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    Nashville Travel: 10 Things To Avoid

    Music City is one of the most exciting new stops in travel and tourism, but don’t get caught up in Nashville travel sites that urge you to throw on your cowboy boots and prepare for some down-home country fun. Want to hang out like the locals? This handy list will keep you far from the crowds, lines and “wooo” girls of the NashVegas strip and put you right in the heart of the best Nashville travel has to offer. Nashville Travel: 10 Things To Avoid CMA Fest I understand this typically is the reason for most travel to Nashville in the summer, but don’t expect to start hobnobbing with Music City’s…

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    2018’s Top Honeymoon Destinations

    You announce to your friends and family that you’re getting married and the next question asked, beyond the initial details of the day, is always “where’s the honeymoon?.” honeymoon destinations  For Joe and I, we traded jetting off to a tropical week-long getaway for some time relaxing in our new home and wrapping up quality time with family that extended their trips to explore Nashville. Whether staycationing or flying to the most exclusive destinations around the globe, your honeymoon is the time to escape from everyone and spend time with your spouse to celebrate. It’s about you. And if you’re going to do it, do it big. From scouring some…

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    Carry-On Travel Essentials

    Though my folding skills are aces, I’ve never considered myself a truly masterful packer. I’m more of an over-packer if anything. Cramming as many clothes, accessories, and toiletries into one bag the night before a trip, only to realize I didn’t bring anything I would actually wear once I get to my final destination. And my carry-on bag? Forget about it. Jam-packed with books, music, extra layers, electronic devices… most of which I will never use. So in an effort to create a routine around packing for my travels, I’ve whittled down a list of travel essentials to ensure I only leave home with what I need. When it comes to…

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    Explore: Chattanooga

    If you’ve been following me on social media, you likely saw hints of my surprise trip to Chattanooga for my birthday in November or Bachelors Party weekend last month. Who knew Chattanooga would play such a pivotal role in my social milestones? My love affair with the small(ish) Tennessee town began after a nonstop night of birthday fun with my #squad in Nashville. I woke up late in the morning the next day, trying to piece together a semblance of why I felt so “tired,” to packed bags and a smirk of Joe’s face that indicated he had a surprise in store. Once semi-hydrated, our quick road trip began. Once…

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    Organizing Your First Tour-De-Friends

    Life has gotten so busy that it has become harder than ever to actually hang with your “crew,” which is a total farce. We all need bonding time with our friends or we’ll go so insane; our brains could literally start to melt and then drip out of our ears. And I’m not just talking about grabbing some after-work drinks because, when it comes to some meaningful bonding, that just won’t cut it. The only way you can really, truly connect with your mates is to go on a tour-de-friends. Yup, I’m talking about hitting the road. Of course, there’s probably a part of you that is thinking: bachelor party.…

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    Back To Reality: How To Recover from Vacation

    After a three week vacation, soaking up the Destin, Florida sun, eating fancy and delicious foods, drinking my weight in booze and enjoying summer festivities, I returned to work mode this week. Let me tell you, nothing smacks you in the face quite like getting “back to reality.” Well except perhaps those Housewives who literally smack each other in the face on their reality shows. Waking up before 10 a.m., sweating through an hour of cardio at the gym and answering emails all day can really be a buzz kill. It’s a sad truth, but most of us cannot stay on a perma-vacation –unless you’re somehow a part of the Kardashian empire– and…

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    Hollywood With A Touch of Twang Pt. 2

    When I moved to Nashville almost five years ago, I was a bright-eyed, celebrity obsessed music lover that was anxious to explore all that Music City had to offer. After the first year of settling into my new home, I broke from my music-related blogging (on my music blog Tragic Kingdom) to provide readers with some of my favorite Nashville hot spots and places to add to their itinerary if bumping into country music royalty was on their list of things to do. In fact, it may have been that very post that led to the creation of Listen! It’s Vetrano and the more Lifestyle, Nashville-focused blog you’re reading (and loving, no doubt) today.…

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    Iceland: What To Do In That Other Nordic Nation

    North of the UK and West of Norway is the nation of Iceland. They are Nordic people so they have a history linked to the Scandinavian parts of Europe. A country of just around 334,000 people, it’s not that well-known. Well, the things that are well-known about it are its wildlife and the geological wonders it has. It’s a landscape of geysers and hot springs that shoot up hot water sometimes over a hundred feet into the air. There are waterfalls surrounded by luscious green foliage. And as you look outward toward the coasts you can see huge icebergs floating around. The sea animals that find Iceland as a safe…

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    Hollywood With A Touch of Twang

    One of the best things about moving to a new city is discovering its local cuisine and the favorite hot spots of its residents.  In Nashville, this means being in the company of some chart topping artists and well-known songwriters.  Since my move to this great city, which was almost a year ago (WOW!), readers, friends and family have asked me my recommendations on my favorite spots in town.  Although a bit of a detour from the music-related posts, I put together some of my picks to add to your itinerary if you’re planning a trip to Music City anytime soon. Start your day at one of the great coffee…

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    Shop: Parnassus Books

    Am I the only who pictures something dusty and overcrowded with old, worn out books when I think of a local bookstore?! Well, you won’t find that at Parnassus Books, located in Nashville’s Green Hills area. I was shopping for last minute holiday gifts when I stopped by this well-groomed shop with my friend. Well… maybe not stopped by so much as was dragged because let’s be real, reading gets in the way of my trashy, reality tv watching and I just can’t squeeze it in. However, on the occasion that I do find myself hankering to pick up a book and flip through it (usually looking for the pictures), I could…