I was in Nashville almost every week for 3 months, visiting my darling husband on his off days throughout tour. We ate our way through that town every week and still didn't get to try all the spots on my list! Here's where we went and where you should go too. Click the links above the photos if you're like me and need to see social media accounts, yelp reviews AND photos, and read the menu on the website before deciding if a place is worth your time and money. Enjoy a taste of the south! Your taste buds will not be disappointed.
We ate southern food
3 words - biscuits and gravy. Also, fried chicken. As sickeningly delicious southern comfort food you can ingest.
Get the fried broccoli and a fun adult beverage. Play a game of bowling if your into that kinda thing.
We went here for Valentines day. So many amazing farm to table options. We got the tartare and duck. Drool.
We drank coffee
V cool coffee shop vibe with a delicious pour over. Coffee in this city is an arm and leg so just be ready for that.
Different location, same great stuff. Everyone in Nashville loves Barista Parlor. You should too.
The homey coffee shop with food all day and turmeric latte on point. That's all I got every time.
You feel like everyone is a somebody at this coffee shop. Great cappuccinos and avo toast - duh.
We Ate Tacos
The best fried avo taco, fish taco, tortilla soup, elote, and lilikoi marg ever! Skip the line and sneak up to the bar.
Um, yum. Everything. Busy, busy, grab a drink at the bar while you wait. Elote and tacos - Nash does this well.
everything in between
When you need a cleanse from all the biscuits and gravy, tacos and margs. Juice, coffee, booch and açaí.
"The Best Burgers in Nashville" they say. You decide. I'd go back for the beer garden. The burgers too, actually.
Jeni's is THE neighborhood ice cream spot. All the samples, flight options, and flavors. It's like a southern hug.
Endless options! Read the menu to know all your choices. We got an everything bagel w garlic cream cheese omg
I'm more a ramen girl but this pho was good. The bahn mi was even better. If Vietnamese is your thing, go.
Is it just me or are the first three months of the new year just so hectic? They fly by but are so full! Last year, we had moved from the slow life in the midwest to the 405-fast-paced life in Southern California. We were both working full time, adjusting to new jobs in a new state, and trying to make new friends. Come Easter and pathetically, we were wiped. The first chance of few day break, we took it and RAN. Not far cause we didn't have much money but we saw the necessity of a mini 24 hour getaway and our adult lives were forever changed. If you're reading this and have never ran away to a nice hotel and spent every moment lounging and tanning by the roof top pool with pool boys serving you cold cocktails, I'm here to bossily tell you to do it. It's glorious.
This year, we kept the spring staycation tradition alive, needing it just as much as last year, however, as much as we loved The Line Hotel last year, this time around, we needed something more isolated. Joshua Tree is full of wonderfully aesthetic homes (and some not. . .) for you to choose from, however, especially in April, a lot of the good ones are booked out for Coachella. With enough time in advance, we managed to snag the kind of AirBNB you want in the desert and for a great price. PSA: if you make it all the way through this post, you get rewarded with a travel guide and a sweet treat from AirBnb!
The tip to a fabulous staycation is 1. lounging 2. cocktails 3. no phone zones. In Joshua Tree, we lounged in bed, in the outdoor tub, beside the campfire. . . We sipped on a wonderfully refreshing beverage known as a whiskey smash, with me being the mixologist because I never trust Joseph to pour me the right amount of alchy (for me, less is more. . .) and I so lovingly nagged Joseph the whole first day about staying off his phone. For wives wondering how to do this it goes something like saying, "NO PHONES!" obnoxiously and repeatedly until he gets I mean business. Be prepared for it to take a while.
The dessert is a strange yet wonderful place. I think everyone who lives there must be an introvert because the isolation and distance from civilization just draws you. It's also a safe place for artists and apparently rock climbers, both of which I am not. But here are the places we went worth checking out if you ever find yourself drawn to warm (read: HOT) weather, cool pools under the stars, stunning rock figures in a national park and a peak into a different way of life.
STAY: The Casita at Juniper Flats and get $40 your first time booking on AirBnb with THIS LINK.
DO: We went to Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Museum (free), Joshua Tree National Park
($25 for 7 day entrance. Also, we went the later part of the afternoon and stayed for sunset to beat the heat. Ask for a map to see where you want to go. We did the Dam walk which was super easy and great, Jumbo rocks, and searched for the cactus garden but couldn't find it. Stopped lots of places in between but those were on the map), and Pioneer Town (free but has local shops and a restaurant)
EAT: Pie for the People (insane pizza, insane wait), La Copine (weekend brunch), Pappy and Harriets (in Pioneer town. Kill two birds with one stone), Joshua Tree Coffee Co. (aka the only decent coffee place)