5 Days in Nashville: Day 4

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.

Goodwill Outlet
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.

White’s Mercantile
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.

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5 Days in Nashville: Day 3

We originally planned to begin day three in Nashville with a drive all the way to Southern Tennessee/Northern Alabama to hike the Walls of Jericho trail. It’s a tough hike rewarded with beautiful waterfalls, but with Wesley’s ankle, we decided to take it easy for the day.

So, instead, we visited Belle Meade Plantation, which was built by John Harding in 1820 on his family’s farmland. The property initially encompassed 250 acres and a single log cabin. Ultimately, Belle Meade grew to 5,400 acres, anchored by a Greek Revival-style mansion, and included a deer park, train station and rock quarry.

Harding also capitalized on slave labor to run his farm and eventually became one of the largest slaveholders in Nashville.

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5 Days in Nashville: Day 2

After a full day and night of drinking, we were feeling a little worse for wear on Saturday morning. We had a pretty slow start, but eventually ventured out of our Airbnb in search of brunch.

But first, we stopped by the local hipster coffee joint, CREMA, which felt transplanted from Southern California. We highly recommend their take on the iced cortado, which was rich, caramel-y and strong.

CREMA
15 Hermitage Ave.
Nashville, TN 37210

Once we were sufficiently caffeinated, we headed over to Pinewood Social, a popular spot for brunch and day drinking. Not only do they serve delicious food, the huge space also features a gorgeous bar, CREMA coffee bar, bowling alley, and outdoor space with functioning pools, bocce, ping pong and another bar serving drinks out of an Airstream trailer.

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5 Days in Nashville: Day 1

Welcome to day one of our five-day Nashville travel diary! We decided to spend our long Fourth of July weekend in Music City this year, and arrived on Thursday night to our rustic Airbnb, which is literally a converted garage in the backyard of someone’s house in South Nashville.

We recommend checking out this Airbnb listing if you’re planning a trip to Nashville anytime soon. The area immediately around the house isn’t the most exciting, but it’s so conveniently located (within a 10-minute drive of downtown, the airport and all of the trendy neighborhoods in the city) and affordable that it’s easy to overlook the suburban surroundings.

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Hija de Sanchez

You wouldn’t expect to find great Mexican food in Copenhagen, but when we were researching for our trip, every tour guide and “best restaurants in Copenhagen” list called out Hija de Sanchez.

Founded by former Noma pastry chef Rosio Sanchez, Hija de Sanchez looks like your average taco stand outside of the Torvehallerne food hall, but it serves up a simple yet delicious menu of tacos, quesadillas and chips. What makes Hija de Sanchez truly stand out are their tortillas, which are freshly made using corn imported from Mexico.

While Sanchez is running an taco operation in Copenhagen, she’s no stranger to Mexican food. She’s Mexican-American and grew up in a Mexican neighborhood in Chicago.

Stop by for a quick bite of the most delicious Mexican food you’ll find in the city. And while you’re there, wander the delicious halls of Torvehallerne for more eats and treats from Is a Bella, Mikkeller & Friends, and The Coffee Collective.

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