Finally found some time to share some of our trip to Nashville! I had been to Nashville twice before this trip, once for the Blackhawks game with Max, the other for a bff’s bachelorette party (which was just a little bit cray!) but never had I been to the “Not Broadway” Nashville. Four of us flew down to visit our buddy Watty (my group of friends rarely get called by their first name – is this normal in your circle too?), who moved down there for work a year ago. So between him and his girlfriend, Morgen, we were really able to see the REAL Nashville. I guess what I’m saying is, I’ve learned that the strip down Broadway is really just where the tourists hang out, and you’ll be hard pressed to find locals posting up at Tootsies or Big Bang or Honky Tonk Central (we did make a pit stop there on our first night in town though, sue us). So I want to highlight just a couple of the places we had the chance to check out for the first time.
Max and I popped into this sweet place in the Greenhills neighborhood while waiting for our table at Noshville (a pretty fantastic brunch spot). I have this terrible habit of walking into every candy store I see. I just can’t figure out how to stop myself, so when I saw this place across the parking lot I was happy there was a short wait. This place was a step up from the smaller shop that is my go-to back home, so I was very impressed. I love a candy store that really brings you back to your childhood, because isn’t that really what it’s all about? This one had no problem delivering in that arena. Sugar Dive had plenty of candy for those who appreciate the present, but they also had loads of nostalgia ridden sweets for those who are down with the time warp. I think they even had one of those friggin “Honey I Blew Up The Kids” machines in back, because they had a few that were just absurdly large. I did manage to walk out without buying anything, Max on the other hand, did not.
Morgen took us to some super cute boutiques on 12th St while the guys golfed. Everything up and down the street was super adorable. Some places were a little bit more pricey than others. There was a line out the door and down the street at Jeni’s Ice Cream because, it’s damn delicious. We popped into a new restaurant called Josephine for some mimosas after we’d shopped a bit. They were deeelicious. Morgen and I got the blood orange version, Chelsie tried a different one, I wanna say grapefruit but don’t hold me to that.
We discovered a reeeeal vintagey vintage shop called SAVANT. This place looks like your grandparents’ garage sale, except for everything was way out of my budget. So many rotary phones in there, I wonder how many kids could walk in there today and not know what those were. Picked up some really cute midi rings and a fun bracelet from a boutique called Posh, which also had champagne sitting out to “Sip and Shop”. Um, hello!? Why isn’t this a thing in Chicago either? I’m moving like, 94% sure i’m moving here . I dropped too much money at Francesca’s, but when does that not happen? Chicago, Nashville, online, it doesn’t matter. And we stopped into Kidd Epps Art Shop, which had some really fun art and gifts. Seemed like a lot of the stuff was handmade too, which is always that much cooler. Handmade makes you trendy. I feel like that coulda been a line from Mean Girls.
We ended our trip with a visit to Centennial Park, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The sun was shining and the temperature was as good as it gets. There’s actually a to-scale replica for the Parthenon there, which is cool because now I don’t have to go to Greece. Just kidding, I’m still going. But it was pretty cool. There was also some live music happening and a little girl boogying to it which was probably the best part. Why are little kids dancing the best thing ever? The guys and Morgen threw around the frisbee while Chelsie and I laid down to absorb every last drop of sun we could. Please excuse my lack of neck in the below photo, not sure where she went!
That will not be our last visit to Nashville, I’m already dying to get back. I refuse to take it off my weather.com app! There were a lot of places we went that I didn’t feature here, so maybe next time they’ll make the list. Until then, if you’re going to Nashville, and HAD to choose one of the above to MAKE SURE you get to, I’d say it would be a tie between Edley’s and Greenhouse Bar. Just do ’em both, no harm in that! Thanks again Morgen and Watty for having us, prepare to be temporarily evicted from your apartment again soon enough!