Take Me Back To Tennessee
From Charming Chattanooga, Sophie and I drove north to the capital of Tennessee and Music Capital of the World - Nashville. This city is a creative hub where hillbilly meets hipster and its bursting with rhythm and style! It is the home of modern country music and we just so happened to be there in the lead up to the annual Country Music Awards. The town was buzzing.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the big smoke, we were able to drive down wide open roads, lined with horse fences, and retreat to smaller towns and a spacious ranch home.
Here’s a little bit of what Sophie and I got up to during our time in Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee:
RESTORATION HARDWARE CAFÉ
There are Restoration Hardware stores across the United States. They are renowned for their awe-inspiring and bank-breaking home furnishings. While a visit to Restoration Hardware is usually window shopping and daydreaming for me, I was actually able to make purchases when I was at the Nashville store! And by purchases, I'm talking about a grilled cheese, some fries and a coffee! That’s right - the Nashville store has a café and it's gorgeous! The delectable food paired with elegant décor makes this the perfect spot to treat yourself and a friend to an upscale brunch. Here, you can truly sit down and experience the luxury created by Restoration Hardware’s furnishings as you dine beneath chandeliers in the glass atrium.
Spanning just half mile down, you guessed it, 12th Avenue South - this neighbourhood sure packs a punch! It may be small, but it can capture your curiosity for hours on end. There are reputable bars and eateries, beautiful boutiques and funky little stores to fossick through.
Perfectly perched between Downtown Nashville and Music Row, this area has a young, trendy and urban vibe. It is embellished with boutique hotels, designer fashion stores and some of the city’s hottest restaurants. Sophie and I parked up amongst Nashville’s coffee sipping hipsters at Barista Parlor and slurped up some damn good noodles at Otaku Ramen. We also visited my favourite store in Nashville (and one of my favourites in America) - Two Old Hippies. This store perfectly captures the essence and heart of the city and I could get lost amongst the beautiful leather bags, quirky cards and walls full of guitars for hours!
The bright lights of Broadway draw tourists from far and wide. Here, they can put on their best pair of ridin’ boots or dancing shoes and stroll through the world-renowned strip of music venues. Sophie and I were blown away by this bustling street and we certainly got our groove on to music by some awesome up-and-coming country and rock musicians.
After a night at the Honky Tonks, Sophie and I drove half an hour south of Nashville, in the dark, to the town of Franklin, Tennessee. We spent the early hours of the morning giggling away in the bubbling hot tub at the house we were staying at. After a few short hours of sleep, we rose again for the sunrise. A golden glow hit the frosted fields that stretched for miles across the vivid red horizon.
We were in desperate need of coffee so we headed to Honest Coffee Roasters in the Factory at Franklin building for some honestly good coffee. The tatted arms and beanie-clad baristas poured us perfect little lattes and we sat in the cozy, industrial space.
We explored some of the nooks and crannies of the converted Depression-era factory buildings before feasting our eyes on the delicious donuts at Five Daughters.
With full bellies and caffeinated minds, we headed into the heart of Downtown Franklin. Here, fall leaves and star-spangled banners are dotted between charming brick and wooden brick. What, today, is a pretty little town was also where one of the ugliest Battles of the American Civil War broke out.
This little rural village just outside of Franklin is the cutest I’ve ever seen! It is like stepping back in time or jumping into the illustrations of a fairytale. Stepping and jumping aside though, this is a place where you just sit for a while, pause, and take in the charm all around you. Sophie and I stopped in at The Country Boy Diner to do just that.
This eclectic area is Nashville’s hub of creatives. This is where you’ll find craft beers, unique bites to eat and hipsters galore! Sophie and I stopped in at Cafe Roze (it just wouldn’t be hipster if they spelt it with an “s”, would it?) for “curry squash lattes”, which is pretty much like a pumpkin spice latte for people who don’t like to identify with being “basic”. With a cumin/coffee aftertaste in our mouths from a questionable but delicious beverage, we Lemon Laine - a beautifully merchandised health and beauty shop that inspired us to get back to the basics when it comes to looking after ourselves.