Nashville Travel Guide

Cory, Coby (Cory’s twin brother), Aubrey (Coby’s fiance), and I decided to go on a fun long weekend trip to Nashville and I’m so excited to tell you all about it with my Nashville travel guide! Nashville was somewhere I’d wanted to go for a long time, so I was was thrilled when everyone else said they’d be down for a trip there! We stayed for 5 nights and it was the perfect amount of time to do almost everything we wanted to do without feeling rushed.

Madewell Skinny Jeans

Wearing: Madewell Jeans & Bag, J.Crew Shoes (similar here), Earrings

Day 1.

We arrived in Nashville around 5:00 pm and headed strait to our cute Air B&B in East Nashville. Since we needed 3 bedrooms, renting an Air B&B was the best choice for us! If you’re traveling with a group I would highly recommend staying in an Air B&B as opposed to a hotel. They’re fun because you have common rooms to hang out in and they’re more affordable.

If you’re looking to stay in downtown Nashville, some cute hotel options are Hotel IndigoThe 404The Thompson Hotel & The Hermitage Hotel.

After we settled into our home, we put on our cowboy boots and made our way to the Grand Ole Opry. It was extra fun because some of Cory’s work connections were able to get us backstage passes to the show that night! We even got to meet Hunter Hayes and chat with him for a little while before he went on! This was such a special experience and we got to hear some amazing country music sung by Hunter Hayes, Vince Gill & Diamond Rio.

Once the concert was over we had all worked up quite the appetite and went to none other than the famous Cracker Barrell. Haha! It was a great decision and the pancakes were amazing as always.

Cory Cotton Grand Ole Opry

Wearing: Romper (similar here & here), Cowboy Boots (similar here)

Day 2.

We woke up ready for our first full day in Nashville and went to brunch at a French inspired restaurant called Le Sel. I had originally made reservations here because I liked the way the inside looked (haha), but the food was also really delicious. It seriously was so precious though. It had pink velvet booths and black & white tiled floor that was whimsical, yet chic.

Le Sel

Le Sel in Nashville

After we filled up on apple beignets & salmon eggs Benedict, we drove around Nashville for a bit and saw some of the sights. We ended up at the Farmer’s Market and explored the fresh flowers and pumpkins. It had me feeling very fall and I loved it!

Kendra Scott Earrings

Wearing: Madewell Jeans & Bag, J.Crew Shoes (similar here), Kendra Scott Earrings


Nashville Farmer's Market

Wearing: Madewell Jeans & Bag, J.Crew Shoes (similar here), Earrings

Ed Sheeran happened to be playing in downtown Nashville that night, so we got tickets off of Stub Hub and went to his concert. He was incredible live. Even though we sat at the very top of the arena, it was honestly so much fun! His songs will be stuck in my head for weeks!

Day 3.

After getting home late from the concert the night before, we slept in and went to a late brunch at The Farmhouse in downtown. If you go, I would definitely recommend getting the scrambled eggs, grits & pancakes! So yummy!

That afternoon we went to the Country Music Hall of Fame. It was so interesting to walk around and see all of the old outfits, records and memorabilia from some of Country music’s most famous artists.

**It was also an interesting reminder of how quickly people’s names are forgotten. We didn’t know who over half of the people in the museum were and I’m sure at some point most of the world recognized their name. I guess the point of most museums is to learn about people who you might not know, but it was definitely a reminder that fame and possessions are such a fleeting thing! Instead, we should put our hope in eternal things! 

Wearing: Madewell Top & Skirt (similar here) & Necklace (similar here), J.Crew Sandals (similar here)

For afternoon snacks, we went to a super cute placed called Milk & Honey in The Gulch area of Nashville. If you like cinnamon things, try the horchata latte. It was comfort…in a mug (Cory’s description haha).

That evening, we went to a place called Adele’s for dinner. This was my favorite meal of the entire trip. The restaurant was an old tire center that had been restored to a farm to fork restaurant. The bruschetta, pasta dishes and the chicken were our favorites!

Day 4.

For breakfast we went to Franklin Juice Company for Açaí bowls, something that I’d never had before, but will definitely be having again! The bowls were seriously so good! The bowl I had was açaí (a frozen fruit sorbet) topped with organic granola, fresh fruit, chocolate shavings, natural peanut butter, and local raw honey! If you want something different than the typical southern breakfast, go to Franklin Juice Co. for a healthier start to your day! You won’t regret it!

After breakfast, we walked down 12th street, which had a few shops that I absolutely loved! First was White’s Mercantile, a curated shop that sells just about everything you could possibly need! And it was all so pretty! Second was Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s store, and it was the epitome of southern style. I’m especially obsessed with this cape and this top. SO cute! I’m so glad there is a Draper James in Dallas because I can’t wait to go back!

Wearing: Jeans, Earrings, J.Crew Sandals (similar here)


Before we left 12th street we stopped at Five Daughter’s Bakery to get a few treats for the road. I was a little disappointed when the person in front of us got the last chocolate chip cookie dough donut, but the employee convinced me to try a maple donut filled with some sort of vanilla cream. It turned out to be absolutely delicious and was definitely one of the best donuts I’ve ever had!

We then drove about 30 minutes to Franklin, Tennessee to check out their downtown area, which we’d heard really great reviews about. The town was so precious ya’ll. It had a bunch of small shops, restaurants, and was the perfect way to spend an afternoon. White’s Mercantile had a second location in Franklin so we stopped in for a second time that day and I bought the world’s softest wrap. It is the coziest thing I own and I can’t wait to see what other items this brand makes.

That night we cruised down the Cumberland River on the General Jackson Showboat! We really didn’t know what to expect with this, but it turned out to be quite entertaining. It was primarily an older crowd, but the dinner was enjoyable and the country singing and dancing show had some pretty talented performers. They have these cruises every day, sometimes multiple time per day, so if you’re not sure how to spend a couple of hours then book one of these cruises.

Day 5.

Wearing: Anthropologie TopMadewell Necktie, Jeans, J.Crew Sandals (similar here)

For our last full day in Nashville, we went to a small French restaurant by our house called Marche. It was cute, quaint, and had incredible hot chocolate! Just thinking about it makes me want to go back for more. That afternoon we went on a “Home of the Stars” tour and it was really quite fun! I will admit that it felt slightly creepy driving around looking where people lived, but we still enjoyed it! And yes, we did see one of Taylor Swift’s houses and one of Reese Witherspoon’s houses! Haha!

It rained the rest of the day, so we spent most of our time indoors. We went to Dave & Busters and had a few couples competitions, which was a blast. Then, since Tex Mex is our favorite food group, we knew we had to find somewhere for dinner that served queso & tacos. We found Bakersfield in downtown and it was amaze.

Day 6.

I heard so many great reviews about Biscuit Love before our trip, that I knew we needed to stop here before we left Nashville. On our last morning, we waited in line for about 20 minutes, but it was well worth it. Just about everything on the menu involves a biscuit, so we made a variety of orders, all of which were delicious! It was such a great way to finish our Nashville vacation!

Wearing: Dress, J.Crew Sandals (similar here)


Overall, we had a fabulous time visiting Nashville and exploring this new city! I highly recommend it if you haven’t been before. To make it simple for you, I’ve included my Nashville travel guide below!

Nashville Travel Guide


Amy Cotton

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  1. Looking soooo CUTE in your boots girl!! I am so saving this as Mr. Nine and I want to get there someday. Heard great things abut Biscuit love as well. Man, your photos are always so so good!!

  2. What a great trip! We’ve been to Nashville a few times, but usually only on a quick over-nighter while en route to somewhere else (like Florida). The Grand Ole Opry is really neat…we actually saw Vince Gill (as a surprise guest performer) when we were there a few years ago.

  3. Nashville is my favorite!! I love about 1.5 hours from 12th South, so it’s an easy day trip for us–which we do a few times a year! I really want to try that French restaurant–so cute inside!

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