RJ and I had the chance to travel to Nashville recently for our one year wedding anniversary! HOW INSANE! I can’t believe it’s already been one whole year of marriage with the love of my life! We have grown so much individually and together this year, to look back and see where it all started is a little crazy for me!
We were in Nashville for 7 days total and I wanted to share with you several of the places we visited while we were there!
Day 1 was our travel day, and since our flights were so early in the morning, which seemed like a blessing at the time, we ended up sleeping in almost all day when we finally got to our hotel room… So instead of taking advantage of the day to explore, we took advantage and got a few more zzz’s in! We woke up just in time for dinner and ended up getting Hattie B’s delivered to our room!
I had been looking forward to a famous Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich since way before this trip, and Hattie B’s did not disappoint.
Day 2, which was technically our first day out, included a lot of mural hunting and yummy food! Here are some of my faves, I’ve included all the addresses to help you find them too!
- Nashville Looks Good on You 2511 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
- I Believe in Nashville 2702 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
- Draper James Wall 2608 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
- Looking Pretty Music City 2709 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204
We had lunch at bartaco which, was absolutely delicious and I couldn’t recommend it enough!
- bartaco 2526 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
After eating our yummy tacos at bartaco, we walked a little further down to Five Daughter’s Bakery and picked up some sweet treats for the week, they are known for their 100-layer donuts, and boy are they delicious!
- Five Daughter’s Bakery 12th South, 1110 Caruthers Ave, Nashville, TN 37204
We also hit up a few of the local boutiques that are located along 12 South, which is where a good majority of the murals are. There really is a lot to do on this strip!
We finally ended the day with ANOTHER mouth-watering hot chicken sandwich from none other than Hattie B’s! We are obsessed!
Day 3: Was also full of good food and mural hunting! We started off our day a little late, but headed to Biscuit Love, a delicious restaurant only a 15-minute walk from our hotel, for breakfast! Right outside of Biscuit Love one of the Amelia’s Flower Truck was parked across the street! This flower company has a few of these super cute VW trucks with a selection of flowers available which makes for a super sweet photo spot! These trucks are also in various places depending on the day, but I followed them on Instagram and turned on their post notifications because they post each day where they will have their trucks parked so you can find them easily!
- Biscuit Love 316 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
- Amelia’s Flower Truck – Location Varies but follow them @ameliasflowertruck on Instagram to find out where they will have their trucks parked each day!
Here are just a few of the photos I snagged in front of their truck! Isn’t it such a cute idea!? I also made a little bouquet of flowers to take back to our hotel room!
After leaving Biscuit Love we headed to the What Lifts You Wings Mural, which is one you have probably seen before because of its popularity! There was a small line when we arrived, but it didn’t take too long, we just made sure to be respectful of other people’s time while taking our photos.
- What Lifts You Wings Mural 302 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
After the What Lifts You Wings Mural, we saw another great photo spot right across the street! I am not sure the name of this mural or who the artist is but it definitely caught our eye!
Day 4: We had a very slow start, waking up a little closer to noon than usual, so we decided to walk down to the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge where you get one of the best views of the Nashville skyline! It was beautiful!
- John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge Nashville, TN 37213
Then we headed down to Broadway which is the main strip of Nashville where they have live music everywhere, rooftop restaurants, etc. We made a stop at the Goo Goo Shop to pick up some of their famous Goo Goo Clusters, which are delicious by the way.
Then after visiting the Goo Goo Shop we made our way into the line for Jason Aldean’s rooftop restaurant, which was well worth the wait! The view from above was so fun to experience! Looking down on all the live music and people having fun – I am a big people-watcher so I love stuff like this! We did notice it started to get a little crazier as the sun went down, which is why us getting in line around 4 pm was great timing for us to grab dinner and have some time afterward to walk around a little bit more!
- Goo Goo Shop 116 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201
- Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar 307 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
Day 5: Was the Sunday of our trip so we decided to visit The Belonging Co. for their church service! Pastored by Henry and Alex Seeley, the worship, the service, everything was AMAZING! The greeters were so welcoming and Henry’s sermon hit home for us! If you’re ever in Nashville on a Sunday, I would highly recommend giving The Belonging Co. a visit!
Side note: after the worship set at The Belonging Co., RJ had mentioned that their worship leader very much resembled Cody Carnes! I had totally dismissed it and told him I really didn’t think he looked anything like him. When we got home from our trip, on the same day, RJ and I both found out that Cody Carnes & Kari Jobe call The Belonging Co. their home church! HE WAS RIGHT! We were able to watch Cody Carnes in worship at his own church and we didn’t even know it (well… RJ kinda did). I honestly think not knowing it was him made the experience more special! That way we were able to really enjoy the worship and soak it all in without freaking out over watching Cody Carnes live.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos while we were there because I really wanted to enjoy the experience. So here are a few photos from their Instagram!
- The Belonging Co. 201 Great Circle Road Nashville, TN 37228
After the church service, we headed to the L&L market! Which if you love shopping local businesses, this is a hotspot for them! Essentially, it’s a large warehouse and small businesses rent out space inside! The few reasons that I wanted to go to this market (listed below) were closed until later in the afternoon so we grabbed some of THE BEST pasta and pizza at this small restaurant named Penne Pazze, where they serve real, authentic Italian cuisine. I couldn’t even tell you exactly what we ordered because we asked the person who was working there what he recommended. We ended up getting one pizza and one pasta to split between the both of us and it was a great portion!
After waiting around and letting our food settle, we decided to walk upstairs to look around at some of the shops and then made our way over to Honest Coffee Roasters for some iced lattes!
The two places I really wanted to make a stop here for two reasons! 1. The Imago Dei boutique, run by Sarah Tucker, is located in the L&L Market, and 2. Gracie’s Milkshake Bar, run by Grace Tucker is there as well! Sarah & Gracie Tucker both run shops in this market and I know of them because they are close friends with Sadie Robertson Huff! Sadie had posted about the boutique several times and I had been dying to visit ever since! I loved the atmosphere and the clothing they offer is beautiful! The market also had live music that RJ enjoyed while I shopped around the boutiques a bit!
Once I was done shopping we waited a little while longer because the milkshake bar didn’t open up until a little later in the afternoon. Let me tell you, they were WORTH THE WAIT! The milkshakes are massive*, so I would recommend getting just one to split. RJ and I have such different tastes we each ended up getting our own. If you have time to make a stop at the L&L market, for one thing, it should be these milkshakes! You won’t be sorry!
*note how RJ’s milkshake (R) didn’t stay upright long enough for me to take a photo, the brownie fell right off of the whipped cream*
- L&L Market 3820 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209
Instead of taking an Uber we decided to walk off those massive milkshakes and head on over to Centennial Park which is very well known to locals and tourists alike! At this park they have a replica of the Parthenon and inside is an art gallery! When we arrived we saw an entire yoga class happening on the lawn, there were students on picnics strumming their guitars, families with younger kids running around, we even saw a friendly game of soccer! This is definitely a must see spot if you want somewhere to wind down from a long visit! It was so refreshing to watch the sunset and just relax for a little while. A great way to end our Sunday!
- Centennial Park 2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
Day 6: This was our last full day in Tennessee and our 1 yr. wedding anniversary we wanted to take it slow and check out Franklin! We rented a car, the drive is closer to an hour, and headed out early in the morning! First, we stopped for coffee at R&R Coffee and picked up a little caffeine to kick start our day. I don’t have as many pictures from this day because RJ & I really wanted to enjoy each other’s company and kept our phones away for most of the day.
When we got to Franklin we decided to grab breakfast at this quaint little cafe, Merridee’s Breadbasket. It was a delicious breakfast and I couldn’t recommend it enough! Then we just decided to walk up and down Main Street for a while and enjoy the BEAUTIFUL weather! There was another location for the Imago Dei boutique so I popped in to see their selection one more time, I also picked up a Franklin, TN mug from another cute little shop that I couldn’t leave without! I am a sucker for cute mugs!
- Franklin, TN: Main Street Franklin, TN 37064
- Merridee’s Breadbasket: 110 4th Ave S, Franklin, TN 37064
- Imago Dei Boutique: 326 Main St, Franklin, TN 37064
After visiting Franklin for a while, we decided to go back to the 12 South strip that we visited on Day 2! We really enjoyed bartaco and ended up grabbing a bite to eat and took pictures with a few more murals that we found.
Pro Tip for getting photos of you and your significant other when there isn’t a helping hand around: I purchased a tripod for my phone that came with a Bluetooth remote and we took it with us throughout the entire trip! It really came in handy when there wasn’t anyone around that we could ask to take our photo. I also recommend setting your phone up and just hitting the record button on a video and then take screenshots of your favorite poses, this gets your photo sesh finished up faster and the picture quality is wayyy better than your front-facing selfie camera!
Here are the two other murals we found on 12 South, they are literally in the same alley facing each other, and they are super cute!
- Flowers Mural & Make Music Not War Mural: 2900 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
We ended the day at Pinewood Social before heading to drop off the rental car. Pinewood Social is such a great find and I wish we would’ve gone earlier in our trip to have experienced it more. Inside they have a small bowling alley that you can rent for smaller parties, which is super cool! They also have a coffee bar, they serve food and drinks, so it’s a chill place to hang out after a long day. It has a very industrial vibe but it also includes some posh elements such as their dining booths that bring out a certain feel – almost like an industrial great gatsby but not too over-the-top. Here is a photo below of their bowling alley!
Day 7: Our flight was later in the day so we decided to head on over to Pinewood Social for a coffee and soak in our trip until the very last moment! I must recommend getting their pretzels! They serve warm, soft pretzels with a cheese dipping sauce that is SO YUMMY! Such a great way to end off our trip before heading home!
Overall, we really did have so much fun on this trip! We were able to cover a lot of ground in only a short amount of time! There was so much to see, but I had made a detailed plan of the things that were absolutely essential before leaving and we did everything on that list! I hope you guys enjoy and I hope this helps you to plan out your adventure to Nashville. If I missed anything that you think is worth visiting, drop the info in the comments below! I would love to see what your recommendations are!
Cheers to the traveling and adventures to come!