Nashville Picnic + ranch getaway
Today's topic is slightly different from the usual recipe sharing, and it has to do with a weekend very dear to me. For my bachelorette party, my friends from three different parts of my life (high school in Massachusetts, college at Colgate, and the city I moved to after graduation... Austin) came together in this peaceful ranch which was just a 15 minute drive from downtown Nashville.
The log cabin sits on top of a hill within this 24 acre ranch and a horse, donkey, mule, and two mini horses greeted us as they roamed around the land, grazing. It was the most relaxing getaway I could have imagined, and I wouldn't have had it any other way.
Here, I have curated tips for a sweet getaway in Nashville and recommendations on places to check out if you want to recreate this scene.
What I wanted most for my bachelorette party was to be focused on having my best friends coming together and all of us having some much needed catching up time. And to help that happen, laying out in a picturesque place with delicious snacks and nice wines didn't hurt. I brought a big blanket and portable speakers in my carry on since I flew SouthWest and it's free to check 2 bags. The Airbnb conveniently came with a guitar, and Frannie strummed some lovely tunes for us and the farm animals.
As for the wines, there's a carefully curated shop full of every type of wine you can think of called Woodland Wine Merchant. They focus on wines made by artisan producers who practice natural & sustainable methods and whose quality exceeds its price. We stocked up on bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel in addition to local craft beers here.
For some local cheeses, honey, non-homogenized milk, farm fresh eggs, home baked bread, and pickled veggies, we headed to Green Door Gourmet. The rainbow eggs from there were amazing! They have a selection of local honey from multiple bee farms around town and the one we chose was perfect for our charcuterie board. It's a small farmer's market, but I liked everything I got from there. There's also Nashville Farmer's Market near downtown which is a lot bigger if you can't find what you're looking for at Green Door Gourmet.
We also stopped at Whole Foods to pick up some triple creme brie, burrata, cured meats, and a giant bag of carrots for the critters!
We listened to my go to playlist for music during our picnic (artists: The Oh Hellos, Angus & Julia Stone, James Bay, The Head and the Heart, Mandolin Orange, The Lumineers, Lord Huron, Bon Iver, Hozier, Rayland Baxter... if you want the entire playlist you can find it here). I like to play relaxing folk music on a low volume to set the mood but not drown out conversations.
And for other recommendations around town:
White's Mercantile for cute nicknacks and shopping for your loved ones at home
The Flipside for amazing tater tots and gigantic bloody mary's topped with crab legs and fried chicken
Skull's Rainbow Room for craft cocktails and a burlesque show in a vintage speak easy. Being crushed in the honkey tonks on Broadway is very not my style, so we decided to check this bar out. The decor was beautiful and the show was mesmerizing to watch. But the best part was the talented bartenders and the live jazz music (piano, saxophone, drums, trombone...), you really feel like you're going back in time!
Hattie B's Hot Chicken for the amazing hot chicken. There was a long line when we went, but it moved fairly quickly. Don't miss out on the beans from here... they were the best beans I've ever had.