Nashville is one of the hottest destinations for a girls weekend. This vibrant, musical city is a hit for bachelorette parties, mother-daughter getaways, and girl-gang escapes.
Some of this was born out of its relaxed party scene and endless activities. And since it’s become so popular for girls’ trips, a slew of restaurants, boutiques, and tours have begun catering to this fun-loving crowd.
Are you ready to have your own unforgettable girls weekend in Nashville? We’ve got you covered with the best hotels, activities, restaurants, bars, and advice to make it the best getaway ever.
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How to Get Around in Nashville
If you’re staying in Nashville for just a weekend, you can probably enjoy most of its sights without a rental car. Many hotels offer airport shuttles, but taxis and ride shares abound here.
If you stay Downtown (near Broadway, Midtown, or West End), you can walk to many of Nashville’s favorite locations or get a ride to farther areas. This will keep you from worrying about parking, designating a driver, or navigating Nashville’s busy roads.
What to Do on a Girls Weekend in Nashville
1. Honky Tonk Hop
It’s one of Nashville’s biggest claims to fame: Honky Tonk Highway. This area of Lower Broadway in downtown is bustling with energy. Party tractors and buses cruise down this lively strip as live music streams out of hazy bars.
Any Country music fan will love the spots owned by Nashville’s biggest stars, like Garth Brooks (Friends in Low Places Bar & Honky Tonk), Miranda Lambert (Casa Rosa), and Alan Jackson (Good Time Bar). Or, check out some of the originals, like Nudie’s and Wildhorse Saloon.
You don’t have to be a drinker to enjoy Lower Broadway (though it certainly doesn’t hurt). Many places have great food and live music for any group. There are also souvenir shops, nearby attractions, and fun people-watching. Plus, it stays busy day and night, so you can include it wherever you have room in your Nashville girls’ weekend itinerary.
2. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame
This isn’t your grandmother’s museum. The Country Music Hall of Fame is an immersive experience that any music enthusiast will love. You’ll see show-stopping costumes, sleek cars, and multimedia presentations.
Walk through the history of country music, from its earliest pioneers to its modern-day superstars. Whether you revere Dolly, Reba, or Taylor (or all of the above), this is the perfect place to earn your die-hard fan status. Even if you’re not into country music, you’ll likely have a lot of fun at this beautiful museum.
Plus, it’s within walking distance of Lower Broadway, making it the perfect first stop before hitting the honky tonks.
3. Take a Guided City Tour
Nashville offers some of the most unique city tours. You and your girlfriends can hop on a golf cart, a party tractor, segways, or a horse-drawn carriage to see some of downtown’s best sights. Tour themes include bar-hopping, local food, street art, and history.
If your group isn’t much for making plans, the Old Town Trolley Tour is a hop-on / hop-off tour that is super flexible and fun.
4. Have Cocktails at the White Limozeen
The White Limozeen is known as Nashville’s Dolly Parton Bar. It’s not owned by the country music star, but it’s completely dedicated to her. Each detail captures the spirit of Dolly, from the plush pink furniture to the tasseled and bejeweled decor. Plus, there is a giant bust of Dolly — be sure to snag a picture next to it with the Nashville skyline behind it.
This is a rooftop bar in Midtown’s Graduate Hotel. The inside dining area is stunning (and the perfect place to hang out when the weather’s bad). Plus, the food tastes fantastic.
If you’re looking for another unique bar experience, head downstairs, where things aren’t nearly as classy. The Cross-Eyed Critters offers a wild time: karaoke alongside a group of hillbilly animatronics. It’s just an elevator ride away from the White Limozeen, but it’s a totally different world.
5. Read in Centennial Park (or Simply Take a Stroll)
If you’ve been partying through Lower Broadway and Midtown, you’ll likely be ready for a reprieve. Nashville’s Centennial Park is one of the best places to enjoy some fresh air while feeling immersed in Nashville’s unique urban scene. There are pristine grassy lawns, paved walking trails, colorful gardens, and great city views.
This is also where you’ll find the Parthenon, an art museum and full-scale replica of Athen’s iconic landmark.
Centennial Park is a must-visit for any Taylor Swift-themed girls weekend in Nashville, as you can sit on a bench dedicated to the superstar (she used to think she’d meet somebody there).
6. Have Brunch
No girls’ trip is complete without a fantastic brunch, but narrowing down Nashville’s many options can be tough. Ahead are a few of our favorite picks for a Nashville’s girls brunch.
This 3-story restaurant near Broadway has a really fun coastal vibe and delicious food. Check out their “Rosé All Day” lounge or their rooftop bar.
This bright, modern cafe serves delicious breakfast and lunch with lots of Southern charm. There are multiple locations in Nashville, but our favorite is the original in The Gulch neighborhood.
Suzy Wong’s House of Yum
If you’re looking for something a little wilder for your brunch, check out Suzy Wong’s House of Yum. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, they host Drag’n Brunch. It’s a hit for any bachelorette party, but all kinds of girl groups will have so much fun. You’ll be thoroughly entertained as you enjoy a Bloody Mary, beignets, and a fun atmosphere.
7. Eat Hot Chicken
Hot Chicken is Nashville’s most popular food. It’s long been a staple in Nashville’s African American communities, but it recently spread throughout all of Nashville (and beyond) to become the city’s go-to dish.
Local favorites include Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and Prince’s Hot Chicken. Prince’s is celebrated as the original, and you can find it in a few locations, but the most convenient spot for a quick trip will be inside the Assembly Food Hall downtown.
8. Sing Along at the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry isn’t the hot spot for a lot of bachelorette parties, but you and your besties can still have a great time here. There’s a range of musical acts, and they try to bring a lot of performances into the modern era. However, it’s the old-school performers we seem to like the most — something about being transported in time and discovering the past of country music.
If it’s your first visit to Nashville, people will ask if you went to the Grand Ole Opry. So give the people what they want and have so much fun at THE home of country music.
You can also take a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry, but to dig deep into the show’s history and influence, tour its original home. The Ryman Auditorium was where the Grand Ole Opry lived for over 30 years. You can still take tours of it, or catch one of its live shows — it now serves as one of Nashville’s most unique and beloved music venues.
9. Discover the Bluebird Cafe
Have you ever heard of the Bluebird Cafe? This listening room welcomes some of the biggest songwriters to perform. The laid-back atmosphere and mixes of genres are a welcome reprieve from all the country music blaring downtown.
Occasionally, big stars come to play. But if you don’t recognize your performers, be sure to remember their names — they could become future stars. This is where Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, and Keith Urban were discovered.
Bluebird Cafe is located in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville. While you’re in the area, check out Greenhouse Bar or shop at Hill Center, which is home to Anthropologie, West Elm, and Lululemon.
10. Walk Around 12 South Neighborhood
There’s something special about 12 South. This trendy, upscale neighborhood is located on the outskirts of downtown, and it has such a great mix of serenity and vibrancy. Here, tourists and locals come together to walk along its leafy streets, get a coffee, shop in its boutiques, or visit its quiet park. Here are some of our favorite spots to hit up while you’re in 12 South during your girl’s weekend in Nashville:
– Five Daughters Bakery has the best donuts in the city. Try their 100-layer donut, a delicious hybrid between a croissant and a donut.
– Frothy Monkey is a trendy coffee shop with great food and beer that’s really popular among college students.
– Draper James is Reese Witherspoon’s line of clothing and accessories, and her flagship store is on 12 South.
– Locust is a fine-dining restaurant with an inventive menu and an intimate setting.
11. Dine Your Way Through the City
The best way to experience Nashville is through its food. Whether you need a quick bite or want to get dressed up for a fancy dinner, there is something for you. Here are some of our favorite places to dine during a girls’ weekend in Nashville:
The Catbird Seat
If you’re up for a mega-splurge during your girls weekend in Nashville, then The Catbird Seat is the place to go. They serve their inventive and elegant tasting menu in an open kitchen, creating a unique environment that reviewers say is worth the high price tag.
Monell’s At The Manor
This is an iconic southern restaurant where food is served family-style (and always with biscuits!). Its original location is Germantown, a convenient downtown spot with lots of great food.
We prefer its newer Manor location near the Nashville Airport. Its historic setting is a unique atmosphere for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Assembly Food Hall
Downtown’s Assembly Food Hall is a great place to eat during any group trip to Nashville. Order food or alcohol at the many food counters and then gather to eat it in its many dining areas. Assembly Food Hold hosts several top local restaurants, like Prince’s Hot Chicken, Hattie Jane’s Creamery, The Pharmacy Burger, and Han’s Banh Mi & Pho. If you don’t want to agree on a place to eat, this spot will have something for everyone.
Acme Feed & Seed
Acme Feed & Seed serves up great food in a historic setting. Plus, its fun location on Lower Broadway can be part of a full day downtown. Opt for full-service dining on the second floor, or more casual bar service on the first or third floor. The food is excellent, the atmosphere is lively, and they’ve got live music almost every day.
Sadie’s is an East Nashville restaurant that’s perfect for a girls trip. They create delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes and have an airy atmosphere you’ll love. Come for a relaxed dinner (complete with delicious cocktails) or their impressive weekend brunch.
Where to Stay in Nashville with Friends
The right accommodations can make or break a girls weekend in Nashville. The key is finding a balance so you can be near the top attractions while having enough space to relax and enjoy. Here are a few of our top recommendations for where to stay:
The Hermitage Hotel
If your girls trip is all about glitz and glamor, stay at the Hermitage Hotel. This is a historic icon in the heart of downtown that you’ll love. There’s an upscale restaurant, afternoon tea, and a library bar. A five-star stay for the most refined female travelers.
Four Seasons Hotel Nashville
Four Seasons is THE name in luxury accommodations, and a stay here will take your girls trip to the next level. It’s ultra-sleek and modern, with warm service and a great downtown location. Enjoy their outdoor pool, world-class spa, or bespoke experiences. A splurge stay that will be unforgettable.
This funky spot has eclectic rooms, amazing bars, and one of the most Instagram-worthy lobbies in Nashville. The Graduate is a four-star boutique hotel that’s about a mile from Lower Broadway and a half mile from Centennial Park.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
This Marriott property isn’t near the greatest downtown activities, but it still has a lot going for it. Gaylord Opryland features 9 acres of indoor gardens, multiple pools, a spa, and 19 restaurants and bars. It’s especially fun to stay here at Christmas, as they go all out for the holidays. But you can also visit year-round to enjoy their indoor waterpark with a lazy river, private cabana rentals, and a (seasonal) outdoor adults-only area.
For more space and flexibility, consider a vacation rental for your girls weekend in Nashville. The Gulch is a great upscale location with sleek new condos. Or, consider a rental house in the quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods near 12 South.