Friends Trip // What to do in Nashville & Kentucky
Its been a while since I have written a blog post! I started a YouTube channel and was switching off between the two and decided I need to get back to blogging, too!
My friends from Seattle came to Kentucky to spend the week with me and we had such a great time and did so many fun things! I’m going to share what we did as well as give y’all some fun things to do in Kentucky and Nashville if you live here or ever visit!
To start, if you ever come to Kentucky we are known for fast horses and bourbon! I’ve been living here for about a year now and last week was the first time I went on a distillery tour! It was so cool to learn about how bourbon is made and then have a taste test afterwards. It was in the 90’s all week so we were boiling, but that didn’t stop us from going! We grabbed some food at DV8 kitchen for brunch which was delicious too!
The next day I took them to The Summit at Fritz Farm. The summit is my absolute favorite place to shop and eat out at. They have lots of boutiques there and also have a Free People, Madewell, Anthropology, Pottery Barn, Lush, Bath and Body Works, Orange Theory, you name it! We shopped around for a while and got popsicles at Steele City Pops. If you follow me on Instagram and Snapchat you know my love for this place…. This time I got a blackberry popsicle covered in white chocolate with graham cracker crumbles on top. My friend Nancy got coconut covered in chocolate and sprinkled with graham cracker crust. I am not kidding when I say you have to come here when you’re in Kentucky because they are so good and filling! I also got the cutest red dress from Free People that I will link below. It is the perfect spring/summer dress to parade the town in and it is beyond comfortable.
After the summit I took them to distillery district where we have an amazing pizza place called Goodfellas. Crank and Boom ice cream is also in this same area so we stopped by there and then headed to Jean Farris Winery. At the winery we got the sweet wine flight and some cheese plate and appetizers. Later we came back to my house and my friend Andy wanted to golf so we sat in the cart to join him! I don’t know what it is about riding around in a golf cart on a warm night but it makes me so happy! We made some friends along the way and joined them for the back 9 holes. Once Andy was done golfing we went to get some honky tonk BBQ before heading back home. They have the absolute best drinks and mother fries which are fries covered in gravy and brisket. I am definitely on a detox now after all this bad but delicious food!
Now it’s Friday so we headed to Nashville! We stayed in the cutest Airbnb in East Nashville so we were super close to downtown. If y’all haven’t been to Nashville I highly recommend you to put it on your bucket list because it is seriously one of the most fun places I have ever been. I’ve been about 6 times now and pretty much do the same things each time I go and it is still so exciting and fun! We got to Nash around noon and checked into our Airbnb and then took an Uber downtown. We got lunch at the Florida Georgia Line House and went up to their top deck for drinks and live music. Something I love about Nash is the live music everywhere you go. Each and every restaurant and bar will have live bands there playing on the weekend! You can request songs and seriously sing and dance all day long.
We had reservations at 7:30 to ride the pedal Tavern around town. This was my first time doing the Pedal Tavern and I have seriously not had this much fun in a while! You bring your own drinks and take a 2 hour tour around Nashville and stop at two bars along the way. I believe 12 people fit on this thing so we were with a bachelorette party, an older couple, two girls from Canada visiting, and a few girls who just graduated college and were celebrating! Our tour guide Jake was AWESOME and made the ride so much fun. You get to drink, sing, and dance for two hours straight! Jake even had fun drinking games for us to play and had the best music playlist. All of us became so close by the end of the ride that we went bar hopping together after the tour was over and danced all night! I’m smiling as I type this because it was the coolest experience and I hope all of you have done this or get to in the future! This is a MUST when in Nash. It is the first thing I am telling people to do now when they visit there now!
The next morning we went to 12 South, another must in Nash, and got breakfast and coffee at Frothy Monkey. I got the turtle latte which was a mocha with caramel and vanilla – so yummy. I also got toast with eggs and homemade salsa and avocado slaw. Frothy Monkey is the cutest coffee and breakfast bar and not to mention whatever day of the week or time the line will be running out the door, so you know it’s good! After breakfast we shopped around and got donuts at 5 Daughters Bakery. I know I keep saying that every place has the best of something…. But 5 Daughters truly has the best donuts and they are constantly winning awards for them!
If you are visiting 12 south some great restaurants for lunch are Burger Up, Bartaco, Josephine, Urban Grub, and Edley’s BBQ. I know they have other restaurant there too, but these are a few that I have been to and they had great food and service!
After walking around 12 south we headed back to the airbnb to cool off and freshen up for dinner. It was always hitting 100 degrees so walking around got tiring fast! Saturday night we went to a place called UP, a Rooftop lounge in the Gulch. The scenery was absolutely beautiful here. It was hard to get a table outside because it is first come first serve and we got there around 7… Once we got a table we ordered some food and then headed back. Andy got a burger and loved it and I got some tacos and they were okay.. You’d expect them to be a little better for the price you are paying at this lounge, but the view was worth it! They had fun drinks, so if I go again I’d probably go there to enjoy a drink and then get food elsewhere.
On Sunday morning we woke up early and went to Milk & Honey for breakfast. This place is always packed but it is well worth waiting for a table because the food is delicious and it is the cutest restaurant. After eating we headed back to Lexington and had a chill day at home. My dad and Andy went golfing and Nancy and I stayed back and laid out on the back deck.
On Monday we went to visit the ponies at my sisters barn and then went to Kentucky Native Café. The Native Café is at a plant nursery and has the cutest yard to sit in and have some drinks and food. The food is crazy delicious and they use local, home-grown products. That night I believe Andy went golfing AGAIN… and we just chilled since they had to leave the next day to go back home.
On Tuesday we went to Willies Locally Known for some final Southern BBQ and then I dropped them off at the airport. I’m so thankful to have friends that will fly across the country and come stay with me. It made my new home feel even more like home and I am forever thankful for that! I hope you enjoyed this post – let me know if you want more recommendations or information! Love you all! Xoxoxo