What a place to start our three week American adventure! Neither of us could get enough of Nashville and we kept saying that we hadn't been anywhere like it. The atmosphere of the city is electric and George and I both fell in love with country music - I mean how could you not, it was playing everywhere we went. And not just playing on the radio, it was real live country music playing everywhere. So.much.fun! Now let's get down to business...
Excited airport & plane selfies (a must) + our hotel lobby
As I said in this post, we stayed at The Hermitage Hotel and absolutely loved every aspect of it. The location, the room, the staff, the breakfast. It was all exceptional. After such a long time of being in transit, it was such bliss walking into this lobby. We then had all our bags taken up to our room where we found a complementary bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries! We got straight into our Hermitage robes and slippers and toasted to the trip of a lifetime. We were both so excited - what a perfect start! Also I need to say how amazing the bathroom was in our room...double sinks + a ridiculously good bath! Perfection.
Nashville Farmers Markets
After a massive & amazing breakfast at our hotel, we headed out for an explore! First things first - the farmers market! It took us about 20-25 minutes to walk there in some pretty intense heat that we definitely weren't ready for after coming from winter, but the walk was 100% worth it. I am seriously obsessed with farmers markets that I think has been well documented on this blog but I don't think I've ever been so one more real, authentic and down to earth than the one we went to in Nashville! Even George was blown away by it's awesomeness! I of course got snap happy but reallllly wanted to take so much of the amazing produce home!
Broadway - Honky Tonks, Country music & Cowboy Boots
After our visit to the farmers market, we walked down to Broadway and were instantly blown away. It was about 10.30am at this point but it was absolutely buzzing. We came onto Broadway by walking down 7th which was perfect because we were just one block away from where all the action is. Before we walked down Broadway, George spotted Bridgestone Arena and had to run in to check out all the sporting merchandise (of course!). A Nashville Predators snapback later and we were immersed in the awesomeness that is Broadway, Nashville early on a Tuesday morning! We were walking past a handful of bars that already had people singing live country music! It was super hot so we ducked into Honky Tonk Central for a lemonade (not to be confused with Sprite - we call Sprite lemonade in Australia) and enjoyed some chilled out live country music on the side. The best! We continued down making our way to the riverfront and bought tickets for the 1pm trolly tour of Nashville so in the meantime we got lunch at a Margaritaville and listened to Matt Marinchick (we also bought his CD and it was the soundtrack to our road trip!). Best day!
Then later that evening, after dinner, we came back for drinks and had an absolute blast at Roberts Western World! Neither of us were game enough to get up and dance though, instead we watched all these amazing couples dancing in cowboy boots! So cool!
Rolf & Daughters
We were recommended to go for dinner at Rolf & Daughters by a number of people and absolutely loved it. First of all we started with cocktails at The Patterson House which were sublime. The whole place was sublime really. Our cocktail maker man who called himself 'Shoe' was ridiculously good at cocktail making and when we told him we were going on to Rolf & Daughters he got really excited and started listing off things we had to order. We got even more excited about our dinner spot! We used Uber to get there and got a table out on the patio. It was the perfect summer evening - hot but not too humid! Pair that with amazing food and an insanely handsome husband and you have yourself a winning combination :)
We ordered; the polenta, the pig head (have to be adventurous sometimes - it was good but neither of us could get our heads around what it was haha), the octopus (incredible!), the squid ink trofie pasta and the garganelli verde pasta too :) It's safe to say we were satisfied. We passed down dessert so we could head on to Roberts! It was such an amazing day and night and was the most fantastic start to our honeymoon!
Loveless, Knoxville & Biltmore Village
Now on to the amazingness that was the next day! We met BRITTANY & MADDALENA!! The stunning, lovely, happy, beautiful Brittany who I have been blog friends with for years now. I cannot write in enough words just how gorgeous she is. Inside and out. We get to Loveless cafe and she's baked us a full plate of the most delicious chocolate chip cookies AND gives us a road trip care package full of treats. We didn't open it until we had left which I am kicking myself over because inside was a mini frame with a photo of George and I on our wedding day! If that is not the most beautifully thoughtful gesture in all the world then I don't know what is. I've got more to say about Brittany (and also Sarah) but that's coming in a separate post :) but it was such an amazing morning and Loveless cafe was so so good!
After we left our brunch with Brittany, we planned to make Knoxville our first stop for a late lunch. We got there around 2ish and saw Soccer Taco and had instant cravings haha. Luckily we ordered one to share because I mean look how big that serving is!! The portions in America are really no joke! We also got a huge bowl of guacamole - YUM! Afterwards we strolled around town, did a little shopping before driving on to Asheville for another little stop (it is a pretty long day of driving when going from Nashville - Charlotte!). We were looking for the downtown area of Asheville but somehow ended up in the adorable village of Biltmore. What a nice little surprise that was - it felt like an American version of a cute English town. We had some refreshing drinks and a walk around before getting back on the road to Charlotte. We got there at around 9pm and checked in to our hotel, ordered Dominos and watched Teen Mom haha! Classic!
Then the next morning we left for Southport but that's another post altogether :) stay tuned.