I never went to camp as a kid and I’ve always regretted it. I wanted in on the kind of lifelong friendships that are born from sweaty summers spent singing ‘On Top of Spaghetti” around a campfire, splashing around in a muddy lake, and checking each other for ticks. As a sort of consolation prize […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

July 27, 2022

In Which I, a Grown Ass Adult, Go to Summer Camp

When you think of Franklin, Tennessee, your mind probably goes straight to its historic downtown, filled with shops and restaurants and Civil War-era homes and buildings. Much has been written about the downtown area and I’m definitely one of its biggest fans — but there’s so much more to do and see in Franklin and […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

June 15, 2022

25 Must-See Hidden Gems in Franklin, Tennessee

In a city where dining out now means being charged $200 a head for doll-sized plates of freeze-dried zucchini and macerated eel belly, I find myself longing for simpler times and simpler meals. And lo! My wish has been granted. I’ve discovered a place that takes two of our nation’s least complicated and most beloved […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

June 11, 2022

Fryce Cream: Scrumptious Ice Cream and French Fries in Nashville

I like to think of myself as a watchdog for things that don’t matter and in this self-appointed role, I felt it necessary to report to you on a recent discovery that quite frankly has me questioning everything I thought I knew about downtown Nashville. Buckle up, dear reader, because you are in for a […]

Fun, Humor, Nashville Guide, Travel

May 6, 2022

What I Saw From This Rooftop Changed Everything I Thought I Knew About Downtown Nashville

I know our collective thing now is to bemoan the loss of Old Nashville, but come on you guys, there are also plenty of good things that have come out of eleventy billion people all moving here at once. Okay, okay. There are actually only two: There are more restaurants. There are more bars. And […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

May 2, 2022

Love & Exile is Your Monday Date Night Destination

Planning to visit The Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee? Here’s everything you need to know before you go. A few weeks ago, I had dinner with a group of women, all of whom are fairly new to Nashville. “I see these historic plantation tours everywhere,” one of them said, “but I always wonder if they’re portraying […]

Fun, Nashville Guide, Travel

April 20, 2022

Visit Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and You’ll Discover Some Surprising Secrets

NOTE: Jane’s Hideaway has closed its downtown location and is moving to East Nashville. I’ll update you on the new location when it opens. ‘We’re coming to Nashville soon and staying downtown. Where should we eat?’ I get this question quite a bit, and if you’re asking it, you probably fall into one of two […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

April 8, 2022

Jane’s Hideaway is My New Pick for Dinner and Live Music in Downtown Nashville

You can’t help but notice Hathorne if you’re heading down Charlotte Avenue on a nice evening. The restaurant’s cozy, tree-lined patio just across the street from Richland Park is likely to be filled with people, all eating and drinking and talking and laughing beneath strings of twinkling lights. The place is a vibe before you […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

March 8, 2022

Hathorne: Old Nashville Charm Meets a Sophisticated New Nashville Menu

Since we weren’t able to travel as much as wanted in 2021, we spent the year exploring Nashville instead. More specifically, we explored Nashville’s bars and restaurants, partly because the food scene here is exploding and partly because there’s no better way to self-medicate during a pandemic than with good food and craft cocktails. AMIRITE? […]

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December 30, 2021

My Top 10 Nashville Restaurants of 2021

Four times a year at an undisclosed (to me) location in Nashville, a dozen men and women holding candles and dressed in black, hooded robes solemnly file into a room furnished only with a massive table and chairs. Silently, they place their candles at the table’s center, sit, and lower their hoods. As they cover […]

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December 20, 2021

M.L.Rose is Still One of Nashville’s Best Neighborhood Hangs. Here’s Why.