How To Have a Laid Back Weekend in Nashville

There's more to Nashville than honky tonk and country music. The bounty of art galleries, cool shopping areas and delicious food coax travelers and celebrities alike for a weekend or more of good 'ol southern fun. Get some travel inspo from this ESSENCE Editor's 3-day trip to this music mecca.


Joslyn Winkfield Aug, 22, 2016

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Check in to The Urban Cowboy, the perfectly decorated bed and breakfast in a super hip neighborhood.

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After a weary day of travel, take a soothing hot bath in one of their room's vintage tubs.

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Add a rose scented bath bomb to take it to the next level.

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The Urban Cowboy has so much charm inside, it'll be hard to leave and explore!

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Take a nap if needed, like my husband, pictured here, did!

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Your first night's meal should be epic. Head to Edley's Bar-B-Que for the best bbq nachos of your life (they use house made potato chips instead of tortillas).

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After dinner, turn the corner and find yourself at the Filling Station, a local beer brewery.

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End your day sipping on a cold beer and people watching.

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Start you first full day with a pit stop at I Dream of Weenie, a stationary airstream turned foodtruck.

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I recommend the cole slaw dog, savory topped with a summer favorite-so good!

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Saturday is primetime for checking out all the art that Nashville has to offer. The Art and Invention Gallery is the perfect place to scour for artsy gems!

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Check out paintings from a variety of local artists.

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You simply can NOT go to Nashville without hearing live music. The famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge is right on the main strip and will have you singing and clapping all night.

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Broadway Street is packed at night with travelers and locals seeking live music, drinks and bar food.

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Spend your Sunday morning frolicking throughout the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, which boasts a Japanese garden and a sculpture trail.

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You're bound to stumble upon unsuspected artwork in the woods!

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Get authentic denim and a pair of boots Imogene + Willie, a clothing shop in what used to be an old gas station.

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If you're road tripping, do it the old fashioned way with a map and a polariod camera!

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As you're leaving the Nashville area (if you're driving), stop by The Old Forge Distillery to sample and purchase moonshine. This place has over 15 flavors to choose from, including blackberry and banana bread.


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