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.
When I think about the word Hospitality, food inevitably is part of what comes to mind. I've always found this a tad bit unfortunate because while I love people and making them feel welcome, I'm by no means a chef. My friends and family will tell you that cooking not my strong suit and they would be right. BUT, I do enjoy creating meals or treats when I have a sure-fire recipe. I thought I'd share with you three of my all-time favorite cookbooks in case you too enjoy being in the kitchen as long as someone else has already figured out how to make a tasty meal and all you have to do is follow the instructions.
~ Bon Apetité
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One of my favorite parts about traveling is stumbling across unexpected fun things and seeing what is down the side roads. We headed about 3.5 hours up the road this past weekend to a friend’s wedding in Columbus, IN - a town I had never visited and knew nothing about. Saturday morning we woke up and did a Google search for “Best Brunch near Columbus, IN” (as one does in a new town). Several options popped up and the first on the list that seemed to meet our location & non-chain criteria was called Blackerby’s Hangar 5. We thought we were heading to a downtown storefront with an industrial vibe and aviation-themed decor. However, as we drove through cornfields and over cute bridges it became obvious that our predictions were wayyyyyy off, but what was waiting for us was much more fun than what we had pictured.
The GPS took us straight to the parking lot of the Columbus, IN Municipal Airport - a tiny building that seemed to cater only to private planes and possibly small charter flights or regional airlines. A polite teenager clad in a “Flying Fords” tee-shirt flagged us down as we pulled in - they were having a free airshow that weekend; we could park in the field, the restaurant was straight ahead in the main building. Blackerby’s itself is actually inside the airport itself - through the front door and to the left. It has a fantastic retro-diner vibe and while the airshow had obviously brought a few extra customers with it, we were immediately seated at an empty booth with a great view of the runway and all the airplanes on display. The “Flying Ford” it turns out was the headliner of the weekend - an 1928 Ford Tri-Motor plane nicknamed the “Tin Goose.” 200 of these planes were originally built and only 5 are still in flying condition. Festival attendees could take a 20 minute ride on the antique aircraft for $77 per person and although we didn’t have time to take flight, we loved watching it take off and land while we ate.
Bartleby’s food did not disappoint either. My husband ordered a classic breakfast of eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast and I had a sausage and bacon omelette that was absolutely out of this world. Our waitress was quick and kind…all around a great dining experience. They were celebrating their 40th year in business and with food that delicious, it’s no surprise that they’ve been around that long.
The rest of our weekend took us to Brown County State Park, home of the oldest covered bridge in the state of Indiana, which was beautiful and well equipped with hiking options, a swimming pool and camping/cabin/lodge accommodations to meet anyone’s needs. We also dined at Upland Brewery and attended an event at Factory 12 Event Loft - both fantastic spaces in downtown Columbus. We also passed a million adorable antique shops and coffee spots on the drive from Columbus to the state park (which was located in Nashville, IN) that we didn’t have time to check out but wish we had. If you find yourself in Southern Indiana, we’d definitely recommend checking out some of the places we had the opportunity to visit. You never know where the road may take you!
This weekend we took a quick trip to see my parents that live on the Tennessee/Alabama line. For lunch we decided to head a few miles down the road to Elkmont, AL and I thought I'd share a couple of great photos from three worth-the-stop local spots.
Our first stop was for lunch at The Red Caboose Cafe and everything was delicious Southern cooking. Our waitress was very kind and helpful (dining with a 15-month-old is always an adventure, right?) and the sweet tea was just as it should be. The cafe itself was adorable, and kiddos will love being able to see an actual red caboose just across the street. You can check them out on their Facebook Page where they post daily specials and menus.
Next we headed across the street to Fromagerie Belle Chevre, a goat-milk creamery. We stopped in their tasting room and picked up some fantastic goat-milk hand cream and were amazed at all the ice-cream & cheese products available to taste and purchase. While we didn't have time to do the tour (which includes getting to meet and pet some of their herd of goats), it's definitely on our list to go back and do that soon. (see more info in the yellow box below)
Hwy 65 Exit 361 - Elkmont, AL
bETHANY, YOUR HOST
AirBnB Superhost Bethany has lived in Nashville since 2006 and loves finding fun things to do at home and on the road!