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NASHVILLE: 3-DAY GUIDE FOR THE COUNTRY AVERSE

nashville sign

A three-day weekend is quickly approaching! In case you’re looking for a great road trip destination, do allow me to suggest a drive to Nashville, Tennessee. Should an aversion to country music have you thinking it’s not the ideal destination, know that the Music City has far more to offer. If you enjoy good food and good times, Nashville is one of the hottest places to visit in the South, and just keeps getting better. Here’s a snapshot of all that you can get into with three days to spare.

STAY

Although it sells out quickly, do your best to reserve a room at the Omni Nashville. Located in downtown Nashville within walking distance of the hubbub of Broadway, this unique hotel has multiple restaurant options, rooftop pool, and impeccable service. Sold out? Make your way to Union Station Hotel – a bit more demure but absolutely charming.

EAT

pancake pantry

Breakfast: You don’t want to leave Nashville without having a proper biscuit. A bit of a drive will lead you to Loveless Café. If you’d prefer staying near downtown head over to the food truck offshoot Biscuit Love in The Gulch. Don’t question it – order the bonuts for starters.  Arrive early to avoid the (long) line at Pancake Pantry; it’s definitely worth the wait. Or simply head downstairs to the biscuit bar at Kitchen Notes in the Omni lobby.

pharmacy

Lunch: Options for lunch are endless, but you won’t go wrong making your way over to East Nashville for burgers and tots at The Pharmacy. You’ll find another former food truck, Mas Tacos Por Favor, right across the street. Beyond tacos, be sure to order their chicken tortilla soup (chicken can be omitted) and elote. Cash and checks only. Feeling nostalgic? Head over to Puckett’s Grocery. A doable walk from the hotel, make a pit stop at the Goo Goo Shop for a sweet treat after dining at this historic meat and three.

husk

Dinner: When traveling, we tend to sleep in a bit, which throws off a typical three squares a day timeline. Those times we were hungry enough for a full-fledged meal, we headed to Husk’s Nashville location (the original is in Charleston), which never disappoints. If you’re lucky, you’ll dine next to Elvis at Demos’ Steak and Spaghetti House. Order any of the amazingly generous and yummy pasta dishes, but not steak. Trust me.

PLAY

pinewood social

Reserve a bowling lane at Pinewood Social. These book up weeks in advance, but opting for an early evening time might work to your advantage. The Escape Game is also a fun family-friendly activity for tweens and teens. Once the kids are settled in with the sitter, head to The Patterson House for superbly crafted cocktails in a speakeasy setting. Get there early to avoid a wait.

Do share your Nashville favorites (don’t miss shopping in downtown Franklin, TN) and travel safely!

Erika

CAKE Vintage Table & Home – Nashville, TN

CAKE Vintage Table & Home - Nashville, Tennessee

CAKE Vintage Table & Home – Nashville

A few years ago, having no plans set for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, my sister and I decided it would be great to meet halfway for a girls only weekend – Mom and my daughters included. We mapped it out, and decided on a destination: Nashville, Tennessee. The trip was amazing, from our accommodations at Union Station to breakfasts at Pancake Pantry and Loveless Cafe. I left with one regret, though: not being able to visit CAKE Vintage Table & Home.

I had no prior knowledge of CAKE Vintage. By happenstance, while my sister was choosing a cupcake at Gigi’s, I happened to glance across the street and saw their sign. The simplicity of their logo – ovals enclosing a fork and clean fonts, caught my eye. Sadly, they were closed. Though intrigued, I didn’t even peek into their windows to see exactly what was being sold.

Once back in Atlanta, I became extremely knowledgeable of their product line. All of my favorite shops carried CAKE Vintage products. I found their paper items at Anthropologie and Paper Source. Star Provisions used vintage flatware from CAKE Vintage on their display table. Imagine my excitement when a tournament in Franklin, TN, appeared on my daughter’s volleyball schedule. Franklin was only 20 minutes away, so I’d finally be able to explore CAKE Vintage!

CAKE Vintage Interior - Broadway Location

CAKE Vintage Interior – Broadway Location

Housed within the parent company of Hester & Cook Design Group, CAKE Vintage Table & Home (est. 2007) is self-described as an elegant home goods line offers a variety of table linens, vintage sliver-plate flatware, handcrafted light fixtures and other unique kitchen accessories. In short, it’s everything that I love! The store is currently tucked away at 1707  Broadway, a busy street full of both traffic and hotels. The space is an escape from the hustle and bustle just outside its doors. Stepping across the threshold, the intimate surroundings beckon you to slow down a bit and admire reclaimed treasures from the past mixed with whimsical lighting and creative papers.

Kitchen Papers

Kitchen Papers – Beautifully Strung

All of the linens and vintage silverware I’d become familiar with were present, as well as pieces from sister companies KnobStoppers and Kitchen Papers. My daughter and I had such a wonderful time in the store and I even created my very first Vine submission while there. Thank you to the pleasant staff of CAKE Vintage for being such gracious hosts during our time shopping with you.

CAKE - Collections of Vintage Tableware

CAKE Vintage – Vintage Tableware

Though they’ll soon be relocating from their Broadway location, you can find CAKE Vintage products online and in over 2000 retailers throughout the United States. I’m certain they’d make a charming addition to your home.

Cheers,
Erika