24 hours in: nashville, tn


view of the gulch from above

Last weekend my mom and I took a one night trip to Nashville, Tennessee so that I could tour Vanderbilt University (AHHHH! COLLEGE! I’m terrified).  Having never been there before, I was definitely excited!  We crammed a lot into our short stay, and I thought it’d be fun to share!

Dates of my trip: January 20th and 21st, 2017

To begin with, Nashville is about four hours from my hometown of Cincinnati.  On the way, there is a return outlet for Amazon and Zappos, and naturally, being the shopaholics we are, my mom and I made a beeline for it!  Everything in the store is at least 50%, and I picked up three very cute pairs of shoes!



Best milkshake ever!

Continuing on to Nashville, we found our hotel (the Hilton Garden Inn near Vanderbilt) and walked to dinner in Nashville’s trendy new area, the Gulch, called such because it sits down below the rest of the city in an old rail yard. Afterimg_6593 a delicious dinner at Burger Republic (420 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203), we went and did some shopping down the street at a cute store called e. Allen before finding these gorgeous wings painted on a nearby building!  Of course, I had to stop for a picture.


After walking back to the hotel, we hopped in the car and headed to Parnassus Books, a bookstore that my mom wanted to visit.  They had a dog in the store (*heart eyes*) and plenty of fun books and quirky trinkets to browse.  We returned to our hotel with a few books and some fun socks!

The next morning, we woke up early and drove over to the east side of the city to meet my friend Alex and her mom, who also happened to be visiting Nashville, for brunch at the Sky Blue Cafe (700 Fatherland St, Nashville, TN 37206).  Located in a cute neighborhood filled with bungalows.  It was a small restaurant, but they served fantastic food!  Unfortunately, the darling home goods shop next door wasn’t open after we finished and we couldn’t stop in :(.

After parting ways with Alex, my mom and I decided to take a quick look around the waterfront and downtown area.  We took a nice walk along the riverfront park before jumping in the car to head back to Vanderbilt for my official tour. Sadly, I was busy during the tour and didn’t take any pictures.

img_6619After touring Vanderbilt, we drove around the campus at nearby Belmont University before stopping at Proper Bagel (2011 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212) for lunch.  It was phenomenal.  As a huge fan of bagel sandwiches, I can probably say I’ve never had one better than the smoked turkey blta.  Be sure to grab lunch here if you’re ever nearby!


After lunch, our time in Nashville had come to a close.  The city was absolutely wonderful and had everything I could ever want.  I can’t wait to go back and spend more time there!