Visiting Nashville? Read This First!
Go to Nashville they said, it will be fun, they said! Well, we finally went to Nashville – we had to see what all the hype was about. It’s a hot town, with live music, delicious food and plenty to do. We decided to take a long weekend, drive up one day, relax and see the sites the next day, then drive back home. It was only supposed to take about 6.5 hours, which didn’t sound too bad, especially if we just drove right through.
That right there was mistake number 1 – assuming it would only take 6.5 hours because that’s how long Google Maps said it would take. Every highway we took was under construction, we didn’t even think to factor in the weather (It rained the ENTIRE drive! Okay, save for 6 minutes in between the heavy downpours), and I’m not even going to mention the wrecks – actually I will because there were far too many that we encountered! GET OFF YOUR CELLPHONES AND DRIVE, PEOPLE! In a nutshell, it didn’t take 6.5 hours like Google promised.
When we finally arrived in Nashville a mere eight hours later, we were starving and exhausted. Where is the nearest food place?! Hattie B’s is all we could think about! Those mouthwatering photos on Instagram had us craving hot chicken since we left Columbus. Hattie B’s, here we come!
Mistake number 2 – Don’t think it’s going to be butterflies and unicorns when you drive into the city, thinking there may be a parking structure, because there won’t be – at least we couldn’t find one nearby! We waved goodbye as we came around the corner and passed it for the second time. We kept driving, in desperation we stopped at a Carrabba’s. I know, I know, we didn’t have to go all the way to Nashville to eat at Carrabba’s. The bottom line here is, have a backup plan for supper and know how to get there.
You can imagine we slept like babies in our AirBNB. Tip: If you’re looking for an awesome deal and enjoy a quick Uber ride into the city, I highly recommend the AirBNB we stayed at – The Nashville Nifty! The Nifty was bright, clean and comfortable. It was perfect for the two of us. There are even nearby restaurants which looked quite lovely.
Mistake number 3 – Don’t ditch the nearby restaurants because you think you’ll be wasting your time. Not all of the amazing food is located downtown! We felt like we were breaking the law of visiting Nashville by settling with a neighborhood restaurant so we didn’t. Because of what happened next (and I’ll let you in on our other mishaps) we REALLY wished we had stayed near the Nifty and spent more time off the beaten path.
Our parents had told us about this amazing bus tour which tours you all over the city and includes several stops in which you can get out, explore and simply hop on the next bus. As long as you showed them your $40 sticker, you had access all day. Pretty cool! So we took the bus tour and got off at a couple of stops in the early hours of the day. The bus stopped right in front of Hattie B’s! There was a line before they even opened. It took a long while to finally get grub. The wait was so worth it though! Best hot chicken, ever!! While in line for lunch we noticed everybody wearing soccer jerseys – no big deal, there must be a soccer camp going on… Dead wrong!
It wasn’t until we waited 2 hours for the next bus to arrive that we started to realize how busy everywhere was. You see, there was actually an international soccer game happening that very day! The jokes was on us.
Mistake number 4 – This is probably most important, don’t forget to research the events for the weekend before you go! There was an extra 50,000 people in the city who wouldn’t normally be there! Because of this, every bar, store, restaurant, ice cream shop, bus tour, and sidewalk was jammed packed with people!
Mistake number 5 – (Okay, this one may not apply to you…) Know exactly what time the soccer match or an event ends, because if you’re anywhere near the stadium you will be bombarded by fans and you WILL NOT be able to get a ride out of the city. No lie, we had eight Uber drivers cancel on us and our cell phone batteries were nearly dead. Not a good combination. We decided to walk back to the Nifty (Half kidding). We walked and walked and walked until it was dark out to find a less crowded area to catch a ride back home. The problem was traffic – none of the drivers could get to us fast enough and thus had to cancel. It was an absolute nightmare!
Not exactly the most enjoyable experience, but what’s done is done. Learn from our mistakes and enjoy your trip to Nashville!