During the Summer time, I always have the urge to travel and explore. I love getting to visit new places, see new sites, and explore from little towns to big cities. Summer always feels like a fresh start, and nothing helps get my creative juices flowing quite like traveling! Whenever we can, we like to get out and see something new, even if it’s just a quick day trip outside of Nashville!
I wanted to share a few of my favorite day trips from Nashville that are worth checking out. Traveling can be expensive, but don’t let that hold you back from visiting new places near you on the low! All of these trips are less than an hour away, and are fairly inexpensive, and I seriously felt like I had traveled way further than we had.
Arrington Vineyards – 40 minutes
Just 40 minutes outside of Nashville lies the beautiful rolling hills of Arrington Vineyards. No kidding, you’ll think you’re in France or Napa! Sip on a flight of wine, enjoy two different live music groups (jazz and blue grass!) on the weekends, take a stroll through the vineyards, or enjoy some yummy food in their restaurant! We were so impressed with this place, and it was so picturesque. The wine was delicious, the setting was unbelievable, and we even were able to bring our own picnic and eat our lunch in the lush forest overlooking the vineyards. We will definitely be coming back again!
Franklin, TN – 30 minutes
For many, Franklin isn’t too far so it might not even be considered a “day trip”, but since we live in Germantown, it’s about 30 minutes away so we’ll call it a day trip 😉 We love going to Franklin for the afternoon, walking through the historic downtown (perfect for some great photo ops!), getting lunch, hitting up a coffee shop, and just enjoying this cute little town! I also love stopping by Hewitt Garden and Design on the way for some straight up plant HEAVEN. Some of our favorite places we like to go to in Franklin are:
Coffee and Coconuts – Not in downtown, but this place is the CUTEST and has good coffee!
Historic downtown – There are many boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops in this area! Make sure to check out the historic theatre, it’s a really cool building!
House of India – We grabbed lunch here because we love Indian food, and it had great vegan options!
The Factory at Franklin – Stop by for lunch, Jeni’s Ice Cream, coffee, Five Daughter’s Donuts, or stroll through the local artisan shops in this revived historic factory building.
Mantra Artisan Ales – It’d be remiss of me not to mention a brewery for the sake of Derek! This brewery offers every type of beer you could want. If you don’t like beer they also brew their own cold brew and sodas!
Green Door Gourmet – 25 minutes
My favorite little farm that is open to the public 7 days a week! Just a short drive from Nashville at about 20ish minutes, is Green Door Gourmet. If you saw my post a few months ago, My Summer Closet Must Have, and saw my strawberry picking photos, then you are probably already obsessed with this farm like me! During the Spring/Summer they offer strawberry picking (May-June), and they have a huge sunflower field open to the public currently that would make for some great photos! Other than the huge farm, they have a general store where they sell their produce, flowers, local goods, and yummy pre-made food. And if you come when the strawberry picking is over, there is pretty much no one there, and they let us visit the farm animals! It feels good to support an amazing local farm, and it feels like you’ve gone to the country even though you’re only a short drive out of the city!
Springfield, TN – 40 minutes
Is it possible to fall in love with a little town, because I’m in love with Springfield, TN. This cute, tiny, historic town is the absolute perfect day trip outside of Nashville. It takes about 40 minutes, and we were basically able to do everything in the town in about 5 hours! After a beautiful drive, we stopped at Historic Perk, and enjoyed our coffee al fresco. Then we strolled through the tiny town, soaking in all the historic shops and buildings! Springfield has some great local thrift shops (bring cash!) and antique stores that we stopped in. After making Derek take about 4561345 photos of me because every corner is so dang cute, we sipped on some tea at Burdett’s Tea Shop & Trading Company, L.L.C., then got lunch at Depot Bar & Grill. They even had a house made vegan burger that was so yummy! The last place we check out before making the short trip home was the Springfield Greenway. This greenway has wheat fields as far as the eye can see, and again, I felt like I was transported to a different country! After a few vintage-inspired snaps, and feeding some ducks at the pond, we rolled the windows down in the car and enjoyed the ride back to Nashville!
More importantly than visiting these amazing places, I want to encourage you to always pursue some adventure! Get out there and explore the area around you. You don’t have to go to Bali or Portugal to travel. You don’t have to buy an expensive plane ticket, and take off a week of work. Adventure is anywhere you want it to be!
The more places we explore, I will be updating this list so you too can visit these truly special places whether you live in Nashville or are just stopping by!
SHOP MY LOOKS:
Grey Square Neck Dress – Thrifted, similar here
Gingham Silk Head Scarf – Thrifted, similar here
Floral Silk Head Scarf – Thrifted, similar here
Gingham Wrap Dress – Urban Outfitters
Black Cat Eye Sunglasses – Amazon Prime
Vintage Basket Bag – Thrifted, similar here
Black Block Heels – HM, similar here
Vintage Red Dress – Vintage, similar here
White Linen Tank – Forever 21
Linen Button Skirt – Thrifted, similar here
Black Gingham Skirt – Forever 21, similar here
Black V Neck Tank – Thrifted, similar here
Boater Hat – Target