looking for some tips + tricks for your next adventure that don't break the bank (or your finally-developed self-care habits)?! i've compiled everything i found during my favorite trips around the globe so you don't have to.
i definitely wouldn't consider myself a southern girl but wow, did i love nashville. it's a super cute city that has so many cool cafes, bars and other hipster things (like a bowling alley-coffees shop) popping up all the time. it kind of reminds me of a southern brooklyn. if you could escape the bachelorette parties, you could find yourself a grand ole time in the city of music + donuts + flowers.
we were lucky enough to stay with some friends in their adorable house in the 12 south district. i loooved that area and would highly recommend it - it's a drive away from downtown but walking distance to adorable shops, restaurants (and that famous Nashville sign!).
the gulch is another area that's "up & coming" - it's walking distance to downtown but not in the center of the action (so you're not overwhelmed by tourists!).
there are a ton of new boutique hotels popping up in nashville as well - the thompson nashville has a great rooftop bar/restaurant!
coming from nyc, nashville is a pretty small city that you could walk from one end to another in one day! that being said, no one really walks around here - so lyfts and ubers are plentiful.
i wouldn't recommend it, but there are a ton of "bike and drink" vehicles - another way to explore :)
- frothy monkey: adorable brunch place with outdoor seating. go here for morning coffee or your 1st meal of 10
- five daughters: oh my gosh. you cannot go to nashville without going to five daughters. it's one of the best donut places i've been - and they even have vegan ones! if you're going for it - the king kong is well worth the hype.
- hattie b's: again, a nashville must-do. their hot chicken is out of this world - hattie b's has a very laid-back vibe but the line is out the door because their chicken is so damn good. you must.
- pinewood social: too cool. this place is located a little further than downtown in the back corner (it feels like you're about to get lost). but, i promise this place is killer for brunch, dinner and even just coffee. plus, it has a bowling alley (literally)
there's more to do here than you might think! here were some of my favorite things:
- go to a folk / bluegrass show at bluebell or the station inn (my favorite)
- jump in to a honky tonk or two (or seven).
- p.s. honkey tonk is keyword for old, kind of ratchet bar with live music. but you must go!
- explore the cheekwood gardens
- play a game or grab a coffee at pinewood social
- go shopping in 12 south neighborhood (and stop into draper james - it's reese witherspoon's store!)
- screw your rules and eat, eat, eat
- then work off all your friend chicken at barry's in the gulch