I've been wanting to visit Nashville for some time now. Especially in the past five years where I've grown to appreciate country music. Then with the show Nashville, I wanted to see some of the spots in the show.
When we started planning out our trip, I was fortunate enough to have a friend who lives in Nashville and able to impart her wisdom of good places to eat and visit. Made the planning part pretty easy! We stayed in a rental in the 12 South Area which turned out to be a great location. It was a quick drive from downtown and there were lots of restaurants and shops in walking distance. Reminded me of South Tampa Hyde Park area for any Tampa readers.
Typically, when I do my travel posts, it's usually a photo dump of everything. This time, I thought I would type it out for you of the things we did and places we ate.
Things to Do:
You can't do Nashville without visiting the country landmarks...
- Country Music Hall of Fame
- The Ryman
- The Grand Ole Opry
- Johnny Cash Museum
- Bluebird Cafe - We didn't really go in to this place, but I did go drive by to see it.
We did a little historical/museum visits.
- Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
- Nashville Parthenon
- Belmont Mansion and University
The weather was beautiful so we wanted to take advantage of it and be outdoors.
- Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
- Radnor Lake State Park
- Centennial Park (The Parthenon is located here as well)
Places to Eat:
This was probably the best part of the trip. Honestly, I could have titled this post, "Eating our way through Nashville" because we ate like it was our last meal each time. Even as I type this and think about some of the restaurants, my mouth is watering and I want to go back.
- Flip Burger Boutique - The burger was delicious BUT the Nutella Burnt Marshmallow milkshake stole the show for me.
- Butchertown Hall - Chips and Queso
- Taco Mamasita - This place had your not so typical tacos which I was pleasantly surprised with.
- Hattie B's Hot Chicken - I am not a big fried chicken fan or eating any chicken off the bone really. However, this chicken was too good not to have.
- The Loveless Cafe - Biscuit heaven.
- Box: Bongo & Bakery on 10th - I had a falafel sandwich with beet tzatziki sauce which was delicious. Their cookies were so so good. I had a chocolate pretzel cookie and was talking about it hours after. Ha.
- Frothy Monkey - We stopped here a few times during our stay to grab some coffee and had breakfast once. That was just as great!
For the Sweet Tooth!
It wouldn't be a post of mine if it didn't include a dessert selection. Lucky for me, there were so many choices within walking distance!
- Las Paletas - They had quite the selection of popsicles. We got our popsicles and walked over to the park across the street for a nice little stroll.
- Jeni's - Ice Cream Shop - This was not your typical selection of ice cream. One of the flavors I chose was a Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flakes. It was light tasting and good.
- Five Daughters Bakery - They had a small selection of cronuts and some other pastries. Again, delicious.
- Legato Gelato - This was not in walking distance but a quick drive.
- Olive & Sinclair Chocolate - The cutest little shop that makes their chocolate in-store.
Another great trip in the books!