Babymoons are the best vacations ever! We are big fans of babymoons and with both pregnancies, we went on international as well as US babymoons. Though admittedly, babymoon with G was more like a regular old vacation due to the presence of our toddler, S-Boy. Having a boisterous almost 3-year old around does cramp the babymoon style a bit, LOL! But hey, a vacation is a vacation right?! Our Nashville babymoon is here to make sure you enjoy the experience and get some pampering during your getaway.
A LITTLE ABOUT NASHVILLE
If you have never been to Nashville, here is your primer. Nashville, TN is better known as the Music City and is a great destination for music lovers. Also, that’s why the series is named Nashville, duh! It is the home of country music. Nashville has plenty of other things to do and is great even for couples who aren’t huge country music fans. The city is not really big and you can easily walk to major attractions if the weather is good. That said, we do recommend renting the car and giving your poor pregnant feet some rest. Or take the Nashville Trolley bus tour to see the town’s major attractions. The best time to visit Nashville on your babymoon is in your second trimester, because, well doctors say so!
Nashville skyline and fireworks (Photo CC2.0 – Pixabay/djgmix)
ROMANTIC THINGS TO DO IN NASHVILLE ON YOUR BABYMOON
Nashville’s Broadway Street is where the action is located! This area has several live music clubs and romantic bars and is great to dance the night away. Most of the bars are smoke-free and offer lots of mocktails – important considerations for a babymoon. You simply have to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame to see all the relics and artifacts. The Grand Ole Opry country music radio show is broadcast live from Nashville every week. You can attend the live show and even take an optional backstage tour. Another must venue for music lovers is The Bluebird Cafe, featured in the TV show Nashville.
Country Music Hall of Fame (Photo CC2.0 – Pixabay/ krista269)
Another must visit in Nashville is the Centennial Park. This urban park has walking and biking paths, picnic areas, and a small lake where you can paddle boat. However, the highlight of the park is its exact replica of Greece’s Parthenon. The structure is beautiful with the tall grand columns and the art on the ceilings. We recommend taking a walk around the park; the granite walls have Nashville’s history written on it. The park looks especially beautiful in fall when the leaves change color.
Nashville also has lots of things do for the less musically inclined. The Music City has great museums including the Tennessee State Museum and the State Capitol. Both are free to visit and great to duck in on harsh winter days. The Capitol has guided tours on weekdays and the State Museum is a great place to learn about Tennessee history. The nearby Military Museum has lots of exhibits and information on past wars and defense history. Art lovers will love the Frist Art Museum, Nashville’s premier art attraction. Another great place to visit is the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens which has the most beautifully manicured gardens.
Parthenon, Centennial Park (Photo CC2.0 – Pixabay/ USA-Reiseblogger)
What’s a babymoon without shopping for the little bundle of joy? Nashville has plenty of shopping options, boutiques, and baby stores where you can get awesome stuff for the baby. Nashville also has lots of murals where you can take shots with the bump and frame them in the nursery- memories from the best babymoon ever!
ROMANTIC HOTELS IN NASHVILLE
What is a babymoon without a luxurious resort, a sparkling pool, or a delicious breakfast in bed? Here are our top recommendations to pamper yourself during your babymoon in Nashville.
For old Southern style romance and the royal treatment, you can’t go wrong with the Hermitage Hotel. Located in Downtown Nashville, the hotel is a century old Nashville icon and has hosted many rich and famous guests in the past. The hotel building has beautiful Art Deco style architecture and many rooms have lovely views of the State Capitol. However, the thing that sets them apart is the luxury VIP treatment reserved for all guests. Their staff is exceptionally attentive and gracious, which you can appreciate even more being pregnant and all! The Hermitage is a great choice for a decadent luxury babymoon in Nashville and one you won’t regret.
Nashville Symphony (Photo CC2.0 – Pixabay/TheNashvilleJason )
The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is also top on the list of many babymooners and honeymooners in Nashville. It is famous for its premium rooms, luxurious spa treatments, and the beautiful indoor gardens. You can even take a boat ride through the garden. Their spa offers prenatal massages which are administered by a knowledgeable masseuse. The resort also has many on-site dining options.
Another great option is the Omni Nashville Hotel. It is located in the same complex as the Country Music Hall of Fame and is close to most attractions. Rooms are lovely and the concierge is knowledgeable and happy to direct you to pregnancy-friendly restaurants. If Airbnb is more your style, then Nashville has many luxury lofts rentals listed on the site. Many of them had great fancy-schmancy interiors and were located close to most attractions.
ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS IN NASHVILLE
Your babymoon in Nashville is the perfect time to sneak in some candlelight and romance. I mean, breakfast in bed is great but why miss a chance to shop for beautiful maternity clothes and step out in style while you still can? Nashville has everything from fancy brunches, romantic dinners, gooey desserts, and just good old food.
If the weather is right, head out on the water for a romantic dinner cruise. The dinner cruises have great food atop historic boats, great view of the city skyline and nightlights, and of course great music – all very romantic and Mark Twain-esque.
We love The Melting Pot: it may be a chain restaurant but our experience there has always been fun, cozy, and romantic. Request a super private table with curtains and then fondue your time away. Here’s a tip, skip the main course fondue and indulge on the cheese fondue followed by the chocolate fondues!
Nashville has great murals (Photo CC2.0 – Pixabay/ paulbr75)
When you are not feeling so fancy, drop in for a casual breakfast or brunch at the Pancake Pantry. Their pancakes are famous throughout Nashville, and dare I say the south?! The lines outside this eatery are legendary and we recommend reaching there early if you don’t want to stand for an hour. Seriously, best pancakes ever!
Wherever you choose to have lunches and dinner, don’t leave Nashville without visiting the Goo Goo Shop for some Goo Goos… I love their pregnancy friendly name (doesn’t it remind you of a gurgling baby?) and the funny named desserts/cookies are a unique Nashville specialty – so addictive. It’s easy to eat a bunch and pack on the pounds but hey, you are on a babymoon and supposed to eat for two! Did I mention that the first Goo Goos were made a century ago?
PREGNANCY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO AROUND NASHVILLE
We understand that you may not want to do much on your babymoon, but if you are in Nashville for a longer time – there a couple of great attractions nearby. Now a lot of attractions near Nashville are vineyards and distilleries, including the famous Jack Daniels Distillery, so not pregnancy-friendly. But we recommend adding them to you must visit list for a future visit. Nashville also has a few other great things to do around the town that are perfect for babymooners.
Located just half an hour away from Nashville, Franklin makes a great stop. It’s historic and quaint with mom and pop shops, old buildings and lots of character. And BBQ. Because you can’t visit the South without eating BBQ!
Belle Meade Plantation
Step back in time at the Belle Meade Plantation and experience antebellum charm and grace. The plantation has period pieces, costumed tour guides, and beautiful lawns. This is a great place for a DIY pregnancy photo shoot.
Nashville Old Trolley Tour (Photo CC2.0 – Pixabay/ JimmyDominico)
Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway starts or ends (depending on how you prefer to look at it) in Nashville. While the entire parkway is 444 miles long and definitely not something you want to do when pregnant, we do suggest taking a half an hour long road trip along the route – especially in fall when the drive is quite scenic.
So take the time to get off your busy schedules and book a relaxing 2 day Nashville babymoon trip. Listen to music, enjoy the vibes and get some R&R. Nashville is perfect to plan your babymoon vacation getaway before the little bundle of joy arrives to turn your life upside down.. Err.. to make it complete! And hey, congrats!