A few months ago we got a notification that The Tip Jar Nashville had tagged us and one of our photos in an Instagram reel. We DM'd back and forth a bit, found out one of my favorite neighbors is a mutual friend, got coffee and decided to do a collab. We are SO excited to finally be bringing you that collab - "The Xennial's Guide to 12 South." Read on for a "perfect day" in 12 South and be sure to follow @TheTipJarNash on Instagram for other awesome Nashville recommendations!
BRUNCH [ Lady Bird Taco ] - Kick off your day with some breakfast tacos at Lady Bird. Although it’s located one block over on 10th Avenue South, there’s still nowhere else in the neighborhood we’d recommend more highly. The tortillas are house-made, the brisket is delicious, and the “loaded up queso” really can’t be beat.
SHOPPING [ Imogene & Willie ] [ White's Mercantile ] - Next, get in some shopping at some Nashville original shops. We always find ourselves drifting into White’s Mercantile and Imogene & Willie both for their wares and the shared artisan-industrial vibe. White’s carries home goods and gifts (although we won’t tell if that gift turns into your own souvenir) and I&W hand-makes clothing with an emphasis on denim goods and what will totally be your new “old favorite tee.”
MURAL WALK [Just A Few Gents] [ Lego Men ] - While you're browsing, don't forget to keep an eye out for Nashville's famed murals! The neighborhood has quite a few murals to enjoy as you walk and many of them are tucked in hidden places (i.e., off the tourist radar). You can find a full list of them HERE on the 12 South Carriage House website but our two favorites are “Just A Few Gents” (12 South Tap Room) and the two lego men (Imogene & Willie and the alley behind Frothy Monkey)
REFUEL [Portland Brew] - If all that walking has your energy lagging, Portland Brew is the perfect spot for a pick-me-up. PB is one of those coffee shops that just has everything - cozy nooks for studying; bright spaces perfect for catching up with a friend; and, of course, delicious coffee, giant cookies, and a full sandwich menu. Their drinks are affordable and they offer a wide variety of options for the non-coffee drinker (one of my favorite chais in town, a great selection of teas, frappes, and even Italian sodas).
STROLL [ Sevier Park ] - Coffee in hand, continue down the avenue to Sevier Park. This beautiful green space is a favorite of locals and tourists alike with outdoor recreational areas such as tennis and basketball courts, playground equipment, and a paved walking path. The community center houses a gym & fitness center and the 12 South Farmers’ Market is a delicious and fun seasonal offering. Sevier Park is currently renovating several historic buildings & facilities to restore their former beauty and add some amazing upgrades!
DINNER [ Epice ] - When it's time for dinner, Epice is a must-do. Don't let the restaurant's size fool you - it is one of the most unique spots in Nashville. Small but not crowded, minimalist yet stylish, this Lebanese eatery feels on par with the trendiest New York bistro. The food is extremely flavorful, the service fantastic, and it's the perfect spot for a sophisticated date or girls night. Reservations are highly recommended.
POST-DINNER DRINKS [ Josephine ] - To round out the day, head to Josephine for after-dinner drinks. Josephine's sommelier has carefully curated an excellent wine list, or if you're in the mood for something more unique, you can choose from their specialty cocktails. The vibe is intimate, cozy, and local and the perfect night cap for your day in 12 South.
STAY [ 12 South Carriage House ] - Instead of just spending the day, turn it into a stay-cation and book a reservation at The 12 South Carriage House. This 1 bedroom/1 bath space is stocked with everything you need and all the extras. Located just three houses off 12 Avenue, you are literally steps from all the amazing shopping/dining/leisure activities listed here and so many more. The only thing more top-notch than the space itself is the hospitality and we promise you’ll have a 5-star experience.
We've had a fun week of press around here so we decided to throw our hat in the ring for the Nashville Scene's "Best Of Nashville" awards this year. Voting opened today and runs through sept 7!
You can vote HERE and be sure to read the guidelines below to nominate us for "Best Inn/Bed-and-Breakfast"!
🏠 choose the “Retail & Services” category
🏠 choose “Best Inn/Bed-and-Breakfast”
🏠 write in “The 12 South Carriage House (Explore 12 South from a Beautiful Carriage House)”
🌟 NOTE: You have to vote in at least 20 categories for your vote to count, so we thought we'd help you out by sharing some of our friends and local favorites that you can vote for in other categories as well! 🌟
UPDATE AS OF 3/21/2021: Some of the businesses/addresses/murals have changed since this post was written. For the most-up-to-date info on public art in the neighborhood,
please visit our new 12 South Murals "Public Art Crawl" page!
One of our favorite parts of 12 South are the many murals that have popped up over the last few years. Whether you're looking for the perfect content to post on your Instagram Feed, or just wanting to see the sights as you stroll around (undoubtably with a las Paletas or Jeni's in your hand!), you can find many incredible murals within just a few blocks of The Carriage House! We've listed the address and location (as well as website if there is one) at the top of each listing and the instagram handles and tags at the bottom because as the kids say, "pics or it didn't happen."
DRAPER JAMES "POSTCARD" & STRIPES
2608 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
(on the side of the Draper James Flagship Store)
While we're hanging out in Howell's Alley, might as well just turn around and check out the happy stripes that Reese Witherspoon's Draper James has brought to town. The awning, mural and bench make any photo as pretty as a postcard, and we're pretty much in love with the blue and white stripes that decorate the rest of the space. The perfect background for a cute group pic!
@draperjames #draperjames @howellsalley #howellsalley
2900 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
(on the side of Green Pea Salon)
Sadly, I couldn't find the title or painter of this incredible mural (if anyone knows any more info, please message me and let me know) but it's stunning and worth seeing. Fortunately it faces the "Make Music Not War" mural, so you can hit them both in one stop.
RIVIVE! NASHVILLE FOX
2814 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
(on the side of the Iyengar Yoga Center of Nashville building)
This mural isn't just another pretty picture! Painted in conjunction with the water conservation focused non-profit Rivive!Nashville, this mural raises awareness about the importance of protecting Nashville's River systems. If you want to see this mural in person, we recommend visiting sooner rather than later as the building is slated for re-development and we can't promise that the painting will survive the renovation.
@rivivenashville #rivivenash @mobeoner
LOOKING PRETTY, MUSIC CITY
2709 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
(on the side of the Madewell Denim Edit Store)
Not only does this whimsical design bring a cheery vibe to the neighborhood, we LOVE that it was "Created in support of music and art programs in Metro Nashville's Public Schools." As strong believers in the importance of music and arts education, this is the cherry on top of an already awesome mural. Note: If you're looking for the "Peace, Love, Good Deeds" mural, know that it was painted over by this new "Looking Pretty, Music City" mural, so unfortunately it's not a neighborhood fixture anymore.
@emily.eisenhart #lookingprettymusiccity @eastsidemurals #eastsidemurals
HALCYON BIKE SHOP - DRINK WATER
2802 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
(on the side of Halycon Bike Shop)
The folks at the Halcyon Bike Shop are just as passionate about art as they are bikes and the nieghborhood is all the cooler for it. On the side of the building is the "Drink Water" mural featuring the anatomy of a bicycle.
HALCYON BIKE SHOP - JUNGLE SAFARI
2802 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
(on the back of Halycon Bike Shop)
One of the lesser known murals in town, due to its somewhat hidden placement, also happens to be one of my favorites! This incredible jungle safari-scape is on the back of the Halcyon Bike shop. So once you get a pic of that "drink water" mural, just turn the corner and go on a photo-safari! We've also posted pics below that show both murals to help you find both!
FOR BECKS & FOR BECKS WITH RAINCLOUD AND GUMMY BEAR
(see locations below as photo captions)
These two little guys are probably our very favorites of all the 12 South murals. Eternally happy and cheerful, who doesn't want to just go grab the hand of one of these little guys and just know that everything is awesome? :) The little guy on the right is particularly difficult to find as it's on the back of a garage in an alleyway. You can either go through the parking lot behind Frothy Monkey and it's on the back of the garage that "Nashville Looks Good On You" is painted on, or you can turn onto Sweetbriar from 12 South and then turn into the alleyway just past the Islamic Center of Nashville and walk a dozen yards or so.
@forbecks #forbecks @raddingtonfalls #raddingtonfalls
NOW PLAYING IN 12 SOUTH
2403 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
(on the side of The Flipside Nashville)
We're Music City, so there's always something playing if you're listening!
@n.gaged #nowplayingin12south @theflipsidenash #theflipsidenash
FIVE DAUGHTERS DONUTS
1110 Caruthers Ave, Nashville, TN 37204
(on the side of Five Daughters Donuts)
Founded in Franklin, TN and family owned and operated, these 100 layer donuts are something you just have to experience on any trip to 12 South. Watching what you eat? No worries. Their Paleo options are so good you'll never know that you're eating something that isn't bad for you. Take a pic with their classic mural while you're there, or be part of the picture with their donut-hole-peek-through option on the fence. :)
NASHVILLE LOOKS GOOD ON YOU TN
2509 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
(on the front of the garage behind Frothy Monkey 12 South)
There are a couple of these murals around town, including one in the Nations, but we're partial to this one behind Frothy Monkey. Just go down the driveway to the additional parking area (in between MODA Boutique and the Islamic Center) and you'll see the mural straight ahead! (One of the lego men is on the back of this garage)
TROY DUFF GRAFFITI SKYLINE
1204 Elmwood Ave, Nashville, TN 37212
(on the side of 4 Patriots, facing the parking lot next to/behind Taqueria Del Sol)
Although the "Reserved parking" sign kills the photo shoot vibe a little bit, we think this skyline of Nashville by graffiti artist Troy Duff is really incredible and worth checking out.
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