I’ve lived in Middle Tennessee a long time. Never in Nashville, I hasten to add, but I commuted in for work for some decades. Still, I tried to distill down my Nashville Heart List; I know your time is limited. Very quickly, then, here are some things that didn’t make the list but might be right up your alley …
- Tennessee Performing Arts Center: Tee-Pack (TPAC), we call it around here. Catch a show!
- Printer’s Alley: When I moved here in the ’70s, Printer’s Alley was where all the strip joints were. 🙂 They’ve cleaned it up some.
- Hotel Indigo: A good friend of mine, singer-songwriter Thom Ellis, plays regularly at the Hotel Indigo, just outside Printer’s Alley. He’s great. Watch for him.
- General Jackson riverboat: A good friend of mine has worked on the General Jackson for years, and she says there’s no better way to see downtown at night than from the river.
- John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge: I’ve never been on that boat, but I have been on this bridge, which offers a spectacular view of downtown, day or night. I park over at the football stadium.
- John Seigenthaler: I’m also proud that Nashville produced this guy, and that I have heard him speak on more than one occasion. (Sorry about the soapbox!)
- Exit/In: The very first Nashville club I went to in 1972 was the Exit/In, and we’re both still standing. The best show I ever saw there (and possibly the best show I ever saw, full stop) was a private, invitation-only performance by Radney Foster and Bill Lloyd, who’d disbanded as Foster & Lloyd 5 or 6 years earlier. OMG.
- Nashville supports two professional sporting franchises—the Predators (hockey) and the Tennessee Titans (football)—and one semi-pro—the Nashville Sounds (baseball). But you’re probably not here for that. 🙂
- Christ Church Cathedral: Big downtown church with a beautiful building. Tour the sanctuary. Nashville has a lot of beautiful churches.
- Union Station Hotel: This gorgeous building was Nashville’s train terminal in the early twentieth century. I’ve been to wedding receptions here and … wow.
- Radnor Lake: A beautiful wildlife park inside Nashville.
- Shopping: I like the Green Hills area (just set your GPS to Green Hills Mall, then drive around a little), not least because Ann Patchett’s bookstore, Parnassus, is in Green Hills. Traffic’s atrocious, though. There is a sweet funkyness to Hillsboro Village, too, near Vanderbilt.
- It helps to know about Nashville’s neighborhoods. This is a good article for that, and this one has a very helpful map. This one is about downtown.
- Nashville’s Hidden Gems! Exactly the sort of thing that appeals to me.
- This article—10 things to do this spring—covers everything I love. And there are many links. Check it out.
I could go on and one with the links, but you can google too. 🙂