48 Hours in Nashville


I travel a good amount for work, typically to our New York or Seattle offices. Sometimes though, I get to see a new place - albeit for 48 hours. A few weeks ago I flew on the first flight to Nashville Monday morning to speak on a panel, and was on the first flight back to San Francisco Wednesday morning. Despite panel prep and the speaking spot itself, and hours (and hours) or time on my laptop in my hotel room, I managed to sneak in some Nashville exploring with Taylor, head of PR at my agency (she also hosts a hilarious podcast with her fiancĂ© titled 25 to Life which is described as “A frank, adult conversation about ABC's ‘The Bachelor’ and manufacturing love in the middle of a reality TV show.”

See below for my mini guide to 48 hours in Nashville. (p.s. Bali guide coming soon!)
Stay: The Thompson
The panel was at a major hotel chain, but we opted to stay down the street at the trendy Thompson, located in the Gulch neighborhood, and I’m so happy we did. From the lobby to the subway tile in the bathrooms the hotel was super chic, which makes working till 1am in my hotel room all the more enjoyable. Also, the rooftop bar is definitely worth checking out.

I first heard about Husk on The Mind of a Chef episode on Sean Brock and have been wanting to go to his Charleston restaurant Husk ever since. Lucky for me, the James Beard Award-winning chef opened up a Husk outpost in Nashville. The restaurant is located inside of an old house so it felt like we were going back in time. We had the shrimp and grits, crab rice, hearth cornbread and spinach salad (to make us feel better about all of the carbs). It was delicious and definitely worth the hype. 

Explore: 12South 
The other area was explored is 12South. We checked out Imogen + Willie, a store specializing in one-of-a-kind denim that’s located inside an old gas station, and had to pop into Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James down the block. The highlight of the visit was White’s Mercantile, a general store featuring everything from cashmere sweaters to kitchen supplies. I took home some bourbon-infused chocolate chip cookies for Ian (okay, and for myself) and some hot sauce to add to his collection. We’d heard great things about Josephine but it was only open for dinner so we settled on Burger Up. The pimento cheese burger and truffle fries didn’t disappoint. 

Eat: Adele’s
Our second and final night in Nashville we had dinner at Adele’s after a friend recommended it. The space itself is beautiful and the menu eclectic. Taylor had the pasta while I went for the toast chicken, Honestly our favorite item was the kale salad with pecorino and anchovy dressing. The cocktails looked amazing but I kept it to a glass and a half of wine in anticipation of the early flight. 

While Nashville is now known for a lot more than country music, it's where the genre has its roots so we paid the museum a quick visit during our trip. Isn't it funny how your parents and teachers used to make you do this stuff and now you're actually into it but can't always find the time?

Images: 1 Imogen + Willie / 2. A light lunch at Burger Up (ha!) / 3 .Dinner at Adele's / 4. The pretty lobby at The Thompson / 5.  Husk Nashville all lit up at night

Images: 6. Imogen + Willie / 7. Pro tip: get the room with two beds. If you're like me you don't need a king anyway and the other bed is great for laying out clothes and packing. 8. Pretty packaging at Imogen + Willie. / 9. Instagram opportunity on 12South. / 10. Picking out souvenirs at White's Mercantile.  / 11. Oh just making Taylor take a photo of me at the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Jillian said...

so fun! nashville is on my to visit list! xo jillian - cornflake dreams