Girlfriends’ Guide To Nashville

By Wendy Altschuler, Contributor
Nashville with cotton candy-colored skies. getty

Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway for live music, a Dolly Parton-themed rooftop bar, a luxurious outdoor swimming pool, or a really good meal, Nashville has it going on in spades. And with direct flights from most major cities, Music City is a sure bet for an easy weekend escape with your girlfriends in tow. Keep reading to discover what to do, see, and eat in a city that rocks at all hours.

Enjoy Rooftop Cocktails with Skyline Views

A Dolly Parton-inspired rooftop bar. Graduate Nashville, White Limozeen

Instagram-worthy and exploding with funky pink furniture and a gigantic Dolly Parton pool-side sculpture, Midtown’s White Limozeen is a must-visit bar and restaurant situated at the top floor of the Graduate Nashville. Order a Queen of the Rodeo cocktail, which lists “Cowboy Dust” as one of the ingredients, and head outside to enjoy the playful ambiance.

Swim in a Posh Pool

The outdoor swimming pool at The Joseph. The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville

Catch up with your friends at one of the most stunning rooftop swimming pools in the city, located on the 21st floor at The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville. Reserve private cabanas or soak up some southern sunshine on lounge chairs, with a living green wall and the Nashville cityscape as a backdrop. If you’re hungry, you can pop inside the restaurant and bar, Denim, for American cuisine in an artsy space.

Listen to Live Music at a Honky-Tonk

Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, renowned entertainment district for country music. getty

If you’ve never been to Nashville before, you’ll unquestionably want to listen to live music at some of the honky-tonk bars on Broadway and Second Avenue, an area known as NashVegas. From Nudie’s to Layla’s to Honky Tonk Central to Tootsies Orchid Lounge to AJ’s Good Time Bar, you can bounce from place to place and dance your heart out with throngs of bachelorettes clad in white cowgirl boots and pink glittery hats. (Tunes can also be heard from the street should you want to stay outside and away from the masses). Is it touristy? Of course. Teeming with madness? Absolutely. It’s also a completely unique-to-Nashville vibe worth checking out at least once.

Celebrate Southern Farm-Centric Fare

Shrimp and grits at Husk, Nashville. Husk

Located within walking distance to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in the Rutledge Hill neighborhood, Husk is a bright spot in the Nashville dining scene. First and foremost, everything on the dinner plate is sourced from the south, native to the area, highlighting heirloom husbandry and on-site pickling. Really.

Indulge in delightful creations, crafted by executive chef Ben Norton, while sitting inside of a historic manor built between 1879 and 1882. Your server will lead you through the night’s menu as it changes frequently. Ingredients might include habanero or serrano peppers from the garden on one night or Tennessee Red Peanuts on another night. One thing is a constant, however: it will be good.

Slow it Down with a Spa Treatment

Relaxation Room at Rose Spa The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville

No girlfriends’ getaway is complete without a restorative spa treatment, especially after you’ve been adventuring around the city. Book a body wrap, signature massage, or body scrub at Rose, a luxury spa and salon. Your service will begin with a welcome ritual where you’ll soak your feet in warm rose petal, Egyptian chamomile, and hibiscus flower-infused water. Make time either before or after your treatment to enjoy the quiet in the Relaxation Room. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, with hydrated skin, ready to tackle the next item on your itinerary.

Rest in Luxury and Style

The 8th floor art gallery The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville

It’s not often that you get the chance to get together with your friends for a weekend away. You’ll, of course, want to stay at a hotel that is worthy of the occasion. Look no further than the just opened (August 25, 2020) The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, named after the Pizzuti family patriarch, Giuseppe, also known as Joe.

Each guest room is exquisitely designed, with art from the Pizzuti Collection as well as a print from a Joseph Editions Tennessee Portfolio artist. Everywhere you look, from the first-floor bar’s chandelier created by Misha Kahn to the reception’s hand-tooled custom leather panel made by bootmaker Lucchese to the lobby’s multi-hued painting by Jackie Saccoccio, the property’s more than 1,000 works of art inspires engaging and thought-provoking conversation.

“During a visit, guests are constantly immersed in art — sometimes subtly, such as the front door handles that present magnificent bronze work by Rob Wynne, while other times more directly as the hotel has a dedicated gallery space with rotating works from the renowned Pizzuti Collection,” says Mark Yanke, general manager of The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville. “Friends on a getaway can add a guided Docent Tour to their itinerary to learn special stories of The Joseph and its art, beginning at the immersive digital art installation in the porte cochere and ending on the twenty-first floor beneath a bespoke, illuminated piece of poetry by our owner, Joel Pizzuti.”

Yolan hand-crafted pasta The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville

For a truly rewarding experience, to mark the celebration with your closest pals, dine at The Joseph’s shining star, Yolan, a sophisticated Italian restaurant with Michelin-starred chef Tony Mantuano at the helm. You’ll want to try the house-made pasta, where flawless timing is everything when it comes to uniting the sauce during Mantuano’s “The Marriage Ceremony” technique.

“The Pizzutis planned every detail of the hotel to weave in their favorite elements of home, including their Italian heritage, family, and love of art,” says Yanke. “Personal touches are part of the guest experience, from in-room espresso cups featuring Lou, the family’s beloved dog, to the signature Italian restaurant Yolan, named after the family’s matriarchal figure and Joseph’s wife, Yolanda Pizzuti.”

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