A city that’s been on my list for years, Nashville exceeded my expectations for so many reasons. While I’ve always desired to visit, this trip truly felt special due to the presence of so many great friends happening to be in town all on the same weekend. These pals- along with a random Instagram DM from my friend Carly, offering an extra ticket to the HAIM concert that same weekend- convinced me I’d be crazy to pass up the chance to visit.

My impression of Nashville in the past was that of a fun, rowdy, southern city with an abundance of country music. While this may all be true, Nashville is SO much more than just a bachelorette spot or place to hear the latest Luke Bryan hit. What blew me away was the green space, beautiful historic homes, unique bars and restaurants, and tucked away, walkable neighborhoods filled with public art. A relatively compact city, we were even able to explore via their bike-share system, exploring massive flea and farmer’s markets, grabbing freshly brewed coffees, and dancing to Johnny Cash tunes.

While the music and abundance of activities made Nashville an incredibly energetic and fun place to go, the vibrant people visiting and making their homes in this city did so even more. Julie who we stayed with, and Tyler and Graham who made the trip down as well, made the trip what it was – one of the most fulfilling weekends of dancing, laughter, and exploration. On Sunday, Julie even played bike tour guide, showing my lifelong bestie Courtney (who happened to be in town running the rock-n-roll half marathon!!!) and I everything from flower trucks and huge murals to the amazing farmers market. Lastly, the trip ended with Carly and I groovin’ all night to the amazing HAIM sisters shredding it in an intimate Nashville concert venue.

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