Nashville: Germantown

On our last full day of the trip, we spent the morning sleeping in and slowly planning our day. We decided to get coffee at Red Bicycle Coffee and Crêpes, which is in an area of Nashville called Germantown. Most people were eating brunch there (it looked really good!) but we just grabbed coffee and decided to explore the neighborhood.

All the brick buildings, trees, and quiet streets made us want to live here. We found out later that this is a very historic area and is known for having over 100 different species of trees! It was much more residential than the Gulch or 12 South. It doesn’t seem very touristy, and we were honestly the only ones walking around.

We stumbled across Alexis + Bolt, a clothing boutique, and we all fell in love! The owner, Kate, immediately offered us drinks and showed us around the shop, which is in a redesigned house.  We seriously want our apartment to look like this store. We couldn’t stop taking pictures, looking through the racks of clothes, and...petting the dog. Charlie, the goldendoodle, was a highlight of our trip! We talked to Kate for a while, and she was really down to earth. She told us how all the people in Nashville were so supportive and encouraging when she started this business. Seeing how passionate she was for Nashville made us feel lucky that we got to visit this city, even just for a few days.

- Nick + Jess