Last week my husband and I had the honor of joining our best friends in Nashville, Tennesse for an intimate family and friend wedding celebration. Even though I grew up in North Carolina, I never spent any time in Nashville until 2 years ago. I instantly fell in love with the southern charm of the city and of course, the food. So I was so excited to return for our friends, Mary Allison Wright and McLain Hedges’s wedding celebrations. As owners of Denver bar and restaurant, Rino Yacht Club and unique bottle shop, The Proper Pour, these two love birds have a serious love of food, wine and cocktails, so I knew our trip to Nashville would revolve around these festivities. (aka my favorite activities)
We stayed at the Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville. The hotel is over a hundred years old. The design is of the Beaux-Arts style which is an old world blend of classical Italian and French Renaissance. The hotel opened in 1910 and has been a fixture of downtown Nashville ever since. Every morning I would wake up and go down to the breathtaking lobby, sip tea and work on my computer. The extraordinary detail in the painted glass ceiling was ever so breathtaking. The Hermitage Hotel hosted Country greats like Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams. One can feel the greatness and history in this hotel through every aspect of it’s architecture, historical story, 100 plus bourbon list at the bar, cuisine from it’s own farm and impeccable service. To say the least, to stay here was ever so dreamy. I can’t imagine staying anywhere else in Nashville.
Three days in Nashville leaves alot of places untouched and undiscovered. I had to trade in dreams of boutique shopping for my ambitious restaurant list and epic wedding festivities. And of course, a little recovery time from honky tonkin’. But there were some definite highlights to the trip and places that will be etched in my memory for years to follow. Food wise, Nashville is heaven. Rolf and Daughters, Catbird Seat, Butchertown Hall and 5th and Taylor left me floating in foodie heaven for this once-upon-a-time Southerner. I will be dreaming of the gluten free pasta with yuzu and shaved smoked scallops from Catbird Seat for the rest of my life. And don’t even get me started on the white BBQ sauce from Butchertown Hall. Other Nashville highlights included bourbon-infused dark chocolate truffles from Olive and Sinclair. The Weller Reserve and the Bulliet Rye infused truffles were the best truffles I have ever had. Stand out bars included Bastion and Pinewood Social. And last but not least, there is Robert’s Western World. This staple honky tonk joint that made me feel like it simply couldn’t get any more authentic Nashville than this. I wasn’t quite sure what honky tonkin’ was, but for me it involved dancing to great live Country music with my besties, drinking a little too much whiskey, and drunk eating crinkle cut french fries. So apparently, honky tonkin’ is awesome.
Nashville you have my heart and a little piece of my Southern soul. I expect to find myself in your graces throughout my years to come, and where I do it will definitely be at the Hermitage Hotel. And hopefully next time with a little furry friend in tow. Because dogs deserve to honky tonk too!
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Cheers to friendships that will last a lifetime, well-crafted whiskey, bbq sauce and honky tonks.
Cuz I got friends in low places.