As sad as it is to admit, by day four of Nashville, we started experiencing a bit of tourism fatigue. Nashville is a surprisingly small town, and other than eating delicious Southern food and drinking local alcoholic beverages, there isn’t a TON of stuff to see, especially as New Yorkers who expect amazing sights around every corner of a city. Apologies to any Nashville locals we’re offending…!
We started the day with some shopping, stopping by a couple of thrift shops including what was called the “Goodwill Outlet.” This strip mall housed not only your standard Goodwill, but also Goodwill’s version of an outlet store. These serve as liquidation centers, meaning that if an item doesn’t sell at the standard store, it’s moved to a Goodwill Outlet and sold for drop-dead low prices (either by the pound or for a reduced price per piece). You’re basically guaranteed 75 percent off of the already-low Goodwill retail price.
It was an insane experience watching everyone rummage through bins and bins of random objects to find their hidden treasures. And we were actually surprised to see people walk away thrilled with their hauls of Nintendo play stations, toys and clothes.
780 Berry Rd.
Nashville, TN 37204
We then drove to 8th Avenue South, which is home to a number of cool furniture and thrift shops, including Pre to Post Modern, an eclectic vintage store with a great selection of finds. You’ll end up spending hours rummaging through their displays of clothes, jewelry, shoes, records and furniture.
Pre to Post Modern
2110 8th Ave. S
Nashville, Tennessee, TN 37204
Afterwards, we headed to White’s Mercantile, a boutique shop carrying everything from clothes to homeware to food. It’s owned by musician Holly Williams, who happens to be friends with Gwyneth Paltrow. According to the store’s website, the shop is Goop-approved, which you can tell the moment you walk through the doors. It had very Brooklyn-meets-Hamptons vibes, and offered an impressive selection of candles.
2908 12th Ave. S
Nashville, TN 37204
We finished off our shopping day with a visit to the Nashville Farmers’ Market, which comes highly recommended in most travel guides.
We were, however, a bit disappointed. Outside of the building, there are stalls that actually sell farm-fresh food and produce, but the building itself serves as more of a food court, and the design reminded us of a ’90s suburban mall.
Nashville Farmers’ Market
900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208
The market is located right outside of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, so we took a nice stroll through the park and towards Germantown once we finished.
Everyone raves about the amazing restaurants in Germantown, and while we weren’t there to eat a meal, it was still nice to walk around and check out the beautifully quaint homes and architecture in this quiet neighborhood.
We could definitely see ourselves living here if we were ever to move to Nashville.
Inside, it’s actually home to Nashville’s art museum. Unfortunately, they were setting up for a wedding while we were there, so it wasn’t open to the public.
2500 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203
So we just strolled around the park and the pretty lake, instead.
We then checked off two more breweries from our Nashville beer crawl list. First stop: Blackstone Brewing Company.
Blackstone is located a bit off the beaten path, but it offers a unique industrial vibe. There are floor-to-ceiling windows all around that look onto the working brewery floor , so you really get that full brewery experience.
We sampled their delicious Watermelon Gose and a couple of IPAs.
Blackstone Brewing Company
2312 Clifton Ave.
Nashville, Tennessee, TN 37209
Our final brewery visit was to Tennessee Brew Works, which ended up being our favorite brewery from this trip to Nashville.
The space is casual and fun, and just a nice place to hang out and chill with friends.
There’s a downstairs space, and an upstairs area with an outdoor patio.
The second floor also looks out onto the brewery floor.
We tried their flight and loved every single brew. They were crisp, refreshing and served at the perfect temperature.
Tennessee Brew Works
809 Ewing Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203
All of this activity really just served to whet our appetites for the main attraction of the day: Dinner at Husk.
James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock opened the original Husk location in Charleston, focusing on modern, yet rustic, interpretations of local, heirloom ingredients from the South.
The Nashville location opened in 2013, and has been recognized as one of the best restaurants in the city ever since.
We’ve been following Sean Brock’s career since he hosted a season of “The Mind of a Chef,” so we were really looking forward to finally trying one of his restaurants.
The restaurant is located in a historic building that used to be the home of one of Nashville’s mayors. As you walk in, you notice the beautiful porch, tall windows and ceilings, and grand fireplaces. Since it used to be a house, the restaurant is divided into rooms, which creates a more intimate and quiet environment.
We were seated right away and ordered a couple of delicious cocktails. They also brought out hot, fresh rolls and house-made butter.
To start, we ordered the Ember Grilled Chicken Wings with Alabama White Sauce, which was smoky and complex. We also had the incredible Charcuterie Plate with cheddar biscuits and an assortment of meats. We highly recommend this appetizer if it’s ever available during your visit to Husk.
For our mains, we had the Grilled North Carolina Catfish, which was served on top of zucchini and Carolina Gold rice grits. It was an incredible dish that balanced super fresh, light ingredients with the creaminess and comfort of grits.
The second main dish was Bear Creek Farm Beef with roasted cauliflower, parsley and alliums. This was the highlight of our meal. It was tender, flavorful, juicy, well-seasoned and perfectly cooked.
Not that we needed any more food, but alongside our mains, we also ordered the Hearth Cornbread, which is served with cucumbers and scallions. On its own, the cornbread was pretty flavorless, but it was shocking how much flavor the scallions added. If you still have room, definitely try it out.
We were ridiculously stuffed and satisfied after dinner – it was truly a meal we’ll never forget.
37 Rutledge St.
Nashville, TN 37210
To end the night, we drove to The Bluebird Cafe, which is a small music club that’s known for featuring great musicians from established artists to indie performers.
You usually need to buy tickets, but the night we went was first-come, first-served. The line was already insane when we arrived, and we nearly missed the show, but thanks to a couple who left the club right after they arrived, we were literally the last two people to get seats.
It was an amazing experience listening to local artists in a super intimate environment.
Our recap of our last day in Nashville is up next!