Nashville Advice

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Hotels:
Loew’s Vanderbilt Plaza Super nice, and in a really good location – right across the street from Vanderbilt and not too far from downtown. Another option is the Marriott on West End Ave. The Hermitage downtown is also very nice, but I prefer the Vanderbilt area.  Two other options in that area are the Hampton Inn and the Holiday Inn.

 

Activities:
Walk across the Pedestrian Street Bridge.
Tour the Ryman Auditorium (an earlier home of The Grand Ole Opry) – make sure to pay the few extra dollars for the backstage tour package. So worth it!!!
Visit Cheekwood – an art museum and botanical gardens.
The Frist Visual Center for the Arts is downtown and a great art museum.
Eat a pancake breakfast at The Pancake Pantry, but get there early as there is always a line.
See an independent film at the Belcourt Theater and then walk up and down the streets of Hillsboro Village – eclectic shops, etc. Get coffee across from the Belcourt at Fido and frozen yogurt from Sweet Cece’s.
Sample some local brew at Yazoo Brewing Company’s Taproom.

 

As far as running/hiking goes, you cannot beat Percy Warner Park. The park has a paved 5.8 and 11.2 mile road loop as well as several great trails. The white trail (2.5 miles is my favorite), and the red trail is great as well, but a bit more challenging (4.5 miles).  For some great walking and easy trails, check out Radnor Lake.

 

Yoga Studios: My favorites are Sanctuary For Yoga and Steadfast & True Yoga.
Food:
Best Southern Food: The Loveless Cafe – amazing breakfast served all day, and they start serving “supper” at 11 AM.  The wait can be long on the weekends but so worth it!
Hot chicken, a Nashville specialty: Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack.
Five Points Pizza -favorite pizza.  Bella Napoli is another good pizza place with great outdoor seating.
Baja Burrito – cheap mission style burrito place. Love love love!  Best fish tacos in town.
Calypso Cafe – cheap fast, yet healthy Caribbean style food. Great mashed sweet potatoes, and their black bean salad is amazing.
Park Cafe- My favorite restaurant in town. CD and I actually got married on their back patio.
Rose Pepper Cantina – eclectic little Mexican restaurant over on the East side of town.
Favorite brunch – a toss up between Fido in Hillsboro Village and Marche over on the East side of town.  Fido has a back room that is very family-friendly - lots of space in-between the tables, and I feel completely comfortable taking all the kids there for breakfast/coffee outings. Oh, and Fido serves food all day – delicious!
Favorite Coffee shop - The Frothy Monkey.
Burgers: Burger Up or Gabby’s – both serve amazing sweet potato fries as well as local beef. Gabby’s is my favorite.  The Pharmacy on the East side is also good for burgers and has a nice outdoor seating area out back.  Try the tater tots!
Ice-Cream: Jeni’s Splendid Ice-Cream on Eastland Avenue with a 2nd location now in the 12th South neighborhood. American artisanal ice-cream. Try Gravel Road (salted caramel with smoked almonds)!
Frozen Yogurt: Sweet Cece’s.
Vegetarian: The Wild Cow.
Popsicles: Las Paletas (don’t question me. Just go and try the avocado.)
Gourmet grilled cheese truck: The Grilled Cheeserie.
Favorite Taqueria: Mas Tacos. Complete hole in the wall out of the way place on the east side of town. Great tacos, cheap, and creative daily specials. Funky hours – most days, just open for lunch.
Chocolate: Be on the lookout for Olive & Sinclair chocolate bars available in most independent coffee shops and Whole Foods. From bean to bar locally made chocolate.
Best Bakeries: Sweet 16th and Dulce Desserts.

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Susan Henry January 15, 2013 at 11:04 am

Marche’s sister restaurant, Margot, has an amazing brunch 11-2 on Sundays and you can make a reservation!

I want to recieve your blog updates. The initial link that brought me to your site (googled great tasting non-dairy creamer and it took me to your review of mimiccreme) gave me an option to join, but I don’t see that now.

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HEAB January 15, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Hi Susan,
I love Margot’s brunch. Such a warm and inviting atmosphere too. Sorry you’re having trouble receiving my blog updates via email. I just checked, and it’s working on my end. If you look in the column on the right, you should see a little silver ball icon with a picture of an envelope on it. If you click on that, you should be able to sign up for email updates. Please let me know if it doesn’t work.

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Diana April 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Thank you for this list! I’ve just moved here a couple of months ago and I can’t wait to visit all of these different places. :)

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Diana April 4, 2014 at 7:13 pm

And by here, I totally meant Nashville.

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HEAB April 4, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Haha, I figured that’s what you meant. Welcome to town Diana. Hope you enjoy Nashville as much as we do! :)

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