Yankee in the South

I’ve been to the southern part of the United States before. I’ve been to Disney World a few times in Orlando and had a weekend stint in Miami… I feel like going to Florida doesn’t constitute “The South”. I’ve asked around and friends of mine from the South concur. My boyfriend and I were invited to our friends’ wedding taking place in Nashville… in July. We knew it was going to be hot one but we wanted to be there to witness them getting hitched and it gave us the chance to visit a city we probably wouldn’t have planned to visit otherwise. Let me tell you… we loved the city of Nashville!

Day 1: We landed and headed straight to our Airbnb located in the trendy East Nashville neighborhood. Our host Eryn was so amazing and her modern Cape Cod home was perfect for our weekend. The bedroom was so light and airy. The whole rustic/modern vibe of the home was exactly my style. Seeing as our flight out of Boston was extremely early, we hit a coffee shop immediately. Luckily Ugly Mugs was close by. Great iced coffee and a delicious cheddar bacon scone!

Cozy Quarters

After being properly caffeinated, we hit the road and drove around Nashville exploring. We checked out music row and saw a bunch of famous recording studios. We stumbled upon The Parthenon which was an amazing site to see with a beautiful garden. We then headed to the Corsair Distillery which was in a gorgeous converted automobile factory. We tried their beers which can’t be found in liquor stores yet so it was great to taste some. We met up with the rest of the wedding crew for dinner at Edley, a BBQ place in East Nashville. Awesome BBQ and you get a lot of bang for your buck. I got the shrimp tacos with their mac n cheese and cornbread. MMM MMM MMM! We then ventured downtown to Crazy Town which had amazing live bands on every level and a fantastic rooftop bar overlooking the crowds below.

Eric in front of the Parthenon

Pretty flowers in the garden

Day 2: Eric and I ventured to an East Nashville coffee gem, Barista Parlor. We loved this place and their yogurt bowl and bagel breakfast sandwiches. The building is a converted mechanic shop layered with local artists’ work on the walls. Their coffee is delicious and the drinkware is fantastic. We returned to our Airbnb to get ready for brunch with friends. We stopped for another iced coffee at Crema because their spot looked so trendy and cool we had to see what it was all about. If we weren’t going to brunch around the corner I would’ve gotten their avocado toast that looked delicious. We also walked into Pinewood Social – an old bowling alley turned into a posh hangout with awesome food and coffee from Crema!

 

Brunch was at Husk, which is the converted home Mayor Richard Houston Dudley built in 1882. The food is strictly all from the South cooked by James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock. The food was such a great introduction to what the South has to offer and the brunch cocktails were also on point. After brunch we took a much-needed nap!

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Crema

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The Flipside on 12th Street

That night Eric and I wanted to explore 12th Street. Our first stop was 12 South Taproom that had a bunch of local beers we’ve never had before. We then wondered over to The Flipside that is a delightfully decorated as an old-time soda parlor from the 50’s. Loved the vibe there. We then found the rest of the squad at Tennessee Brew Works. They had their beer on tap and awesome table games like Jenga, Cards Against Humanity and GIANT Connect Four! I loved the “Walk the Lime” beer. Perfect for summer. Everyone headed downtown but we were starving so we went back home to drop the car off and made the best decision to hit up Five Points Pizza. A hole-in-the-wall, pizza-by-the-slice place that was delicious and quick. Just what we needed. We took Uber downtown again but ended up on 2nd Street at the George Jones Museum rooftop. There wasn’t a live band but the view was the best we saw all weekend.

 

Day 3: Day of the wedding! We had a lot of time during the day as the wedding wasn’t until 6pm. We went to Ugly Mugs again (yum) and then finally tried Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. They had so many eclectic flavors it was hard to choose! I decided on the Churro flavor… did not disappoint! They give you a slice of their waffle cone in each dish. Great move! We then headed back to get ready for the wedding which was held at the Belle Meade Plantation. Such a gorgeous venue for our friends! We then danced the night away.

Day 4: Time to go home! We packed up early and flew out but were sad to leave. Had such a great time in Nashville and would definitely go back!

Weigh in! Did Eric and I hit the right spots in Nashville? What are your favorite places to go in Music City?

xoxo,

Erika

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