Hi ya’ll! Today I wanted to share a recap of my Nashville trip I took with my two best friends from college this past weekend. I had never been to Nashville before and it had always been a city on my radar to travel to. So glad I finally visited Music City.
We were all coming from various parts of the country – Katie from Dallas, Sarah from LA, and yours truly from D.C. Once we were all in Nashville together by Friday afternoon we headed to an area of Nashville called the Gulch looking for a late-lunch spot. Our first choice, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken had a line out the door, so we settled on Whiskey Kitchen instead as our grumbling stomachs wouldn’t allow us to wait in any line for food!
After lunch we walked around the Gulch popping into cute stores and just enjoying being outside. We saw so many bachelorette parties out and about. Apparently Nashville is the capital of bachelorette parties, surpassing Vegas. Who knew?!
A couple of hours later we decided to head to our Airbnb on the East side to relax a little bit and freshen ourselves up before we headed out later that night.
Before dinner, we headed to Belcourt Taps to listen to some live music and grab a first round of drinks.
Then it was off to dinner at The Henley! The Henley is self-described as a Modern American Brasserie.
I really liked the ambiance of The Henley – the architecture and decor of the space was very cool and I really liked the bar area. The food was pretty good, though I will say our waiter was a bit on the quirky side, but no matter!
After a great meal of conversation, drinking, and eating we were all ready to call it a night.
We pleasantly discovered perhaps our most favorite restaurant in Nashville for brunch the next day, Liberty Common, in the Sobro district. Everything from the decor and layout of the restaurant, to the food, to the service was top notch. Seriously, we all could not stop gushing about this place. We spent about 2.5 hours here enjoying it all.
We all quickly agreed that this restaurant would be such a great place to have a bridal or baby shower here. I even thought it would have been great to have a rehearsal dinner here since the space was so large and accommodating, but still felt intimate. We were intrigued at a daily Afternoon Tea the cafe offered. Somehow we figured it would be really good.
After brunch we walked a few blocks to the Johnny Cash Museum.
After the museum we continued walking around in this part of Nashville and stumbled upon many things that definitely screamed Nashville!
Pretty soon we all got caught by the shopping bug again, so we decided to head to 12South, another part of Nashville, to check out Draper James and walk around this part of town. Naturally, I thought this neighborhood with homes, shops, and restaurants was darling.
Katie and I did purchase something from Draper James (how could we not?!) and I found some cute things to bring back for Ava at White’s Mercantile. After a bit more walking around and perusing, we were ready to head back to our Airbnb to put our feet up for a bit before venturing back out later.
A few hours later, we were headed to another part of Nashville, 5 Points in East Nashville. This area of town definitely called out “hipster” to me. When I was doing some Nashville research before this trip, I read how each of Nashville’s neighborhoods have their own unique distinguishing character and it’s really true. We stopped at a children’s bookstore so Katie could buy some goodies for her son James and then we lost ourselves in a vintage store Sarah had found online for a good bit of time. Sarah and Katie definitely walked out with some goodies!
We popped into Rosemary & Beauty Queen for a round of cocktails and nibbles before dinner. Rosemary’s is located in an unassuming historic house on Forest Avenue. When you walk in the lights are dimmed, and the furniture is dark, yet inviting. There is a wonderful outdoor patio to enjoy, but it had started raining about an hour earlier, so we stayed inside at a table tucked away in the corner.
Our last meal of the trip was at Margot’s Cafe & Bar, a French-inspired restaurant, and it was the perfect ending to our little gals weekend away. The food was delicious and the restaurant itself was cozy and lively. It was clearly a neighborhood gem enjoyed by locals. They change their menu everyday, which I thought was pretty cool (and hard to do!)
Sarah had an earlier flight than Katie and me, so we said our good-byes to her around 7:15am. After Sarah left, Katie and I finished our coffees and began packing and getting our Airbnb in shape to turn back over to our host.
We had plans to pop into Biscuit Love before heading to the airport ourselves, but again we were surprised with a super long line of folks waiting to get inside, so we had to opt to going back to Milk & Honey for coffees and a biscuit to share. Thinking on the fly people!
We both got to our gates as people were boarding, but we made our planes!
Sarah and Katie – thank you so much for taking time out of your busy working + mama + wife responsibilities and indulging in a gals weekend. I had so much fun and can’t wait for our next trip!