For the past three years Connor, Sarah, Josh, and I have spent New Years Eve together and this New Years we didn’t have it any other way. We closed out 2017 in the best way possible with a three day trip to Nashville!
Over the summer, Sarah and I planned this trip to be Connor and Josh’s Christmas presents from us. We knew that for the first time in over a year, the four of us would all be in the same time zone, state, and city for the holidays and that this would be the most perfect time for a much needed trip together.
On Saturday, we woke up dark and early at 3:30am and were on the road by 5:00. We decided to break up the eight hour drive a little bit with a stop in Kentucky for a tour of Maker’s Mark Distillery and it did not disappoint!
We started our tour at the victorian style house you can see in the background, and headed out for a tour of the grounds.
The distillery grounds were made up of over a dozen small buildings that looked very similar to this one. Every building was still decorated for the holidays which made the tour even prettier than it already was.
We toured the building where they store the whiskey barrels, which age for six years before being mixed and bottled.
We learned that Marker’s Mark is one of the only whiskey distilleries that allows customers or companies to create their own customized whiskey by taste preference and buy it by the barrel. These specialized orders are aged for an additional nine weeks inside this room, which was actually made by using dynamite to blow out the side of the mountain that the distillery is located by. Keeping the barrels inside of the mountain allows for the whiskey to be kept at a naturally cool temperature year-round as it continues to age.
Next Stop: Whiskey Tasting!
Anybody that knows me knows that my go-to drink has always been (and probably always will be) Jack & Coke, which made me really excited to try the five different kinds of whiskey that they had for us to sample. Before beginning the tasting, the tour guide asked me what my go-to drink was and when I replied honestly, she boo-ed me. HA!
Now I don’t think I have ever in my life taken a straight shot of whiskey (Fireball being the only exception), which must have been pretty dang obvious by the look on my face. As I finished my third sample, our tour guide looked back over at me and asked “still a Jack girl?”, and for the rest of the tour referred to me as “Jack Girl” Haha!
After we completed our tour, we each bought our own bottle of Maker’s Mark, which we got to dip and seal in the signature red wax ourselves!
After Maker’s Mark, we drove south for two more hours, officially arrived in Nashville, checked into our Airbnb, and headed out for the night. First stop: FGL House!
I’m pretty sure we all agreed that our first stop on our first night in Nashville was one of the best! This bar was great, and the band that was playing was even better! If you’re planning a trip to Nashville, I would 11/10 recommend FGL House.
We woke up on New Years Eve morning and headed to the Country Music Hall of Fame!
After the museum, we were all in the mood for barbecue for lunch (when in Nashville) so after googling “BBQ near me”, we chose to the first place google suggested. How is it that the places you never even planned on going end up being some of the best parts of your vacation?
When we first walked in, Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint seemed like your typical lunch stop. But once we headed upstairs to the second story of the restaurant, we found a bar with a greenhouse roof, shuffle boards, and the most unique atmosphere. Plus, the barbecue was incredible! There’s no wonder that by the time we left, there was a line wrapped around the front of the building of people waiting to get in. We loved this stop!
After lunch, we walked to the highly recommended Painter’s Ally, stopped in Bourbon Street Blues, and finished the afternoon scouting out Nashville’s classic wall murals!
Grateful to be spending my third New Year’s Eve with my favorite guy!
Exploring a new city with your best friend. What more could a girl ask for?
That evening, we kicked off our NYE celebration at The Stage on Broadway, where we watched two local bands play!
After The Stage, we bundled up in layers and layers of jackets, hats, gloves, and boots and left for Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight where Keith Urban would be performing a concert outside at Bicentennial Capital Mall Sate Park. At the park, Nashville’s music note drop also counted us down into the new year, making it feel like our very own New York City ball drop right there in Nashville. Even though I’ve never been so cold in my entire life (Sarah and I both thought our toes were actually going to fall off), I couldn’t think of a more incredible way to complete 2017 and ring in 2018 than being in Nashville with my three best friends at a Keith Urban concert, and completing it with the most perfect New Years kiss!
Leaving Nashville, the only complaint that we had was that we wished we would’ve had more time. There were so many things to do and simply too little time in a weekend. I would love to spend every following New Years in the Music City with my best friends and can only hope that this is just the beginning of one of my favorite yearly traditions.
Until next time, Nashville. XO