Last Updated on February 2, 2023
We were all so over the isolation of COVID last summer when a group of friends decided it was high time for a long-awaited get-together. Because the four couples are scattered across the U.S. in California, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Virginia, we decided on a place that was easy to get to and one we’ve all been wanting to visit: Nashville. To save money and stay together, we wanted a Nashville, TN VRBO.
We needed a house big enough for the eight of us, and though we’ve known each other since the 80s, we do enjoy our privacy. We found just the right vacation rental in Nashville, TN, one that can actually sleep 12, and absolutely loved spending our three nights there.
Large Vacation Rental in Nashville, TN
Though some might think staying right in the heart of Nashville is the way to go, the truth is that this city really doesn’t like to sleep at night. Choosing our rental located only three miles from the heart of downtown was ideal. We all had cars so we could either drive in to the city or an option we found better, Uber or Lyft our way in for a quick ride to the Gulch, Music Row or Downtown/Broadway.
The other attractive aspect about this vacation rental in Nashville, TN was that it was in a quiet, lovely residential neighborhood of historic properties near Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities only steps to the charming four-block stretch of Belmont/Hillsborough Village. Packed with cafes, shops, restaurants, the Village is also home to Belmont Mansion and Nashville’s oldest movie theater.
Historic Nashville Rental Home
The two-story Nashville, Tennessee VRBO home featured four eclectically-decorated bedrooms – two up and two down – with three full-baths. When we say eclectic, we’re talking about zig-zag black and white wallpaper, lime green crushed velvet throws, and furry pillows. But, trust me, it works in this house.
The downstairs bedrooms offered king beds and full en-suite bathrooms. The upstairs included a bedroom with two queens and two twins in a bonus loft room, and the other with 2 king beds. A full-bath with walk-in shower was located in the hallway midway between the rooms. In addition, a fourth bathroom is on the first floor, just off the living room area.
This lovely remodeled home also boasts brand new furniture, hardwood floors, a full roomy custom-styled kitchen, bar and dining area in addition to an attached living room in an open floor plan. There’s also a laundry room with a washer and dryer.
Amenities of the Home
As expected, this Nashville, Tennessee VRBO delight was fully stocked with linens, towels, soap, shampoo, and hair dryers. The gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances had every possible utensil needed for a quick meal, re-heat or fully prepared breakfast, lunch or dinner.
A hot tub that could easily seat seven with a total of 65 jets (impressive, right?) is located on a private balcony off the first floor back bedroom. However, there is an entrance from outside leading to the balcony as well.
Where to Dine in Nashville
The real question here isn’t where to dine, it’s how to choose. Nashville is filled with a myriad of restaurants running the gamut between casual barbeque joints (yep, Nashville is known for that) to fine dining restaurants. Many are owned or named after country music icons past and present.
Honestly, our group of foodies was all about the local cuisine on this trip, so we opted for some of the places a business colleague of our friends highly recommended.
Gettin’ Into the Blues
Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar is a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. Dining is located on two floors, but seating along the rail on the second floor provides the ideal spot for the big reason guests come to this bar – live blues music. Thousands of musicians have graced their stage over 25 years including legends like James Brown and B.B. King.
The Cajun and Creole entrees are good here, but the music is fabulous. And you can’t beat the atmosphere of its colorful glowing neon signs and twinkling lights from wrought iron balconies that seems to transport you to the Big Easy.
It’s All About the Barbeque
You cannot miss a visit to Jack’s Bar-B-Q, a Nashville tradition since 1976, right smack in the middle of Broadway in the heart of downtown. You’ll know you’re there when you see the sign with pink flying pigs.
You order at the counter, wait for your name to be called and take your tray to a table. This is a great bang for your buck with hearty servings of melt-in-your-mouth brisket, chicken, ribs, and Southern sides. But get there early if you’re coming for lunch. There is always a line.
Whether you’re here as we were to visit the Grand ‘Ole Opry, take a trip down memory lane at the Country Music Hall of Fame or treat yourself to a new cowboy hat or pair of boots, Nashville is a super fun place to visit. We had so many laughs and good times with our friends but it didn’t take long to mention how we’d love to come back again.
And of course, we know exactly where to stay.