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

‘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 categories. Either you’re coming to Nashville to wear white high-heeled cowboy boots, daisy dukes, and a hot pink Stetson, drink copious amounts of alcohol, […]

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? […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

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 […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

December 20, 2021

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

“This tastes just like eating the best grilled cheese sandwich and the best cup of French onion soup at the exact same time,” I told my husband recently as I finished the last bite of yet another glorious sandwich from Bill’s Sandwich Palace. This time, I’d ordered their French Onion Shroom, an intoxicating mix of […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

December 1, 2021

Joy Proves Elusive at Joyland

Like many other longtime Nashville residents, my husband and I talk often now about leaving the city for good. The Nashville we knew and loved is dead and gone, God rest its soul, and I’ve cycled through all the stages of grief over this truth, only recently landing on acceptance. Right about now, I feel […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

October 29, 2021

The Best Pizza in Nashville is Now at St. Vito Focacciaria. Pinky Swear.

Think you know all there is to know about Franklin, Tennessee? Think again. A new downtown hotel has changed the tourism game here, whether you live nearby and are looking for an easy, fun staycation or you want to add a Southern charm-filled few days to your Nashville vacation. Dennis and I spent a weekend […]

Nashville Guide, Travel, United States

October 26, 2021

Spend Two Days in Franklin, Tennessee: No Car Necessary!