A few months ago I surprised Kris with tickets to see Trampled by Turtles and Devil Makes Three in Nashville, Tennessee. The Music City holds a special place in our hearts - as it was the destination of the first road trip we took together. While we loved our first experience on Broadway, for our trip last weekend we wanted to explore a less traditional side of Nashville.
After a good night's rest at our cozy, casita airbnb, we woke up bright and early to hit the trails. We had our hearts set on Mossy Ridge Trail - a 4.5 mile loop in Percy Warner Park that winds up and down through the forest. The trail was unlike anything we could hope for back home. The hills were killer and I definitely regretted leaving my hiking boots back home. "It's just a short trail, doubt I'll need them." My ankles are a raw reminder that yes - you always need your hiking boots. This isn't the most isolated trail, but definitely not the typical tourist spot. We passed lots of local joggers, hikers with their dogs in tow, and even a few backpackers training on the 12+ miles the park has to offer.
After our hike we caught a ride to Sobro to check out the next stop on our list Hatch Show Print. This place is a must for anyone with a love for design. For $15 you can tour the printing floor and learn about their timeless printing process and amazing history with Nashville's music scene.
After our Hatch Show Print, we hailed a bright yellow rickshaw and made our way to pay a visit to a couple of local flagship breweries. Two in particular that came highly recommended from both friends and our gracious airbnb hosts: Yazoo Brewing Company & Jackalope Brewing Company.
At Yazoo, Kris ordered a flight that came on a wooden platter shaped like their logo. Unique, albeit a bit impracticable to carry around while waiting for a seat to open up. After sampling their wide range of brews, we determined our personal favorite was Dos Perros. A malty, crisp and easy-to-drink American Brown Ale that completely satisfied our thirst.
Just a short walk away was our next stop - Jackalope Brewing. This taproom was cozier and it boasted a lot more character than Yazoo. While we sipped on the interesting Lovebird Strawberry/Raspberry Hefeweizen and the full and delicious Thunder Ann Pale Ale, we witnessed a remarkable game of Jenga and chatted with another traveler about midwest breweries.
To top off the weekend we got a ride to Fontanel Park, a beautiful outdoor venue nestled in the woods. It was going to be a beautiful night for live music. Elephant Revival opened up with their dreamy Americana music that set a perfect soundtrack to the setting sun. The Devil Makes Three stole the show with their high energy stomp-n-smash trademark sound. We danced through their entire set and afterwards took a seat close to the stage to enjoy Trampled by Turtles.
As always it was sad to leave this beautiful city and start the long drive home but we know we'll be make our way down to Nashville again in the future!