Making Memories… A Staycation in Nashville

Oh Nashville, how I love you so! This past weekend was just what the doctor ordered in terms of some much needed girls’ time for seeing some of my friends and welcoming them to Music City for a jam packed few days of FUN.  I’ve been promising you some staycation ideas for coming to Nashville right now if you’re looking to getaway sometime this fall; and I’m hoping this will serve as a resource for all things honky tonking + a good time.

Staycation Ideas by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of four women standing together to take a group pictures outside in Nashville, TN.

All the Gals: Jocelyn via @notnecessarilyblonde | Allie via @alliejanszen | Sarah via @themominstyle

Staycation Ideas by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a woman wearing a Target Women's Puff Short Sleeve Smocked Dress, Gibson Look Notch Collar Blazer, Saint Laurent LOULOU SMALL IN MATELASSÉ “Y” LEATHER, and a pair of Dolce Vita Zaga Sneakers.

OOTD details: floral dress | black blazer [use NATASHA20 for 20% off] | LouLou Bag | Cheetah Sneaks

First up, the accomodations: after a little hostess mixup [yeah that’s me… LOL], we ended up staying at The Noelle downtown which always serves as a great locale when you’re wanting to be within walking distance of ALL the things– just a 5 minute walk to Broadway, plenty of restaurants and bars and shopping = you can’t go wrong! We got checked in Friday afternoon and then met up with Chelsea to shoot fall looks with our enture girl gang! Catherine came to join us for dinner that night and then we were on our way…

Staycation Ideas by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a woman standing in front of a building in Nashville, TN while getting her picture taken by a photographer.

Staycation Ideas by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of five women standing together in front of a coffee shop.

Staycation Ideas by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of two women wearing a black tank top and sequin jacket and standing together outside.

Staycation Ideas by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of two women standing together outside in Nashville, TN and taking a selfie.

That night, we hopped over to Deacon’s New South for cocktails on the patio and then finished with a late night dinner at 5th and Taylor, the perfect establishment for upscale southen fare = just don’t forget to order the amazing sausage + cheese biscuits. P.S. if you’re looking for a fab place for outdoor seating, this has amazing atmosphere, too!!

Saturday morning came early and it was time to knock out LEG DAY in the hotel gym. I’m fairly certain I’m still feeling that burn, but we got it accomplished and then headed to Adele’s for brunch. The perfect mix of food + cocktails started our day off right before heading to Green Hills for a bit of retail therapy and making memories [Sarah believes shopping is an experience and I am ALL for it!!]–and yes, we most certainly did some damage #sorrynotsorry. You gotta work hard, but play harder!!

Staycation Ideas by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a woman standing outside and wearing a Target Women's Long Sleeve Labette Denim Woven Shirt, Object Rare Embroidered Mini Skirt, Quay Australia sunglasses, Belk glitter sneakers, and carrying a Gucci purse.

Outfit Details: Chambray Shirt | Ruffled Skirt [use NATASHA5 for 15% off] | Sunglasses | Glitter Sneaks

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Staycation Ideas by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of two women wearing Quay Australia sunglasses and denim tops and standing together while they take a selfie.

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Later that afternoon, we decided to show the Nashville newbies our downtown honky tonk way of life… I’ll go ahead and address a lot of questions I’ve been getting about visiting Music City right now and honestly if you’re OK with wearing masks while on Broadway and smaller crowds, it’s a great time to come get a taste of our city. They limit the amount of people in each restaurant + bar which made it much more enjoyable to hear music, but be sure you’re ready to eat because as of now you must have food at your table to go maskless while onsite. There’s no dancing which is sad, but it didn’t dull our enjoyment… we sang our hearts out tableside and then closed the bar closed at 11PM = the perfect bedtime for us 30-something gals ;).

Staycation Ideas by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a woman wearing a Urban Outfitters Flat Brim Felt Fedora, Target Women's Puff Short Sleeve Dress, Able MARGARIT RAW EDGE JACKET, Vince Camuto DEVENA WESTERN BOOTIE, Gucci purse, Julie Vos Cascade Hoop, and Quay Australia sunglasses.

OOTD details: flat brim hat | floral dress | cropped denim jacket | booties | camera bag | cascade hoops | sunglasses

Staycation Ideas by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of downtown Nashville, TN.

Staycation Ideas by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a woman wearing a Urban Outfitters Flat Brim Felt Fedora, Target Women's Puff Short Sleeve Dress, Able MARGARIT RAW EDGE JACKET, Vince Camuto DEVENA WESTERN BOOTIE, Gucci purse, Julie Vos Cascade Hoop, and Quay Australia sunglasses and holding a alcoholic drink.

Staycation Ideas by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a woman holding up a plate of deep friend pickles.

Staycation Ideas by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a woman and a man standing next to each other in a bar.

Staycation Ideas by popular Nashville travel blog, Hello Happiness: image of a breakfast sandwich, salad, and cup of melted hot chocolate.

That next morning, we hit up Makeready for some much needed food + fuel receovery before heading home. Another amazing adventure with these women–never enough time together!!! But be sure to come back tomorrow for the full play-by-play of the business side of this trip and what we are gearing up for…but leaving links for more Music City favs in case our sweet little city is a destination you’re looking to come visit:

Hotels: The Graduate | Bobby | The Dream | The JW | Omni | Virgin Hotel

Restaurants: Moto | Mockingbird | Kayne Prime | STK | Biscuit Love | The Southern | Pinewood Social | Edley’s BBQ | Margot | Butchertown Hall | Barcelona | Bartaco | Emmy Squared

Sights to See: Country Music Hall of Fame | Cheekwood Botanical Gardens | Nashville Zoo | Bicentennial Mall | The Parthenon | Arrington Vineyards | Adventure Science Center

What are some of your favorite staycation ideas?  Let me know in a comment below!

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