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Friday Favs: Nashville Edition

2016 August 11
by Becky

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I just spent a weekend with three beautiful girlfriends and NO kids.

That’s right, no kids.

For the first time in over six years I went on a trip that didn’t have me waking up at 6am or worrying about the availability of high chairs in eating establishments. I’m tempted to post a dozen blurry, low-light, selfie-style shots of us bumping around Nashville, the hipster capitol of the Midwest, but instead I’ll just throw out a list of the really fun places we ate, drank, and relaxed.

  1. Butchertown Hall is a crazy-good barbecue joint that doesn’t scream SMOKED MEAT! Instead it’s got high ceilings, gorgeous interiors, dozens of beers on tap, excellent bartenders, and the best brisket I’ve ever had in a restaurant. It’s in Germantown, just North of downtown, and, had it not been raining, we’d have asked to sit on the beautiful patio.
  2. The Nail Bar is the place you go with a group of girls who need to be pampered. We had our feet and hands beautified in this very cool place, as walk-in patrons. It’s a little outside downtown but worth the drive.
  3. Belmont & 12 South neighborhoods are not to be missed on a Nashville trip with your friends. We loved the Impeccable Pig and Serendipity (where I got some amazing boots, check Instagram for a pic), were two many (and weren’t outrageously priced like most of the stores!). These adorable areas also had plenty of good eateries like The Flipside diner, get the Phuket and be happy.
  4. Broadway! You can’t make a trip to Nashville without hitting up the main strip of bars, all of which have amazing music blaring through their doorways. We stopped by this area of downtown each evening, totally innocently (wink wink) to people watch and dance till our high heeled feet were stumps of numbness. Our favorites were The Stage (they had the BEST band) and Honky Tonk Central. Get ready to see a million bachelorette parties and hear a whole lot of talented musicians. We also danced off Broadway at a little club called The 5 Spot. It reminded me of the college bars I frequented as a young whippersnapper and we happened to be there on 80s night, so do I really need to say more?
  5. Butcher & Bee is completely hidden from anyone who isn’t looking for it, and maybe some who are. I was directed here by an Instagram friend/super foodie and it was delicious. Service was amazing, space so cool, and, if it’s not 1 billion degrees, the patio looked very fun. The burrata was, as Ethan would say, a “flavor explosion!” and the whipped feta to die for. We may have ordered every small plate on the menu.
  6. Steadfast Coffee was yet another recommendation for the aforementioned Instagram buddy and she was SO right. I didn’t totally feel cool enough to be in this place, but didn’t care because the baristas were incredibly sweet and the coffee was goooooooood. Again, off the downtown path but getting there showed us a little of the Germantown neighborhood.

Nashville was the perfect road trip for a long weekend with some of my favorite people. While I was tempted to bring up sightseeing (Country Music Hall of Fame, Hermitage, Music Row, etc) it was so nice to just play the days by ear and chill. The boys took off for Nebraska—Stu’s first solo trip with both kids—for a super fun visit with grandparents and cousins, making it even easier for me to be away. While I doubt they missed me much, Finn’s reaction to seeing me after four days was epic-ly adorable, like the icing on the very decedent cake of a weekend.

Thank you to my dear friend Catrina for planning this trip and making it happen!

What is your favorite Nashville spot? What did we miss? Was it a huge mistake to skip the long line at Biscuit Love? 

One Response
  1. cara permalink
    August 16, 2016

    This is SO great, Becky. I’m glad you escaped reality for a weekend…not that it isn’t wonderful, but it’s so good for the soul to have some time with friends, uninterrupted by the darlings! It’s amazing how refreshing it feels.

    Also, I loved all the tips on Nashville. Todd turns 40 in a few months and I’m hoping to plan a family weekend there. We have a former babysitter at Vanderbilt, so hopefully we can get to some of your recommended establishments sans kids too. Miss you!

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