Maybe you’ve never visited Nashville or maybe you’ve lived here the past few years and somehow blank when you have people visit you, because you do not know where to take them. I’ve heard many people complain about not knowing where to take family and friends when they come to visit. So sadly, most people resort to taking their loved ones on a walk down Broadway Street. Of course honky tonk makes up some of Nashville, but I would hate for any visitor to believe that’s all there is in this city. So, I have complied a suggested weekend schedule from noon Friday to noon Sunday for when you just can’t think of any other places to take your visitors, and hopefully it will help make the weekend great!
Your visitor will be hungry and fidgety after their travel here, so what better place to take them than the 12th South area?
For lunch, visit the newest, hip restaurant, Flipside. This place is right out of the 50’s and has a very unique variety of chicken dishes. I recommend the Phuket Chicken with an appetizer of the Tater Tot Nachos. After lunch, take a stroll down 12th South and take the classic picture at the “I Believe in Nashville” sign. I love my picture by it, and I know your guest will too! Then stop by Jeni’s for the most unique flavored ice cream you’ve ever had or by Las Paleta’s for delicious Mexican popsicles. I always enjoy walking around Sevier Park with my dessert because there’s always locals out there eno’ing, walking dogs, or laying in the grass enjoying the weather. After your stroll through Sevier Park, go rent the Nashville B-cycle bikes and bike around town to see more sights while exercising! The rates are $5 for 24hrs, or free for the 1st hour and then $1.50 for each addition 30 minutes. So grab one and bike straight down 12th South to The Gulch or to downtown!
For dinner, head on over to the most hip place in town, Pinewood Social. This place is pretty much a dream come true. It has anything you’d ever want for a good night: private karaoke rooms, vintage bowling, coffee, a bar, a restaurant, bocce ball, and even a pool! I don’t think you can impress your guest with anything more than this. But I will warn you to make reservations in advance, because this place is very popular.
Breakfast is a necessity so head over to the best kept secret for this meal! The Pfunky Griddle is the most unique restaurant I’ve ever been to because you get to make your own breakfast at your table! Order eggs, hash browns, or the delicious pancakes and you get to be the chef at this renovated cottage! With your pancakes, you get to choose from a variety of fruits, candies, or spreads. My family loves this restaurant, and it always impresses anyone I take to it.
After breakfast, get a head start on the Nashville Flea Market held at the fairgrounds! This takes place every 4th weekend of the month and is one of the best places to grab cheap, but wonderful items. My roommates have found old window panes, a wooden Tennessee cut out, and even make your own bouquets! You could probably spend hours there, but when you start to get hungry again for lunch, head on over to Hillsboro Village to visit a Nashville favorite, McDougal’s. They have some of the best chicken tenders and its a great place to go and sit outside! After enjoying lunch, check the schedule and go enjoy a free concert at Centennial Park for Musician’s Corner. This event is great because everyone brings blankets and lawn chairs and enjoys an outdoor afternoon while listening to the best local bands. The Vespers, Dave Barnes, and many others have graced the stage. Did I mention its free? You’ll also get to enjoy an assortment of food trucks, kidsville, dogville, and a beer and wine garden for the adults. They have a summer, fall, and spring schedule, so make sure you check their twitter or website for updates.For your last meal of the day, you might want a fancier, city-like restaurant. Virago is a great place to fulfill that need. Sushi is the specialty here and you also get to feel like you’ve stepped into a modern, chic, city restaurant. Inside has beautiful wood paneling and seating on couches, secluded booths, or long tables and then their rooftop seating has a great view of downtown. I loved the sushi here, and the atmosphere was spectacular.
After dinner, head out for another great view of the city at Love Circle. I know I’ve mentioned this place in a post before, but its a great place to take your guests. A beautiful view of the city will never fail to wow them.
After church or sleeping in, you’ll want a classic southern brunch before your guest heads out. For this, I recommend Jackson’s sunday brunch. They usually have a line, but they’re great at seating you pretty fast. I enjoyed the Big Ben’s breakfast plate of scrambled eggs, cheese, bacon, and potatoes. My friend enjoyed the Chicken Biscuit, I think it was one of the best I’ve had. After brunch, take your guests to the Pedestrian Bridge for a great view of the city and a nice stretch before they head out. I love the view from the bridge, and its also a great way to take you right to downtown.