A city that boasts far more than it’s reputation of being the mecca of country music, Nashville is growing in popularity like wildfire! Beyond the honkytonk of downtown, Nashville has outdoor getaways and several up and coming neighborhoods that are influenced heavily by the young people who reside in them.
WHAT TO DO :
1. 12 SOUTH
Looking for the infamous I Believe in Nashville Sign? You'll find it in 12South near Edley's BBQ (mentioned later) along with many of Nashville's best eateries and shops.
2. DOWNTOWN (Broadway St.)
While we don't spend much time here, it is the easiest spot to catch country music, both those who are well-known, and upcoming artists. You can also find photo ops of the city.
3. RADNOR LAKE
Located in Brentwood just 15 minutes from Nash, Radnor offers hiking trails and beautiful foliage that surround the aptly named Radnor Lake. Parking is free, but this is a very popular Saturday and Sunday morning destination so arrive early or later in the day if you want to find parking near the trails.
4. ROCK ISLAND
While this a 1.5 hour drive from Nash, this is an absolute must. Several hiking trails, two enormous waterfalls, plenty of parking, I’ll let the pictures say the rest.
WHERE TO EAT:
Puckett’s is a down-home eatery in Nashville (with a second location 30 minutes away in the charming suburb of Franklin.) Think Grandma’s southern cooking, add a dollop of “cooked to perfection." Try the Chicken Fried Chicken.
Bartaco offers delicious, street-style Mexican food in a modern Mediterranean atmosphere in the rejuvenated 12 South neighborhood. The Bartaco eatery, which is directly in the middle of the 12S neighborhood, offers several eclectic a la carte tacos and takes on a bevy of Mexican foods.
3. FROTHY MONKEY
Coffee + Beer + Wine + Healthy snacks and entrees = one of Nashville’s greatest hangouts. Frothy has 4 locations in greater Nashville. Frothy takes your favorite coffee beverages and adds an organic, eclectic spin, such as the best selling White Chocolate Monkey featuring a splash of banana. Beyond superior coffee, the atmosphere is always bustling with energy.
4. EDLEY'S BBQ
Nashville has one of the best BBQ scenes in North America, fact or fiction? After eating at Edley’s, I am confident you’d answer FACT. Edley’s is authentic BBQ at it’s finest. Edley’s “Nashville Hot Chicken” is a MUST try… but be warned, your mouth will exhale flames after consumption! The BBQ nachos, as well as chicken and pork sandwiches are extremely generous in size and are entirely Nashville. We also HIGHLY recommend the banana pudding.
1. HUMPHREY'S STREET
A church turned coffee shop with a mission to serve students and those in need in Nashville located near downtown.
Our favorite Nashville coffee spot which can be found on our top 10 list, Crema is top-tier, single origin coffee near downtown.
3. BARISTA PARLOR
Trendy coffee shop in the Gulch where you may or may not spot a celebrity or two.
4. Falcon Coffee Bar
Another coffee spot in the Wedgewood neighborhood is another spot with great coffee and a very welcoming vibe.
Thanks a bunch for stopping by, now jump online and book a ticket and begin your Nashvegas adventure! Also, Rock Island photography credit goes to my brother, David Weflen. Check out his blog!