My Nashville: Laura Kimbrell

Laura Kimbrell is a Nashville native, but she’s no stranger to life outside of Music City’s boundaries. An avid traveler, she’s visited 49 states and more than 40 countries. When she’s in town, she stays busy as the vice president of marketing and branding for TKO Artist Management, where her primary focus is on managing Toby Keith and Glen Campbell’s brands. In addition to traveling, Laura loves spending her free time golfing — a pastime she shares with her husband, TK — and serving various nonprofit organizations, including the W.O. Smith Music School, Nashville Rep and Nashville Symphony. In 2019, she’ll be chairing the Rep’s Broadway Brunch, which will be held on May 5, and co-chairing the Symphony Ball with Amy Jackson Smith in December. Find out what Laura’s dream weekend in Nashville would look like.

DAY ONE

8 a.m. — Hit the links

My husband, TK, and I are avid golfers and love the Golf Club of Tennessee for its amazing views and challenging holes. The Golf Club is only 25 minutes from downtown, but it’s in the middle of nowhere in the hills of Tennessee. The Golf Club hosted the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur tournament, and the course is always in remarkable shape. I’m really thankful for the game of golf and the patience and focus it taught me.

1 p.m. — Chicken soup for the soul

Time for a quick bite at El Palenque in Green Hills. Their chicken soup is the best in town and is perfectly blended with shredded chicken, pico de gallo and fresh avocado. Fransisco and Jesus always take great care of us.

2 p.m. — Retail therapy in 12South

Moda Boutique (“the purple house”) is my first stop because I love their chic, edgy pieces that you don’t see everywhere else. They carry lots of fun jewelry, with many pieces from local designers. I always score some great finds and make sure to check out the sale room in the back.

4 p.m. — Coffee talk

Confession: I drink coffee all day long, and mid- to late-afternoon is certainly no exception. While in 12South, I like to drop in to Frothy Monkey’s original location for an almond milk latte to keep me on my toes. 

6 p.m. — Dinner at Gio’s

Giovanni West is hands down my favorite dinner spot in Nashville, and TK and I are not above making a second or third appearance of the week for our Saturday night meal. Their burrata appetizer and pistachio gelato dessert are delectable. (Psst — wines by the bottle are half off on Monday nights!) We also love Giovanni’s midtown location, which is our go-to before a nighttime Preds game.

7:30 p.m. — Nashville is Music City

There is so much to choose from on a Nashville Saturday night. In the summertime, I love to see a show at Ascend Amphitheater. It's hard to beat live music with an incredible view of downtown behind the stage! I also like to check out what's going on at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville Repertory Theatre and TPAC. I’m excited to see former Tennessee Titan Eddie George perform in the Nashville Rep’s Topdog/Underdog this February.

DAY TWO

9 a.m. — A different kind of bar

My sweet and always smiling stepdaughter, Terah, has turned me onto Barre3 classes that incorporate barre, yoga and Pilates into a sweaty 60 minutes. She is really, really good, and I basically try not to fall down or cause any sort of disruption. Encouraging instructors, like Emily at the Paddock Place location, make all levels feel welcome.

12 p.m. — Noonish brunch

My family and I appreciate the importance of brunching. I love joining my mom and sisters for brunch on the east side. We could sit and talk for hours at Butcher & Bee while we savor their incredible whipped feta with fermented honey spread. It goes great with bloody marys.

4 p.m. — Music at my church

You can hear some of Nashville’s finest playing and singing of gospel music at the Station Inn every Sunday at 4 p.m. This is truly a unique Nashville experience. Station Inn is also the place to go for bluegrass music.

7 p.m. — Dinner with friends

I love to round off the weekend with a great glass of wine, fabulous food and friends, and there’s no better place to do that than 360 Bistro. I like to order the Brussels sprouts and cauliflower in tonnato sauce for the table so everyone can see why I consider them must-have items. 360’s advanced corking system, Coravin, affords them a great wine-by-the-glass list, so the whole table doesn’t have to agree on a bottle. Who doesn’t love that?

9:30 p.m. — Late-night shenanigans

Sometimes planned but more often not, TK and I will cap off the evening by hosting a music night at our house. We love to invite our musically gifted friends over for a little pickin’ and grinnin’. If reigning 10-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally or award-winning songwriter Scotty Emerick are in town, it’s game on at the Kimbrell residence. Spectators be warned: Jam sessions usually last until the wee hours of the morning.