Nashville, dining can be
Sightseeing or shopping will help burn
unique, too. While having
brunch at The Southern on the
ground floor of the Pinnacle
building, you can listen to live bluegrass or jazz
while sipping a spicy bloody mary. The fried
egg sandwich with bacon and cheese is pure
country comfort, while the pillowy biscuits and
country ham gravy are among the best in the
South. The Treehouse offers guests the chance
to dine in, you guessed it, a treehouse perched
atop deck seating. Guests can nosh on delica-
cies like Southern cheeses, smoked trout and
beef tartare. Lockeland Table in East Nashville
takes the farm-to-table concept to heart. The
restaurant uses local seasonal ingredients to cre-
ate delicious dishes like pappardelle pasta in a
squash cream, pork and Gulf shrimp dump-
lings, crab and corn fritters and wood-fired
pizzas. Dessert is divine at Lockeland, too — be
sure to try the bananas Foster bread pudding.
calories after filling up on Southern food.
Nashville’s art and fashion scenes are just as
exciting as its music and cuisine. The Frist
Art Museum on Broadway houses a per-
manent collection and traveling exhibitions.
Located in an old post office building, it
is a marvel of marble and grand art-deco
windows. Many murals can be found
around the city, too, especially in The
Gulch neighborhood — get ready to flood
your social feeds with pictures.
If shopping is on the agenda, Imogene +
Willie on 12th Avenue South is the perfect
place to start. This denim retailer has
custom-fit jeans, including the Imogene
label for women and Willie for men.
For boots, browse the copious collection
at Lucchese, also on 12th Avenue South.
The company has a variety of standard
pairs in cowhide, plus exotic boots made from lizard, elephant and ostrich.
Draper James (owned by Reese Witherspoon, who pops in from time to
time) offers unique gifts, home accents, clothing and accessories. Aspiring
musicians or collectors can visit Gruhn Guitars. Choose from vintage
instruments used by John Denver, Vince Gill and Eric Clapton at this
shop on Eighth Avenue South. A perfect place to find authentic reproductions of vintage concert flyers is Hatch Show Print on Fifth Avenue
South. Shoppers can find flyers for as low as $15 or request a custom print.
Those more inclined toward adventure will also find that Nashville has
lots to offer. Rent a kayak through Cumberland Kayak and relax on the
river or on one of the region’s lakes. Old Hickory Lake and Percy Priest
Lake are popular boating, water skiing and fishing locales. Large groups
can rent the Pontoon Saloon to relax on the Cumberland River that snakes
through downtown. As it floats lazily downriver, riders witness breathtaking views of the city.
Finally, history buffs will want to head to Centennial Park to see a life-size replica of The Parthenon. Built in 1897, the structure is a source of
pride for Nashville, which is sometimes called “the Athens of the South.”
Another worth-it jaunt is to The Hermitage, the home of former President
Andrew Jackson. Once a cotton plantation but now a museum, the site is
uncompromising in its Southern pride. Another quick trip will take you
to the Belle Meade Plantation, where you can survey the mansion and
its meticulous grounds and sample muscadine wine from an indigenous
grape at the plantation’s winery. Then there are the usual, but still not-to-be-missed, suspects: the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Johnny Cash
Museum or a tour of the historic RCA Studios. Were you ever even in
Nashville if you didn’t see at least one of them? [