By: Lisa Ng
Are you heading to Nashville, Tennessee for BBCon this year?
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We’ve created a Travel Guide for attendees on one of our all-time favorite cities. We hope you get a chance to sneak away or extend your trip into a workcation. Here are our suggestions on the best things to eat, see, and do in Nashville!
We really enjoyed heading to Biscuit Love for a hearty southern brunch. Complete with warm and flaky biscuits and jam. They have multiple locations throughout Nashville. If you have a car, we also suggest heading 30 minutes outside of town and making your way to the famous Loveless Cafe. Their biscuits are life-changing! It’s served up with multiple homemade jams and we do also recommend that you try their southern fried chicken. See more photos from our visit here.
If you’re looking for a fun night out with your team, head to Pinewood Social and book a lane and go bowling! They have some great eats and a good cocktail menu. It’s in an old repurposed warehouse with a coffee shop, pool, and patio.
A stop to Nashville is not complete until you visit The Country Music Hall of Fame and learn about the history and culture of the city. Definitely book an afternoon here, especially if the weather isn’t great. It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon inside.
On the main floor of The Country Music Hall of Fame is an old letterpress company – Hatch Show Print. They have printing concert posters by hand and they still do! They offer tours and workshops daily.
What’s a trip to Nashville without a country music show? Buy tickets in advance and settle into a night of country music and fun entertainment at The Grand Ole Opry – located right next to the conference hotel. The performers are always top notch and you never know who will drop by.
The Pharmacy Parlor and Beer Garden – One of the BEST burgers of my life! Their soft and chewy bun and their outdoor biergarten vibe makes this a must-stop for me in Nashville. Definitely get a burger here!!
Mas Tacos Por Favor – A small little Mexican place with amazing tacos across from The Pharmacy
Arnold’s – This is a must-do. You need to stop in for lunch at Arnold’s and order a meat and three. Which is a meat and three vegetables. My go-to is their roast beef. Check their hours as they only serve lunch and are closed on weekends. Polish it all off with a slice of homemade pie.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken – One of my favorite hot chicken places, they have locations all over Nashville, so the wait shouldn’t be too long.
Corsair Distillery – Stop in for a tour and a tasting at this local distillery.
Olive and Sinclair – Chocolate bars made on site at this cute little boutique shop!
Five Points Pizza – If you feel like staying in after a long day of conferencing. Order from this local pizza joint! We loooove their pies.
The Parthenon – See a real, live replica of The Parthenon in Greece in Nashville!
Draper James – Visit Reese Witherspoon’s flagship lifestyle store.
12 South Neighborhood – Shop the cute little shops in the 12 South Neighborhood. White’s Mercantile is a fantastic little general store of home goods that I love.
The Gulch – Boutique fitness studios, trendy shops in this mod neighborhood.
Honky Tonk Bars – Make sure you book a night out and go bar hopping along Broadway.
Riverfront Park – If you have some time for a jog or a stroll, head over to this park along the water.
Gaylord Opryland – The conference hotel is actually a ton of fun. It’s like a biodome come to life and it just goes forever and forever. It’s also located right next door to a giant mall and The Grand Ole Opry. The hotel is 20 minutes from downtown, so we recommend grabbing an uber or renting a car if you want to explore beyond this suburb.
The Hutton Hotel – The first time we were in Nashville, we stayed at this modern boutique hotel located 10 minutes to the downtown area. You can see photos and review from my stay here.
P.S. – Extending your trip? Check out Lisa’s Travel Guide to Memphis, Tennessee + Graceland