WELCOME TO NASHVILLE! Or, as some call it, NashVegas! You know why they call it NashVegas? I think because it’s apparently the second most popular city for bachelorette parties next to Las Vegas, but who knows!
Last year I attended a bachelorette party in Nashville, so naturally there was some overlap. But, we had a great time! We left St. Louis early in the morning and headed straight to our hotel to get ready because we had a dinner plans at 5pm. We went to a place called Tin Roof. It was right next to the Pedal Tavern and it was simple and quick enough for what we needed.
After that, we headed to the Pedal Tavern next door. Below is the bride to be and I.
If you’re not familiar with what a Pedal Tavern is, it’s ultimately a big party on multiple bikes holstered up to a bar. Sounds amazing, right? Well, it is. Legally drinking while riding a community bike, what more do you want people? We rode around stopping at random bars enjoying their special ‘Pedal Tavern drink specials’. Sadly, we were only able to ride for about forty five minutes before they kicked us off due to random thunder storms. The Nashville Pedal Tavern was so gracious to give us half the money back since we were only on it for half the time, they run a great business down there.
We waited for the storms to stop (after they continued on and off a few times for an hour or so) and the party continued downtown on Broadway. We went to a bar that had a bull, so Kirsten (the bachelorette) and I gave it a try. Sorry I don’t have any photos, it was way too dark for all of that. All in all, we had a good time that night!
We woke up bright and early for complimentary breakfast at our hotel. Not going to lie, the waffles were definitely the best part although we were confused about the whole Texas thing, considering we were in Nashville. Apparently, there is Texas paraphernalia in all the Homewood Suites across the country because that’s where the CEO is from. I think that’s actually really cool.
After breakfast, we headed up to Kirsten’s room for some laughs and the mimosa bar. I think it’s safe to say everyone loves a good mimosa in the morning. They were so tasty.
After mimosas, some decided to do a Grand Ole’ Opry tour while others hit the brewery. I opted for the brewery because I knew that was Kirsten’s thing and it is something I don’t get to indulge in that often. AND, honestly, I am not really a huge country music fan at all, so the history doesn’t interest me as much as it would others.
We went to a place called Fat Bottom Brewery, it was so cute. Luckily, it wasn’t super busy, so it ended up working for our large group. I really couldn’t decide if I wanted a few mini plates or a burger. But, we all know I chose a burger once I found out it’s their “thing”. The burger was good, just a bit undercooked for my liking. You’re probably wondering why I didn’t send it back. Well, they were under-staffed, I didn’t want to hassle our waitress, and I was really hungry. I definitely will need to try more burgers from Nashville in the future to see what they’re about.
Huge shout out to the bachelorette for taking my photos, she’s the real MVP!
In addition to my burger obsession, I’ve been on a flight kick as well. I love tasting different things and I allowing some variety. I won’t lie, I am not a huge IPA or dark brew fan, so that fact was solidified after this tasting. For me, light beers are the way to go.
After lunch, we headed to home to prepare for Kirsten’s bridal shower. I think it’s really important to know your future bride and her style of lingerie before making any serious purchases. I was the only one who bought her cute, regular looking pajamas (shorts and tank top from Nordstrom), because I honestly wanted her to have something practical for everyday. You all know by now, I always make my own rules which normally means breaking them. Luckily, Kirsten loved what I got her and she didn’t return it! As a matter of fact, she text me the other night saying she was wearing them and that they were extremely comfortable – mission accomplished.
After the shower, we took a few photos (as seen above) and headed to dinner. We went to a place called Cabana and I must say, I am impressed. Once again, I decided to order flights, but this time they were Grey Goose. Aren’t they cute?
Random Fact: I ordered a dress from Lulu’s for this weekend (it was to die) but of course it didn’t come in time (reasons why I hate UPS). So, I literally ran around the Galleria for an hour trying to find something last-minute. Francesca’s saved the day and I decided to just spruce it up by overdoing it on the gold jewelry. My biggest tip when this happens – when in doubt, accessorize. You would be surprised how you can turn around a simple outfit with good accessories.
Back to the food, this lobster mac CHANGED MY LIFE. No seriously, it did. It is hands down the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had in my entire life. If I could eat it every day, I would. Needless to say, dinner was great and everyone was satisfied.
Once we finished dinner, we headed to the bars around the Vanderbilt campus. All in all, we had a great weekend and I think Kirsten really enjoyed herself. It was nice meeting her college friends and catching up with my Creve Coeur gal pals. Bachelorette parties are always such a great time and I was happy to visit and do new things in Nashville. Can’t wait for the wedding later on this year!
My biggest piece of advice for bachelorette party goers is that you should do whatever you can to make sure the bride-to-be has the time of her life. It’s the one weekend that everything is about her and her happiness. But, make sure you have fun at the same time because you didn’t spend all of this money not to enjoy yourself! Do activities that appeal to the bride but also the group – this makes for an amazing weekend. A well planned trip, is a happy trip – that’s what I always say