It’s happening – the time change is this weekend. Our clocks will go back an hour, and although we do get that extra hour of sleep, the days will be shorter. I always feel a little gloomy when this switch happens. I long for the lengthy, warm days of summer and can feel cooped up when it gets dark as soon as I get home from work.
But there can be joy at this time of year, too. We might look forward to the holidays. Perhaps we savor the feeling of a soft scarf around our necks or boots snug around our legs. We can turn on the fireplace and wrap ourselves in blankets.
I’m going to try not entering a dreary state when DST ends this Sunday morning. I’m going to seize it as an opportunity to curl up and consume all the warm drinks that I can. To further help us cope, I’ve compiled 4 of the best spots to get cozy when the days are darker and colder. I hope these help bring some cheer to the rest of your fall!
Breakfast/lunch: Frothy Monkey
Relaxed and welcoming, Frothy Monkey – open from breakfast through dinner – can feel like home on a fall day. Stop by solo or with a friend for their truly excellent coffee. My go-to meal is the Julie, a simple yet outstanding bagel sandwich with farm eggs, feta, basil, and tomato.
Afternoon tea: High Garden
Walking into High Garden feels like stepping into a fairy tale. This woodland tea house has a wide selection of local teas and herbs. It is the perfect place to spend a fall afternoon sampling and sipping their collection. Try the Milky Oolong, Rose Garden Grey, or Classic Moroccan Green. Or, head to the back of the shop for their comforting house brewed kombucha, called Folklore Ferments. Either way, you’ll feel refreshed and at ease. (Note: They also carry High Garden tea at Frothy!)
Dinner: Lockeland Table
One of the best spots to be on a chilly evening, Lockeland Table provides a cozy refuge for a happy hour or dinner. Warm up with their wood-fired pizza, and the Olive & Sinclair chocolate chip skillet is an absolute must.
Drinks: Old Glory
Old Glory is one of my favorite bars in Nashville. Find it in Edgehill Village, nestled in an alleyway behind Taco Mamacita. The bar has a speakeasy vibe. Dim with comfy seating and well-crafted cocktails, this is your ideal bar on a cold night.
Hope this helps ease the transition into the latter half of fall! Please share your own favorite cozy places with me in the comments!