post author: grace
Living in Nashville definitely has it's perks! There are always tons of fun things to do, amazing restaurants to try, and music everywhere. Having friends and family visit gives us lots of opportunities to try new things and explore our city a little wider and deeper... adding to our ever evolving list of must-sees/dos list! Currently, here is some of my favorite things to do in Nashville.
1. Arrington Vineyards
About 20 minutes outside of Nashville, Arrington Vineyards is a gorgeous hillside winery. Their wines are delicious and fairly priced. We never miss an opportunity to take friends and guests here.
You can pack a picnic, purchase gourmet chocolates, cheese, crackers and sausage on site or take advantage of the gourmet food and picnics offered by Simply Living Life. Bistro tables and tons of picnic tables are available or spread a blanket out on the lawn under a shade tree and, if the weather isn't cooperating, there's a fun barn with seating available too.
On Friday evenings from May thru October, they host Food Truck Fridays where you can enjoy live music and food from Simply Living Life and different food trucks. Visit their website here for the food truck and music schedule.
On Saturdays and Sundays from April to October they host Music in the Vines. Jazz groups are featured in the courtyard by the tasting lodge while bluegrass bands are by the Grand Barn.
The second Wednesday of each month, they host Cigar Night from 6 - 9 p.m. in the courtyard. My FIL would LOVE this -- live music, cigars and wine.
All of these events, as well as parking, are free!
But Sunday afternoon is by far my favorite time to visit Arrington because it offers the ideal setting to relax and recharge for the coming week. And what could be better than family and friends sharing good wine, good food, good conversation, and a gorgeous sunset? Now that's my idea of the perfect start to a new week!
2. Belmont University
Belmont University is set on 84 gorgeous acres near downtown Nashville. I first toured the campus grounds with my parents a few years ago and it was absolutely breathtaking! The architecture is stunning and the garden area is exquisite.
The university is open for guided campus tours Monday through Friday, but campus maps are available so you can tour the campus at your own pace if you'd rather.
To avoid city traffic or searching for parking, try an Old Town Trolley Tour. You can hop off the trolley, explore the campus and hop back on the next passing trolley. Plus, you'll get to see and learn about many more points of interest in Nashville.
3. 12 South
This is a wonderfully walkable neighborhood -- shopping, eating, drinking, playing -- you name it, it's here.
The small boutiques are unique and eclectic and there's a broad range of goods and price points. Something for everyone, for sure!
Food and drink options in 12 South are endless! Most notably Edley's, Burger Up, Five Daughters Donuts, Frothy Monkey, etc. It is the perfect area to sit on a patio and people watch for hours.
Also, the surrounding residential street are adorable. I could walk up and down those streets admiring the beautiful homes for hours.
And on Tuesday afternoons, from May to October, be sure to visit the 12 South Farmer’s Market in Sevier Park (hours are 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.) In addition to the amazing food and produce vendors, you'll find some of the city's best food trucks here.
4. The Listening Room Cafe
The Listening Room Cafe, located in Sobro, is a fairly new one-of-a kind venue and is the PERFECT live music Nashville experience. They've built a reputation for attracting the biggest songwriters and artists in the music business.
It's always a great time and pretty affordable (usually $5 - $15 cover).
People come for the music, but can enjoy food and drinks too. They offer lunch, dinner and late-night appetizers as well as a Saturday brunch.
I highly recommend giving this place a listen and you can check our their upcoming shows here.
5. Edwin & Percy Warner Parks
Edwin and Percy Warner Parks are awesome! These two parks are adjacent to each other, separated by Old Hickory Boulevard, and cover more that 3,000 acres. The parks are absolutely beautiful and have great hiking trails, horse trails, cross country courses, picnic pavilions, play areas, bathrooms, and a dog park.
The trails are well marked, suitable for all fitness levels, and shady so you can enjoy a hike through the hills even on the hottest days of summer. Also, they are pet and bike friendly.
These parks are just a few miles from downtown Nashville, yet being here feels a million miles away from the city. This is my favorite place to join a friend or two for a good hike, even better conversation while enjoying the beautiful surroundings and peacefulness of nature.
If you have never been to Nashville, start planning a visit to our remarkable city now. The people are friendly, the food is out-of-this-world delicious and the sights and sounds are abundant!
If you have been to Nashville, let me know what your favorite spots are!