i feel wholly unqualified to write a post about the many things to do, see, and eat in nashville, tennessee after spending just one long weekend there, but it doesn't take much longer than a few days to fall in love with the many charming corners of the music city. with a booming restaurant scene, wonderful boutiques, and a nightlife that lives up to it's reputation as "the birthplace of country music", i already can't wait to go back. read on for some of my favorite spots i found while visiting!
listen to some live music! the grand ole opry, the ryman, and the bluebird cafe are storied venues that require tickets, but chances are you may happen upon a free music festival or concert while in nashville. of course, live country music can be heard in nearly every honky-tonk on lower broadway downtown.
where to eat:
start the day with a well-made cup of coffee or espresso from crema (their almond-coconut milk is delicious!) or barista parlor before standing in line at the pancake pantry for sweet potato pancakes that are well worth the wait. just outside of nashville is the loveless cafe, famous for their fluffy biscuits and southern hospitality.
where to shop:
amazing vintage stores and curated boutiques abound in nashville. standouts include white's mercantile, posh, stacey rhodes boutique, twoson, judith bright, and imogene + willie. nashville is also home to some great leather and denim designers like ceri hoover, able, and nisolo. psst... you can find kai in nashville at woo skincare, the cosmetic market, and sculpthouse boutique!
staying at sweeney cottage was the absolute highlight of the trip. one of three properties renovated and rented out by holly williams of white's room and board, our cottage was located in leiper's fork, an adorably quaint small town about 30 minutes outside of nashville. filled with beautiful antiques alongside modern touches, the cottage was impeccable and sitting on the porch swing watching fireflies felt like we were living in a country song.