Sunday, April 2, 2017

Travel | Nashville, TN

We just returned from our week long trip to Nashville, Tennessee and I left smitten by the city. Guys, the houses there are gorgeous! Every street we drove through I was oohing and ahhing. The weather was beautiful for the most part. There were some days of rainy/stormy weather but it was typically in the evening and we were already exhausted from being out all day. Worked out just perfectly.

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!