“Spring Break” … For college students, most people picture flocks of 20-somethings drinking all day and partying it up in Mexico, or at some other beach. While this does sound like a good time, I’m not quite sure I could physically or mentally handle a week full of typical spring break shenanigans (lol). So, my spring break was a little different than that.
I spent my spring break with my mom! Love that lady! Her 50th birthday fell during the same week of my school’s spring break, so we decided to take a little girls trip. After many possibilities, we finally decided to go to Nashville, Tennessee, and we had a great time! Here’s the run-down of our trip.
We were in Nashville for 5 days and we definitely made the most of it. We took a direct flight from Newark to Nashville. We stayed at the Renaissance Downtown Nashville, which was a great hotel. It was a huge hotel, with 3 restaurants (which weren’t so great) and a full Starbucks (which obvi I appreciated and my mom’s wallet did not). Our room was hypo-allergenic and service was great. The location was perfect for us, as it in the middle of downtown and walking distance to many places we wanted to go to. Also, the hotel offered a free car service to anywhere within a 5-mile radius, so we didn’t even have to Uber that often! 10/10 would recommend staying there!
Day 1: Saturday After arriving in Nashville, we checked into our hotel and then explored a little bit. We walked around downtown and saw the Honkey Tonkey Highway. It’s Nashville’s famous strip of bars and restaurants, which all feature live music basically 24/7. We ate at the Tequila Cowboy and then checked out a few more places to listen to more live music. After checking out the strip, we headed back to our hotel to rest and relax for a little bit. We had dinner that night at Saint Anejo, located in the Gultch neighborhood and it was my favorite restaurant of the trip. It has both indoor and outdoor seating, and amazing Mexican food.
Day 2: Sunday It was super gloomy and rainy out, so we planned a day of indoor activities. Today we met up with an old family friend for lunch. She recommended that we go to Puckett’s for our food, and try their famous friend chicken. After lunch, she took us on a drive around Nashville to check out a few things and we drove passed the Parthenon. Then, we left our family friend and my mom and I went to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It was pretty pricy to go in, but it was cool and everyone said we had to go! We had dinner at the hotel this night, but it wasn’t anything too special.
Day 3: Monday Apparently a lot of tourist attractions in Nashville are closed on Monday’s, so we planned a day of shopping. We headed to the Frothy Monkey for a quick coffee and then explored the neighborhood called 12 South. It has lots of restaurants, shopping, and murals. We had lunch at Edly’s BBQ, which was recommended to us and it was pretty good! There was a wide variety of types of stores and price ranges. My favorite store was Draper James, which is owned by Reese Witherspoon. It was pretty preppy, which isn’t necessarily my style, but I found some really cute business casual pieces! We also stopped at Sprinkles cupcake shop and Amelia’s Flower Truck. For dinner, we met up with one of my sorority sisters and her mom, who also happened to be in town for spring break! We went to the Listening Room, which is a place where you get dinner and a live show. The Song Suffragettes were playing the 6:30 show and they were great. I loved the show! This was my favorite day of the trip by far!
Day 4: Tuesday We checked out the Hermitage, which was Andrew Jackson’s estate. It was absolutely beautiful, and something everyone should definitely see, but it wasn’t super exciting. My mom and I were still glad that we saw it. After that, we headed to Marathon Village, which is an old factory building converted into shops. We shopped around and found some unique things! At sunset, we went to the Pedestrian bridge, to see the skyline of the city. We had dinner at Bakersfield Tacos, which was not as good of Mexican food as Saint Anejo, but still pretty good! To finish the night, we got some ice cream at Mikes Ice Cream!
Day 5: Wednesday A busy day! We started with breakfast at Milk and Honey, which wasn’t as good as it was hyped up to be, and took some pictures at a mural next to the restaurant. Then, we checked out the Ryman Auditorium, which used to host the Grand Ole Opry. After that, we went to the Cheekwood Estate, because they have a huge garden of tulips, and my mom is obsessed. It was actually really pretty and better than I thought it would be. We then headed back to the hotel and ate dinner there, before going to see a show. We saw the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and it was absolutely amazing and took our breath away. Obviously, being a dancer, I really appreciated the show.
My mom and I had a great girls trip; it was the perfect mix of activities and taking it easy. Nashville was a huge food-y town, which we took full advantage of. I would love to go back to Nashville, but hopefully next time I’ll be 21, so I can really experience it all 😉