Creative Rhythms, From Backstage to Backroads

Nashville & Surrounding Areas

Nashville is Music City. The ever-present creative vibe and entrepreneurial spirit here have deep roots that influence our art and culture. And that spirit extends to the food, football and unforgettable historical attractions.

Dance to your own beat here. Beyond the neon of Lower Broadway, Nashville is a foodie destination, rich with tried-and-true and trendy hotspots. Stylish, innovative and homegrown influences permeate museums, nightlife, galleries and the main streets of the surrounding towns. Cheer for the Tennessee Titans or tap your toes to the lineup at the Grand Ole Opry.

Artistic energy flows, bearing witness to the powerful influence of lyric and melody. Get into the essence of it at one of 120-plus venues including The Basement, Marathon Music Works and The Bluebird Café. Catch the vibe of The District. The wealth of Nashville’s downtown nightlife begins with Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and Ernest Tubb Record Shop. While you’re downtown, gather inspiration from the Frist Center for Visual Arts. Stellar local food fare is always worth a stop at places such as Whiskey Kitchen, Husk, Rolf & Daughters, Loveless Cafe, Eastland Cafe, Silo, Burger Up and The Catbird Seat.

Visit legendary music destinations such as The Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Historic RCA Studio B, and The Johnny Cash Museum. Among the best outdoor spots are Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, area state parks and beautiful lakes. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art celebrates every colorful season. Bicentennial Mall State Park commemorates 200 years of statehood and captures the essence of Tennessee history. Adelicia Acklen’s Belmont Mansion and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage will fill you with awe.

The small towns around Nashville possess a unique charm and pace all their own. See new and time-honored talent at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester. In Lynchburg, learn about the famous Jack Daniel and friends. Plan a trip to Kix Brooks Arrington Vineyards for award-winning wines, jazz and vineyard views. Visit historic Leipers Fork for art, scenery and laidback music venues.

Once a national postal road, Natchez Trace, one of Americas 10 best biking roads, is a greenway through the Southern Appalachian foothills. Nearby Franklins restored downtown and theater blend great food, shopping and music with the Civil WarBattle of Franklin. The stories of Shys Hill and Fort Donelson National Battlefield illustrate the wars immense reach. 

 

Experience Nashville & Surrounding Areas

Music is just the beginning. Family fun, professional sports, fine art, trend-setting shopping, renowned eateries and Southern favorites await you in Music City and beyond.


Nashville & Surrounding Areas Oct 31, 2014 - Jan 25, 2015 Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy Nashville, TN The first exhibition dedicated to Italian Renaissance art in Nashville since 1934, Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy explores the role of the two major new religious orders in the revival of the arts in Italy during the period 1200 to 1550. The exhibition presents drawings, illuminated manuscripts, liturgical objects, paintings, prints, printed books and sculptures drawn from the collections of major American and European libraries and museums, including works of art from the Vatican Library and Vatican Museums that have never before been exhibited in the United States. Image Credit: Italian, probably Bologna. Abbey Bible: Dominican and Franciscan Friars Singing at Lecterns (fol. 224r) (detail), ca. 1250–62. Tempera and gold leaf on parchment, leaf 10 9/16 x 7 3/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2011.23.224. learn more Nashville & Surrounding Areas Oct 31 Campfire, Cookout, Songs & Spooks at Commodore Farm Linden, TN Enjoy an adult version of Halloween fun at the Commodore owner's farm, just minutes from the hotel. learn more Nashville & Surrounding Areas Nov 1 - 2 Fall Festival Weekend at Milky Way Farm Pulaski, TN Milky Way Farm Chocolate Estate Tours learn more Nashville & Surrounding Areas Nov 1 - 4 Johnsonville State Historic Park hosts the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville New Johnsonville, TN On the first weekend of November, cannons will once again ring out along the Tennessee River in both Benton and Humphreys County, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville. The Civil War battle occurred on November 4, 1864, when troops under Confederate cavalry leader Nathan Bedford Forrest attacked the Union supply base at Johnsonville from the Benton County side of the river. The attact resulted in the near destruction of the Federal base of supplies at Johnsonville. learn more Nashville & Surrounding Areas Nov 1 Rippavilla's Vines & Vintage Wine, Antique & Artisan Market Spring Hill, TN Wine and antique festival learn more

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