Thursday, December 17, 2015

I Need Your Help, Please!

The Slaughters are headed....
 to Nashville, Tennessee, over the Winter Break and I need YOUR help!!

Tennessee Girls....
*What should we do with our kids?
*Where should we eat?
*Any MUST-SEE things?
*Any MUST-DO things?
*One night we might not have our children...anything you recommend for dinner or to see adult-only?
*Is the Country Music Hall of Fame good?-Total tourist-y question...hahaha!!

I've come to realize that the best help EVER comes from you, ladies!!  I would greatly appreciate any advice you have!  Thank you!!

The last time I was in Nashville it was a GIRLS' TRIP with some of the amazing ladies in my family.  That was me...so thankful my super fussy acid reflux baby was at home with Tab for the weekend.  haha!  Mama needed a weekend away!  Whew!

Hahahaha!!  I even found this when I was looking through my old pictures.  I had so much fun, but I learned I am NOT a line dancer!  :)

I'm dusting off my cowboy boots and am getting ready for another great little trip!  

Watch out, Nashville.  Here we come!!

65 comments:

kimm atwood said...

Definitely head downtown on your kid free night and enjoy some music and food! Have a great trip !!!

Dana said...

The Aquarium restaurant :) Must for kids!

Jennifer Cannon said...

The opry land hotel, this time of year is breathtakingly beautiful. Inside and out. You definitely need to go walk around and see everything there. So jealous! I love Nashville!

Jennifer

Mix and Match Mama said...

I can't wait to read their suggestions! You guys are going to have the best time!

Resa said...

We went just before Thanksgiving with our kids (and had one adult night- we went to the Ryman). Here's my recap... maybe this will help. We spent the bulk of our time at Opryland Hotel. There is SO much to do this time of year!

http://houseinthefastlane.blogspot.com/2015/12/nashville.html

Have a GREAT time! It's an awesome city.

Kara said...

That sounds like so much fun! I love the show so I would be such a stalker looking for famous people! Haha. Y'all have fun!

Rachel said...

That will be so fun! Hope you guys make awesome memories that you remember always!
Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family :)

-Rachel at thefashionistahousewife.blogspot.com

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

Y'all are going to have so much fun!!!! Can't wait to see pics!

Courtney said...

Totally worth the short drive to southwest Nashville - the Loveless Cafe!! Oh my goodness, those biscuits are to die for. :) And it's so fun to see the photos and notes of all the famous country music stars who love the Loveless too. Have a great trip!

Erika Slaughter said...

This sounds great!! Thanks, girl!

Erika Slaughter said...

Thanks so much for the recommendation! My kids would love this!

Erika Slaughter said...

Thank you!!!! This sounds great! So glad you shared!

Erika Slaughter said...

Thanks, friend!

Erika Slaughter said...

I know!! I feel like I should try to watch the show before we go. Haha!! I wonder if there's a country music bus tour where they drive you by their houses? I'd love that!!

Erika Slaughter said...

Oh girl!! I've been there. We did that last time and breakfast never tasted so good! I forgot about that though-we should go again! Thank u!!

Katie {The Mishaps & Mayhem of a Solitary Life} said...

Nashville is one of my favorite places EVER!!Definitely head to the Country Music Hall of Fame! The kids will enjoy that too!! OpryLand Hotel. See a Show at the Ryman...kids are welcome. Have an awesome time. Can't wait to read about it!!

Beth said...

Take the kids to Opryland while the lights are still up. Y'all have already done Ice, so you probably won't need to do it again. On your kid free night, or with kids too, eat in the Gulch or 12South. Both trendy with great restaurants and great walking districts. You'll feel like a local! Have fun!

Katie {The Mishaps & Mayhem of a Solitary Life} said...

Also, it's a few hours away, but if there's time, the kids would love Dollywood, Dolly Parton's amusement park! It's in Pegion Forge, TN

chelsieast said...

Are you staying downtown? There is a science center that your kids would love. The public library does an awesome puppet show. Opryland has great lights, ice displays. Jellystone does an awesome light show and fun kid stuff. Greenhills mall is amazing. The Nashville zoo is small enough to do in a day and has an awesome playground for your kids. Have fun!!

Kelcie_Hansberry said...

There is!! We took a tour and it was so cool to see the places they filmed the show. I would go to "south" in south Nashville. That's one place I wish we would have gone. Merchants on Broadway was good! Frothy monkey for a yummy coffee! Prima, Adeles and Margot cafe and bar

Catherine Turner said...

Okay, so I read your blog all the time, but never comment. But Nashville is one of my favorite towns! You need to go to the Frothy Monkey for coffee/breakfast. Taylor Swift is a big fan, which was the whole reason I made my family go went there. For a nice dinner, you should try Merchants downtown. So so good! Also, last time, we went to the Hall of Fame, just because it was close to our hotel and it was worth it! Have so much fun!

Dawn said...

Erika! Come see me! :) I live in Nashville! :)
This town is so much fun! Aquarium restaurant and go see the lights at Opryland. Cheekwood has lots of fun going on for the holidays. Loveless Cafe, Pancake Pantry are fun "Nashville" places to go. I love the zoo here!
Downtown Franklin is a fun place to shop, my kids love the toy store. I'm all about the Country Music Hall of Fame, go see a show at the Ryman if you can! The list goes on and on! I'm going to email you too!

sarah said...

Look up NashTrash tours...I've heard its a lot of fun to see celebrity's houses and the guide sings. Not sure how kid friendly it is though so you may want to call before you book.
As far as a kid free night... Bluebird Cafe would be super fun, its featured on Nashville all the time and great live music orthe Rhyman is always a classic. Have fun

Phi Mai said...

My dad lives in Nashvile, TN so I go there all the time. I would definitely recommend checking out the Bluebird cafe. Taylor Swift performed there before she got famous! I went there on my first visit to Nashville and loved it. The Pfunky Griddle would be a great place to have breakfast. The kids would love it because they can MAKE their own pancakes and put toppings in it right at the table. it's interactive! Go downtown to visit the shops and listen to the music people play on the street! It's music city after all! I remember during this time they have carriage ride around downtown so maybe that as well? There is also the Opry Mills Mall, Mall at Green Hills. Visit the Ryman or the Grand Ole Opry. Visit the Parthenon in Centennial Park, a full scale reproduction of the one in Athens, Greece and it's also an art gallery and museum inside. Last but not least, visit the Gaylord hotel especially during this time! It's so pretty!! Sorry I don't know a lot of restaurants because we most ate at home. Some restaurants in Texas aren't in Tennessee and if they are, it's quite a drive to get there like chick-fil-a. Lol. I hope this helps and have fun! This is the one year I won't be going to Tennessee for winter.


Also I am a big Martina Mcbride fan (not sure if you are into country) but she has a studio called blackbird studio and I believe you can ask to tour it. That would be awesome! I've never been inside but one day I will :)

Narci said...

So much fun!! I love Nashville--you guys are going to have the best time!! Xoxo

Phi Mai said...

Nashville zoo is small but I think the zoo in Texas are better. I honestly wouldn't go to the zoo in Nashville. Also the science adventure center is great! I went with my little siblings and baby cousins and they all loved it!!

Blair Weber said...

Go to Pancake Pantry for Breakfast :)

ERICA STAFFORD said...

We live about an hour east of Nashville; it's such a GREAT place!
Things to do: If there's a Predators game, get tickets for that!! They are SO much fun! The game would be a great family night or date night option! The Gaylord Opryland Hotel is all decked out for the holidays right now and is a must-see for families. They also have an ice exhibit, this year's theme is The Nutcracker. The Adventure Science Center is also great for kids and families. There's usually performances going on at TPAC, the Schermerhorn, the Ryman and the Opry House - all are great venues. If you've never seen a concert at the Ryman, it will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. If you're a fan of country music, you will LOVE the HOF, if not, I would skip it. They have great exhibits and several interactive stops along the way.
Places to eat: Oh girl! The Pharmacy (but go for an early dinner, it's gets busy), The Loveless Cafe, Biscuit Love, Puckett's, Acme Feed & Seed (for a fun date-night option if you're headed downtown)
Have so much!! You'll love it here!

Erika Slaughter said...

Eek!!!! You guys are amazing!!! Thank you! Thank you!! We did a Stars' homes your in Hollywood and it was so much fun! I'm definitely checking into that. I looked at the Ryman and its dancing with the Stars while we're there?? What do you think? It also looked like it's almost sold out? I'm going to look at all these restaurants and we're gonna check some out. Yes, we're staying downtown!! Thank you, girls!!! XOXO

Amanda Elmendorf said...

Chattanooga TN is a short drive down 24W and has the best walking lights ever at - Rock City Enchanted Garden of Lights! We go every year and my 8 year old still adores it. We also have the Tennessee Aquarium and a few cool hotels that are in the middle of all of it :) If you have 36 hours or so to skip down here, I totally would!!! Hope you have the best time ever in Tennessee!

Jessica Taylor said...

I love Nashville!! Puckett's Grocery is such a good place to eat as well as Loveless Cafe.

Laci Murray said...

Definitely try to eat at Puckett's!! So YUMMY!!! The boys would love a Predators game!! I know it sounds crazy but I always enjoy the live music playing at Margaritaville. I just love Nashville and so proud to be a Tennessee girl.

Sarah Shaneyfelt said...

I love Nashville!!! Definitely visit the Opryland Hotel and go eat at Fido! My favorite place ever! Also, drive to Franklin for the day! It's not far from Nashville and so quaint and beautiful.
Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

Emily said...

I'm a country music junkie so the hall of fame was WORTH IT. We also toured the Opry which was equally as amazing! The Gaylord was really neat but the Gaylord Texan is almost the exact same. I was only in Nashville for a day and a half but I can't wait to go back and try out all of these places people are suggesting!!! I've always wanted to go to Dollywood!!

April said...

I live 1.5 hours from Nashville and grew up going there a lot to shop and attended school in Nashville for 3 years. I don't have a lot of recommendations for restaurants other than if you want really good Italian food go to Maggiano's near downtown. If you want awesome shopping go to Opry Mills and go ahead and check out Gaylord Opryland Hotel. They also have that ICE exhibit there and are showing The Grinch at the Grand Ol Opry House. The hall of fame would probably not be much fun. I've heard the downtown Nashville Public Library has a lot of stuff for the kids to do and it's probably free or low cost. There is a Jellystone Campground that has an awesome light display and it's right next door to where Opry Mills and Opryland Hotel are. There is also some good restaurants near there such as Cock of the Walk. If you want a long drive but a fun atmosphere then go out of Nashville to Franklin area. Lots of antiquing and restaurants but probably not as much for the kids to do. Go check out a Predators game if they are playing at home while you are there. The kids would love it!! Also there is a famous cupcake place called Gigi's cupcakes. Also check out www.nashvillefunforfamilies.com.

Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said...

Definitely go to Opryland and walk around the hotel! Food: Sole Mio, Demo's Steak & Spaghetti, Virago (on a kid free night), Firefly, so many good ones it's hard to name! Predators games are seriously so much fun!! There's a lot to see just walking around downtown. We just took our annual Christmas weekend trip to Opryland in Nashville & had the best time :) Hope you all have a blast!
Kelsey
www.thepeacockroost.com

Hannah Long said...

I live in Nashville- it's a great city. 😊 Frothy monkey and Pucketts are two great reataraunts for y'all. And I would definitely go to the Opryland Hotel! It is gorgeous this time of year.. And it's where my hubby and I got engaged. :) Have so much fun!!

The Zarecor's said...

If you have a chance to visit Fontanel Mansion, former home place of Barbara Mandrell. There is a great place on the property called Cafe Fontenella that has great food. There is a winery and distillery on the property for touring. Leipers Fork is great little town as is Franklin to visit around Nashville. Puckett's Grocery and The Pancake Pantry are two restaurants you must visit. Take a drive down the Natchez Trace Parkway and see some great waterfalls and over looks. Nashville has so much to offer! The Opryland Hotel this time of year is by far my favorite place to see! The lights and Christmas decorations are fabulous! The Grand Ole Opry has tours and shows that the entire Family would enjoy! Downtown date night eat at Big River Brewery and any of these for live Music: Rippys, Tootsie, Legends. Great Tennessee BBQ (pulled pork) at the Row and Jack's BBQ. The Predators hockey games are always a good family fun. Safe travels and have fun!

Betsy Morrison said...

Demos Restaurant. It's in down town in 4th. It's a steak and Italian restaurant. Great food, great service and reasonable prices. I ALWAYS must go there when in Nashville.

Olivia said...

I'm glad you posted this. I'm going to be reading these comments...Ryan and I want to go to TN to see Dave Ramsey (I know how nerdy), so curious as to what people say!

Loving you is fun said...

Me and my mom went to Nashville in October, and we went to the Grand Ole Opry.. IT WAS AMAZING!! Your kids would love that as well. I sat beside a couple who had their 1 year old. The Pancake Pantry was a great breakfast place!

Ansleighsmom said...

Aww my hometown! Yes country music hall of fame is worth it! Go to orpryland hotel esp right now for kids they have ice skating outside and sliding down ice slide and great decorations. Try to catch predators game the kids would love it. Def come to downtown Franklin its the cutest and has the best little shops. Try Pucketts there is one downtown Franklin and downtown nashville. Try Tupelo Honey its in cool springs so good. Go to the gulch when u are kid free lots of cute restaurants and super cute area of town. Whiskey Kitchen is good or Saint Anejo. We love the Pub down there for appetizers or a drink even kids can go there its fun! If you like hot chicken go to Hattie B'S. Check out cheekwood esp right now awesome lights display. Then if you go to opryland go across the street to the Dancing Lights display at the jellystone camp ground its great. hope this helps I will be happy to answer any more questions for u! have a great time!

Sean and Lia said...

If you want to eat like a local check out the delicious restaurants in Hillsboro village, 12 south and on 8th ave. best food!

Life on Bradberry said...

We moved to Nashville in August and LOVE it! Franklin is our favorite place to go. Fun candy shops, toy story, cool boutiques, and you must eat at 55 South. 12 south in close to downtown and is a fun & trendy area (Reese Witherspoon opened a shop there). There are also yummy food trucks that are at the park downtown. The aquarium restaurant is super fun for the kiddos, as well as the science adventure museum. The hall of fame is something everyone should see once. Have fun!!

Elise @ Cheers Yall said...

Ahhhh so fun! You'll be so closet yet so far to me! Wish I could pop over (my BFF lives in Nashville!) and say hello to your sweet self!!! One day! :)
xx

Life on Bradberry said...

We moved to Nashville in August and LOVE it! Franklin is our favorite place to go. Fun candy shops, toy story, cool boutiques, and you must eat at 55 South. 12 south in close to downtown and is a fun & trendy area (Reese Witherspoon opened a shop there). There are also yummy food trucks that are at the park downtown. The aquarium restaurant is super fun for the kiddos, as well as the science adventure museum. The hall of fame is something everyone should see once. Have fun!!

Rachel Fowler said...

Pucketts Grocery, The Palm Downtown (great place on your kid free night), Ruths Chris (kid free night), The Southern, Maggiano's Little Italy on West End
Have a great trip and welcome to Tennessee!

Dawn said...

Ooh! I forgot to mention one favorite place is Leiper's Fork, it's a small little town full of charm and character! Go grab a biscuit or ice cream at Puckett's there! You are likely to run into a famous country star! My husband and daughter had breakfast with Mike from American Pickers there yesterday!

Staci said...

Ah! My mom and I go to Nashville for a week every summer (our 7th summer is coming up in 2016!) for CMA Fest and it's our favorite week of the year. If you've never been to the Country Music Hall of Fame, it's definitely worth it! Also if you can get to a Grand Ole Opry show or the Opryland Hotel! If you can't get out that way, try to see what shows are at the Ryman Auditorium (the original Opry that's downtown). Tootsie's Lounge is obviously a given, too, for real Nashville fun!

We love all the touristy activities, clearrrrrrly, lol. Antique Archaeology is also around that area and that store is fun, too. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz from American Pickers are the owners and they're often there!

Enjoy your trip =]=]

Staci
www.missbloodymary.com

Andria said...

I would avoid Opryland if you don't like crowds and touristy stuff. Cheekwood has a great holiday display right now (lights, reindeer, s'more pits) with lots of kid friendly activities. Downtown Franklin is great for shopping and eating. Food wise: Martins BBQ, Hattie B's HOT CHICKEN (you must try hot chicken while in town), Monells (family style southern food), Cupcake collection, SATCO is good tex mex. I agree, predators hockey games are GREAT FAMILY FUN. Lots of things for the kids there. On your adult night: Merchants is good to eat downtown or Pucketts. Music at the stage, legends, Roberts or Bourbon Street boogie bar :) Enjoy, I have lived here 12 years and still cant get enough of this place. They also do carriage rides downtown so you could see all the touristy spots.

Susieutk84 said...

I live in Nashville!! I hope this is helpful. When my dad was here a few months ago, he was impressed with our itinerary and restaurants, so I hope you agree. Are you going to be here for the Music City Bowl? I know that Texas A&M is playing. :)

*What should we do with our kids? I don't have kids yet, but I have friends who do. Definitely go to the Adventure Science Center. It's just outside of downtown, right off I-65. There's Opryland, which can be fun to explore. Walking around downtown during the daytime may be fun for them as well. They'll shut down a part of Broadway for pre-bowl game activities. Also, something new that we're going to check out this year is the Holiday Lights at Cheekwood (http://www.cheekwood.org/Public_Programs/Holiday_LIGHTS.aspx). They have LIVE reindeer, hot cocoa, hotty toddys for the parents, and other festive activities. I've heard it's a ton of fun.

*Where should we eat? This is the best part! Nashville has some great restaurants!! Go to The Southern (thesouthernnashville.com/) on 3rd Ave. They have the best brunch around. Some other favorites are The Row (http://therownashville.com/), Pucketts (puckettsgro.com/nashville/), Hattie B's Hot Chicken (hattieb.com/), and Loveless Cafe (www.lovelesscafe.com/).

*Any MUST-SEE things? Downtown at night is an adventure

*Any MUST-DO things? Listen to live music, which is super easy b/c it's available all over the city. And tour the Ryman! It's the home of the original Grand Old Opry.

*One night we might not have our children...anything you recommend for dinner or to see adult-only? I would go to the Gulch and eat at Virago (mstreetnashville.com/restaurants/virago). It's pricey but worth it. Also, go to Tootsie's on Broadway! There's a bunch of other honkey tonks, but Tootsie's is the legend.

*Is the Country Music Hall of Fame good?-Total tourist-y question...hahaha!! We enjoy the Hall of Fame, and it's worth it for a first time visitor. There's a Taylor Swift center that has kids activities, and there's a whole new section with interactive activities that they kids will love. We always take new visitors there, and they tend to enjoy it.

Regine Karpel said...

Be blessed

April said...

OH and there is going to be a new outdoor ice rink downtown for a limited time!!

http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/columnist/dave-ammenheuser/2015/08/15/dec-12-ice-rink-opening-kick-off-nhl-all-star-plan/31722361/

Stephanie McKinnon said...

Not sure if you guys have a Cheesecake Factory in Texas but the one at Green Hill mall is amazing!!!

Casey said...

Pucketts and Frothy Monkey both have amazing food!!

Lisa @ Pork Chop and Possum said...

Nashville Deli and The Nashville Farmers Market are our must-do's when we are in Nashville!!

Lindsay said...

Hi there :) I have never commented before but I live in Nashville so #duh....I think Cheekwood would be awesome for your kids. At night they are doing lights and smore's stations and hotty toddy's for the adults and the Christmas lights are everywhere!! during the days, they have crafts for the kids and Santa and two of his reindeer. It's just a really good walking ground and playground - they have a train setup outside for the kids and a playground..check out their website and the weather before you go :) Also the Science Center and Zoo are great! Pfunky Griddle, Loveless, Pancake Pantry - all great breakfast!! A new fun part of town in the 12th South district - it's catty corner from a big park with playgrounds - but the 12th South district is one street and on it is Reese Witherspoons new store Draper James and it has a great homemade popsicle place and a yummy burger shop called Burger Up - also has a great coffee place called Frothy Monkey. MStreet Nashville (check the website) is a road near downtown that has a bunch of fun date places for your night without the kids - great sushi at Virago or steak at Kayne Prime. Can't go wrong with any of their restaurants. I hope you have a great time while in town - I could go on and on about Nashville, being born and raised, but I'll leave you with these :) Enjoy your winter break!

Lisa R. said...

Definitely Oprtland Hotel...gorgeous all year long, but especially at Christmas! We'll be there after Christmas ourselves😃. SATCO is one of our favs. (I went to college in Nashville and my son is there now). We always hit SATCO! Pancake Pantry for breakfast, but there will likely be a line. Lots of good BBQ (check the Diners, Drine-in's and Dives website). My son loves Hattie B's and Loveless Cafe is on my list of things I want to do soon . HAVE FUN!!! Nashville is AWESOME!!!!

Valerie Cox said...

Burger Up and Pancake Pantry (get there early!) are my two favorite Nashville restaurants!

Queen In Between said...

Fun! I'm bummed now....I almost decided to head there for our bowl game!! I visited the Country Hall of Fame and I think it's worth it. I also stayed at the Opryland and I bet it's pretty to walk through at Christmas. The Grand Old Opry...loved it. We ventured our to Franklin and I really loved it there too. Quaint little town and a beautiful drive.

Katelyn Magerko said...

I dont think the country music hall of fame was worth the time and money. I would just take a walk in the little park in front of the building and look at all the famous stars names on the ground. I would spend the money on the grand old opry tour though. Def take a walk through the gaylord hotel, beautiful! On your night out check out tootsies and honkey tonk central for great music! Enjoy!!

Caitlin said...

I visited Nashville for the first time this past summer and loved it! I highly recommend visiting Biscuit Love for brunch! It's the cutest place! If you do, order the Lily! Also, I haven't been, but I've heard Barista Parlor is a great spot for coffee. Enjoy! :)

Leigh (Balancing By Faith) said...

Oh yeaaaa!! Welcome!! So funny to read these comments- some suggestions I would totally avoid but everyone's perspective is different. As beautiful as Gaylord Opryland is, you have Gaylord Texan so it's not much different and SO insane this time of year so I would avoid with the kids.

With kids - Cheekwood, Adventure Science Center and walking thru downtown would be fun. Country Music Hall of fame is neat and kids usually like because if Taylor Swift exhibit. Skip Frist Center. Tour of the stars home us fun, and when I did several years ago,worth the cost.
Food- so many great restaurants. Anything in the Gulch, or downtown are great. There are some cute original candy and soda shops that would be fun for kids too. East Nasvhille has some good restaurants, but I would stick closer to tourist areas if I were you.

Finally if you happen to be in town on a Sunday, would love to invite you to our church in Hendersonville. Long Hollow Baptist is the church you were at for DotMom and we have a great new Pastor and love visitors!

Andrea Terrell said...

Ditto on the Parthenon. It's amazing

Aileen said...

I live in Nashville! If you are able to have a date night, we love Moto, Adelle's, Urban Grub and Josephine! Moto and Adelle's are downtown and Urban Grub and Josephine are in 12th South. I do think the Country Music Hall of Fame is fun and a very Nashville touristy thing to do. I saw that a few people recommended Opryland - we honestly avoid it like the plague during Christmas because of the crowds, but depending on when you come it might not be too bad. The lights at Cheekwood are new this year and supposed to be awesome - we are going this week!