For one of my weekends while I was spending time down South, a few friends and I decided to take a girls trip to Nashville. Use to, it would taken a 4 hour drive from Tupelo to Nashville, but two years ago the Tupelo airport welcomed Contour Airlines, which added a flight between the two cities making travel easy breezy. A 45 minute flight less than $100 round trip, it’s a no brainer!
When we were planning our trip, we found out there was a big event that would be taking place that weekend, causing hotel prices to skyrocket. Thanks to airbnb, that is no longer an excuse to cancel a trip. We booked a cute 2 bedroom loft in East Nashville, a short distance from everywhere we wanted to go during our weekend visit. The property owners were kind and made our experience as comfortable and flawless as can be. The space was cozy and perfect for the 4 of us.
We kicked off our weekend with the Premiere tasting experience at Arrington Vineyards. I was the only member of our group that had visited the vineyard before, but this experience completely surpassed my last experience. Not only did we get to try many of their wines, but we got take a guided walking tour through the Barrel House and wine production facility to learn about the entire fermentation process. After the tour, we headed to the wine loft where our hostess guided us through the wine pairings. We sampled 7 of their award winning wines, each paired with small bites of gourmet cheeses and seasonal items that compliment and enhance the flavors.
After our wonderful experience learning about Arrington and all of their products, we headed back to the city for a delicious dinner around the corner from our Airbnb at The Treehouse Nashville. I discovered this restaurant on Opentable in search of something a little out of the ordinary, but not lacking in food quality. This place knocked it out of the park! The atmosphere was whimsical and quirky with outstanding drinks, food and service. What made me even happier was that they were so considerate of food allergies. Once I notified the waitress of my allergies, she took the menu and circled all of the appetizers, entrees, and desserts that were compliant with my allergies or that could easily be modified to meet them. To top it all off, it was insanely affordable, for 3 appetizers, 4 entrees, and 5 drinks it was under $50 per person.
Saturday morning we woke up early, got ready and headed to brunch, because is it really a girls weekend without brunch? We had multiple friends tell us we needed to try out Milk & Honey, but they did not take reservations so we knew we should get there as early as possible. We arrived in The Gulch around 10 that morning and the wait for 4 was already an hour long. The great thing about Milk & Honey is that they have a coffee and Pastry bar so you can fill your wait time by noshing and getting your coffee buzz. The restaurant has this great app that allows you to check what number you are in line so you can enjoy the area and browse some of the neighboring boutiques while waiting. Once we grabbed a coffee we headed out to explore the gulch to pass the time. The hype for this breakfast heaven was legit, and the true down south brekky was definitely worth the wait.
For the afternoon, we took a trip to The Mall at Greenhills, probably my favorite mall in the States. It has everything from Crocs to Louis Vuitton. There are options for everyone, but the mall itself is not overwhelming, which is a big factor to me. After putting a few dents in our wallets, we took a break to explore the brand new Restoration Hardware and let me just tell ya, WOW. What a luxurious experience. Their first floor is home to their restaurant and bar. If looking for furniture is causing you a little stress, no need to worry, grab a glass of rosé and head to the rooftop to try out some of the outdoor seating and relax for a minute.
We decided, since we were celebrating birthday, we wanted to be a little more boujee than normal for happy hour and dinner. Thanks to @livingwithlandon, my friend was able to find us the coolest downtown spot for drinks. House of Cards is a new speakeasy (reservation only) dining experience in Downtown Nashville hidden in the lower level of the Johnny Cash Museum. To keep the restaurant even more unique there are no pictures or videos allowed within the venue, so it truly is a surprise upon entrance. While waiting on your food and drinks, visit one of the near by tables to watch live magic being performed by the nation’s leading magicians. The drink menu is customly curated by the bar specialist. We chose to share the Ace of Cards punch bowl because of the experience that came along with it. When you choose a punch bowl the bar specialist brings an antique bar cart to your table to make the drink table side. While building the concoction he explains each item he pours in. Although we didn’t eat our dinner here, the meals being served around us looked amazing. I could share so much more, but you’ll have to visit to experience the rest!
The birthday girl loves Italian food, so we chose to dine at Moto Cucina + Enoteca, one of my all time favorite Nashville restaurants. In addition to their great wine selection, Moto’s cocktails are crafted beautifully with all fresh ingrediants. We started with a spread of three appetizers followed by pasta entrees. Don’t forget to order a side of brussel sprouts! I like to consider myself a brussel continsour and let me just say, these are the best. After filling up on appetizers I decided to order the brussels as my meal, and I did not regret it one bit!
Of course, no trip to Nashville is complete without a night of dancing on Broadway. We spent the night bar hopping, but our favorites are Tootsies and Jason Aldean’s. To soak up all the goodness from the night before, on Sunday morning we gathered our bags and went downtown for a good helping of comfort food at The Farmhouse. It was quick, even on a Sunday at brunch, and low key, which was perfect since we were heading for the airport. If you are wanting an easy and affordable fun Southern getaway, Nashville is the place for you.