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When Your Mom Visits (Part 2)…

Victoria Barner

In this second installment of “When Your Mom Visits…” my mom and I venture out of Nashville, visit another café, and more! Here are some more highlights from her visit, and if you haven’t already, check out part 1!

Franklin, TN: If you visit Nashville, you have to visit Franklin as well. My mom and I had both wanted to check it out for quite some time, but it’s about half an hour outside of the city, so until she visited, I had never really had the chance. Downtown Franklin is adorable–it’s filled with all sorts of really cool stores and boutiques and is the perfect place to window shop. We also checked out The Factory at Franklin, which is an old factory building holding a variety of stores and restaurants which is only a few minutes outside of downtown. I’d definitely recommend checking out both of these places, my mom and I spent the day exploring and walking around them.

Dotson’s Restaurant: Dotson’s is the epitome of a small, family run diner just outside of Downtown Franklin. They had authentic Southern comfort food in a little run-down building that seems like it’s probably been there forever–in fact, they don’t even accept credit cards! It was a little bit like stepping back in time–if you go, make sure you try the pie, it was fantastic.

Crema: Crema is “a coffee brewtique” that’s around a 10-minute drive from Vandy. I’m no coffee expert but the mocha I had was incredibly good as was the cheddar scone I had with it. This would also be a really great study spot.

Just casually being pensive on some white couches. #artsy

The Opryland Hotel: Visiting the Opryland Hotel is a must for any trip to Nashville. My mom had never been and I had never visited when the place wasn’t decked out in Christmas lights, so my mom and I decided to go and wander around. We also may have happened upon a conference centered around blogging, and we may have briefly snuck a listen to a performance by a contestant on The Voice, Chris Mann.

And so concludes my mom’s jam-packed visit to Nashville. I feel like I’ve now seen even more of the city–and the more I see of it, the more I love living here. Furthermore, this series of posts has led me to consider a career in travel writing (maybe like Rick Steves?). That’d be an awesome job.

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