It’s that time of year when the suntans and sundresses emerge after a long winter in Tennessee, and the bachelorette (and bachelor) parties overtake Nashville. It’s like a plague of pedal taverns descends upon the city in one fell swoop! And despite writing two different bachelorette itineraries, emails asking for help planning an adult bachelorette in Nashville are still my top requested item.
This post was last updated in January 2022.
With hundreds of new Nashville restaurants having opened in the past year, not to mention thousands of new hotel rooms, it can be hard to sift through the oversaturated market and decide where to stay, eat, drink and go when you’re coming to Nashville for a bachelorette. But especially when you’re coming to Nashville for an adult bachelorette (think, 30s and 40s) and don’t want to burn the midnight oil among the sweaty throngs down on Broadway.
Ladies, I’ve got you.
Where to stay in Nashville
I’m always a huge proponent of vacation rentals or Airbnb, particularly when traveling in groups, but Nashville has an alternative that’s just as good (better, even): the Germantown Inn.
This six-bedroom inn is a stunner: Occupying an old two-story 1860 building, the inn celebrates the presidential heritage of the area by naming each room for a different president whose likeness also hangs above the fireplaces. Coffee and pastries from nearby coffee shop Steadfast are served fresh each morning, and there’s an afternoon wine hour that I took full advantage of when staying there last month.
Like its name would suggest, the inn is located in Germantown, one of my favorite Nashville neighborhoods, and within walking distance to so many good restaurants and bars: Rolf & Daughters, Vui’s Kitchen, Germantown Cafe, Juice Bar, Henrietta Red, the list goes on and on.
And I recently learned that you can book out the entire place for your group, which if you have 12 ladies, is ideal. That’s six bedrooms, a kitchen and a living room. For groups with deeper pockets, it’s a great alternative to a traditional hotel.
Your Nashville bachelorette itinerary
Now that you’ve got lodging covered, you’re probably wondering what to do, where to go, what to eat. Glad you asked. Here’s how you’re laying out your weekend.
Day 1 of your Nashville bachelorette
Lunch at Butchertown Hall
A German-Mexican restaurant that serves sausages and tacos and brisket may sound preposterous, and yet that’s exactly what Butchertown Hall is—and it’s divine. From the interior design to the wraparound patio, the selection of tacos (my personal preference) to the wide range of beers from around the world, this is the perfect lunch spot to kick off your weekend in Music City.
Check into the Germantown Inn
Arrive at the Germantown Inn at check-in, unpack your bag and settle in for complimentary wine hour. If you want something other than wine, there’s a Kroger on Rosa Parks where you can stock up on beer and snacks.
Dinner at 5th and Taylor
You’re going to need get to this contemporary American restaurant as soon as they open to make it to your next destination, so arrive right at 5pm and grab a table on the back patio where your safest bet to being in and out in a jiffy is to order off the bar menu (the burger is never a bad idea) and you’ll be on your way by 6:20pm.
Show at The Grand Ole Opry
Whether you’re a country music fan or not, one thing is a guarantee: You’ll love the Grand Ole Opry live broadcast. The show, which features eight to 10 performers for three songs each, takes place every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from February through November at the Opry house and then weekends at the Ryman in the winter months.
It’s a casual affair where you can take photos and even walk down the aisle close to the stage if you like. Recent performers have included Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban, among many others, and you never know who might show up on any given evening. Tickets start at around $30.
Day 2 of your Nashville bachelorette
Breakfast at Germantown Cafe
If the pastries the inn serves from Steadfast aren’t filling enough, head just a few blocks over to this cute spot, which is a Nashville mainstay and stocks a lengthy menu of both savory and sweet brunch items.
Candy School at Goo Goo Shop
You may have noticed that I love me some Goo Goo Clusters, so no one was as thrilled as I was that Nashville’s iconic candy brand offers its very own chocolate-making classes in the Goo Goo Shop downtown.
While there are a number of different packages available, the “Chocolate Expert” is the Ferrari of chocolate-making classes, and you’ll get to taste and make your own chocolate, learning to temper and also how to layer your very own Premium Goo Goo.
A catered dinner in the inn
My friend Charles Hunter III has started his own in-home catering service, the Salted Table, and if his social media posts are any evidence, everything he makes is both inventive and Instagrammable. He’s recently branched out from more couples’ and family meals to cooking for groups of women, as well. It’s ideal for a bachelorette, a wedding shower or a birthday party; most often, he whips up a three-course meal, though family-style or heavy hors d’oeuvres are also an option.
Day 3 of your Nashville bachelorette
Breakfast at Henrietta Red
Brunch is my favorite meal of the day, and I always get confused about where to go, especially since many restaurants in Nashville only serve brunch on Sunday (I know…what?!). American eatery and oyster bar Henrietta Red’s brunch service is brand spanking new, so much so that I’ve yet to try it, but it looks absolutely tantalizing. And given it’s a Strategic Hospitality restaurant, I know the service is top-notch.
Drinks on the rooftop
If you have a couple hours to kill before your flight home and want a nice view and a taste of Broadway without the craziness, downtown Nashville has no shortage of rooftops these days from the Bobby Hotel to Noelle’s Rare Bird. Just get there early as it’s quite a scene (meaning hard to get a seat or table).
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