Nashville. Country girl. Open and sweet. You are a star on my map.
I traveled to Nashville looking for inspiration and a southern aesthetic, what I discovered was a creative city built on music, soulful food and genuine kindness.
Kinfolk's 'L'Esprit de la Mer' dinner event, to be hosted in Nashville, was what originally sparked my interest in planning the trip. Along with the opportunity to work and meet two women who inspire me greatly, Beth Kirby and Rebekka Seale. Designing the menus for the dinner and seeing my work accompany flowers by Consider the Wild Flowers and a beautiful meal prepared by Twelve at the Table was a dream. Set in a rustic field, in front of an old barn, the evening was something that I will never forget.
Along with attending the Kinfolk dinner, my friend Korinne and I explored Nashville for five days. Eating amazing meals, wandering neighborhoods and making friends along the way. We even got in an afternoon of bowling at Pinewood Social.
As promised to a few dear friends interested in traveling to this amazing city, here is my list of things to do in Nashville.
Mas Tacos Por Favor
Amazing tacos and tortilla soup in East Nashville. Order the lime cilantro drink and expect a line up.
Rolf and Daughers
Located in the historic 100-year-old Werthan Factory building in Germantown, the menu is a take on 'modern peasant food'. Hands down, dining at the bar at Rolf and Daughters was my favourite restaurant experience in the city.
We dined at City House for 'Sunday Supper', when awarding winning chef Tandy Wilson makes whatever he feels like every Sunday. A locals must.
Located in East Nashville, a most popular spot for those who are serious about coffee. Offering multiple brew methods handcrafted by the cup, I promise that you will have a good cup of coffee here.
Seriously good burgers in the 12th South District. Explore the neighborhood and then make your way here for lunch.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
With flavors like 'cultured key lime pie' and 'whiskey and pecans', this homemade ice cream spot is worth a visit (or two, in our case).
A modern take on a general store with a few references to the past, offering products for the well-crafted life. We had a lovely visit here with shop owner Courtney Webb. I absolutely adored everything about this little shop.
Imogen + Willie
Located in an old service station in the 12th South District. Makers of high quality denim, the company was created in memory of their grandparents and hard-working families. You will find inspiration and very friendly people (with music recommendations) in this unique space.
A former gas station at the southern end of 12th South. Find local products, home goods and pieces for men, women and children. A little bit of everything well made.
A studio shop located in Marathon Village, offering hand tailored caps, ties, hankies, and lady ties. Take a peek into the studio where everything is made and see Otis James working away.
In Nashville, music is everywhere. We were lucky to meet a wonderful new friend who took us to The Stone Fox. The list of country bars in Nashville is overwhelming. Make friends and find out what great shows are happening while you're in town.
I can't say enough about my time in Nashville, other than go to this place. She will embrace you with open arms.