All I had known about Nashville previously was that just about every country music artist was born and/or discovered there. Ironically, I hated country music growing up. I was that person who would make fun of the corny lyrics that talked about love at first sight, going through heartbreak, or growing up in a small town.
That changed when I met my boyfriend, Tyler. He grew up listening to country music so I inevitably listened to a lot of it when we started dating. The more I was exposed to it, the more I started to enjoy and appreciate the thoughtful song writing and instrumental music behind it. I realized that it was refreshing to hear lyrics that told a story or had a lesson behind them verses lyrics that glorified lifestyles lost in partying, drugs, and sex.
Since then, I have been an avid listener of country music and it’s become one of my favorite genres. So, when Nashville was the decided destination, I was all in. YEEHAW.
The mutual decision was to drive to Tennessee from South Florida in a rental car. It was the best decision for us because we actually wanted to be stuck in a car with each other for 12-14 hours. If that’s not the case for you and whoever you’re traveling with, I probably wouldn’t recommend it. lol. Our trip was 5 days, but 2 of them were spent driving. So essentially we had 3 full days to take advantage of Nashville.
We stayed at the cutest little Air bnb that was perfect for our 7 person group. I will include the link to where we stayed here. Although we were exhausted from the drive, we knew we had to take advantage of the one Saturday night we had in Nashville. I won’t lie, it was tempting to stay in and be grandmas, but the 20 year olds in us got ready, hopped in the mini van (lol), and headed for town.
We started at The Stage and bar hopped down Broadway for a few hours. The bands mostly play covers to popular songs, which is great because dancing to music you don’t know can get boring. They also make sure to cover a good amount of rock and alternative hits, so you’re not totally drowning in country. We danced and sung our hearts out for literally hours. Even my two girlfriends who hate going out and hate dancing, were up having the time of their lives. We got back to the air bnb and couldn’t stop talking about how much fun we had. Nashville was off to a great start.
Although we enjoyed our time, I wish there had been more affordable boutiques in the area. The few we came across were way out of our shopping price range. But we did ride around on the Birds and that was hilarious. We headed back to the house and spent the night in. We ordered pizza, caught up on each others lives, laughed, cried, you know, just your typical girl stuff.
The decision to head back to downtown was strongly influenced by the amount of fun we had the first night. But as anyone could have predicted, going out on a Monday night is much different than a Saturday night. Not that we didn’t enjoy ourselves, but it seemed that the single men of Nashville were out to mingle. We couldn’t go 5 minutes without a different guy in a cowboy hat approaching one of us. To be honest, it was really annoying. Guys-I’m all for you shooting your shot, but when you see a group of girls clearly enjoying each others company, for god sake, let them be!!