My favorite part about traveling through the south is there’s a song that applies to anything you do, so I rolled into town blasting Chris Stapleton’s ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ and had a ready-made soundtrack to round out the rest of the week and a half. Here’s my top 5 favorite things from Nashville.
- Blooming Trees. People kept saying I came at the perfect time of year because the weather’s warming up and the trees are all in bloom. My favorites were the Redbuds, which made for a beautiful drive around town.
- Southern Thrift Stores. Madison happened to be moving into her first solo apartment while I was in town [she calls it kidulting] and she gave me free reign on helping her decorate her new place. Somehow Madison has always been that friend who shows up at random, significant milestones throughout my twenties, so I was happy to finally be able to return the favor. Not only did we find bargains on the couch and a cruiser bike, I also found an authentic southern print button-up to take home as a souvenir.
- Celebrity Sightings. While digging through a pile of rugs at HomeGoods, I overheard the girl next to me talking to the clerk about how she was working on her third album and buying a rug for her booth at the CMAs. I had to Google her, but I realized she’s Maren Morris, whose song ‘My Church’ I LOVE [not just saying that as a bandwagon fan, but it did cause me to listen to more of her music and I’m now her newest, biggest fan].
- Lady Bugs. It's funny how most bugs creep you out when they’re crawling on you, but it’s cute when lady bugs do it. They were everywhere in Nashville and I’m told they’re good luck so I was happy to hang with my new little friends.
- Lollia Lavendar & Honey Hand Cream. My sister sent me fancy hand cream for my birthday, and carrying it around in my purse makes me feel like a legit 30-year old. Anthropologie carries the brand, and since walking around Anthropologie on Sundays with a cup of coffee in hand has always been one of my happy places, the smell brings a little piece of that feeling with me wherever I go.
- Hot Chicken. I got dinner with an old friend from high school, Jay, and his fiance, Jordy, who moved to Nashville last fall for her job. We went to Hattie B's for hot chicken, which is basically spicy fried chicken, with a side of red skinned potato salad and collared greens [delicious]. This officially concludes the Kelsey Myers Food Tour of the South.
I stopped in Austin to say howdy one more time as I head west, and now I’m camped at the Grand Canyon of Texas before continuing on to Colorado, Utah, and then back to California to fly to my brother’s wedding on Maui. I came to the realization a couple weeks ago that I want to move to San Diego when I’m through with this trip, so I’m not sure yet if I’ll just call it after the wedding or continue on. I’ve always wanted to road trip along the east coast, but the thought of crossing the country again sounds crazy, so there’s a good chance I’ll save it for another time in life.