Twenty-Four Hours in Nashville

Twenty-Four Hours in NashvilleI’ve had the good fortune of spending well over twenty-four hours in Nashville - a vibrant, welcoming, accessible city. However, if I had to choose how to spend only one day in the Athens of the South, here’s what I’d do.

Breakfast
For your first meal in Nashville, don’t mess around. Fill your belly with Southern cooking from Monells. A Nashville institution, Monells has a weekend breakfast (they serve lunch and dinner on weekdays) that will not leave you wanting. Tuck in and enjoy smoked sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, country ham, fried apples, pancakes, scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, cheese grits, skillet fried chicken, and corn pudding. With so much to see and do in Nashville, you’ll need the fuel!

Morning Stroll
Take a stroll through the Nashville Farmer’s Market, featuring fresh produce, artisanal breads, cheeses, jams, etc. and beautiful art and handicrafts. Chat with friendly vendors and soak in the energy of downtown Nashville.

Art Fix
Located near the Farmer’s Market, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a non-profit multidisciplinary arts center that hosts exhibitions comprised of works by local and national artists. It’s a welcoming spot for art lovers of all ages.

Lunch
Located in Bellmont-Hillsboro, Burger Up sources top quality beef and pairs it with fresh, local ingredients to make downright inspired burgers. Paired with a tap beer, you really can’t go wrong. Vegetarians, fear not--- Burger Up has you covered, too, with veggie burger and salad options.

Afternoon Culture
Catch a post-lunch flick at Belcourt Theater, a great independent movie theater, or head downtown to honor the Man in Black at the Johnny Cash Museum.

Dinner
Head over to East Nashville to discover what makes Thai Phooket one of the most popular restaurants in the city. From fresh summer rolls to spicy papaya salad to comforting curry, you’re sure to find something delicious on the menu.

Music (of course!)
You can literally find any type of live music being played on any night of the week at one of Nashville’s hundreds of performance venues. One of my favorite spots is a coffee shop called the Thistle Stop Café that hosts live music performances on Thursday evenings. Proceeds go to benefit the Magdalene program that helps women who have survived lives of trafficking, addiction, prostitution, and life on the streets heal and integrate back into society. It’s a great cause --- and they get some pretty amazing musicians to come into their cozy, welcoming café.

Late-Night Drive
As you wind down for the evening, drive by Nashville’s illuminated Parthenon in Centennial Park. It’s an impressive view you won’t soon forget. 

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