bugsy running on lone rock beach with the airstream and f-150 in the background

One night in Nashville, TN (visit #3)–Big Trip #2

We were in Nashville in October 2018, as part of Big Trip #2.

After spending a few days with family in NC and GA, we are officially setting out on our two-month Big Trip 2! First (third?) stop on our way west: Nashville, an urban camping destination we love, just for a night. Read about our first and second visits to Nashville here and here, our fourth at the end of Big Trip #2 here, and our fifth at the end of Big Trip #3 here–or skip to our Nashville Favorites post!


We always stay at the Fairgrounds Nashville, although we were told changes are coming this winter that will drastically cut the number of campsites.


IPA at Bearded Iris in Nashville

The only brewery we had time for this trip was Bearded Iris, which last trip J declared as the best brewery he’d ever been to. He stands by that proclamation.


halloween cocktail at Butchertown Hall

We had wanted to explore Germantown a bit more after seeing a bit of it last trip when we picked up Vui’s Kitchen carryout, so we ventured out from Bearded Iris and ended up eating dinner at the bar at Butchertown Hall. It’s a huge, gorgeously-renovated space with fancy cocktails (including a Halloween-themed cocktail menu when we visited) and creative roasted dishes.

cocktails at Silo in Germantown

For some reason, despite all the doughnuts and cake we ate in Atlanta, J craved dessert after Butchertown Hall. We enjoyed a dessert cocktail and generous portion of cherry cobbler with pistachio ice cream at Silo. (Interesting how both of my “food” photos are of cocktails.)

[We are excited to have reservations at Rolf & Daughters, also in Germantown, for December when we pass back through on our way home!]


bugsy at HOB Studios, Berry Hill

Bugsy needed some entertainment, so we popped over to nearby Berry Hill for a walk. The House of Blues studios are colorful and worth seeing, but the rest of the neighborhood was less captivating.

[Germantown is a good neighborhood to roam, with many shops and restaurants, but it’s mostly new construction and felt a bit sterile.]

Before we left town on the long drive to Kansas City, we sweated out some toxins at Barry’s Bootcamp. It’s a tough HIIT workout using free weights and treadmills, and of special note to RV-dwellers, they have complimentary towel service and clean showers.

To Do

Next trip, in addition to dinner at Rolf & Daughters (Husk too, returning there for the third time), I really want to get a photo of Bugsy at the angel wings mural! It’s good to have goals.


3 responses to “One night in Nashville, TN (visit #3)–Big Trip #2”

  1. elizabeth sheeran Avatar
    elizabeth sheeran

    You two drink too much beer…

    1. bugsy Avatar

      Somebody’s got to drink all the beer in all the places! It’s all in the name of travel research.

  2. […] Nashville was our second-to-last stop on Big Trip #2, because it’s well-positioned for heading home from Out West, and because it’s a super fun town with a great urban camping situation. Read about our previous Nashville visits: ONE, TWO, THREE! […]

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