my nashville experience: and one shopping regret!

Earlier this year I traveled to Nashville for only 3 days with some girlfriends. A mini get away from the New England winter.

My friend Marissa also documented her eats/drinks around Nashville. She’s a major foodie! Check out her amazing post about Nashville here.

One of our first stops to the High Garden tea room was the highlight of our trip. If you’re a tea lover, I highly recommend. I ordered the iced sugar plum fairy (date, molasses, plum jam, spiced mucuna, coconut cream, fermented turmeric tonic, kava kava root & a sugar plum).


I don’t know a lot about Nashville, so this is just my personal experience. I’m sure other locals have some hidden gems or more shopping/music spots they could dish out. So here are a few from a 29-year-old’s point of view who came, saw & conquered for three days.

Nashville Tips:

Go to High Garden Tea Apothecary: Order the sugar plum fairy. Y-U-M.

Skip Hattie B’s: I don’t get why it’s so famous. It wasn’t anything special and we waited in line for at least 30-40 minutes. Go to Edley’s instead. It’s right near Reese Witherspoon’s store, Draper James.

Go to Draper James: Okay … so it’s not my style exactly, but it is SO cute. They were serving sweet tea for everyone in the store. I have family in the Carolinas so I just love anything ‘southern’ related… if that makes sense!?


Eat lunch at Butcher & Bee: This restaurant was AH-maazingggg. And if you don’t order their spicy whipped feta with pita bread you’re doing it wrong. Period.

Sign up for a workout class: We found a spin studio by our Air Bnb called Verticity. The first class was FREE. Score! We also showered and got ready afterward there… the shower at our Air BnB was not lovely lol.

Don’t rent a car, just get Ubers: I ordered all of the Ubers and then we split it at the end of the trip between the four of us and it was extremely cheap even with tipping the drivers. The drivers were also super nice, I mean, coming from Boston I was expecting that but wow. They were all just SO friendly and willing to help. I guess it’s that southern charm.

Music is everywhere: That is all. I don’t really have any specific suggestion except just go with it! Walk into bars with live music, don’t worry about where the hottest spot is. I’m sure you’ve heard of the famous Tootsies. We went … it was actually pretty fun! Great live music.

Nashville doesn’t have amazing shopping: Disclaimer: I COULD BE WRONG. In the short time we were in Nashville we didn’t see many unique places to go shopping. It rained basically the entire time we were there, so we wanted to shop. The shops we went in were cool … but WAY over-priced. One thing I regret not visiting is the headquarters of UAL (United Apparel Liquidators). I recently discovered this—it’s a high end designer outlet with fabulous deals. They have an online store, but have more goodies in store. It’s like TJ Maxx–they have stuff online but its not the same when you snag that in store deal! I am DEFINITELY checking it out when I go back. No questions asked.


One thing I regret not visiting is the headquarters of UAL (United Apparel Liquidators). I only recently discovered this. It’s a high end designer outlet with fabulous deals.

So there you have it! A few tips about Nashville from a Boston girl.

Oh, and we stayed in East Nashville, which is up and coming in the city. It was a cute location. Please feel free to comment with any other suggestions (especially shopping!). I am planning on going back very soon 🙂

We were loving all the wall-art and graffiti for pictures! So much fun.



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