Friday morning was head to the Country Music Hall of Fame. This was about a 15 minute walk from our hotel. My mom and I are both huge country music fans, so this was a no brainer. If you’re into country music I’d definitely recommend it! We saw tons of memorable fashion pieces and even some pages of notebooks where hit songs began.
Shopping in The Gulch
Coffee at Killebrew Coffee
I messed up and got the tiniest little cappuccino for my morning coffee… So I was on the hunt for something strong. This coconut milk latte from Killebrew was DELISH! This coffee shop is small, but it’s attached to The Thompson hotel which has a beautiful lobby with plenty of seating.
Pictures At The Famous Nashville Wings
The famous Nashville angel wings are in The Gulch, and they come with a slightly hefty line. We waited a little less than 10 minutes, but if you’re going anytime after 12 on a weekend I’d prepare for more.
Lunch at Milk & Honey
For lunch we went to Milk and Honey, a place that was super hyped up online and I had heard rave reviews about. And don’t come for me but… I didn’t love it. Maybe I got the wrong thing, or maybe that’s just not my type of food. I just personally thought the almost 2 hour wait was not worth the average food! The breakfast potatoes were pretty bomb though, I’ll give them that.
Walking Across The Pedestrian Bridge at Sunset
This was surprisingly one of my favorite moments of this trip. Surprising because it was freezing outside… Not surprising because I got to wear sweats and a hoodie. It was a toss up. We walked through the craziness of Broadway to get the calm of the Pedestrian Bridge and it was so much fun to see the two different sides of Nashville. Especially at sunset!
Dinner at Saint Anejo
Let me correct myself here. We did eat Saint Anejo… But we didn’t eat at the restaurant. We used good old Uber Eats for a night in after a LONG day full of walking all around the city. We did walk by the restaurant earlier that day so we knew we had to try it! The food was great (we both got fajitas) and the restaurant is nestled in the cutest little cozy corner of The Gulch.
We walked from our hotel all the way to 12th South. It was over and hour (yikes I know) but it was actually such a nice peaceful walk! We rewarded ourselves obviously, with donuts 🙂
Personally, I’m not a huge donut gal. BUT this place. Is freaking insane. Not only is it located in the pink and blue building of my dreams, but it also has the most delicious and unique donut flavors ever. They have gluten free, paleo and vegan options which is always a plus. We got the pumpkin donut and it was amazing! I went here on my last trip to Nashville – which you can read about here.
Murals in 12th South
The murals around 12th South are SO much fun to scout out. They pop up everywhere and are all so cute! I am obsessed with the ‘Make Music Not War’ mural and posed with it last time I was in Nashville too. This is also where the famous ‘I Believe in Nashville’ mural lives.
PRO TIP: Get here early (between 8 and 10) to have minimal people at the murals! Anytime after this you risk waiting in line for photos.
Shopping on 12th South
Shopping on 12th South was so much fun. There are tons of boutiques and vintage shops, some of my faves being Savant Vintage, Draper James (Reese Witherspoon’s store!), White’s Mercantile, and the new Outdoor Voices. There’s also a Jeni’s ice cream on this street which is a bomb place to stop for dessert after lunch.
This one was a gem we stumbled upon! If you walk all the way past White’s Mercantile, you’ll hit this little park that is STUNNING in the fall. We literally just sat here for awhile and took it all in.
Lunch at Taqueria Del Sol
If I can recommend anything, it would be the roasted chicken enchilada with salsa verde at Taqueria Del Sol on 12th South. It’s in the cutest little building, and our food was out in under 10 minutes. It was the most convenient but still insta worthy lunch ever!
Dinner + Live Music at The Renaissance Bridge Bar
This was quite honestly the best end to trip I possibly could’ve imagined! We got dinner and drinks at the bar at our hotel and listened to live country music. It was SO much fun, and also the grandma in me loved being in bed before 10.
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