Grab some breakfast at Fido (1812 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212). My husband loves the Local Latte. I love the McFido breakfast bagel.
Then, head over to Sevier Park (3021 Lealand Lane, Nashville, TN 37212) in 12 South for a stroll.
Run over to Grimey’s (1604 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203) and grab some new records. Frothy Monkey (1702 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203) has a deck next door, so I’ll grab a drink if I’m with a friend and we’ll compare our purchases. Music snobbery ensues.
Try Arnolds (605 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203) for lunch. Get the roast beef. Trust me. If you eat one meal in Nashville, this is it. They’re only open for lunch, so plan accordingly.
Run over to Hatch Show Print (224 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203) downtown for some afternoon inspiration. Hatch Show is the longest-running print shop in North America. It’s been open since 1879 and is as strong as ever. When it comes to letterpress, it begins and ends with Hatch. It’s connected to (and run by) the Country Music Hall of Fame (222 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203). If you have a free half day or at least a few hours, the museum is definitely worth running through as well.
Stop by Pinewood Social (33 Peabody Street, Nashville, TN 37210) and grab a drink. Pinewood is a restaurant / bowling alley, but the main draw for me is the North wall of the bowling alley, which is a mural of letterpressed cans that can be moved and changed into different pictures, made by my friend Bryce, of Isle of Printing fame. Bryce also made the mural on the back wall of local coffee shop, Barista Parlor (519 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206). He’s good.
Baja Burrito (722 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204): One of my favorite spots in Nashville. I love eating on the patio here in the summer with friends…people swear by the fish tacos, but the brisket burrito is my jam. Try what you like, you can’t go wrong.
Catch a show at the Ryman (116 5th Ave North, Nashville, TN 37219). Originally built as a church in the late 1800’s, this auditorium was the home for the Grand Ole Opry for a good chunk of the last century. I’ve seen some amazing shows here and it’s something I’m always looking forward to.
After a show, there’s nothing better than a flaming hot donut. My personal favorite is the apple fritter from Fox’s Donut Den (3900 Hillsboro Pike #2, Nashville, TN 37215) in Green Hills. Fox’s has been a Nashville staple for more than 40 years. They sell great donuts and they’re open late…what’s not to love?