“Alexa, play ‘Bachelorettes On Broadway’ by Willie Jones…”
Excuse me while I have Spotify’s ‘Wild Country’ playlist on repeat. I’m headed to Nashville in T-minus eight days with two of my best girlfriends that I haven’t seen since 2019 and like…say a prayer for me that I come back in one piece? This is a rain checked trip from last year, since, for obvious reasons, we did not go. I think I ended up watching re-runs of One Tree Hill with Dave in my family’s basement that weekend instead (#quarantinelife).
We’ve made a tradition of going on a girls’ trip once a year ever since our first in 2015, when we stayed at a dirt-cheap all-inclusive resort in Cancun. We were broke post-grads looking for a good time and Cancun definitely delivered, despite the questionable alcohol.
With a little more to work with these days, we’ll be staying at The Westin in Downtown Nashville for three nights and have alllllll the reservations for us to eat and drink our way through the city. While this won’t be a ‘budget’ trip by any stretch, we managed to get a great rate ($279/night) at The Westin since we booked months in advance while the travel world was still waking up from its’ pandemic slumber. Even though travel season is in full swing, I still highly recommend booking travel plans at least three months in advance for the best selection and rates. For example, if you were to book The Westin for a Thursday-Sunday two weeks from now, your average nightly rate would be $516/night. If you were to book for the end of August, it would lower to $345/night at current prices.
We researched both hotel and Airbnb options, but found the prices to be comparable enough that we wouldn’t be saving much by going the Airbnb route. Staying in the middle of downtown where we could walk to everything was also important to us since our time there is limited. The Westin is one of the more modernized and *luxe* hotels for the price in the area, so it became the obvious choice for our first girls’ trip after the s**tshow that was 2020.
I had more than a little fun shopping for this trip. Lots of summer-y crop tops with fun details that can be dressed up with a pair of dress pants and heels, or dressed down with a pair of denim shorts and sneakers. I’m packing a budget pair of sunnies and my fave crossbody pochette-style bag from Amazon because I don’t like to bring high-value items when I travel…losing your favorite pair of $100+ sunglasses hurts extra when it’s in a city that you need to fly to. Oh…and a hat! Going to be towing my favorite Gigi Pip hat along because #WhenInNashville.
Lastly, reservations were strongly recommended to us from a local since Nashville is a destination and the popular dinner/brunch places fill up quickly. My girlfriends and I like to travel “half-plannedly.” We have reservations for half of our meals, but are leaving some room for discovery. And, of course, no trip to Nashville is complete without a trip to Hattie B’s for some fried chicken to-go.
If you’ve been to Nashville and have recs, let me know! And of course, I’ll be sharing snippets of our trip on Insta stories throughout the weekend, so stay tuned and can’t wait to take you all along for the ride.
“I love you all the way to Nashville and back.”