Girl's Getaway Weekend in Nashville
1Your first stop: The Franklin Theatre, a Nashville icon since 1937. Brimming with charm and nostalgia, the venue houses showings of classic movies, plays, and musicals, enhanced by a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. Adult beverages (beer and wine) are also on tap in addition to classic theater snacks like popcorn and candy.
2For real-deal Southern cuisine and a vibe as warm as a Tennessee summer, Puckett's Grocery hits the spot. A country store-turned-restaurant that also serves as a music hotspot on the weekends, this down-home joint serves up hearty portions of Southern favorites like fried green tomatoes, chicken fried steak, and to-die-for fruit cobbler. Grab a table (with mismatched chairs) and a beer (served in a Mason jar) and tune into the live performances from some of Nashville's up-and-coming talents.
3After dinner, it's approximately a 30-minute drive into Nashville proper. Cap off the evening (or get the party started!) at the Patterson House, whose speakeasy vibe, inventive cocktails, and skilled bartenders evoke a delicious Prohibition-Era ambiance. The extensive menu is organized by base liquor, but if you're stumped, the bartender will make a recommendation based on your tastes. Weekend nights can be crowded, so there may be a wait, but the experience is well worth it.
1For breakfast, tuck into the tasty pancakes at one of Nashville's most famous restaurants, The Pancake Pantry. The star of the show is, of course, the fabulous flapjacks, in variations like Georgia Peach, Chocolate Sin, and Parisienne, though the menu also includes other breakfast staples, too. Weekend mornings are packed, with the line wrapping around the building, so try to arrive early.
2No girls' getaway is complete without some shopping, and you'll start yours in the quaint neighborhood of Hillsboro Village, whose four-block radius spans boutiques and gift shops. Bookworms will love BookManBookWoman, with more than 100,000 books and a search service to help navigate them. For boho-chic jewelry, stationary, and gifts, pop into Pangaea, while the home décor and jewelry at Fire Finch has a vintage-y, international flair.
3And because no Nashville getaway — girls-only or not — is complete without a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame, that's your next stop. Located downtown, this state-of-the-art facility features more than 40,000 square feet of country music artifacts, archives, and theater space (adult tickets from $25).
4Next up: the happening 'hood of East Nashville. Grab lunch at Silly Goose, a recently opened restaurant that offers organic, made-to-order salads, sandwiches, and desserts with names that are a blend of cheeky (the Gander and Jo C.D.) and naughty (the Reverse Cowgirl).
5Continue the shopping spree in the Five Points neighborhood, a treasure trove of vintage boutiques. Pick up a pair of cowboy boots that won't break the budget at Goodbuy Girls, and complete your country rock star look at Fanny's House of Music, a female-owned music store just around the corner that sells guitars specially sized for women, as well as other music-themed vintage items.
6Get gussied up for dinner at chic Virago, a current Midtown hotspot that serves up inventive sushi and Asian-leaning dishes like lobster tacos and grilled shrimp with ponzu sauce. Snag some spots at the bar, or grab a table in the swanky main dining room to gaze at the attractive artwork (and patrons).
7Get those dancing shoes ready for the uniquely Nashville "honky tonk" experience. Some locally-recommended picks to include in your music-fuelled bar crawl: Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Robert's Western World, and Legends Corner, all of which helped launch the careers of many country music legends.
1It's a see-and-be-seen brunch at Tavern, a new midtown restaurant that's all the rage among in-the-know locals. The menu features upscale pub-inspired fare with a twist, like the Nooner, a plate of scrambled eggs, bacon, fried oysters, and potato hash. Try a Tomatillo Mary, made with tomatillo instead of tomato juice, to erase any lingering effects of last night's honky tonking.
2Get inspired by Nashville's burgeoning arts scene at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. A former U.S. Post Office building, this center packs 24,000-square-feet full of art-deco exhibitions from local, regional, and international artists.
3Before heading home, stop to grab a super-cool souvenir at the Hatch Show Print, which is one of America's oldest letter-press poster print shops. Owned by the Country Music Hall of Fame, the shop which has done posters for artists including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Coldplay.