I don’t know about y’all, but I could not be more excited that spring is in full swing. I get asked a LOT for recommendations of things to do in Nashville and I plan to share quite a few city guides down the road. Today, I thought I’d start to dive into that by sharing some fun things we like to do during this post-hibernation season.
Hit up a rooftop. Here are a few of my favorites:
Bobby Hotel – they have seasonal installations that create more of an experience than your average rooftop. Igloos in the winter, swings in the summer… that kind of thing. There is also a vintage bus up there that you can sit in, and a pool. Next month, they kick off their Rooftop Music Series, so if you’re in town be sure to check that out!
Rare Bird – located on top of Noelle Hotel, this is what rooftop dreams are made of. Amazing city views, adorable seating, and delicious drinks… I’m partial to the Riviera Spritz.
L.A. Jackson – this swanky spot is on top of yet another Nashville hotel, the Thompson, and also has some amazing views of the city. There is usually a DJ so if you feel like dancing, this might be the spot for you.
Take in the local art scene.
Back in November, I had the privilege of going on an outing with Nashville Mural Tours (and my gal Lindsey from Lucid Linds Photography). For as little as $35, you can hop on the van and be carted from one amazing mural to the next. The owner, Mary, is amazing and a wealth of knowledge about the murals and their respective artists… and will even take photos of you/your group! It’s also a great way to explore other areas of the city that are off the beaten path.
Visit a garden on the outskirts of town.
Cheekwood Estates & Gardens are absolutely gorgeous and offer a host of ongoing activities and special exhibits throughout the year. It’s a beautiful way to spend a Saturday or Sunday! Dan and I recently drove down to Columbia, TN to check out Tulip Fest at The Gathering Barn at Liberty Grace Farm & Vineyard. They have rows and rows of pick-your-own tulips at only $1/stem. Also, a head’s up that in the fall they’ll have Sunflower Fest and we will DEFinitely be going back for that.
Go to a show at Ascend Amphitheater.
We actually live just up the hill from this venue, and it’s one of my favorites for live shows. Their spring/summer concert series will be kicking off in early May – we’re planning to see Vampire Weekend, Weezer, and a few others. We always opt for lawn seats (the least expensive), and bring a big blanket to sit on. You can buy beer, wine, cocktails and food inside. Pro tip: if it’s a popular artist and you want a solid line of vision, I recommend arriving early! If it’s a nice day, you can always just hang out and sip on something while you wait for the show to start.
That’s it for now! Again, I’m planning to put together more guides like this for Nashville and beyond… hope this helps any of you who may be planning a trip to Music City in the coming weeks or months. It’s definitely an amazing time to visit.