Nashville Part 2: Out and About

November 28, 2016

We did a full Nashville Part 1 post about our experience at the inspiring Brand New conference a few weeks ago. Now, we want to tell you about how and where we fell in love with this city. A couple of us arrived early and spent one night at the beautiful 404 Hotel (brand designed by Peck & Co. who spoke at the conference!). Located in ‘The Gulch,’ the center of a ton of high-rise development activity, it was interesting to see how new districts are integrating with historic neighborhoods.

The next day we strolled through 12South and did a little retail therapy in the boutiques and restaurants there.

12South highlights:

The Filling Station: Cutest little spot for craft brews to go. Located in an actual old filling station you can shop their selection of bottles/cans, fill up a growler, or enjoy a pint and chat with the locals. Not sure if this is even legal in California but it would be amazing if someone would go ahead and open this concept here.

Imogen + Willie: Located in another repurposed old service station, this place is an absolute gem. Paper sewing patterns turned art installation hang from the ceiling and the friendly staff gently guide you through your denim fitting.

Flipside:  A modern take on a 50’s diner this place is adorable and serves the world’s largest cocktails.

Photo opp: Don’t forget to get a shot in front of the famous “I believe in Nashville” mural

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For the remainder of our stay we rented a gorgeous Airbnb  in East Nashville. In a sweet, quiet neighborhood, with friendly neighbors it was the perfect home base. We might have had a mild obsession with Barista Parlor and squeezed in a couple visits in our short time there.

Other Highlights:

Rolf & Daughters: It pops up in every Nashville travel blog and it did not disappoint. Everything is prepared fresh and nothing is fussy–seriously one of the best meals I’ve ever had.

Barista Parlor: We only visited the East Nashville location (there are several), but this place is a must. Every tiny detail is considered from the gorgeous interiors and the wood menu frames, to the signage and dynamic branding system. Just go!

Hatch Show Print: A letterpress print shop in operation since 1879, you can just feel the rich history of the presses when you see them cranking away. They’ve evolved over time but still maintain 19th century traditions and practices from the heart of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Broadway: You can’t go to Nashville without strolling down the “Honkytonk Highway” downtown on Lower Broadway. Music pours out of every doorway and the party (literally) spills out onto the streets.

Pinewood Social: Another beautiful environment, they describe it best themselves: “Pinewood is a space that is based on the idea of creating a social gathering place that can accommodate your needs morning, noon and night.” The on-premise, well-designed bowling alley features an interactive art installation from the folks at Isle of Printing.

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Nashville, we definitely didn’t have enough time to get to know each other. Until we meet again!