Melinda Gale

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Weekend Getaway - Music City

This year has been absolutely non-stopped for me so this past weekend, I made a much needed escape to Nashville! If you came looking for a guide to Nashville, you're not going to find it BUT you will find one by clicking here


Thanks to a dear friend who works at Delta, I got an awesome flight hookup and ended up arriving in town a few hours before I originally intended. The first stop on this super low key trip was Neighbors in Sylvan Park then it was off to bed to get ready for a day on the river!

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Due to all the CMA Fest action going down, we decided to get out of Nashville and cruise a little on the Buffalo River. Bone's Canoe and Campground was amazing and accommodating to our large group. Kayak rentals are $30 with cash or $33 with cards and you are transported to and from the river.

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All of their vans are named after characters from Golden Girls so what's not to love?!

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We packed a ton of brews and snacks so we were fully equipped for a day on the water. I hadn't been kayaking since middle school so it was awesome to experience it again. This 5 mile stretch of the Buffalo River had plenty of "beaches" for our group to pull up on, eat a bit, and just take a break from all the floating. 

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I highly suggest checking out Bone's or some of the other local outfitters on any of the local rivers. It was such a fun day doing something "unconventional" for a Nashville trip! Just don't forget to pack a ton of brews and snacks! 

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On Sunday, Shelby and I walked to breakfast and on the way, I finally figured out that this awesome mural at Nashville Cash & Carry actually spells out "NASHVILLE" in food.... Regardless, I am low key obsessed with it. I want a Melinda mural that is spelled out in food, just in case you guys were wondering something to get me for my birthday! 

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For breakfast, we stopped into EiO & Hive, which is absolutely a must if you're in town and want to eat on the healthier side. 

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The decor is adorable and the food, even better! I got the "I Can't Believe It's Not Vegan!" grit bowl and a turmeric latte (my new obsession). Both were absolutely delicious. 

After walking off our full bellies and before heading to the airport, we ran a few errands which included stopping into Gardens of Babylon, located next to the Nashville Farmers Market. It was super cute and def a great resource for amazing plants if you are local. I wanted to take home all the succulents but I figured they would be frowned upon on my flights! 

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Essentially the only thing I wanted to do while I was in Nashville was order a new set of glasses from Warby Parker. I am extremely picky (surprise, surprise) and do not trust myself to just order a new set of frames online. Essentially any visit to WP generally ends with me picking 6-12 frames and then talking myself down to just one pair. The staff at the Edgehill Village location were so sweet and helpful that I not only ordered a new pair of glasses but also got my current frames adjusted, all in less then 15 minutes! (Coinidentally, I went with the Nash's while in Nashville!)

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Thus concluded my quick, less than 48 hour trip to Nashville. I love the city and it's always good to me. Until next time....

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