Do’s and Don’ts of Nashville, Tennessee

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Do’s and Don’ts of Nashville, Tennessee


Nashville is known primarily as Music City, U.S.A., but it has so much more to offer.  With a growing food scene and obvious music scene, which includes much more than just country, Nashville is gaining more and more spotlight. Here’s the do’s and don’ts of Nashville from a local:

1. Don’t…visit the famous Loveless Café.  Yes, I said it.  Skip The Loveless Café, with their long wait times and semi-good food.  I’m sure I’m receiving shocked looks and exasperated gasps right now.

Do…go to Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant.  For y’all who don’t want to venture outside of Nashville, there is a new location that opened in Nashville.  I encourage you to expand your visit though and head to Leiper’s Fork or Franklin to one of the original locations.  You won’t regret going to either of these towns south of Nashville.



2. Don’t…go to Opry Mills Mall.  It’s actually a really nice mall that I admittedly visit.  I’m just bitter that they got rid of Opryland and put a huge mall in its place.  Besides, why travel somewhere new just to shop at stores you can go to anywhere??

Do…visit the Tennessee State Fairgrounds Flea Market.  It’s considered to be one of the top ten flea markets in the country.  It’ll take you hours and I suggest arriving early in the morning or it will take you even longer.  Well worth it though.

Double Pouring Wonder

3. Don’t…go to Opryland Hotel for the drinks.  At $12 a drink, you’ll be broke before you even feel a buzz.

Do…go just to walk around and experience one of the best hotels in the country, or possibly world.  Don’t pay $20+ for parking.  Park in the (aforementioned forbidden) Opry Mills’ parking lot and walk over.  Don’t worry, it’s not that far and don’t we all need the exercise anyway?

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Ryman Auditorium #1

4. Don’t…visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  Everyone does.  I just don’t see the excitement in it.  I don’t even have a really good reason not to.  I can just think of a ton of other things you could spend your time doing.

Do…visit the Ryman Auditorium instead.  A gorgeous building with rich history.  Go to the place where Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and many more actually played; instead of just the museum about them.  It’s cheaper too.  You can use the money you save for your expensive drinks at Opryland Hotel that you’ll buy anyways even though I advised against it.

Broadway at sundown 02

5. Don’t…go to the Wildhorse Saloon or Coyote Ugly.  These are corporations that serve expensive drinks and attract all the tourists (ignore the fact that you are, indeed, a tourist).

Do…visit the smaller, more authentic honky-tonks on Lower Broad.  Or do both, but please don’t just go to the aforementioned places.  You’ll thank me.

Nashville Parthenon 1 (ISO 12800)

6. Don’t…make the assumption that everything has to do with music or fried food here.  There’s a whole lot more to Nashville including tons of history, art, fashion, and so on.

Do…visit The Parthenon.  Located within Centennial Park, this is the only full-scale reproduction of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.  Inside you’ll find an art gallery, museum and the Greek goddess Athena.  Nashville is known as the “Athens of the South.”  Shocking trivia, I know.

Arrington Vineyards - Arrington, TN

7. Don’t…visit the Jack Daniel’s Distillery.  I’m in no way discouraging the consumption of some Jack Daniels.  This can just get touristy and it’s a bit more of a drive outside of Nashville than some may like.

Do…visit Arrington Vineyards.  Founded by Kix Brooks, of Brooks and Dunn, this vineyard is well-known amongst the locals.  Located 30 miles south of Nashville, it offers gorgeous views, great music and even better wine.

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Have you ever been to Nashville? What were your favorite spots?


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  1. Kara

    September 5, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Thanks for the great ideas Ashley! Humorous and entertaining as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ashley Hubbard

      September 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Thank you very much for your comment! I hope you continue to enjoy reading!

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  4. Stacy

    January 8, 2014 at 3:26 AM

    Thank you for the info! Fun read too.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Mrs. Chasing the Donkey

    February 6, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    Right… I am set to visit OR NOT these places. Thanks!

  6. Anna @ The Blonde Banana

    March 30, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Love this post! I’m heading to Nashville in June for CMA Fest. I’m hoping to be able to explore the city and do some of your recommendations as well.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 31, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      That’s awesome. Have you been to CMA Fest before? It’s amazing – let me know if you have any questions ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Charles McCool

    October 8, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Arrington is awesome. Great choice. No mention of Jacks? I would sat DON’T go to downtown Jack’s BBQ. DO go to Trinity Lane location.

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  9. Tanj from A Travelogue

    March 15, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    me and the husband would loveeee to live in nashville one day. your tips abt do’s and dont’s gave me more reason to want to live in this area.

  10. Shannon Walker

    August 22, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    August 2017.Had a great visit however way to short as there was so much we could have done. The weather was great. Was excited to see the home of the Predators. I think we stayed to far out (by the mall you dont like). Found food and drinks expensive, should have researched this area of the trip more. Was very disapointed in the gray line trolley hop on hop off.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      August 22, 2017 at 3:21 PM

      Did you come for the eclipse or just a regular visit? There is definitely a lot to do in a short amount of time! Send me a message if you come again and maybe I can help narrow down a better place to stay for you! And, yes, our public transport is something that needs much improving. Otherwise, Nashville is fantastic and I hope you had a lovely time!

  11. Mary

    December 9, 2017 at 4:28 PM

    Arriving in January for 3 days. Need suggestions of where to stay. Would like to book as close to the heart of bars restaurants as possible. Lower broad maybe? Saved your suggestions of where to go and what to avoid. Thanks

  12. Patti C.

    January 13, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Favorite Restauranta – hidden gems? Best , non-touristy venue for live music? Thanks for these tips ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Sheila

    December 30, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Hello, we are planning a trip to Nashville in April 2019 and we are looking for suggestions on the best areas of town to stay at. We wonโ€™t have a car and Iโ€™m currently looking at Airbnb options to stay at. There are so many in different locations itโ€™s hard to narrow down an area. We are music fans, want to do the honky think experience one night but arenโ€™t every night partners. Hoping you can help me out with some suggestions

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