Road Trip: Nashville with Sidewalk Ready

A few weeks ago Kayley from Sidewalk Ready left the snow and cold of Grand Rapids Michigan behind to embark on a road trip to Nashville. Follow her Music City adventure and find out a few of her favorite places to stop when road trippin’ through Nashville.

In the midst of a freezing and snowy winter, sometimes the key to staying positive is to take a vacation. While traveling by plane is convenient and time efficient, something about commuting by car appeals to me.

Seeing the snow slowly disappear as the hours go by is so gratifying, and if travelling with a good friend or family member, road trips can also be relationship building. It’s impossible not to learn something new about the person you are traveling with when trapped in a car with them for hours on end.  Looking back on the road trips I’ve taken in the past, the commute tends to be as memorable as the vacation itself.

This particular road trip brought my friend, Heather, and I to Nashville, TN. After grabbing coffee at a local Grand Rapids favorite, Sparrows (essential for starting a road trip out right: warm and caffeinated), we cranked out the miles in about 8 hours, stopping only for gas and bathroom breaks.

We took turns playing the role of driver and DJ and the time flew by. Sidenote: My #1 tip when it comes to encouraging time to pass quickly – dress in comfortable layers. I started our journey in a jacket, cardigan, t-shirt dress, tights, and one of my favorite pairs of Minnetonka mocs (a road trip staple for me!). As we travelled further south I was able to lose a couple layers, but the basics of my outfit proved to work for many seasons and it transitioned to each pit stop perfectly.

While Nashville has enough to see to keep a person occupied for weeks, it is also a wonderful place to stop if you happen to just be traveling through. If I had to make recommendations on where to go in Nashville for a brief road-trip detour stop, this is what I would choose:

Barista Parlor. Fresh brewed coffee from all over the world in an inspiring space full of sunlight and interesting décor. This was my favorite place to hunker down and get work done so don’t forget to bring your laptop if you have work you need to tackle while briefly stopped!

And Mitchell’s. Perfect for being on the go – a wide of range of reasonably priced sandwiches in a charming space that also sells specialty grocery items. Out of curiosity, I ordered the báhn mi sandwich and it didn’t disappoint!

Or (depending on budget) MarchéMore of a time and financial commitment than Mitchell’s but worth it. If you happen to be stopping through on a Saturday or Sunday, I would strongly recommend going for Marché’s brunch and don’t leave without ordering the French toast, whether it be a full order for your meal or a half order to split with others for dessert.  

No matter how long you stay, Nashville is absolutely worth a visit. I hope you have a chance to check out this all-american city and indulge in some amazing food and all the entertainment it has to offer!

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