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Belle Meade Plantation.

Today’s fans head to Opryland, base since 1974 of the 88-year-old Opry. Now fully back in business, the building was restored to the tune of $20 million after the stage was left awash by the Cumberland River’s record flooding in 2010. Serene again, Cumberland waters will take you on a lunch or dinner cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat, a paddlewheel riverboat, where performances take place in a re-created Victorian theater. At the city’s heart is a cultural tapestry no less rich-textured than its country scene. There’s the sophisticated, light-filled Schermerhorn Symphony Center, a neoclassical revivalist concert hall unveiled in 2006, where you can hear the Grammywinning Nashville Symphony. There’s also the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, a knockout makeover of the former U.S. Post Office, an art deco treasury. Around town and beyond, look for a wealth of house museums to explore, from Belle Meade Plantation, renowned as a thoroughbred stud

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farm, to The Hermitage, home of Andrew and Rachel Jackson. For a place to lay your head – smack in the midst of fabled downtown lures and with a backstory to match – you can’t go wrong with The Hermitage Hotel. Built in 1910 and gorgeously restored, most notably its soaring, marble-columned lobby, the property lays claim to the coveted AAA Five Diamond rating. Some of Nashville’s finest dining is to be had at the hotel’s own Capitol Grille. In times past a private men’s club, the room shows off original terrazzo floors and art deco accents. While chefs these days routinely swear allegiance to all things fresh, chef-turnedfarmer Tyler Brown walks the walk, bringing produce to the restaurant straight from Glen Leven, a 66-acre urban farm owned by the Land Trust for Tennessee. Five miles from the hotel, the land encompasses a period garden cultivated by Brown with emphasis on preserving regional produce. Which turns up in tempting seasonal dishes on Capitol Grille’s menus. Pass the bourbon-braised collards. Ready for a country-style chowdown, sans elegant setting? Head to ever-popular Puckett’s Grocery, another enduring gem. At a rustic table you can sip a Moonshine Martini, feast on cherry-smoked baby back ribs and the house specialty, battered and crisp-fried green beans, while tapping your toes to live entertainment. Here, as at many a Nashville stronghold, music hangs its hat. Information: www.visitmusiccity.com; (800) 657-6910 www.thehermitagehotel.com; (888) 888-9414

fresh produce from glen leven is served at The Capitol Grille at the hermitage hotel.

Southern Seasons Magazine Spring 2013- Cover 3  
Southern Seasons Magazine Spring 2013- Cover 3  

Third cover of Spring 2013 issue for better newsstand coverage on sale May 2013.