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Happy Monday! You may have seen in my previous two posts that we went to Nashville last weekend (post here and here). Nashville is one of those places where you could visit several weekends in a row and have a completely different experience each time. We had previously visited around Christmas last year (post here and here) and we loved it. With it being October, we focused on fall activities this time.
Where We Stayed: We stayed at an Airbnb this time. The hotels were about twice the cost, so we opted for the most cost effective option. We knew we would barely be in the room, so it made sense to us. Our Airbnb was very nice and it even had a cat (named Reba Cat-Entire), so it truly felt like home.
Transportation: We drove from Birmingham (it’s only 3 hours). It was nice to have our car, so we could drive to places like Franklin and Cheekwood. We did Uber to dinner on Saturday and to Arrington Winery.
What We Did:
If you saw Thursday’s post, you saw that we had to completely flip our schedule around. The restaurant we planned to eat brunch at, Biscuit Love in The Gulch, had an insane wait. We had a ton of things we wanted to do, so we opted to visit the Franklin location on Sunday instead.
Visit the Nashville Pumpkin Company’s pumpkin patch at 12 South: You cannot make a trip to Nashville without a stop to 12 South. This charming little area features boutiques (like Draper James, which is Reese Witherspoon’s store), restaurants, places to grab treats (Frothy Monkey Coffee and Five Daughters Bakery), murals and the cutest space that is used as a pumpkin patch during the fall and a Christmas tree farm in the winter. I had fun walking around and seeing the unique pumpkins and the fall decor. They have the cutest old pickup truck that is the perfect spot to take a picture.
Cheekwood Estates and Gardens: I did an entire post about Cheekwood here. Cheekwood is the perfect fall spot because it is decked out in pumpkins. It also sounds perfect for anytime of year, since their decorations are seasonally themed.
Arrington Vineyard: This is a year-round activity, but it was nice that it was a little cooler when we went. I would have loved to do a whole blog post about Arrington, but unfortunately it was getting too dark to take good quality pictures. Arrington Vineyard is located about 30 minutes from Nashville in Arrington, TN. It features a stunning view and is known as “Nashville’s Wine Country”. Before heading to Arrington, I booked a tasting, since I didn’t want to get all the way out there and not be able to try wine. While they were setting up our tasting, we discovered that the winery is owned by country music artist Kix Brooks (formerly of the duo Brooks & Dunn). The tasting was nice, but I don’t think it was necessary. We did get a discount on purchasing wine, which was great. You can buy bottles or do flights. Next time we would just do that instead of the tasting. After our wine tasting, we went by the barn where a bluegrass band was playing live music. We loved Arrington, but it was a little far. Next time, we want to try Belle Meade Winery (which is in the city of Nashville itself) and take a tour of the property.
Visit Honky Tonks at Broadway: This is a must-do. It was a little crowded, but we enjoyed the live music. I think the key is to go before or right after dinner and leave before the huge night crowd comes.
Visit Franklin, TN: I did a whole blog post here. If you’re visiting Nashville, a trip to Franklin is worth it.
Where We Ate:
Loveless Cafe: Loveless is iconic for a reason. This was our first stop of the trip. We did have to wait 30 minutes, but the food is worth the wait. We stopped by the gift shop during our wait and grabbed a snack pack with pimento cheese, crackers and preserves. The pimento cheese is some of the best we’ve ever had. We also loved the preserves and biscuits at dinner. I had the pulled pork and Jake had the fried chicken. It was all excellent and the food came quickly.
Urban Grub for brunch: We went to Urban Grub last time and it was definitely on our list again. Their seafood and charcuterie brunch buffet is excellent. You get one trip through the line and can take as much food as you can fit on one plate; Jake spent about 15 minutes scientifically organizing his stack of food to fit as much as he could.
Barcelona Wine Bar:Although Barcelona wasn’t as great as last time, it was still very good food. We love their tapas and it has a nice atmosphere.
Five Daughters Bakery: We went there last time and of course went back again. The donuts are so great and unique.
Biscuit Love: If you’re heading to Nashville, you must visit Biscuit Love. The line in The Gulch location is hours long for a reason. We ended up going to the Franklin location and arrived just a little before 3 for a late lunch/early dinner. Since it was such a random time of day, there was no line at all. We split The Wash Park Biscuit (buttermilk biscuit, 2 beef burger patties, pimento cheese, bacon jam and an egg). We also split the bonuts (fried biscuit donut, topped with lemon mascarpone, served over blueberry compote). It was all seriously incredible.
Jake and I are already talking about a Nashville trip around Christmas. Have you been to Nashville? If so, what are your favorite spots?