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 Feb 1 - Oct 1 Milky Way Farm Country Breakfast or Group Luncheons Pulaski, TN Country Breakfast or Tea Room Luncheons are now offered Tuesday-Friday by appointment for groups of 20 or more. Schedule your visit today at 931-808-2281. learn more Nashville & Surrounding Areas Feb 1 Drop-in Family Program: Embellished Instruments Nashville, TN Decorate your own instrument, inspired by artifacts in the museum. Choose a wooden or paper cutout of a banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, or mandolin and decorate it with color, rhinestones, or sequins. Will you design yours like Taylor Swift’s Swarovski crystals-covered guitar or Buck Owens’s red, white, and blue one? Ages 5 and up. Taylor Swift Education Center. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. learn more Nashville & Surrounding Areas Feb 1 Percussion Demonstration: Jared Kneale Nashville, TN Jared Kneale played drums with pop, rock, country, and world music artists in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. Since moving to Nashville in 2010, he has performed or recorded with Audio Adrenaline, Katie Armiger, Jessie Baylin, Gabe Dixon, Mikky Ekko, and Rebecca St. James. Kneale is currently on tour with Kacey Musgraves. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members. learn more Nashville & Surrounding Areas Feb 4 - Apr 19 Charles Brindley: Trees of Myth and Legend Nashville, TN This exhibition will display works by noted landscape artist Charles Brindley, who is best known for exquisite renderings of his best loved subject: trees. With approximately 70 drawings and paintings, Trees of Myth and Legend will be a fitting tribute to an artist who has dedicated much of his painting career to bringing viewers into communion with the trees and landscape of Tennessee. Brindley will be exhibiting a new drawing of Cheekwood’s historic Swan Lawn Oak Tree along with other new work and many tree-related drawings and paintings from the past three decades, including his studies of trees at Glen Leven, the staircase at the Tennessee Governor’s Residence and the Wisteria Arbor at Cheekwood. learn more Nashville & Surrounding Areas Feb 7 Milky Way Farm Be My Valentine Celebration! Pulaski, TN Its A Chocolate Valentine Celebration at Milky Way Farm! Tours of the House & Barns, Chocolate, Games, & Sweetheart Hayrides on the 1100 acre historic estate! learn more

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