24 Hours In Nashville: From A Local Planner With Creative Soul

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Sarah Patton is the owner of Social Bliss Event and the founder of Creative Souls Tribe. 

Why is Sarah lovin’ Nashville right now?

I am loving all of the murals popping up around town. They’re breathing life into dull buildings and reminding us of the major role art plays.

Morning

Kick off the day with a hike at Radnor Lake. The 1,368-acre park is great for all ages and fitness levels. There are paved trails for bikes, jogging, and pets, but you’ll feel miles away from the city on the 3-mile Lake Trail. You’re bound to see a plethora of wildlife – turkeys, deer, blue and green Herron, owls, and turtles – so keep your eyes peeled. Here’s a little secret: Radnor offers sunrise and sunset canoe floats on the lake. They’re led by rangers, and only cost $2. Keep an eye on their events calendar. They update often and sell out quickly. After a gorgeous morning in nature, head to brunch at Restoration Hardware. You can’t go wrong with the RH Scramble or Truffled Grilled Cheese. You’ll be amazed by the customer service, delightful bites, and aesthetically pleasing details. Don’t rush out after your meal, browse the upper levels and dream big about your future home.

We’ve been on the outskirts of town, so let’s head into the hustle and bustle of downtown.

Afternoon

Our first stop will be at the Frist Art Museum. They are open 7 days a week, and the rotating exhibitions keep you inspired. Set aside a couple of hours to stroll through the museum. You may want to stay a little longer to enjoy the AC, if it’s a hot Nashville day.

Since you’re only a few blocks away from lower Broadway, walk down to see what all the buzz is about. With no cover charges, the strip draws tourists from all over the world to hear live music. It’s mainly country, but you’ll catch cover songs of pop, rap and probably a round of Rocky Top, too. You’ll get your steps in when you climb up to the third-floor rooftops. ACME is always a great time with multi-levels of music and views of Nissan Stadium, the Cumberland River, and east Nashville.

Evening

By now, you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite. Nashville is bursting at the seams with restaurants to meet everyone’s needs. M Street never disappoints, steak at Kayne Prime, or Mexican at Saint Anejo. Nashville is booming these days so don’t forget to make reservations. If none of these liken your taste buds, Butcher & Bee‘s whipped feta will have you drooling or take a cooking class at Dabble Studio.

It’s time to dance the night away. Grab tickets to a show at Ryman Auditorium. There’s a special feeling being in the historic venue. Buckle up, we’re crossing the river for live music at The 5 Spot. Hopefully, you’re in town for Jason Eskridge’s Sunday Night Soul. Every second and fourth Sunday, Jason gathers musicians to infuse our city with soul. Jason is hands-down one the most talented musicians, and I’m grateful for his dedication of consistently bringing diverse musicians to the stage.

Late Night

If you’re not completely worn out, head over to 8th Avenue’s underground scene. The Rambler is a trendy cocktail bar with the DJ pumping jams. If you’re looking for something more low-key, there’s a walkway tunnel that connects to Melrose Billiards also known as “dirty Melrose.” There are pool tables, darts and shuffleboard to keep you entertained until 3AM.

Bonus

If you have time, squeeze in a trip to the Farmers’ Market. Pick up local produce or grab a bite in the Market House. The diverse restaurant options will leave everyone with a happy belly. Chicago-Style Gryos is my go-to, but you can’t go wrong with a a sip at The Picnic Tap or scoop of Brown Butter Almond Brittle from Jeni’s.

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