Follow Me Around: Nashville

Happy weekend, pretty people. I’ve missed y’all.

Seriously, though, has life been as crazy for anyone else as it has been for me lately? Because I don’t even know what to say.

I feel like I’ve barely had time to shave my legs (much to my boyfriend’s dismay) let alone write a post.

Which, btw, is for real no bueno because all I’ve wanted to do for the last month is tell you guys about my trip to Nashville.

Ugh. I’m not even going to beat around the bush right now.

Basically: Nashville. Is. Amazing.

Not kidding, guys, I fell in love with this city and I can see why it’s becoming one of the biggest transplant cities in the U.S.

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Here’s why:

So, first, a little backstory on why I even booked this trip…

As some of you may recall, I graduated from college this past spring (finally), and I just felt like I needed to reward/congratulate myself with a little getaway, you know?

I mean, I worked my ass off to maintain that 4.0 GPA, so I think I earned it.

Plus, I wanted to go to Nashville since, like, the dawn of time.

If you didn’t already know this about me, fun fact: I am a sucker for country music. And I mean a SUCKER. Give me that twang all day.

So, naturally, the home of country music was a chart-topper destination for me.

All I knew was that somehow, some way, I was going to Nashville before the year was done.

But what fun would it have been to take on an iconic city like Nashvegas by myself? I mean, sure, I still probably would have become obsessed with that crazy town, but it just wouldn’t have been the same not having someone to share the experience with.

THANK GOD I have besties who are literally down for anything and didn’t even hesitate when I suggested we jet set off to Tennessee (@embanas & @noshannonegans, y’all are the real MVPs).

So, after months of meticulously planning outfits and scouting out hip foodie destinations, tourist attractions, honky tonks, and Instagram photo locations (bc pics or it didn’t happen right?), we were taking off to Music City and ready to make it NASHty…

Too punny?

Oh well, I tried…

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Hotel Deets

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Mmkay, so we stayed at Thompson Nashville, which is not only gorgeous, but also conveniently located in The Gulch, aka exactly where you want to be.

This super chic boutique hotel is in the heart of downtown Nashville and just a hop, skip, and a jump away from iconic Music City destinations like Broadway (Honky Tonk Highway), The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, The Johnny Cash Museum, and Music Row to name only a few.

I loved everything about this hotel, from the trendy hipster vibes/décor to the awesome and hospitable staff. Seriously, shoutout to the staff.

Even though we didn’t spend much time there, one of my favorite aspects of the Thompson was the rooftop bar, L.A. Jackson.

The cocktails were fire and the food looked killer, but it was the view of downtown that was unbeatable.

 

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Loved.

Also worth noting that from time to time the hotel hosts rooftop workouts and yoga. Soo if you’re in the area and into that whole fitness thang, you should definitely check out the bar’s upcoming events: CLICK HERE.

The Thompson also offered Marsh House, its signature restaurant that kicked classic southern dishes up a notch with creative new age flare, along with Killebrew, the hotel’s coffee shop.

We definitely spent some quality time caffeinating at Killebrew Coffee after a night of Honky Tonk hopping, but unfortunately weren’t able to make it to Marsh House (so tell me all about it if you’ve eaten there because the food looked phenom in passing).

Foodie Moments We Loved

So, I have to admit, our overall food ventures during this trip were sub par for our standards.

Being that it was Labor Day weekend, we probably should have made a reservation or two because lemme tell ya…lines on lines on LINES.

Like three hour lines (in the scorching heat) in some cases. **COUGH ** Hattie B’s **COUGH**

Holy hell.

All I can say is that the food must be fantastic just about everywhere in Nashville because we got shut down restaurant after restaurant.

I mean, yeah, we could’ve waited, buuut females and #HANGRY, so na.

Moral of the story, don’t be like us. Make reservations.

Now, I’m not saying we didn’t have a solid meal all weekend because we definitely hit up a few spots I would recommend.

+ Biscuit Love

316 11TH AVENUE SOUTH

NASHVILLE, TN 37203

#BISCUITLOVEGULCH

Aka our first mega line experience, but worth the wait I think.

Okay, okay, I have to give credit where credit is due and mention that the line actually moved pretty fast. I just hate waiting in general, you feel me? Especially for food.

But seriously, I have nothing bad to say about the food. Those biscuits plus a Bloody Mary in the AM. YES.

If you’ve ever scoured social media daydreaming about Nashville, you may have come across Biscuit Love. You’d probably best recognize it by its huge lit marque style Nashville sign (Insta search the hashtag if you’re still confused).

It’s also right across the street from the Thompson, so it was an ideal location for our first breakfast in the city.

Definitely giving this joint a 10/10.

+ City Winery Nashville

609 LAFAYETTE STREET

NASHVILLE, TN 37203

#CITYWINERYNASHVILLE

Alright, I’m just going to be real with you…this location wasn’t even on our radar when we were discussing all of the restaurants we wanted to check out while in Nashville.

Like, we didn’t even know it existed, and only stumbled upon it after being unable to make a reservation anywhere else.

But you know what? It worked out for the best because this place was just what the doctor ordered.

Seriously, the food was absolutely fantastic and the service was so great.

This concert venue/urban winery/restaurant/bar (which also allows for private events) was the perfect spot for us girls to have a classy, yet super casual, little date night.

The three of us split a small plate item, flatbread, salad, and bottle of red wine, and we were in heaven.

I’d be more specific about the dishes we scarfed down like ravenous dogs, but the menu seems to have changed since we were there, so yikes.

But, just take my word for it. You won’t be disappointed if you choose to visit this spot.

Personally, I would love to go back and do a full wine tasting, try their brunch, and maybe even see a show.

SIDE NOTE: We also made our way to Burger Republic (literally across the street from our hotel) one night for dinner, and spent our last afternoon in Nashville stuffing our faces at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, which were both equally great.

Spots We Missed This Time Around

If you’re planning to visit Nashville, make sure to add these eateries to your grub agenda as well. Sadly we missed them, and I’m going to need you to tell me all about ‘em.

+ Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack

+ Saint Anejo

+ Jack’s Bar-B-Que

+ Etch Restaurant

+ Fin & Pearl

Little Octopus

Honestly, though, it seemed like just about every restaurant in Nash was killin’ the game in terms of menu and chicness, so I’m beyond excited to go back and check more foodie destinations off my list.

Night Life

Obviously, if you’re going to visit Nashville, you already know there is no better after dark scene than Honky Tonk Highway.

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The honky tonks in this town are second to none, and we had an absolute blast everywhere we went.

We danced our asses off and sang until our throats were soar. It was glorious (in the sweatiest, hot mess way possible).

In true tourist fashion, our first night on Broadway was spent entirely at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, and, looking back, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Friends who knew Nashville well told me that when you think “Nashville honky tonk”, you automatically think of Tootsie’s.

Now I know why.

With multiple stages, levels, and talented acts, Tootsie’s definitely brings in the crowds. Music starts at 10am and keeps on rockin’ until the sun comes up (well, just about anyways).

Plain and simple, we had a blast. Check it out.

Among the other bars we made our way into, the ones that we spent the most time in were Honky Tonk Central (even though I totally lost my ID there) and Acme Feed & Seed (serious river views), both three-level honky tonks on world famous “Lower Broadway”.

Aside from the Broadway honky tonk scene, we checked out a bar or two on 2nd Ave, 4th Ave, and back at Music Row (loved Kung Fu Saloon – think arcade games and giant Jenga).

No matter where you end up, though, you’ll have a great time. Literally even the janitors can sing in this city, so you’re bound to be entertained.

(More) Spots We Missed This Time Around

Like I said, it was Labor Day weekend, and lines, and lost ID, so we missed a few stops along the way, but check them out if you can:

+ Wildhorse Saloon

+ The Stage

+ Crazy Town

+ Pinewood Social

+ The Bluebird Café

Also, really wish I had taken an actual picture or two of our nights on Broadway, but Snapchat and Insta Story videos consume me once I have a drink in my hand. Whoops. Follow for future craziness if you wish: @kaitlinalvia

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Insta Indulge

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If you’re anything like me, much of what goes in to picking a travel destination is the picture potential.

Call me crazy, but I live for a good Insta pic. It’s the millennial in me and I can’t help it. Plus, pictures = memories captured forever.

So, luckily for me (and thanks to The Nashville Walls Project), Nashville is home to some of the most Insta-worthy murals in the country (which I obviously dragged my friends to and made them pose like idiots in front of).

Here’s where we found a few of them:

+ I Believe In Nashville

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+ Draper James stripes

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at 2608 12th Ave. S.

+ Flowers

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+ Make Music Not War

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at 2900 12th Ave. S.

What Lifts You Wings

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at 302 11th Ave. S.

Nashville At Heart

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at 2705 12th Ave. S.

There are literally dozens of these murals around the city, so you could probably spend an entire weekend trying to snap ‘em all.

CLICK HERE to check out native Nashvillian blogger, Greta, whose list of ‘Nashville Murals You Should Visit’ just keeps growing!

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I wish I had more to report, guys, but really all I can say is that a visit to this amazing city should most definitely be on your bucket list. There’s an overabundance of musical culture, talent, culinary greatness, and southern hospitality everywhere you look.

When I say I can’t wait to go back, I might honestly mean I’m currently planning another trip…like real soon? So, I’ll keep you posted.

Until then, that’s all she wrote, babes.

xo-kaitlin-signature

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