36 Hours: Nashville

This weekend I met up with my best babe in Nashville for some much needed quality time. We spent our time exploring and catching up, but mostly eating and slumber partying.. We are by no means Nashville experts, (While searching for the Flea Market, we ended up at Repticon, a reptile convention, instead.) but maybe you’ll be inspired by our escapades. We highly recommend checking out Airbnb, as the boutique hotels are very expensive. We absolutely loved our stay at The Pierce.

Friday

4PM We spent the majority of our time in East Nashville. It was the perfect respite away from the bustle of downtown, plus we heard it was the ~hip~ part of town. Start at Southern Grist brewery for some local craft brews. Sit outside if the weather's nice. 

7PM Dinner at 5th and Taylor for superb cocktails, an atmosphere to kill and modern American fare. The place is bathed in candlelight creating an intimate vibe within the open space.

9PM Be sure to catch a show at The Ryman, the historic church turned music venue. Sarah is our resident Ryman expert, having seen plenty of shows there. We didn’t make it out for a night on the town this trip, but rest assure we still had a blast.

Saturday

9AM Pregame brunch with a coffee to-go at Barista Parlor. We heard so many good things (saw so many great Instagram posts) about this coffee garage and it did not disappoint. We had drip iced coffee and enjoyed the open air atmosphere complete with motorcycles and vintage speakers.

11AM Brunch at Le Sel. I think this was my and Sarah’s favorite meal, mostly due to the en point decor. Neon lights, pink velour booths and graphic black and white decor made for a visually stimulating meal. Not to mention, the food was amazing.

1PM Take a tour down 12th Street and pass through the local boutiques.  Try Imogene + Willie and Draper James for clothes and White’s Mercantile and Cadeau for gifts, to name a few. Don’t forget to snap a pic in front of the wonderful murals along the way.

4PM Stop for a snack at Five Daughters Bakery and try their famous 144 layer croissant donut.

5PM On your way back to East Nashville, stop by Two Son. This shop, owned by Nashville blogger, James McCoy, is beautifully curated. I snagged a handmade incense burner and one of their buttery soft vintage T-shirts.

7PM Try hot chicken. I hear it’s pretty up in the air depending who you talk to about what’s the best place. But we tried Bolton’s and it did not disappoint in flavor or in heat. The white bread on your plate is not for a garnish.

8PM Go out for a night on the town. We never made it to Broadway (we’d both been before), but join the Bachelorette parties and dance 'til your feet hurt.

Sunday

9AM Go for another round of Nashville coffee at Crema, another Instagrammable cup.

11AM Explore the Nashville Flea Market. Unfortunately we were confused about the date and didn’t make it, but from the looks of the setup it’s worth it.

Photos by the lovely Sarah Weichman.