Nashville Travel Guide

Nashville Travel Guide

Top: Blue Life // Shorts: Urban Outfitters // Shoes: Franco Sarto // Bag: Gucci

Ya’ll ready for this? Last weekend I took a trip to Nashville with my old college roommate, Erin. I had never been to Nashville but I heard so many good things so I was super excited to check it out. I LOVED Nashville! Honestly I could totally see myself living there (maybe in the future?). I can see why it’s been such a popular tourist destination recently and why a lot of millennials are moving there. There is so much to do yet it still has that southern charm.

WHERE TO STAY:

Airbnb: We got a place near Belmont University right near the 12 South district. I loved this area. Our Airbnb was super cute and was walkable to so many different shops and restaurants. If you’re going to get an Airbnb I highly recommend the 12 South area!

Thompson Hotel: If you’re wanting to be a bit bougie, stay at the Thompson hotel. I would love to stay here the next time I come. It’s in a great location in the Gulch and the hotel just has such a fun vibe.

WHERE TO EAT:

Bartaco: This was hands down my favorite meal of the trip. It was in the 12 South district. Now I’ll be honest, I’ve lived in LA the past 4 years so ya know Mexican is something I eat regularly. I honestly didn’t have high hopes for this place, but hot damn the tacos were AMAZING. Seriously I think these were some of the best tacos I’ve ever had. Plus they had a cute patio where I was able to bring Baggy.

Cafe Roze: I’m a huge fan of Kristin Cavallari so I had watched a video she did on her favorite Nashville spots and Cafe Roze was one of them. So I dragged Erin here in the rain. It’s in East Nashville which is a little out of the way from all the tourist spots but it’s worth it. I got the egg bowl and OH MY. It was 100x better than I thought it would be. I definitely want to try to recreate this bowl.

Koko’s Ice Cream: Another K. Cav suggestion was Koko’s. This was walking distance from Cafe Roze so we stopped by afterwards. They have all vegan coconut ice cream. SO GOOD. Erin was skeptical because she doesn’t normally like coconut ice cream but even she was a fan.

WHAT TO DO DURING THE DAY:

Uncommon James: If you’re a fan of Kristin Cavallari like I am, you have to go to Uncommon James in the Gulch. This was such a cute store and very instagrammable.

Murals: Nashville has so many amazing murals throughout the city. Some of them have huge lines so be prepared!

Dress: Faithfull The Brand

WHERE TO GO OUT AT NIGHT:

Broadway: Duh. This is probably the most touristy spot in Nashville. This is where you can find all the Honky Tonks, and a million bachelor and bachelorette parties running around. I’m normally not a huge live band at a bar girl, but I did enjoy going to Broadway. My favorite was the Jason Aldean bar because they had live music on one floor but a super fun DJ on the roof.

L.A. Jackson: This is the rooftop bar at the Thompson Hotel. Such a fun spot with great views of Nashville.

It was only a quick 3 day trip to Nashville, but we had so much fun. I honestly can’t wait to go back. If you guys have been to Nashville before I would love to hear what your favorite spots are to add to my list for next time!

Maui Travel Guide

Swimsuit: Onia // Shorts: Urban Outfitters // Shoes: Franco Sarto

A couple weeks ago, I was able to go to Maui for a few days to see my friends Tom and Ivette get married. They had the most beautiful ceremony at Gannons in Maui, overlooking the ocean. Since my friends were getting married, I was able to add a couple days to the trip and make it a fun vacation. I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite places that you need to visit if you’re in Maui!

WHERE TO STAY

Days Inn – This was one of the cheapest hotel options on the island and the hotel itself isn’t the greatest. The rooms are SUPER small. However, it’s right on the ocean. The location in Kihei is great, you can walk or uber around. It’s nice because you can just walk right outside your room and be on the beach. There are also two restaurants right outside so if you want to grab a quick bite you can.

Four Seasons Maui – If you can afford this, stay here. The Four Seasons is huge and incredibly beautiful. Highly recommend if you can afford it!

AirBnb – Most of my friends got airbnb’s for this trip. They all said it was the most affordable option and a lot of them really enjoyed their stay. One of the Airbnb hosts even cooked some fresh banana bread for my friend!

WHERE TO EAT

Piko Cafe – Don’t be fooled by this little hole in the wall at a strip mall. Piko Cafe had THE BEST Loco Moco I had all trip, and trust that I tried quiet a few places. This is a local spot, our Uber driver was very impressed that we had actually heard about it. That’s when you know it’s good. Definitely come here for breakfast.

Kihei Caffe – Such a fun brunch spot. Go early because they always have a line, and for good reason. The food here is delish and they have so many options!

Thai Food by Pranee – If you do Road to Hana definitely stop here for lunch. OMG. Literally some of the best Thai Food I’ve ever had. And be forewarned, their spicy is SPICY.

WHAT TO DO

Four Seasons Maui Spa – I was able to get a lymphatic drainage massage oceanside on the first day of my trip. It was much needed and honestly one of the best massages I’ve ever gotten. Definitely pay the extra $20 for oceanside service. It’s so relaxing to hear the waves crashing as you drift off into relaxation.

Old Lahaina Luau – This was my second luau ever. I went to one in Oahu a couple of years ago. These are always super fun and a must see if you are visiting Hawaii. It’s great because it’s open bar, amazing buffet food and you get to see a show. Many locals told us the Old Lahaina Luau was the best on the island so I’m glad we were able to go.

Road to Hana – I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t really looking forward to doing this because I hate being in the car for long but I’m SO glad I did! Highly recommend renting a convertible for this trip. It’s such a beautiful drive and you get to see some amazing scenes of waterfalls and beaches such as the Black Sand and Red Sand beach.

Maui Travel Guide

Swimsuit: Onia {on sale!} // Shorts: Abercrombie {similar}

If you guys have been to Maui, I would love to hear what you did in the comments below!

48 Hours in Charleston

Two weekends ago, I went to Charleston, SC for my birthday. I had never been to Charleston before but I’ve been curious about it since becoming obsessed with Southern Charm. Shep or Austen, if you’re single…call me. It looks like such a charming and quant town and I’ve been seeing more and more people travel there lately. I couldn’t wait to go. We only spent 48 hours in Charleston, but it was definitely enough to get a lot of things in! Here are some of the places I would recommend going if you are visiting Charleston for a short weekend trip.

To Do

Rainbow Row: Rainbow Row is located in downtown Charleston. It’s got the most beautiful painted buildings (picture above and below). This is a photographers dream. It’s absolutely stunning.

Magnolia Plantation: Located about 20 minutes outside of downtown, this plantation is worth the drive. They have stunning landscape and gardens. You can take tours of the plantation or just walk around like we did.

King Street: Now this is kind of generic because King St. runs pretty much all throughout Charleston but it’s got the best shopping. It’s such a cute street with tons of different places to stop in and shop, or eat.

Ride a Rickshaw: When you’re walking down the streets of Charleston, you’ll notice a bunch of guys on bikes driving people around town. We took two rickshaw rides during our stay and not only was it super fun but it was a great way to see the town.

Eat and Drink

The Gin Joint: This was one of my favorite spots we went to. It’s a small hole in the wall dive bar. They have this drink called the Bartender’s Choice where you choose two words from a list and the bartender makes you whatever he wants. I highly recommend this, it’s super fun to do. They also had DELICIOUS bar food. The pretzels were amazing.

Cannon Green: This was my favorite brunch spot. Not only is it visually stunning, the food was incredible. They had this banana bread that we shared and it was seriously to die for. They also had a DJ spinning tunes on Sunday, and they give you cute little cards to request a song. The extra touch did not go unnoticed!

Restoration Rooftop Bar: We stopped by here after a long day of walking for a drink and snacks. They had delicious cocktails and the most yummy cheese board.

Black Tap Coffee: I’m obsessed with Julia from Gal Meets Glam and she recommended this coffee place so I had to go. I got a brown sugar iced latte and it was SO SO good. I’m still dreaming about it.

48 hours in Charleston

Overall, my trip to Charleston was such a blast. I would love to visit the city again and explore some more! If you guys have ever been to Charleston, let me know your favorite spots so I can add them on the list for next time!