A Couple's Guide to Nashville

Downtown Nashville by the Riverfront | © Andre Natta / Flickr
Downtown Nashville by the Riverfront | © Andre Natta / Flickr
Photo of Leena Kollar
20 March 2017

Traveling is always an adventure. Traveling with your better half is even more exciting. Turn your couple’s weekend getaway in Nashville into an unforgettable experience by using this guide to plan your visit.

Check into a lovely hotel

If your budget allows, the most romantic and infamous place to stay in Nashville is the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center (formerly known as the Opryland Hotel). With cascading waterfalls, an indoor river, tropical plants, and elegant décor, this hotel is one of the largest in the world. It’s just a 15-minute walk to the Grand Ole Opry and 8.1 miles (13 kilometers) from Nashville International Airport. There are also hotels located downtown and throughout Nashville, some of which are more centrally located and affordable.

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Gaylord Opryland Hotel / (c) Prayitno / Flickr

Take a walk through Centennial Park

The serene, green environment at Centennial Park is a perfect spot for taking a lovely stroll with your special someone. Walk the trails, feed the ducks, or visit The Parthenon. There’s also an event stage where you can sometimes hear live music or enjoy other performances. The park is not far from Vanderbilt University and is just a short walk to local stores and restaurants.

Centennial Park / (c) Snassek / Flickr

Take a horse carriage ride downtown

Believe it or not, you can take a horse taxi in downtown Nashville. Tour guides take you around the area, sharing their knowledge of the city and its most popular hot spots. You’ll likely trot past the Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and hear live music as it blasts through the doors of the honky-tonks that line the streets. But best of all, this is a fun way to spend time with your partner. Take the ride at night for a romantic twist on the experience.

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Grab lunch at a trendy eatery

There are many great restaurants in Nashville. From small, locally owned eateries to food trucks to down-home Southern cooking establishments, it will be hard to choose which place(s) to stop in and grab a bite to eat. But some of the favorites among locals include The Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden in East Nashville, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, and Loveless Cafe in West Nashville.

pork tenderloin sandwich / (c) Daniel Zemans / Flickr

Catch a live music show

No matter which part of town you’re staying in, there’s going to be somewhere to catch a great live music show. The iconic and intimate Bluebird Cafe is an excellent choice, as well as The Station Inn if you like bluegrass. There’s also plenty of larger venues that play pop, rock, and more contemporary music. Any place you choose will be great, and you’ll enjoy a date night grooving with your honey.

The Whites at the Grand Ole Opry / (c) Cliff / Flickr

Go dancing at the honky-tonks

Get to know your lover more intimately by going dancing at a downtown bar. The Wildhorse Saloon is a local favorite and offers free line dancing lessons every night. The venue also books bands who play cover songs, including slow ones so that you can snuggle up to your mate. If you prefer dancing to bluegrass or more traditional country tunes, there’s also Robert’s Western World and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

couple dancing / (c) Jason Briscoe / StockSnap

Eat dinner at a swanky restaurant

There’s no better way to end a couple’s weekend than with a romantic dinner. From grilled chicken and fish to steak and pasta dishes, Nashville’s fine-dining restaurants feature delectable cuisine made from Southern recipes. One of the most well-known luxury restaurants in Nashville is Watermark, which offers outdoor seating, cocktails, and desserts.

lemon roasted chicken / (c) Prayinto / Flickr

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