Monday, April 17, 2017

Nashville Girls' Weekend

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Good food and even better friends, that pretty much sums up the trip to Nashville. It's the ultimate place for a girls' weekend. Judging by the amount of bachelorette parties we saw when we were there, we're not the only ones with that idea.

First things first, we ate lunch at Mas Tacos. The line was out the door, which isn't surprising because those tacos were seriously amazing!

The few days we were there were uncharacteristically cold for spring. I was completely unprepared, I didn't even bring a jacket. That didn't stop us though. That afternoon we headed to the Parthenon, modeled after the one in Greece. We walked around the park outside, and paid our respects to the suffragettes. It didn't feel like spring, but it still looked like it with the trees in bloom.

Once we had our fill there we battled the traffic (we had no idea Nashville traffic could rival Atlanta) and found a couple murals. The first we stopped at is the Believe in Nashville mural in 12 South. It's right across from the Draper James store. We went in and eyed some summer dresses and took up the offer for sweet tea. Once back outside we waited our turn to snap a picture. The 12 South neighborhood has the cutest shops and restaurants. There was a flower truck in a vintage VW parked on the corner selling stems. I had the best latte art I've seen in awhile at Portland Brew. The whole area is way cooler than I'll ever be.

Another one of the city's popular murals is the wings in Nashville Gulch. It's a part of the What Lifts You Campaign series. It's Instagram heaven!

The next day was for all the touristy things. Starting with the Gaylord Hotel. we walked around the different arboretums and stopped in a few shops. If I stayed there I'm not sure I'd ever leave the patio of the hotel room. Then we went downtown and toured the Ryan Auditorium, which was the original Grand Ole Opry. I had no idea it started out as a church.

We ended the day on Broadway listening to all the amazing live music, because it's Nashville and you have to!

We pried ourselves away to have dinner at The Farmhouse. It was the best meal of the trip. We shared the hot chicken because I didn't want to leave the city without trying it.  One of my friends, who isn't from the South, had never had collard greens. That had to be remedied! We all agreed the meal was delicious.

On Sunday morning we brunched at the Butcher and the Bee before heading back home. Initially we planned on eating at Biscuit Love in the Gulch but the line was around the block (not exaggerating). This was a good plan b. The interior was super hip, as we came to expect. I got the shakshuka.

Certainly not a bad way to close out the weekend!

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