A coworker and I spent 2 days exploring Nashville before a conference. I can’t believe we did all of these things in just two days, the amount of planning and strategy here really made it all possible. And I promise that we took breaks too! Here’s how we spent our 48 hours here:
Where we stayed: We stayed in this AirBnB, I had read a lot of great things about East Nashville… and I am so glad we stayed in this part of town. Relaxing, quiet, beautiful and just a short uber ride away from downtown. A lot of the activities that we did ended up being in East Nashville too.
Brunch at Cafe Roze. One of our favorite meals and a plenty of healthy options. For breakfast I ordered the egg bowl and my friend ordered the chicken pita salad, and we both loved our meals!
After breakfast we walked to a cute strip mall where we visited Lemon Laine, a natural beauty store.
This store was stocked with all of my favorite products, I was in heaven. Beauty brands like Rahua, Kjaer Weis, Kopari, Pai and a large nutrition section that carried brands like Vital Proteins + Coconut Cult.
I’d highly recommend visiting this place if you also love natural products. The people that work there are so knowledgeable and the owner only puts products in her store that she has tried herself!
Next door to Lemon Laine there is a Five Daughters Bakery and Jeni’s Ice Cream. And FYI- they sell Jeni’s now at Whole Foods! We tried the Five Daughters donuts and I actually really liked them! I am sad that I didn’t try the paleo donuts because Lee from America raved about them on her blog.
After taking a break back at our digs, we took an uber to 12th south where we checked out Draper James (Reese Witherspoon’s store) and (one of) the I Believe in Nashville mural. The mural is right accross from the store so it’s easy to snap a pic before you go in to shop at Draper.
For dinner we ate at Hattie B’s on 8th since we heard it’s less crowded than some of their other locations. The wait was definitely still long, but once we ordered there were plenty of spaces to sit and we got our food in no time.
Later that night around 10 we went out to Urban Cowboy for drinks. I loved this place and think it’s such a fun hangout spot compared to how busy it can get downtown! They had fire pits outside and I really liked both drinks that I ordered too. The big house is a bed and breakfast and out back there is a public house where you can grab drinks.
We started our day by going to the (very hyped) Biscuit Love in the Gulch. Overall, it was good… but to be honest I am not sure it was worth the wait. The line was pretty long, my chicken was amazing but the biscuit itself didn’t taste that fresh.
The day before we had heard that the candle company Paddywax was Nashville based, and that they had candle making classes back in East Nashville. So once we checked into our new hotel we trekked back to take the class. I’d recommend it if you love candles, they had a large wall of vessels to choose from + you get to choose your scent from SO many options and pour it yourself. If you’re from out of town they will ship it to you as well.
That concludes our weekend! So much fun. Here are a few other places that we got to see during the week of the conference, for the most part we were working so we didn’t leave the hotel much.
Frothy Monkey – 12th south. I got an amazing turmeric steamer and the California breakfast with avocado, sourdough toast, and eggs.
Cafe Roze – Yes, we went back there again for dinner on Monday night. I loved this meal and my coworkers did too!
Broadway St – Our favorite bars were The Stage and Nudie’s Honky Tonk.
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