Kickin’ It in Nashville

When it’s time to let down your hair and kick up your heels, Nashville, Tennessee is the ultimate girls’ weekend getaway destination. With downtown streets lined with authentic Southern barbecue grills and awesome live country music pouring out of the many honky-tonk bars, we were sporting a cowboy hat and matching boots in no time.

Where to Stay

Located at the heart of Nashville between Vanderbilt University and downtown, The Hutton Hotel (starting at US $189) combines four-star luxury with a chic, modem feel and is perfect for a girls-only weekend. A granite and glass decor throughout the suite gave it a polished look, while the low-energy elevators and bamboo flooring makes it one of Nashville’s greenest.

Where to Eat

In Nashville’s Germantown, the Mad Platter has a reputation for having the best food in town, and after our epic dinner, we have to agree! Lead Chef Shane Autrey hails from Mississippi and certainly knows his way around good old southern fare. Fried green tomatoes with gulf shrimp (US $7), watermelon, feta and spinach salad (US $8) and one of the most tender beef filets (US $25) we have ever had made it a meal to remember.

And for a pick-me-up after a big night out, Copper Kettle hit the spot with its Nashville Brunch (US $16)- a buffet featuring eggs Benedict, omelettes, a carving station, Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, baked brie, smoked salmon and so much more. One thing is for sure – we did not go hungry in Nashville!

What to Do

We hit the honky-tonk bars on Broadway (Robert’s Western World and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge kept us dancing) and we took in a show at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.

Sweet Tip

Nashville is known as the “Athens of the South” and it boasts a full-size model of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, that was originally built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition. See it at Centennial Park (US $6).

BY KATHERINE LOW for Sweetlife.ca

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