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 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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The Frying Pan

Outdoor bars are a coveted attraction in New York City, unlike in Paris, where every restaurant, bistro, bar and cafe has outdoor seating. One of the most popular outdoor watering holes is the Frying Pan, a multilevel floating lighthouse bar docked at Pier 66 next to Chelsea Piers. With its beautiful views of the Hudson River, New Jersey and Lower Manhattan, this is the perfect place to hang out with coworkers for happy hour after work or with your friends on a Friday night.

But, because of its popularity, the Frying Pan is usually packed and rowdy, especially during the summer. So when we stopped by on a brisk Sunday afternoon in October, we found it a surprisingly good date night spot. With only a few groups casually drinking and even families grabbing dinner, we easily found a table and caught a gorgeous sunset while munching on buffalo wings and sipping Pumpkin ales. Definitely worth enduring a few cool breezes for!

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The Frying Pan
530 W 26th St
New York, NY 10001

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