The 10 Best Coffee Spots in Nashville

I'm a heavy coffee drinker, and Savannah hates it. I mean I've made her try every kind of coffee drink there is. It's hopeless. This one thing has nearly ruined our friendship. I'm kiddinggggg. But seriously, I really wish she loved it as much as I do. Having something you love so much and not being able to share that with your super tight homey is rough, man.

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So since I'm such a coffee lover, I have visited 70% of Nashville coffee shops. After much research and trial, I have come up with the ultimate list of Nashville's best coffee shops. What I'm looking for in a coffee shop is: excellent coffee, great decor, good location, and overall positive atmosphere. The ultimate question- is this a good place to have a meeting? Not all of these places have all of those qualities, but I have left all of them wanting to come back.

1. Dose- There are 2 locations but my favorite is the one closet to our house in Inglewood. Also, it is larger than their West Nashville location. Dose has good coffee, a good selection of food offerings (a few gluten free things too), the decor is nice, the service is good, and the location is perfect for me. I'ts only 1/2 mile from our house! If you are wanting to stay, they have table service, so keep that in mind- it probably won't be the place you want to sit all day and work. It's great for meeting people!

2. Barista Parlor- This is the coffee shop that started the coffee scene in Nashville. They've been featured in several articles for being one of the best coffee shops in America. They have 5 locations and I have visited 3 of them. Their coffee really is excellent, and the decor is nice. It's very Instagrammable.  This is a coffee shop that you have to try.

3. Fido- Before there was a Barista Parlor, there was a Fido. Fido is the sister coffee shop to Bongo Jave in East Nashville (which was the original Nashville coffee shop). You can't beat the Fido location because it's in Hillsboro Village which has several cute shops (like our friend's store- Apple + Oak- you must visit there) and restaurants.

4. Frothy Monkey- I can't even keep up with all of their locations but my favorite one is their newest location in West Nashville. It is HUGE with plenty of seating, and I love the decor. They have a good menu and good coffee, and I'd probably go here all the time if it was closer to my house. This coffee shop has everything I'm looking for except proximity to me.

5. Retrograde- This is one of Nashville's newest coffee shops and it's my new favorite one. This is located in an up + coming part of town that's very close to East Nashville. So the road it's on is still considered sketchy by most people, but slowly it's being developed and improved. Retrograde has everything I'm looking for in a coffee shop- the decor is outstanding, great service, great coffee, and the space has a good amount of seating. This will be my new place to have meetings.

6. Crema- This is located almost downtown and it's not too far from East Nashville. They have a Cuban latte that is so so good. Also if you are looking to sit outside and sip your coffee, look no further. They have nice outdoor seating which is nice because it's pretty small inside, and it gets filled up pretty quickly. They do have parking which is rare for a place so close to downtown. So to sum it up they have a great latte, good decor, good location, oh and this is a good place to meet someone- but I would pick mid-afternoon when it's not as busy.

7. Steadfast Coffee - This is a small coffee shop in Germantown that roasts their own coffee beans. I always appreciate this because then you know the coffee is supa' fresh. They have a few food offerings and a lot of times they have gluten free options. They also have a nice outdoor seating area.
8. Humprey's Street- This is even newer than Retrograde, and I love it! Humprey's is located in Wedgewood Houston which is really growing and turning into a really cool part of town. The space used to be a church and it has a really good design and feel to it. I had their French toast latte and it was divine. They had comfy chairs + a couch to sit in which is a major plus. The space is a pretty good size with lots of seating, and would be a great place to set up shop and work all day and to meet people. Oh and they have a patio/deck area!

These last 2 are more cafes than coffee shops but you can definitely go to them to just drink coffee + I really like these places :)

9. Cafe Roze- They have a rose latte that is really delicious and it's something different that you can't get anywhere else in Nashville (that I know of). The decor is top notch and it's a great place to meet a friend to have a lovely cup of coffee and have a small bite. Their coconut yogurt bowl is scrumptious!

10. Sky Blue Cafe-  This place has been around since 2010 and has become an East Nashville staple. There's something about this place that is comfortable and it's not trying too hard. They have good coffee and classic American breakfast.

And those are the top 10 places to get some coffee in Nashville! We hope you liked this post and if you'd like to see more posts about Nashville, don't forget to subscribe to our e-mail list!

xo, Casey

3 Ways You Can Save Money On Travel

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Casey and I have a long list of places we want to visit just for fun, and I'm sure you do too. So when Expedia wanted to collaborate on a trip with us, NYC immediately came to mind. Luckily we were able to get the best deal with Expedia Add-On Advantage™. Today we are going to share how you too can plan a trip and save money!

1. Be flexible with your dates. For you this may mean booking your travel during off-season for wherever you are going. Going when it isn't tourist season can save you a ton! If the place you are going doesn't really have an "off-season", there's still an option.

When you settle on a time frame, check out what days are cheaper to fly. I've heard a lot of different advice about what days of the week are cheapest to fly on, but those days have always varied for us. Just make sure to check out the two or three days before your trip and the two or three days after and see if it's worth it to move your dates.

2. Use the Expedia Add-On Advantage™Program. This is a new addition to the Expedia platform, and it's pretty awesome. If you've been following our advice from our first point, you are probably extensively researching prices on flights. When the time comes when you've found a great deal, you can book it on Expedia without having to book a hotel room.

In the past, if you wanted to find the best travel deals, you had to book everything at once. But with this new program you can book your flight and then book your hotel later while still reaping the benefits of booking together in a package deal. You have access to all the hotel discount up until the day of your trip. This allows you to take your time to find the right hotel for you, and it helps you break up your payments for your trip! What's not to love?!

3. Pack in a carry-on and avoid check-in fees. Now I know this tip won't save you hundreds of dollars, but it will be enough to pay for a meal or two. And when you are traveling on the cheap, that's something! We went on a trip to Portugal earlier this year and carried on to 8 different planes. Those checked bag fees would've really added up by the end of the trip! So pack light and save yourself some cheddar. 

We hope these tips will help you save money on your upcoming trips! If you liked this post and would like to see more like it, please pin an image from this post to your Pinterest page!

xo, Savannah

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The 6 Best Ways to Display Your Houseplants

We constantly get questions over on Instagram about how we have our plants hung. We realized that many people just don't know their options when it comes to displaying them. You may think you can't have any plants because you don't have any extra floor space. But today we are going to talk about all the different ways you can display them, and some of them have nothing to do with your floor space.

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1. A bookshelf / If you have any bookshelf, freestanding or hanging on the wall, then you can definitely find a place for a plant. Just remove four or five books and you've got space for a small succulent or philodendron. And if you have a tall shelf like ours your philodendron can grow long and touch the floor for dramatic effect.

2. A fireplace mantle / Our mantle used to have a few plants on it, but now it only houses this fluffy pathos. This plant is basically the center of our living room. Just make sure your plants with long stems hanging are on the ends of the mantle when you are lighting a fire. No scorched plants here!

3. A plant hanger from the ceiling / We love a good plant hanger. So much that we actually bought a GIANT one and hung it in our backyard as a chandelier. We've tried our hand at making them ourselves and bought some really great ones off of Amazon. We were lucky that this hook was already in the ceiling when we moved in.

If you are going this route, make sure you buy a hook that can handle the weight of your plant and also make sure you are screwing it into a stud or beam or buying a kit specific to a ceiling. If you screw a regular hook into the dry wall, it won't matter what kind of weight it can hold- it will eventually fall out. Just read any instructions before you hang your plant.

4. A plant hanger from the wall / I bet this is the thing people ask us the most about. If you are worried about hanging your plant from the ceiling correctly, get one of these wall hangers and mount your plant on the wall. It's way more straight-forward! These are great if you're plant crazy like us and have run out of spaces to put plants on. You can usually find a place on the wall :)

5. An individual plant stand / This is a great alternative to setting your plants on the ground. The benefits are that you plant will be closer to the light and/or it can jazz up plain pots. There are so many different kinds of plants stands to suit all different styles. Here is one that is similar to ours in the photo and here is one that has sort of a mid century vibe and is very popular at the moment.

6. A multi-plant stand / We found this particular plant stand at a vintage store in the middle of nowhere for $15. Casey had been on the lookout for one and in Nashville they were all $75+. Now you can actually buy this one that is really similar and brand new on Amazon. If you have the space, this is a great way to have a whole plant section in your home and explore different varieties. Plus it's a cute decoration.

Make sure you pay attention to the lighting requirements for each plant you plan on using. In general the bottom shelf won't get as much light as the top. We may, or may not, have killed a few plants by not paying attention to this with this stand.

We hope this post has inspired you to find room in your home for a plant or two. If you want to see more posts like this, pin any image here on your Pinterest! Also, find more content on our Instagram here.

xo, Savannah

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