How to Spend Twelve Hours in Nashville

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Me doing my best Solange pose

This time last week I was in Birmingham, Alabama for Dawn’s wedding. It was beautiful! She looked like a melanated Greek goddess, the food was amazing, and we line danced the night away. It was my first time in the Magic City and it did not disappoint.

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The Newlyweds

I don’t spend that much time in the Deep South so I have not had the chance to fully explore what it has to offer, until last week. We found out Birmingham was exactly three hours away from Nashville. I have been hearing about how great of a city Nashville is, and after my last post discussing the trip to Nashville featured in Master of None it has been on my radar.

The wedding was Sunday and we had a day to spare before we left Tuesday night. So it was settled, we would spend Memorial Day in Nashville. We rented a car from the airport after the ceremony and the following morning got an early start on our micro vacation.

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On Broadway Street

It was an easy drive, we literally stayed on 65 north the entire way. Once we arrived in Nashville, the first order of business was getting something to eat. We settled on Another Broken Egg Café because it had great yelp reviews and it was close by. I usually don’t enjoy eating at chain restaurants in a new city but we were starving so I let it slide this one time. I ordered The South West Scramble and PJ ordered the Shrimp and Grits, which he claimed was the best he ever had.

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The best shrimp and grits according to PJ
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Southwest Scramble wasn’t too bad either

After brunch, we decided the best way to see the city in a short amount of time was to do a trolley tour. I know I know, we were being super touristy but honestly it was our best option.  Highlights of the tour were Broadway Street, Vanderbilt University, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. PJ and I hopped off at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park to check out the WWII memorial. We could not have asked for better weather! The park was beautiful and we had great view of the state capitol.

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Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, you can see the Capitol in the distance
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Once we hopped back on the trolley and left the downtown area, we ended up at an old automobile factory called Marathon Motor Works. Different businesses now occupy the space including a winery and a whiskey distillery. Of course we hopped off at here. Grinders Switch Winery was our first stop where we sampled 8 wines for only $6. After the tastings we explored the building on our way to the distillery. It definitely gave off a creepy vibe, and is not a place I would want to be late at night alone.

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We stopped at The Soda Parlor, a clothing store/vintage soda shop complete with old school arcade games that you can play for FREE. After beating PJ in a couple games of Donkey Kong and Galaga we looked at the t-shirts and pictures they sold. A couple Harry Potter portraits caught my eye and nearly tempted me to make a purchase. However, I resisted and we made our way to the distillery.

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He is currently losing to me in Donkey Kong 🙂

Now, I am not a whiskey fan so this was not my favorite part of the trip. PJ however loves it, as it is his drink of choice. We received an awesome tour of the Nelson Green Brier Distillery from a laid back coffee drinking whiskey aficionado. I enjoyed hearing about the history of the family who emigrated from Germany and basically built the company from the ground up. I didn’t realize how much chemistry was involved in making whiskey, but now that I know I appreciate it more. At the end of the tour we sampled four whiskeys. I could not finish any of them but I’m sure they were all delicious. After tasting whiskey we hopped back on the trolley and went back to the car.

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Part of the reason we wanted to go to Nashville was for some BBQ. Yes, we understood Memphis was known for BBQ and Nashville was known for Hot Chicken. However, PJ and I are from NY and we figure it can’t be that much different. Also, we heard the line outside Hattie B’s was 100 people deep. We found a local spot called Peg Leg Porker and split a full rack of ribs with a side of mac n cheese and beans, washed it down with sweet tea. Delicious.

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Our last order of business in Nashville was to watch the Western Conference Finals Game between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barlines in the Omni hotel. We ordered some drinks, an appetizer, and proceeded to watch OKC get the sad Jordan face treatment. It was back to Birmingham after that.

Although our time was short in Music City, and we aren’t the biggest country music fans, we enjoyed it. I look forward to our next microvacation!

Have you been to Nashville? What did you think? What should we do if we return? Share in the comments below!

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