This is Part 1 of my #JenneAcrosstheUSA vegan road trip travel series: Vegan Nashville. My boyfriend and I are taking 3 weeks to drive from NYC to LA, and our route is taking us through the south! Make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel and follow me on Instagram and Facebook for daily updates and healthy travel hacks!
It still doesn’t feel real, but I just moved out of NYC.
After 8 years living in my dream city, my partner and I felt the urge to move on to better weather, sunnier skies, and more nature: we’re on our way to Los Angeles. Instead of buying plane tickets and flying west, we thought it would be a lot more fun to drive to our new home, taking a 3-week road trip along the way.
Since I’m from the South, and there’s so much history and culture down there, we decided to head down before heading west. Our first stop was Philadelphia, where we stayed at the Sonesta Hotel in Rittenhouse Square and dined at Vedge Restaurant (one of the the best vegan restaurants in the world)—the next day we made our way down south to Tennessee.
Growing up in ATL I had been to Tennessee a few times: Chattanooga for the aquarium (which I don’t condone now), Pigeon Forge, and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But somehow we never made it to the state’s two most famous cities: Nashville and Memphis. Maxx and I are both music lovers (and he’s a musician), so we were really excited to experience Nashville, the country music capital.
Nashville also has a couple stellar vegan restaurants, and is home to some of my favorite wellness influencers: Tay Sweat, The Vegan Trainer; and McKel Hill of Nutrition Stripped. We made sure to explore as much as we could in the few days we had in the state. Photos and details below!