Travel Guide: Nashville
Nashville has been on my list of places to visit, as it seems to be exploding recently – it feels like I am constantly hearing about people going there and how much fun they had! So, one day I came across this post on Gardenista via Reading My Tea Leaves, and after about 10 minutes of talking about how cool it looked, Dan and I booked it on the spot. We decided to drive and break it up by stopping in Indy for 2 days before making our way down to Nashville, which turned out to be perfect. We hung out at the pool, grilled out, watched the neighborhood fireworks and woke up to the birds chirping! We left for Nashville Sunday morning and arrive around 11:30 am. The renovated airstream (gotten through airbnb) was just as cute in person as in the photos (thankfully expectations were met!). Located in the East Nashville neighborhood, it was walking distance from some seriously fun and hip bars and restaurants including Barista Parlor, Edley’s BBQ, The Pharmacy, Mas Tacos, Tree House and The 5 Spot! We were only there for 2 days, but we made the most of it…here is what we did!
After we arrived on Sunday we had coffee at Barista Parlor (delicious coffee and the food looked great too) and lunch at The Pharmacy (good burgers, big outdoor patio). Then we checked in, changed and headed out to Arrington Vineyards. We met Dan’s college buddy and his wife there (luckily they live just 15 minutes from the vineyard!). It was fun to catch up with them, take in the beautiful scenery and drink some wine. After, they took us into the town of Franklin for dinner, which was so charming. Definitely worth a visit if you’ve never been – full of shops and restaurants and local businesses. Speaking of local businesses, I did not see one Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts or other coffee chain in Nashville – in fact the only chains I saw were some restaurants in the touristy area downtown. Pretty cool that local businesses seem go thrive there.
Monday we had breakfast at Fido’s in the neighborhood Hillsboro Village, a cute strip of shops and restaurants near Vanderbilt (kind of like Kirkwood if you’ve been to Indiana University). After walking around a bit we went to 12 South, another trendy hood, and checked out a few shops including Imogene + Willie and Savant. We also visited Grimeys, an awesome record shop, and picked up a Wilco and Black Keys album.
After some ice cream sodas at the Pharmacy, we went back to the airstream (aka the Shasta) to relax in the hammock and read for a bit before heading to Broadway to see some live music. We ended up at Robert’s Western World first which had a more old timey country vibe – the fiddle player was 85! We then went to The Stage for a little before heading back to East Nashville for delicious BBQ at Edleys, followed by a drink at the Tree House and then capping off the night at The 5 Spot for Motown Mondays where we danced the night away. It was packed – you would have never guessed it was a Monday night.
Before heading out on Tuesday we had breakfast at the Frothy Monkey. Yum! They had beer on tap, so I’m guessing it turns into a fun neighborhood spot in the evening too :)
It was a great trip to a fun city – there were cafe lights strung every where and there was so much green! Driving in was so pretty. Can’t wait to go back!