Vacation Recap – Nashville pt.1

Cam and I decided to take a last minute trip to Nashville for my birthday. In true Cam and Jackie vacation form, we decided to not plan that much. We just planned the hotel we were staying at and the days we were going. Everything was play by ear.

Background Information

Nashville is about 3 and a half hours away from where we live, so we decided that we would drive up to Nashville. We are in the Eastern time zone and Nashville is in the Central time zone. Check in time for our hotel was 3:00 pm CT.

Nashville Vacation Day 1 – June 24

View of a river in Tennessee from the highway with a mountain in the distance
Not really sure what river this is, but it sure is beautiful. Chattanooga, TN

We decided to hit the road for our Nashville vacation at around 4:45 pm ET. We packed light. Only bringing a bag or two each.

We headed north on I-75 North toward Nashville/Chattanooga. The views on the way through North Georgia and Tennessee were breathtaking. Especially when we got to areas near water.

Along the way we got some patches of heavy rain, which slowed us down a little bit, but we got to our destination safely, which is all that matters.

After about 90 or so miles we took I-24 W to Nashville which eventually led us to our hotel.

Nashville Vacation – Hotel Info

We stayed at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Nashville Airport. This hotel was in a convenient spot for us to get in and get out. We were far enough away from the city center that we didn’t get too much traffic and close enough that we could take a cheap rideshare to wherever we wanted to go.

We stayed in the 1 King bed suite with sofa bed. This room was rather spacious and the bedroom and bathroom were separate from the living space, which was a plus.

Upon arrival and checking in at the hotel at around 8:00 pm CT, we got settled into our room and quickly changed and got ready to go because we were both really hungry.

Our room came equipped with local books and magazines with things to do in Nashville. Cameron took the time to check out the literature for a fun place to go for the night leading into my birthday.

Once he found a place, he put in the address for the Uber driver to take us there.

Nashville Vacation – Uber ride

Our Uber driver, Tracy, was awesome. He was a local around our age, ready to share information about the nightlife, and super personable. We had a great conversation with Tracy. After our ride, we felt like we were going to have a great night because of all of the positive vibes we got from Tracy.

Nashville Vacation – First Stop

As we drew nearer to Broadway, we could see all of the bright lights and hear all of the music coming from the different restaurants and bars. To begin with, we looked for a place to eat.

It was about 9:00 pm CT when we got down to Broadway so we thought that most of the restaurants would still be open.

I had a taste for barbecue. First, we came to Jack’s Bar-B-Que near Bridgestone Arena. When we opened the door, they immediately told us that they were closed. No biggie.

Across the street there was another barbecue place, Rippy’s Bar and Grill. We knew that was where we were supposed to go.

Rippy’s Bar and Grill

Nashville vacation - Rippy's food menu
Rippy’s Menu

So, Rippy’s is a multi-level bar and grill that had a great combination of live music and sports on all tv screens. They also had a roof-top patio.

We had excellent seats right by an open window. We watched the people walking by and heard all of the different types of music wafting in from the different bars.

Nashville vacation - View from our dinner table from the second story of Rippy's
View from our table at Rippy’s

I ordered a half slab of Rippy’s Signature Ribs with mac & cheese, greens, and a side of cornbread.

Food Verdict

The ribs were out of this world delicious and so was the mac & cheese. The greens had no flavor and needed all of the seasoning and hot sauce. The ribs were tender and juicy. While the mac & cheese was creamy and cheesy. A winning combination if you ask me. I only had a bite of the cornbread so I wouldn’t get too full and the cornbread was absolutely perfect. It was moist and a little sweet.

Nashville vacation - Rippy's half slab of ribs, mac and cheese, collard greens, and cornbread
Half slab of ribs, mac and cheese, greens, and cornbread.

After eating, we decided to hit up the next location.

Honky Tonk Central

Nashville vacation - View from the second story balcony of Honky Tonk Central
View from the second floor balcony of Honky Tonk Central

Our next location was Honky Tonk Central. Honky Tonk Central is 3-levels of great food, live music, and great times. We decided on this location because I heard some classic rock music being played on the second level. I love classic rock and knew I had to stop and check out the band.

The first floor of Honky Tonk Central had a live country music band. They had a large crowd and they seemed to be really enjoying their music.

The band on the second level was great! They played all of my favorites while we overlooked the passersby on the street from the balcony. This second level balcony gave us a great view, but it didn’t make us feel like we were too far away from the action.

WannaB’s Karaoke Bar

Nashville vacation - Man singing on the stage at WannaB's Karaoke Bar
Cam rocking the stage

Next up on our bar hopping adventure was WannaB’s. Before we settled on a place to eat, I saw this place and knew that we would make it into this place before the end of the night. We surely weren’t disappointed in the least!

This place is so much fun! They have a elevated lit stage and an awesome sound system. We heard a variety of songs being sung on a vast range of singing abilities. There is something for everyone in this place.

After having some liquid courage, Cam and I both made our way to the stage and sang our hearts out to a bunch of strangers and had an absolute blast doing it!

We rang in my golden birthday at WannaB’s and I had a bunch of people wish me a happy birthday. It made me feel like I was a celebrity in Nashville.

Last Stop – Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse

Our last stop for the evening was Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse. This place just called us in. It’s five stories of pure energy and excitement. You can hear the bands from miles away. Upon arrival, we met a woman celebrating her 21st birthday with her friends. This was the place to be!

We walked in and found a space at the bar to sit, watch, get a drink, and enjoy the atmosphere. At the bar,we met a lovely couple on their last night out in Nashville. They told us we were going to have a great time and celebrated my birthday with us for a little while. Shortly after, the lead singer in the band asked if there were any birthdays. There were at least 3 or 4 of us with birthdays and the entire bar sang to us. This made me feel super special.

We said good-bye to our friends we made at the bar and called an Uber to take us back to the hotel. Great first night of our Nashville vacation!

Nashville Vacation Day 2 – June 25

It’s my birthday! After a late night, we decided to sleep in and just relax all morning. It was great to just wake up whenever my body told me it was time to wake up.

At around 11:00 am CT we decided to finally get out of bed and get to moving because we were both so hungry. It was up to me to decide where we were going as it was my birthday. I decided that we should go to Acme Feed and Seed.

Acme Feed and Seed

Acme Feed and Seed is located at the very end of Broadway right by the river. The building is three stories and the building itself was opened in 1890. The building was occupied with different tenants ranging from grocery stores to Flour companies to what it is now.

This restaurant honors the character of Nashville’s past, present, and future.

Nashville vacation - View from the rooftop of Acme Feed and Seed. Nissan Stadium is off in the distance
Lunch with a view
Acme Feed and Seed Rule the Roost. Birthday lunch
Rule the Roost with hand cut fries

We ordered our food on the first floor and ate on the rooftop. Once again, we got some great views of the Cumberland River and Nissan Stadium, the home of the National Football League’s, Tennessee Titans.

I ordered the “Rule the Roost” which is a hot chicken sandwich with green peppercorn aioli, american cheese & pickles on which bread, with hand-cut fries. This sandwich was delicious it was crunchy and had great flavor. The fries were absolutely delicious. You can tell they were hand cut and fried up just for me. I highly recommend getting it if you can.

Bird/Lyft Scooters

Bird scooter on a sidewalk that we rode around the city
My sweet ride around town

After our lunch adventure we went down to the river and took a quick look before finding some Bird/Lyft Scooters.

I got on a Bird scooter and Cam got on a Lyft scooter as he already had the Lyft app. This is something I recommend to anyone that has these in their city. We went around the city of Nashville on scooter and it was the most fun. We drove up to Nissan Stadium and along the Music City Bike Path all the way to Shelby Park and back to where our car was parked.

I’d say we spent about an hour or more on these and it was easily the most fun and most convenient way of getting around. Plus, they are super inexpensive. It is $1.00 to unlock the scooter and 15 cents per minute

How to use the Bird scooter

On the Bird app you find a Bird near you and tap the button to unlock, you stand on the scooter, push-off, then push the throttle button to take off. It’s that easy!

After our little adventure around Nashville on scooter, we decided to go back to our hotel and cool off in the pool for a little while. Next, we took showers and planned what we were going to do for the evening.

Nashville Vacation – Next time

Check back in next week to see how we finished off my birthday and our vacation.

If you have any questions about the first part of our Nashville Vacation, please let me know in the comments, send me an email, or reach out to me on any of my social media pages. Until next time!

(11) Comments

  1. Seems like you had a great time at Nashville! I visited and went to the steakhouse as well, great time

    1. Jackie Espada says:

      It is definitely a great city with lots of fun things to do! Thanks for reading and commenting! 💕

  2. justthegameoflife says:

    Quick question: what is a Golden Birthday? I’ve seen someone else mention it before too so im curious. Also it sounds like yall had so much fun! I wanna go to Nashvile one year

    1. Jackie Espada says:

      A golden birthday means to turn the age of the day you were born. Ie. 25 on June 25th. We had a great time! You will definitely love Nashville! So much to see and do for all ages! Thanks for reading and commenting! 💕

      1. justthegameoflife says:

        Thank you for clearing that up. I had my golden birthday at 4 I guess haha
        And for sure, I love Tennessee just haven’t been to Nashville

  3. Happy belated birthday! Sounds like a fun trip so far. Plus, I love Hilton’s Doubletree. Also, now I’m hungry.

    1. Jackie Espada says:

      Thank you, Justin! We had a great time! There is plenty more to get hungry about in my next post! Nashville is a foodies’ dream!

      1. Oh yes. I probably love Nashville more for the food than anything.

  4. Happy belated birthday! Glad you had such a good time. Nashville is fun even if the traffic is a pain lol

    1. Jackie Espada says:

      Thank you! We didn’t have that much trouble with traffic actually. We also went during the week so I’m sure that cut down on traffic a little.

  5. Love to go!

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