This last summer I made a road trip through some of the southeastern states starting in Nashville and finishing in Miami. I was very excited about it because I had never been to any of those places before. However, every time I shared the news with someone, they made an odd face and said something similar to:
“Good luck, eating vegan down there!”
The funny thing is that I never thought about it when preparing the trip! And I have to say I think it went quite well! So I am going to share some of the tips and spots I found just in case you find yourself lost in any of these beautiful places!
This was our first stop.
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It is one of the most energetic, vivid, and vibrant places I have ever visited! I rapidly felt trapped in their vibes. Music everywhere, people partying non-stop, groups singing in every Honky-tonk! I wasn’t surprised when I heard that it was the first destination for bachelorette parties and the second one, after Vegas, for bachelor parties in the country! I highly recommend the experience of going from Honky-tonk to Honky-tonk along Broadway listening to different groups and savoring different local beers or whiskeys if you prefer! It’s easy to find in almost any of these bars vegan starters to share. For sure, It won’t be the healthiest meal of your life, but I think the experience is worth it.
Not far from the city center, there is an arising neighborhood: the Gulch. This was an old industrial area that is now full of fancy clothes shops, cafes, restaurants, and murals. It’s incredible seeing how people wait in a long queue for a picture at the Wings mural painted by Kelsey Montague. Or at the latest it restaurant for brunch around every corner. The Gulch is a great place to get lost through the streets and look around for hidden treasures. You can find jewels as Carter Vintage Guitars or The Nashville Boot Co. if you are looking for real cowboy’s boots!
While walking around, I ended up at The Tennessee Brew Works, a local brewery. They have a taproom on the second floor from where you can see how the beer is brewed. Their menu has a couple of vegan options like the Impossible Veggie Five Beer Burger, which I can say was delicious!
Slightly south from The Gulch, you will find this cute residential neighborhood. The main street, 12 Avenue South, is packed with charming shops, coffees, and restaurants. If you are craving a vegan doughnut, stop by the vivid Five Daughters Bakery. Looking for some green smoothie? Make a stop at the healthy Franklin Juice Company. Thirsty? The 12 South Taproom has plenty of local beer choices along with delicious vegan dishes!
And what about the shops? I felt in love with the local shop Imogen + Willie. They are so local that they even produce their clothes in their back shop! Also, a couple of blocks south, you can spot the adorable Draper James. Reese Witherspoon’s south charming boutique that will welcome you with iced sweet tea at the door. Perfect for hot summer days!
But the jewel of this area is without a doubt the 1501 Linden Manor B&B. I highly recommend it for your Nashville stay! Situated in a beautiful house within the residential sector is nearby every exciting site in Nashville but without being in the crowded center! Their best asset is the chef and Innkeeper, Peigi. She took care of every detail, making sure that the stay was as perfect as it could be, including a special breakfast for vegan guests! Even better than at home!
I am a Nashville believer, what about you?
Get lost in the Honky-tonks! and Enjoy!
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The arising neighborhood.
Get to know the southern Charm.
Coffee shops and bakeries
Drug Store Coffee
Delicious coffee combinations including vegan options, such as the Whisky Caramel or the Bourbon Vanilla.
Address: 200 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
Five Daughters Bakery
A must if you are vegan or paleo and you’ve been craving for a Doughnut for a while! Moreover, the store is perfectly set and they sell cute merchandising. But remember, if you want one you must run, they close after they’ve sold everything, I bet they don’t last long!
Address: 230 Franklin Rd, Franklin, TN 37064
Franklin Juice Company
Looking to treat you with a juice or an acai bowl? Don’t miss this juicery at the 12 South.
Address: 2301 12th Avenue South.
The Tennessee Brew Works
Their motto is that they work hard to create high-quality craft beer that makes Tennessee proud. And I give faith that they do! Perfect for a crispy fresh beer and a vegan burger while chilling after walking all day!
Address: 809 Ewing Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
12 South Taproom & Grill
Great for tasting some of the local beers and vegan dishes under their porch on a summer night.
Address: 2318 12th Ave South
Carter Vintage Guitars
Want to feel as Johnny Cash and other Guitar Legends? Don’t forget to stop by and learn a bit more about guitars, and who knows, maybe even buy one!
Address: 625 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Imogene + Willie
Exclusive and beautiful designs are awaiting you here! Everything is unique in this boutique: from the clothes which they make in their back shop to the building which is an old gas station!
Address: 2601 12th Ave S,
What could I say about a store designed by delightful Reese Witherspoon? It’s everything you can imagine the Southern Charm might be. Starting with the sweet tea welcome to the smallest detail in the store. You will have a hard time trying to decide what to take with you!
Address: 2608 12th Ave S
They say they are a Cozy, family-owned shop carrying stylish women’s apparel, local handicrafts & unique gifts. and I cannot find a better way of describing it!
Address: 2301 12th Ave S Ste 101
I felt like Alice in wonderland the moment I stepped in. I couldn’t decide what I liked the most, if the personalized zodiac necklace or the amount or different rings! you will have to go to decide for yourself!
Address: 2307 12th Ave S
1501 Linden Manor B&B.
Remember, your home in Nashville. Just perfect. The place to stay if visiting this amazing City!
Address: 1501 Linden Ave, Nashville, TN 37212