Living in the Nashville Area

Nashville is often referred to as the "Athens of the South." In fact, we have a full size replica of the Parthenon! We earned this moniker by providing a diverse, ever-expanding assortment of entertaining, cultural, and historical events and sights. If you are moving to Middle Tennessee, please take some time to explore our great city and its surrounding areas. If you already live here, find something on the list you haven't done and GO DO IT!!!! Take pride in our neck of the woods!!

Take a peek at the links below. I am sure you will find something fun to do.

Attractions and Fun Things to Do
Annual Events
Restaurants
Colleges and Universities
Craft Breweries
For the History Buff

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Attractions

Tennessee Titans Football - We certainly love our Titans! Home games are played at LP Field right on the banks of the Cumberland.

Nashville Predators Hockey - We love our Preds too! Though hockey is somewhat foreign to many Nashvillians, no one can deny the excitement in the Bridgestone Arena when the Preds take the ice.

Nashville Rollergirls - You want something different, exciting and unforgettable (not to mention fairly inexpensive)? Check this out!

CMA Fest - CMA Fest--Formerly known as Fan Fair, this event has morphed into a mega-event! Concerts all over the city all week, several on Broadway and in the stadium. Draws hundreds of thousands of people to Nashville.

The General Jackson Showboat - One of two paddle-wheel boats that call Nashville home. This is a must see for people visiting Nashville. Dinner, shows and a cruise down the Cumberland.

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts - Nashville is home to a premiere art museum. The Frist Center has hosted numerous exhibits from well known artists. Exhibits change every 6-8 weeks.

Nashville Sounds Baseball - For over 30 years Nashville has been the home of the Minor League Class AAA Sounds baseball team. They host lots of events in conjunction with their games including firework displays, concerts and family nights.

The Grand Ole Opry - The world's longest running live radio show. During the off season they play at the Ryman. If you are visiting Nashville on a Friday or Saturday night, you MUST attend the Opry! You truly never know who will pop in!

The Parthenon - Absolutely amazing, full-sized replica of THE Parthenon (you know, in Greece). Inside you will find an art museum and a massive 42-foot statue of Athena. The building is surrounded by beautiful Centennial Park.

Adventure Science Center - This is a really cool place to take the kids (or to go by yourself!). The building houses many interactive learning exhibits and houses Sudekum Planetarium (if you get a chance, go see Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon here)

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge - World famous and still kickin'. Many current country stars played at Tootsie's. Located right on Broadway in downtown Nashville, just look for the purple building!

The Wildhorse Saloon - Also on Broadway, the Wildhorse has been serving downtown with line dancing and two-steppin' since 1994. Within the past few years, The Wildhorse has expanded to include live shows from non-country artists also.

Tennessee Central Railway Museum - If you like trains, you'll love this! This is truly a rolling museum. The TCR offers numerous excursion tours on restored trains. Periodically they host Thomas for the kids!
 
Jack Daniels Distillery - The nation's oldest registered distillery (and some would argue the best). Interesting fact, Jack Daniel's is in Lynchburg which is the seat of Moore County, which happens to be a dry county! Even if you are not a drinker, touring the distillery is pretty cool.
 
Moonlite Drive-In - Drive-in movie theater located in Woodbury. There are two separate screens that each show a double feature (usually a new movie). Admission is only $6! Also, the concession stand actually has pretty good food!!
 
Opryland Hotel - This is a must see in Nashville! 3 absolutely amazing gardens under glass with thousands of plush hotel rooms and numerous gourmet restaurants. Breathtaking at Christmas.
 
TN State Parks - We have some really fantastic state parks close to the Middle Tennessee Area. Fall Creek Falls is not far and is unbelievably beautiful, Henry Horton is very close and has a really nice lodge. There is great hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding and so much more. You also wouldn't believe how much of it is FREE!

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Colleges and Universities

Middle Tennessee State University--My alma mater. Nestled in the exact center of the state, MTSU serves more undergraduates than any other campus in the state (even the big orange one in Knoxville). MTSU is renowned for its mass communication, pro-pilot, and teacher education programs.
 
Vanderbilt University--One of the premiere educational institutions in the south and in the nation, Vanderbilt houses a specatcular teaching hospital and one of the best children's hospitals in the world. Vandy also boasts academic pursuits in teaching, business, applied sciences, music and divinity.
 
Tennessee State University--The state's only historically black land grant university, TSU boasts 2 campuses and over 40 degree offerings including business, education, engineering, information systems and architecture. TSU also offers an associate degree in nursing and in dental hygiene.
 
Cumberland University--Private liberal arts college in Lebanon (Wilson County). Cumberland houses over 30 majors including everything from education and nursing to anthropology and theatre.
 
Lipscomb University--Lipscomb is one of two major Christian Universities in Nashville. Supported by area churches of Christ, Lipscomb boasts over 130 programs of study in 66 majors.
 
Belmont University-- The other major Christian University in Nashville. Affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention in the early 50's, Belmont has become a cutting edge university. Belmont has two campuses and over 75 courses of study.
 

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Craft Breweries

Nashville is experiencing an explosion of craft breweries. As a beer lover, I am excited about this. Even if you are not a beer lover, this is good for our area. Beer enthusiasts spend money where they go. We need something like this to further our destination status. Here is a list (by no means comprehensive as it is ever expanding)
   

Nolensville

Mill Creek


Tullahoma

Ole Shed


Sparta

Calfkiller


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Annual Events

Uncle Dave Macon Days - Mid July - Bluegrass music abounds during this 3 day festival held in Cannonsburgh Village in the heart of Murfreesboro. Buck dancing, clogging, music, food and pioneer demonstrations. It's a hootin' hollerin' good time!
 
Murfreesboro JazzFest - End of April - One of my personal favorite events. Jazzfest is a 2 day concert festival held on the square in Murfreesboro. Lots of great food, a children's play area and two stages worth of fantastic jazz. Friday night typically features local high school bands and Saturday is typically a big name act from the jazz community.

Iroquois Steeplechase - Always an exciting and "classy" event held out at Percy Warner park. Dubbed "Nashville's Rite of Spring" this event is something you need to go to at least once.

Shakesbeer Festival - A very unique celebration of craft and homemade beer and Shakespeare! This fundraiser event for the Discovery Center is a blast. Typically held in late April, this event features home brewers from around the area as well as local craft brewers. If you like beer, you will like this event.
 
Wilson County Fair - Mid August - 10 day county fair held at the Wilson County fairgrounds in Lebanon. This is what every county fair aspires to be. Huge midway, tons of contests, hundreds of vendors, fantastic food and crowd favorites like the demolition derby and tractor pull. Be patient about parking though!
 
Williamson County Fair - Also mid August (starts a week earlier)--Very nice county fair held at the Williamson County Ag Expo. Huge midway and tons of vendors. No tractor pulls or demo derbies here. 
 
Lion's Super Pull of The South--This is a must do event at least once in your life. You may have seen tractor pulls on TV before. This is the real deal--the big dogs--the tractors with 3, 4, 5 even 6 engines. Always in the middle to end of July in Chapel Hill.  You can do some amazing people watching here!
 

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Restaurants

Miller's Grocery - It is worth the drive from WHEREVER you are! Get reservations on a Friday or Saturday night for the live music or go for lunch any day of the week. Try the broccoli casserole and make sure you save room for desert! 
 
The Loveless Cafe - You never know who you might bump into at this Williamson County institution. Way out at the intersection of the Natchez Trace and Highway 100 you will find some of the best barbecue and biscuits you have ever stuffed your face with.

Readyville Mill - A true hidden gem. You MUST try this place out. Only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the breakfast is unbelievable and so are the other favorites. Plus the grounds are gorgeous. Reservations are recommended but not required.

Frozen Treats from Mars Theater - Without a doubt, the best ice cream in Rutherford County. They also have gourmet popcorn that will blow your mind. Just go. Trust me.

Tandoor - Fantastic little Indian restaurant right across the parking lot from my office. Some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Lunch buffet is amazing.

Peter D's - Beautiful concept restaurant from Peter Demos. This place is fantastic. The decor, the atmosphere, the food, the drinks. You will love it.
 
The Omni Hut - Service and authenticity are the name of the game at the Omni Hut. This Polynesian restaurant has been serving Smyrna for over 50 years. The food is amazing, the service is perfect and the atmosphere is, well, unique. BYOB.
 
Demos' - Renowned for their impeccable service and delicious food, Demos' has been in Murfreesboro for only 20 years. I say only because it has definitely entrenched itself in the community. They have other locations but none like the first. This place is an absolute MUST VISIT if you are in Rutherford County.
 
Five Senses - In my opinion, this restaurant is the best "upscale" dining in the 'boro. Their food is spectacular, the decor is cool and the atmosphere is sophisticated. Try the brunch on Sunday also.
 
The Pharmacy  - The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Biergarten boasts the cure for the common cold! Amazing burgers, spectacular milkshakes, old fashioned sodas and a great outdoor atmosphere! In true German form, The Pharmacy makes their own wurst! Must visit!!
 
The Southern - Very cool downtown establishment. I haven’t been brave enough to eat oysters yet but everyone says theirs are great. The best place to take a date before an event at the arena, symphony hall or stadium
 
Mitchell’s Deli - East Nashville institution! They have a great new building and quite literally the best sandwich I have ever had. Try the Turkey, Apple Brie, the Bahn Mi and the Brisket. 
 
Burger Up - Two locations, one by Belmont and one in Cool Springs. Farm to table burgers and all local ingredients, even the ketchup is made in house—simply amazing!
 
Toot's - Not just in Murfreesboro but that is where the best one is. Awesome place to grab a quick bite. Get some fried pickles!
 
Carpe Cafe - In downtown Smyrna, Awesome baked goods, very friendly service and a cool laid back atmosphere.

Jeff’s Family Friendly - The best meat and three in Murfreesboro! Desert is amazing, rib tips are amazing, portions are very, very generous. Just go!!

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History Buff

Stones River National Battlefield--The Battle of Stones River began on the last day of 1862 and was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. Now you can tour the battlefield and learn all about this important battle. Check here for a schedule of re-enactments.
 
Carter House--Dating back to the 1830s, the Carter House was caught in the middle of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War on November 30, 1864. Franklin, TN.
 
Sam Davis Home--Original home of Confederate war hero, Sam Davis. This beautiful property features several original buildings. Crops are still grown on the farm and visitors can see into the 1800s through events like "Days on the Farm." In addition, you can host private events on the grounds and in the Creek House.
 
Fort Nashborough--Authentic re-creation of the 1780 settlement that became Nashville. Now part of Riverfront Park, Fort Nashborough is free to tour and offers a glimpse into frontier life.
 
The Oaklands--"An elegant mansion caught in the crossfire of the Civil War". The Oaklands is located in downtown Murfreesboro. Visitors may tour the home and host events on the lawn or in the large ball room in the visitor's center.
 
Natchez Trace Parkway--Scenic parkway spanning 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, Mississippi. Beautiful scenery and numerous historical landmarks make this a 2 day trip. Bring a picnic and get a map to see the things just off the parkway.
 

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