Ideas for a Fun Girl’s Trip to Nashville

Last weekend a group of my friends and I got together in Nashville for a weekend getaway with our friends at Forest Home Media.  Dana and Nancy are super well connected Nashville PR ladies who also happen to be total BFF material.  Seriously, I love these two women.  I first met them at the HGTV Smart Home in April, and then again when they came to Birmingham to tour the offices at Southern Living.

We kicked off the weekend by meeting up for lunch at Pinewood Social, a unique restaurant with a hipster vibe that greets you with this smoking hot floor….

We started our weekend at Pinewood Social in Nashville, TN

Tempts you with a menu that will make you absolutely drool…

Pinewood Social in Nashville has a menu to die for. It's definitely a must-visit destination.

… and then seals the deal with a bowling alley ‘round back.  I mean really. What more could you ask for?   Pinewood Social in Nashville also has a bowling alley. Perfect start to a girls weekend!

We didn’t bowl, but we did enjoy the atmosphere and the food was delicious!  From left to right: Meryll, Dana, Nancy, Angela, Rhoda, Heidi and me. The girls at lunch at Pinewood Social in Nashville, TN

After lunch we headed down towards Franklin to unpack our bags for the weekend at Dana’s house.   I have an entire POST planned to show you guys the Dana’s resplendent (like my fancy word choice?) home, but I will tease you with this picture of her fireplace and mantel.  I bet you cannot wait to see the rest, huh?  All in good time, my friends…

My friend Dana's house is a design dream. So many amazing things, everywhere I look. I was so inspired. Here's a picture of her fireplace mantel set up!

We headed out for some quick shopping in downtown Franklin, that included a stop by PD’s, which was a bit pricey for my taste.  My favorite stop was Scarlet Scales Antiques, which was every bit as perfect as you can imagine it would be based on this picture of Dana and Scarlet:  Scarlett Scales Antiques in Nashville is the most gorgeous antique shop. You have to stop here!

I could have just changed the locks and moved right on into this incredible vintage boutique store.  Scarlet has a big booth at the Country Living Fair every year, so we got along just fine.

Scarlet Scales Antiques in Nashville, TN

Her mothership is the same as my mothership.  We speak the same language, Scarlet and I.

The language of funky, rusty, junky old LOVE. Scarlet Scales Antiques in Nashville is a designer's dream place. so many amazing antiques and cute little things to take home with you; like these glass jar candle holders.

After dragging me out of this store, I REALLY wanted to hit up City Farmhouse, but unfortunately time got away from us and we had to make it over to our next event.  One day I WILL step inside the doors of that place, though!  I think I could spend a week shopping in Franklin alone. LOVE this cute little town full of antiques and lots of rusty old junk.  We did get to visit to The Barn Door and PD’s, also.  You can check out Rhoda’s recap for lots more photos of the shops of Franklin! nashville is the best place for antiquing - you'll find little hidden treasures in any shop you go into.

Next stop?? The HGTV Smart Home!! Here we met up with Heather from At The Picket Fence,  Lesley & Denise from Chaotically Creative and Carmen from the Southern Living Plant Collection. Nancy and Dana timed it so that we were able to watch the big reveal of the home giveaway on HGTV while sitting in side the house!  HOW COOL IS THAT?

We couldn't make a trip to Nashville without visiting the HGTV smart home.

Not as cool as the fact that we finally got to wallow all over the furniture!

The ladies and I at the HGTV Smart House!  When we were there before, we were not allowed to touch/move/breathe on ANYTHING.  No sitting allowed.  But this time?? Well, those rules went right out the window!

We made sure to test out ALL of the luscious furniture at the HGTV Smart Home.

Check out Carmen and Dana got cozy with Samuel Carbine of Carbine and Associates, the builders of the Smart Home.  Since Ashley King, the winner of the Smart Home, decided to opt out and take the cash instead, the home is now for sale! You can own this slice of technological heaven for just $950k! Who’s buying?  Good luck wrestling that control pad out of Samuel’s hands…

What rules? We were all over the furniture in the HGTV smart home in Nashville.

Later that night, we all headed over to the completely immaculate home of Meryll and Dan Elkins.  The living room in the home of Meryll and Dan Elkins in Nashville, TN

Meryll has been hosting the daytime news segment Talk of the Town at News Channel 5 in Nashville for 26 years!  She is just the kindest, most endearing lady you will ever meet, and I’m so happy to have the chance to get to know her. I just loved seeing her home (which she has redecorated in the record time of SIX MONTHS, y’all.  And her husband Dan is my new BFF.  Loved them both! A special dinner in the home of Meryll and Dan Elkins in Nashville, TN

She provided us with the most amazing dinner in her home, where we were joined by a few more local Nashville friends, including Kristie from The Decorologist and Brandy from Make+Model. A fabulous ladies' night dinner at the home of Meryll and Dan Elkins in Nashville, TN

After this long day we headed back home to Dana’s and crashed!  The next day we were joined by Karianne from Thistlewood Farms for even MORE shopping in the cute little town of Leiper’s Fork.  Here is the whole bloomin bunch: All of the Nashville bloggers on our trip to Nashville - a full day of shopping and fun.

We spent nearly an hour browsing Serenite Maison, which made my heart go pitter patter with all the treasures inside…Nashville is the best place to shop for antiques and hidden treasures. We found so many cute stores - it was so hard to control myself!

I can’t even find the words for all the beauty inside this shop.  Absolutely stunning.  And it smelled great, too! If you love to shop for antiques, Nashville is definitely your dream city. So many cute shops, hidden treasures, and amazing things to discover.

This display of looking glasses reminded me of my Granny!  Awwww… how she would have loved reading this blog.

A gorgeous collection of looking glasses at an antique shop in Nashville, TN

Since Leiper’s Fork is about the size of a postage stamp, we walked across the street to Joe Natural’s for lunch.  I couldn’t resist this shot of Heather and I meeting, literally, At The Picket Fence.  hehehe  I love this girl so much.

Lunch with the girls at Joe's Naturals Cafe in Nashville.

Joe Natural’s was perfectly delicious.  You must eat there if you’re ever in the area!  I had the steak salad. Yummm.

Lunch at Joe's Naturals Cafe in Nashville.

I need to plan another weekend getaway so that I can see everything Franklin and Leiper’s Fork have to offer.  These two towns are right up my country-loving alleyway.

Cute shops in Franklin, TN

It was also the perfect spot for a selfie…

Nashville bloggers selfie!

Since it was hot as BLAZES we decided the best course of action would be to spend the entire day outside sweating like goats.  The best place to sweat like a goat in Nashville? At the Flea Market of course…..

The Nashville ladies love a little rock n' roll in Nashville.

It’s also the perfect place to find hidden gems like this tshirt….

I Love Jesus... But I Drink a Little shirt in Nashville TN

And sexy 19th century boyfriends.

Finding creepy 19th century paintings with the girls!

But really, you wanna know the best part about going to the flea market when it’s 100 degrees outside? EVERYTHING IS CHEAPER!!   The vendors were just so happy to see customers who weren’t passed out from heat exhaustion that they were more than willing to wheel and deal! I think we all scored at least one great deal that day. Getting it all home was the real difficulty.

Packed into our van with all the girls and all of our Flea market finds!

That night we had dinner at Nancy’s house, where we also go to watch Rhoda’s debut on Nashville tv!  She had filmed a segment on How to Start a Blog on news channel 4 earlier on Friday, so we all gathered round the tv to see her segment.  She was flawless, as usual!

Rhonda made it onto the news!

No trip to Nashvegas would be complete without a night out on the town in the bars on Music Row.  It is one of my absolute favorite things to do in the whole entire world, so I never turn down a chance to go out bar hopping.  Especially with pretty ladies like these…  Lots of fun had on this night.

The ladies out for dinner in Nashville

After a night out on the town (and possibly being a little over-served) what better way to soak up all the alcohol than hot biscuits and country ham?  The Loveless Café is an iconic establishment that is a must see spot for anyone planning a trip to Nashville.

The Loveless Motel in Nashville, TN

The food was excellent, but the celebrity watching is even better.  We had the great pleasure of running into Larry Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers while browsing the shops at the Loveless.  He was SUCH a great sport and let us take a bunch of fangirl photos with him.

The ladies with Larry Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers

I never thought I’d see the day that Rhoda got to sit in Larry Gatlin’s lap, but that’s the thing about Nashville… you never know what awaits you around every turn.

Start planning those vacations, girls!

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  1. Oh my gosh you totally nailed this trip in photos and in your recap. I miss you guys. I wish we all lived closer. This definitely needs to be an annual event 🙂 Great post!!

  2. Looks like so much fun, Beth! Great recap. 🙂

  3. Y’all nailed it. Hit so many of the best spots! Leiper’s Fork is my faaaaaavorite. Please let’s connect next time you are in town!

  4. Beth, great recap post! You covered it all. I have so much I had to do 2 posts. What a fun filled weekend it was!

  5. Beth,
    GREAT post!!! I too, LOVE Franklin! Head back up on 10/17 & 18 to the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show, it’s going to be AWESOME. I went last year as a customer and this year I am going back as a vendor and I can’t wait. Kim and David have put together a wonderful line-up for the show. I so agree on Scarlet’s shop…one of my all time favorites.




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