Ever go on a trip that does wonders for your soul? This girls’ trip to Nashville was one of them for me. I met up with two dear college friends (aka sorority sisters) and the entire trip was filled with laughter, love and memories I’ll never forget.
Although I’m sharing where we went and what we ate, Nashville ended up being a backdrop to us reconnecting and recharging. The time we spent together was more about girl talk rather than making sure we visited every touristy location. At the end of it all it felt like a true vacation and I left feeling so refreshed and ready to tackle the future.
Day 1 – Thursday
The flight from Phoenix to Nashville was about three hours and I pretty much slept the entire time. My little (sorority little sister) and I ubered to our airbnb from the airport and learned our driver Dale had extensive knowledge of all the past presidents buried in Nashville #realtalk. We had some chinese take-out while we waited for my second (in sorority world, this is someone who previously had a big sister at another college but transferred and gets a “second” big.. aka me).
That night we decided to eat at bartaco for a casual Mexican dinner (try the spicy chorizo taco, the mahi mahi ceviche, and the grilled corn!), walked over to the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM for dessert and ended the night back at our airbnb for some late night girl talk while we watched the new Justin Timberlake concert on Netflix. Talk about the perfect girls’ night in!
Day 2 – Friday
The next day we wanted to do brunch at Biscuit Love but wow the line was craaaazy so we walked over to this super cute coffee shop called Bond Coffee Company. Of course I had to try their October Sky drink which consisted of salted caramel, honey, and pumpkin spice. So yummy! And their Domonic Greene bagel was scrumptious. We did a little walking around The Gulch neighborhood and found this cute shop called Two Old Hippies. They had everything from vintage Louis Vuitton bags to cowboy boots and a live band in the back of the store.
That night was our night out so we started the evening at Pinewood Social. This place has everything from a café to a bowling alley. The atmosphere is very laid back, filled with young professionals and the jalapeño mac n cheese is a must!
Afterwards we headed into the honky-tonk madness that is downtown Nashville. I have to say I’ve never experience commotion like this before! People from all ages, real cowboys and those trying the style on for size packed the streets and bars. We started the night at Tootsie’s where you can barely walk an inch without bumping into someone. Every floor is a different live band and people are singing along to old and new country favorites. If you know my sisters and I you know we’re true lovers of RnB so it’s no surprise we ended our night at Crazytown and The Valentine where we danced to Ginuwine, Nsync and everything in between.
Day 3 – Saturday
Sleeeeep! We had a pretty late start but once we collected ourselves we headed to 12 South and had brunch at Frothy Monkey. I had the Architect omelette and the Sweet Cream Latté. Highly recommend both! Walking the neighborhood we came across a s’more food trunk! So of course we had to indulge and I got the Cinnamon Toast S’more. Really sweet but really good. We took tons of pics and even found my new favorite shop called Cadeau! OMG I wanted to buy everything! It’s home décor you can’t find anywhere else and everything is super cheeky.
Since Saturday was the last evening we had in Nashville we wanted to do something laid back and just enjoy each other’s company. We made reservations at Josephine’s (also in the 12 South neighborhood) and set goals for the next five years, which is a tradition we started on one of my birthdays many years ago. Food was delish (buffalo cauliflower and beef cheeks for the win!) and we stopped for dessert at Jeni’s. The ice-cream flavors were like nothing I’d ever tried before! I had the Wildberry Lavender and Churro flavors and both did not disappoint.
Day 4 – Sunday
Sunday was such a sad day because we had to say our good-byes. My little was the first to go and while we waited for our flights my second and I had our last hurrah and headed downtown for some brunch at The Southern. The wait was long but I must admit it was worth it. Before I left Nashville I knew I wanted to have some biscuits so I had the Steak and Biscuit Benedict and a Blood Orange Mimosa. The dish was the perfect farewell food from Nashville and I definitely recommend trying their house hot sauce! A new fave!
I loved everything about this girls’ trip! Nashville is such a foodie city and there are tons of cute neighborhoods and things to do with girlfriends. And if you hear music it’s definitely live, no recordings here! I see myself visiting more of the touristy areas if I go back but like I said this girls’ trip to Nashville was more about getting away and recharging. I was very much reminded that #girlpower is alive and well, and I’m lucky to have such amazing #girlbosses in my life.
Tell me about the last girls’ trip you went on! What city did you visit? My sisters and I are already planning our next getaway!