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An Outdoorsy Day | Nashville Staycation

Breakfast: Bongo Java, Belmont

The front porch outside Nashville’s oldest and most celebrated coffeehouse is at any time of day an eclectic mix of students, dogs, hipsters, and celebrities. It has been listed as one of the top two coffeehouses every year since it first opened its doors in the opinion of the Nashville Scene. While you’re ordering off of the breakfast-served-all-day menu, ask about the cinnamon bun that bears striking resemblance to Mother Teresa, aka the “Nun Bun” (the actual bun was stolen in 2005, but the story will remain forever as part of Bongo Java history).

Bongo Java
2007 Belmont Blvd.

Activity: Canoe trip down Harpeth

The Harpeth River is a scenic, class one river great for any skill level canoers. There are sandbars around every bend for those who want to take a break from paddling and jump into the cool water, pull out a picnic lunch, or snap a picture of the blue heron, beaver, or otter you might happen to see along the way.

Foggy Bottom Canoe
1270 Highway 70, in Kingston Springs, TN

Lunch: Grilled Cheeserie

Food trucks are the new thing here in Nashville, and Grilled Cheeserie is one of our favorites! This is the perfect opportunity to pick up some food and take the picnic wherever you want to be. Follow them on Twitter or check their website to find out where the truck will be when you want something melty, gooey, and delicious for lunch.

The Grilled Cheeserie
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Activity: Percy Priest Lake

Percy Priest Lake has everything you could want – beaches to hang out and get some sun, boat rentals, fishing, nature watching, and more. Elm Hill Marina offers boat rentals with all the amenities, from party decks and slides to water skis and tubes. Fishing equipment is also available to rent for an afternoon catching bass and catfish.

Elm Hill Marina
3361 Bell Rd

Dinner: South Street

Eat on a table that goes around the trunk of a tree growing right through the deck of South Street, or head upstairs to the Tree House Oyster Bar – either way, you’ll get a delicious meal that feels like it is served anywhere but in a stuffy restaurant. The open-air concept restaurant is a new Nashville trend, but South Street has been set up to confuse the outdoors and indoors since 1991. The down-home menu includes a Crab-and-Slab, a Southern Broil, and a smoked Pumped Chicken, among others.

South Street
907 20th Ave S

Activity: Climb Nashville!

It’s hard to get bored with over 12,000 square feet of indoor climbing surface. Climb Nashville has 40 foot walls for climbers of all experience levels as well as several different kinds of classes. This is the South’s destination for indoor climbing!

Climb Nashville
3630 Redmon Street

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