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Our Nashville Weekend Getaway

Every year on our anniversary Zach and I take a trip. We save the money that would have been spent on gifts and such through the year and splurge a little on a getaway. Living in Indianapolis, we try to stay within a five to eight hour drive or so and as a result Nashville has been our destination not once, not twice but three times! This past Memorial Day Weekend was our third trip, but this time was a little different. This weekend my very best friend and her husband joined us for our adventure!

We all got together before our trip to figure out where we were going to stay and list out some things that sounded fun. After a little bit of hesitation, we decided to give Airbnb a try and we were so glad we did! Our condo for the weekend was absolutely darling AND their was a sweet kitty who I promptly fell in love with. Travel win!

On Saturday we enjoyed our first lazy Nashville morning by stopping by one of Zach and I’s favorite places in Music City, The Acme Feed and Seed. I’m not sure what it is about this place, but I am transfixed. The wooden floors and high ceilings. Tall windows bathe the restaurant in the most dreamy light and the sounds of the upright bass fill the booths and your soul. While the restaurant is cool in its own right, the rooftop is just incredible. The mighty Cumberland River to your right and the ever popular Broadway street buzzes to your left. It is the very best way to kick off a Nashville getaway.

Our next stops included Crema, one of the cutest little coffee shops of all time. They serve up some incredible coffee soda that I highly recommend! After some exploring a bit more, we headed to Cafe Luna at the Ryman Auditorium. Megan and Greg raved about the spicy chicken salad, but their iced tea truly stole the show. I personally loved looking at the stained glass windows that line the sides of the legendary Ryman. But then again, I’m always a sucker for pretty, bright colors and old buildings. We took a wrong turn on the way back to the car and stumbled upon the Goo Goo Cluster gift shop. None of us had ever tried a Goo Goo Cluster, so we decided to check it out. The sample convinced Megan – she bought us all some to share!

On Saturday evening we all got dressed up and headed to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for the premier of my friend Andrew’s documentary, Pressing On: The Letterpress Film. Together with his incredible team at Bayonet Media and Erin Beckloff, Andrew co-directed an incredible documentary about a craft that once risked an extinction of sorts but now, thanks some driven and dedicated artists has been brought back to life. The film is fantastic, and to see Andrew doing what he loves (I SO remember this kid with green liberty spikes in his hair way back when) after years of him pursuing his dreams, it is so cool. We were even in the same film class in high school. I’m telling you, he will never agree with this, but he is the real deal. Plus – his wife Beth is one of my very favorite people and a fellow photographer. I was beyond excited for them on their special night!

The next morning we explored Hillsboro Village. Brunch at Fido, ice cream at Jeni’s and some shopping at some of the most quirky shops Nashville has to offer. Because it was Zach and I’s actual anniversary we decided to go out for a fancy dinner and thanks to suggestion of one of the shop owners from earlier in the day we headed to the Southern. Beth and Andrew joined us. After that we met up with even MORE amazing people. Andrew and Beth’s friends, Joel and Meg, live in the area and suggested we go to the The Thompson, a rooftop bar with a view of the Nashville skyline that is just bananas! The margaritas and manhattans were strong and the laughter was loud. The night was good!

On our last morning in this lovely city, we decided to check out the 12 South neighborhood. Maybe it was because it was a holiday or maybe because we were still on Indiana time, but we noticed that mornings start a little later in Nashville. We explored an adorable pop up nursery and flower stand before stopping into the Frothy Monkey for some coffee. Our early exploring paid off – we beat (most of) the line. Next we had brunch at The Flip Side and Oh. My. Goodness! I’m pretty certain if I had to design a restaurant this would be it. The Flipside has a bright and airy vibe with Ali blue EVERYWHERE. Delicious chicken and mimosas.. it was like it was built from my dreams. This neighborhood was awesome and there were dogs everywhere you looked. Uhm.. it was the best. Our last stop was a tour of Nelson’s Greenbriar Distillery. We learned all about the history of the Nelson family as well as the business. I had never toured a distillery so I found it to be really interesting. Being able to taste the whiskey and bourbon after learning how it was made was really cool! Plus we got to use spittoons which made us feel super fancy. Which is a weird phenomenon.

Our Nashville adventure was one for the record books. Being able to spend a perfect weekend with not just my handsome husby, but also my best friend and her husband was just the best! If you have any suggestions for our next anniversary – please let me know! We are always looking for new places to explore!

Bonus!

Zach and I always recreate a photo from our wedding day on our anniversary. It’s one of my very favorite traditions! Check it out below. (Just please excuse the poor 2012 cell phone photo quality, haha)

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