between work, Anthro and keeping track of my budget to be on track for hawaii, it’s been a whirlwind since Nashville! but i want to give you a play-by-play of the girls’ weekend there before i forget the details.
nashville. yeesh. the food, the friendly people, the adorable neighborhoods, the young professional crowd, the M E N (heart eyes, people), the drive into the city from st. louis … where do i begin?!
i’ll just start at the beginning.
my friend hallie and i drove in friday morning from st. louis. it’s about 4.5 hours and since there were approximately 25025839205809 cops on the highway, it took us just about exactly 4.5 hours. we listened to music, caught up, talked about life, post grad, relationships, friendships, and the time flew.
and of course we made time for sonic because that is MOST DEFINITELY a road trip essential.
we got in to Nashville around 2, lounged on my gal pal Hannah’s bed (she just moved there!) to catch up and then decided to walk around the area by Vanderbilt to browse and grab a snack. this, as you know by now, is one of my favorite things to do when i visit an area: find a cute street and just browse, pretending i live there. hillsboro village is a great place to do that!
we got a bite to eat at Fido’s which i would def recommend for a pick-me-up — they even had a muffin i could eat. A MUFFIN, PEOPLE. since i’m allergic to eggs and wheat, i don’t think i’ve had a muffin since…like high school? it was everything paired with the Impeached drink on iiicceeee. my friend loves a boutique on 21st called Impeccable Pig — funny name, cute clothes! and the nicest girls ever who work there.
we headed back to Hannah’s apt, got ready for dinner + the night with music blasting like we were in college again, and headed out to meet up with some friends for dinner at bar taco.
okay so bar taco. okay so we waited an hour and fifty minutes… okay so i would do it again…
here’s the thing. i really honest to goodness don’t mind waiting for restaurants. like i really just don’t. ESPECIALLY on vacation when i literally have nothing better to do than grab a margarita from the bartender and stand on the sidewalk on a beautiful summer night in Nashville.
the only reason i started to get angsty was because i was famished at about an hour twenty into the wait. but so worth it!
in the meantime, we walked down the street to the infamous Nashville wall which is outside Reese Witherspoon’s store, Draper James. naturally i didn’t take a photo in front of that wall and loved on the wall opposite. HA. i’m the worst.
the dinner was SO FREAKIN’ GOOD. definitely on the higher $$$ end for dinner but for the atmosphere and quality of food, it’s worth it!
after grabbing dinner, we went over to my friend’s new house (seriously was so darling i was swooning) and went out in midtown. you know when you luckily grab a table at a super busy place so you just post up for like 4 hours? that was us. which is my fav way to go out — not a crazy partier, ya know. 😉
the next morning we headed to explore 12 south, the same street that bar taco was on because there are a ton of shops and restaurants. the frothy monkey was highly recommended but was PACKED so we got acai bowls at franklin juice co. which i could literally eat everyday for the rest of my days. acai bowls are my love language honestly.
we found floral walls….
shops that made me want to redesign everything ever (#typical)…
and then headed off to lunch at the highly recommended pinewood social. this is my top recommendation for eats & hangs in nashville. it is one of the coolest places i have ever been and i wish it could be recreated in every city!
as you can see, there is a restaurant, a coffeeshop vibes area, an outdoor area with games + tables to enjoy the weather and DELICIOUS food.
and right next door is the river and a great view of the skyline!
it was here that we made plans to go to CMA Fest next year. who’s in!?
we were SO full and tired at this point that we headed home for some pool time and naps. i love trips with good friends because there’s no pressure to jam pack every moment. we were all hitting a wall and going to the pool with my friend i haven’t seen in months was just perfect!
after our siesta we went back out for more food at edley’s bbq and even though none of us were starved, we ate everything. of course. 😉
IT WAS AMAZING. truly. so stinkin’ good and worth the wait.
we sat there for awhile, soaking in the moment before deciding to call it an early night, heading to Trader Joe’s on the way back for ice cream and then curling up and watching a chick flick.
hal and i left early the next morning and i was honestly sad to leave. nashville was somewhere i could totally see myself going back to and the people, food and sights are endless! being so close to st. louis, i’m sure i’ll be back soon. 🙂