Turning 30 in Nashville

You guys, I had the BEST 30th birthday!!! My birthday was on a Saturday this year (aka the best day to have a birthday) so I knew it was going to be a good one. I had to be in Nashville the next day for a work trip, so I flew out a few days earlier and had a super fun birthday weekend with friends!

I know a lot of people dread turning 30 (and I guess I kind of did a tiny bit…) but honestly, turning 30 was such an exciting milestone for me. All of the older ladies I know say that their 30’s were SO MUCH BETTER than their 20’s, so I definitely was looking forward to a new decade! I am ready to feel “adult-ier” than I did in my 20’s and love that I can now feel better about going to bed early and not going out as much. Now Liz Lemon can officially be my spirit animal.

I flew to Nashville on Thursday night and stayed the weekend with my friend Michelle who lives there. On Friday, our sweet friend Ashley drove into town to help me celebrate – we just had the best weekend and I felt SO LOVED! On Friday, Michelle and I (who both took the entire day off) both had some work to do, so we spent the morning working hard so we could have the rest of the weekend free for fun.

Once we were finished working, we went to the 12 South neighborhood for a little bit of eating and a little bit of walking! We had lunch at bartaco (they have quite a few locations around the country – it was pretty good!) for tacos and a margarita, and then we moseyed on down to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for a little treat. I seriously wanted a scoop of every flavor!! I got a cone with two delish flavors and enjoyed them thoroughly.

Next Meesh and I walked to the famed Five Daughters Bakery to pick up some 100 layer donuts (they’re cronuts) to eat later! They had a few great flavors to choose from, but I’ll tell you now that the regular sugared option was MY FAVORITE!!!

Once Ashley got to town, we got ready to go out to dinner at Tavern. I can’t remember where we tried to eat first, but that place had a CRAZY long wait. It took a while to get a table at Tavern, too, but the food ended up being delicious and the dinner was really fun! After dinner we met up with some of my Dallas friends for a Josh Abbott Band concert! They were also in town a little bit early for the same work trip, and it was fun to see them in another state! The concert was pretty good, and I got to start my actual birthday in the WEIRDEST Uber ride of my life!

Saturday (my actual birthday!!) started out with some delicious cronuts! Even being a day old, THEY WERE SO GOOD! And after eating a treat, what’s the next thing we did? Go to brunch, obviously!! Michelle, Ashley, and I met up with my old friend Jacob for brunch at a place called Hopsmith. The food was great and it was a lot of fun seeing an old buddy (we’ve known each other for about 21 years!)

After eating ALL THE FOOD, we hopped in the car and headed to Franklin, TN! My mom has always raved about how cute it is and how much she loves it, so for my birthday I chose to go there and experience it for myself! My mom was definitely right – it was adorable! We walked, we shopped, we got coffee at Frothy Monkey, and we had a blast!

After a quick pit stop at Chick-Fil-A for an afternoon snack, we all got ready at Michelle’s apartment and then headed out for my birthday dinner. There were quite a few of my work friends in town and so I got to spend my 30th birthday surrounded by 10 of my favorite people while eating delicious burgers at The Pharmacy. We also got delicious milkshakes and I tried rose cider which is the absolute best (and apparently the new big thing so go to your grocery store and try it!)

We all parted ways after dinner (and it started POURING) so us girls went back home to play games and listen to music and finish out my birthday in comfy pajamas. It was such a wonderful day! It’s always a nice feeling to get so many calls and texts and messages from family and friends.

The next morning we woke up and packed up and went to have breakfast at a cute local cafe. Then I went to my hotel and started my work trip!

Even though it was “technically” for a work trip, I just had THE BEST TIME celebrating my 30th birthday in Nashville with some of my very favorite people!! I really feel like I saw (and ate) a lot of great parts of Nashville and I already can’t wait to go back some day! There were so many great things (and lets be real, lots of restaurants) that we just didn’t have time to check out, so I’ll have to keep my list for the next time I get back there.


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