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DYNAMIC NASHVILLE 26 SPIN CITY INSIDE RECORD STORES Music City not only presses more than half of North America’s records, but also has some really neat places to shop for vinyl. BY COLLEEN ANN MCNALLY PHOTOS BY ISAAC ARJONILLA

32 LIVING HISTORY DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK These storied buildings may have been here for years, but they’re being celebrated today for their local legacies more than ever. BY DAVID EWING

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TURNING HEADS NASHVILLE’S NEW LOOK Contemporary Nashville fashion maybe less flashy, but is still fully

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covetable thanks to these female designers leading the charge. BY MARGARET LITTMAN

40 ON THE FRINGE BEYOND CITY LIMITS Less than an hour drive from Downtown, discover where world-class style meets Middle Tennessee charm in Franklin and Leiper’s Fork. BY STEPHANIE STEWART-HOWARD

42 SLEIGHT OF HAND THE CITY’S MAGIC MAKER Icon Entertainment’s Bill Miller creates destinations unlike anything else in the region. His latest trick? The swanky House of Cards that’s not to be missed. BY MARGARET LITTMAN

ON THE COVER: SINGER/ SONGWRITER MARISA MCKAYE IN FRONT OF KELSEY MONTAGUE’S “WHAT LIFTS YOU” MURAL IN THE GULCH, ©ISAAC ARJONILLA INSIDE COVER: ©ROMEO PJ/ SHUTTERSTOCK; ©JDROSS75/ SHUTTERSTOCK


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DYNAMIC NASHVILLE 18 FIRST LOOK ICONIC STOPS Plot your journey through Music City with this insider’s look at essential attractions.

44 SHOPPING THRIFT, SPEND, SPLURGE A curated selection of the city’s top retail destinations.

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DINING GET THE DISH Here’s what’s cooking: Nashville hot chicken and so much more.

68 ATTRACTIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT CULTURE AND NIGHTLIFE Tours, recreational pursuits, live music, museums and more for when you’re look for something different to do.

82 AD INDEX PARTNERS WE LOVE A list of advertisers who are ready to welcome you to the city.

84 PARTING SHOT LAST LOOK For now, at least.


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Inspired by Blake Shelton’s irreverent and chart-topping hit, Ole Red is a five-story country music mecca with live music, signature drinks, and southern cuisine located in the heart of downtown Nashville. Enjoy delicious southern fare in our two-story restaurant while taking in live entertainment on our state of the art sound system. Or, head to the Lookout at Ole Red, our city chic rooftop indoor/outdoor bar overlooking Nashville’s iconic Lower Broadway. Ole Red is the place to be in Music City if you’re itchin’ to have a little fun. And, you never know who you might see!

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CONTRIBUTORS David Ewing

If Walls Could Talk, page 32

A ninth-generation Nashvillian, David Ewing runs an upscale Nashville History Tour Company, and was named “Best Historian” by The Nashville Scene in 2017. To see the city through his eyes, schedule a walk with him at www.nashvillehistoryontour.com

Colleen Ann McNally Vinyl Touch, page 26

Colleen McNally is the Atlanta and Nashville editor for Where. She aims to travel light, but loves to fill her luggage with mementos and stories along the way. She believes boarding passes make the best bookmarks and imperfection is beauty. When away from the desk, you can find her in the yoga studio or planning her next trip. Follow her @bohemianandbag.

Isaac Arjonilla

Vinyl Touch, page 26; Boots Optional, page 36

Isaac Arjonilla is a Los Angelesbased photojournalist and Where’s Director of Photography. “The day I landed in Nashville, I grabbed my camera bag and headed downtown where I nearly drowned in a sea of honky-tonkers making their way up and down Broadway. There’s certainly something exciting about Music City.” For more of Isaac’s photography, find him on Instagram @iarjonilla.

Margaret Littman Boots Optional, page 36; Making Magic, page 42

Since moving back to Nashville (her old college town) journalist Margaret Littman has acquired a 1967 Ford pickup and lots of cowboy boots, but not the ability to carry a tune. She is the author of many guidebooks and magazine articles about her home. Read more at www.littmanwrites.com.

Stephanie Stewart-Howard

David Ewing

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Stephanie Stewart-Howard

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Stephanie Stewart-Howard is a journalist and tech geek by profession, and an actor and costumer by education and hobby. The former editor of Nashville Lifestyles, she is also the author of “The Nashville Chefs Table” and “Kentucky Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey.” She lives with her husband and two cats in the greater metro area amidst her own secret suburban garden.

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Music may be the city’s claim to fame, but it’s just the beginning. Whether its your first visit or your fifth, strike a chord between the new and the tried and true to explore like a local.

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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

For the genre’s mega-fans, this Nashville must-visit is the next best thing to heaven. An wall of gold records welcomes guests, while comprehensive galleries delve in deep to the world of the greats like Johnny, Jimmie, Patsy, Dolly, Faith and Taylor via rhinestone-studded costumes, hand-written lyrics, priceless mementos and more. You don’t have to be a mega-fan to appreciate the experience. While you’re there, watch Hatch Show Print in action, or board a bus for a guided tour of Historic RCA Studio B. 222 Fifth Ave. South, www.countrymusichalloffame.org WHERE GUEST B OOK

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Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena

Ryman Auditorium

First opened as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892, Ryman Auditorium, aka “The Mother Church of Country Music,” is best known for being the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. Later, it sat mostly vacant and fell into disrepair until 1992, but these days, the historic auditorium is regarded as one of the best performance venues in the nation for its stellar acoustics. A diverse concert schedule includes more than 200 shows per year with hot headliners like Margo Price, Darius Rucker, Vince Gill and dozens of others. A visit is still a religious experience for many. Self-guided, guided backstage and group tours are also available. 116 Fifth Ave. N, www.ryman.com 20

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Enter Smashville, the world of Nashville’s professional team that takes the ice at Bridgestone Arena. With competitive stats that keep the team as a leader of the National Hockey League, locals go crazy for the hometeam—often considered some of the loudest fans in the NHL—and you never know whose familiar face you may spot in the seats. 510 Broadway, www.nhl.com/predators


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Belle Meade Plantation got its start as a thoroughbred breeding farm; in its heyday it was one of the largest and wealthiest private estates in Nashville, covering 5,400 acres and producing some of the finest racehorses in the South. While the Harding family lost the plantation in 1902, its legacy continues and operates as a museum. Take a guided tour of the two-story, Federal-style home and visit the property’s other historic buildings, including a winery, dairy, horse stable, carriage house and log cabin. 110 Leake Ave., www.bellemeadeplantation.com

Nashville Farmers’ Market

Spanning 12 acres in the urban core of downtown next to the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, the Nashville Farmers’ Market is open year round and is home to farmers, food artisans, restaurateurs, shop owners, crafters, flea merchants, special events, workshops, classes, chef demos, and more. The open-air, outdoor Farm Sheds consists of two large covered areas that serve as a home to more than 150 farmers and merchants during peak growing season, while the Market House consists of 20 locally owned restaurants and shops serving cuisines that span the globe, from Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas to Greek gyros to Jamaican jerk chicken and Korean bibimbap. 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., www.nashvillefarmersmarket.org 22

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Grand Ole Opry

Nearly a century ago, the Grand Ole Opry began as a humble radio broadcast. Today, it endures as a world-famous live-entertainment phenomenon with a home as beloved as the show itself. After relocating from Ryman Auditorium in 1974, fans still continue to flock to the spectacular 4,400-seat Grand Ole Opry House for a closer look and to catch country music’s brightest stars on the legendary stage. 2804 Opryland Drive, www.opry.com WHERE GUEST B OOK

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The Johnny Cash Museum

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens

This hidden gem boasts gorgeous botanic and cultivated gardens as well as woodland trails that cover the 55 acres surrounding the Cheek family’s 1930s Georgian mansion. It’s a place to seek your Zen—with or without a meditative session at the Shomu-en Japanese garden. Art is another focus of the site: the estate serves as a museum of worldclass caliber art, while the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail boasts a dozen-plus contemporary installations. 1200 Forrest Park Drive, www.cheekwood.org 24

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In 2013, Bill Miller, a mega-fan of the Man in Black, opened this tribute museum with the world’s largest and mostcomprehensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the musician’s life. Miller’s Icon Entertainment also owns/operates a portfolio of experiences that are unique to the Southeast, including the Patsy Cline Museum and House of Cards—located above and below The Johnny Cash Museum—as well as Nudie’s Honky Tonky, The Merle Haggard Museum, Skull’s Rainbow Room and more. 119 3rd Ave. S, www.www.johnnycashmuseum.com


VINYL TOUCH Find the pride of Music City’s past and present inside these popular record stores BY COLLEEN ANN MCNALLY PHOTOS BY ISAAC ARJONILLA


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inyl is alive and well in Nashville. Not only does Music City press more than half of North America’s records, there is also an abundance of stores where you can browse stacks upon stacks of the nostalgic media. Step inside one of these one-of-a-kind shops and you’ll see for yourself: records are about more than buying music. From hip to historic to hip again, records are Nashville’s pride and joy. Decked out in black and yellow hues, the Nashville location of Jack White’s THIRD MAN RECORDS opened in 2009. Entering the shop is like peeking behind a curtain of the rockstar’s weird and wonderful mind. Beyond the novelties lounge, tour the independent label’s offices and distribution center, see the live venue with rare directto-acetate recording capabilities and even create your own 2-minute record in a 1947 Voice-o-Graph booth. Located on Broadway, ERNEST TUBB’S RECORD STORE has been in business for more than 66 years and specializes in the hard to find. Named for former Grand Ole Opry star and a pioneer of country music, the store often welcomes singers and songwriters—whether planned performances for the Midnite Jamboree or those just stopping in to say hello. In addition to hosting live performances in the backyard, East Nashville’s FOND OBJECT RECORDS is a self-described “psychedelic department store” that also sells vintage goods as well as occasionally hosts a petting zoo. Simply put, you never know what you’ll find. Nearby VINYL TAP is helmed by Todd Hedrick, a fourth-generation East Nashvillian who isn’t shy to share his love for wax and drafts with locals and visitors alike. Sip a cool drink while browsing stacks— there are even cup holders for your glass—or stay awhile to catch a live show on the stage. You’re on Nashville time now.


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From hip to historic to hip again, records are Nashville’s pride and joy.

Opposite page, from top: Vinyl Tap is part bar, part venue and part shop; Store owner Jem Cohen outside Fond Object. This page: Even serious audiophiles don’t take themselves too seriously at Fond Object.

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This page: Browse the simply elegant leather goods at Ceri Hoover’s 12South showroom. Opposite page: Take a closer look at Judith Bright’s beautiful jewelry.

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BOOTS OPTIONAL You know the Nashville look is no longer just cowboy hats and rhinestones. You have these women to thank for their vision.

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You’d be forgiven if you thought “Nashville” and “fashion” automatically included a certain amount of bling. While few of us can resist a little bit of shine, the new aesthetic of the city’s leading fashion houses is more nuanced and subtler than you may realize. “The Nashville design scene is not flashy,” explains local designer Ceri Hoover. “Everyone is focused on quality, detail and story. We want people to have a personal connection to what they buy, and not just to have something in their closets.” Take a look into the minds and collections of five of Music City’s most creative women, working in jewelry, handbags (and shoes), clothing and textiles. JUDITH BRIGHT Judith Bright had long wanted to make jewelry, even when she had other careers, including nursing and in the film and TV industry.

With her family, she lived for a year in Italy, learning the time-intensive art of silversmithing. Back in Nashville, it was time to try to turn her dream into her occupation, but she needed items that were easier and less expensive to make. From her basement, she started crafting pieces from non-precious metals, such as 14-karat gold fill. The wire-wrapped pieces were so popular (particularly when the economy slowed in 2008 and people wanted affordable luxuries) that Bright expanded several times, eventually to her own studio in 12South where customers can watch the team of artisans at work and pick out the stones they want in their pieces. Expansion led to a production studio in Berry Hill, although customers can still select, shop and watch in 12South. Bright trains the 16 women who make the jewelry, no experience required. “Anyone who is open and kind can work for us,” Bright says. WHERE GUEST B OOK

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CERI HOOVER “I am not reinventing the handbag,” Hoover says modestly, although many in Nashville think she did just that since founding her premium leather accessories company in 2013. Influenced by her mother, who Hoover says was a minimalist before minimalism was cool and “never had a flashy logo on her bags,” Hoover and the brand that sports her name is known for simple, clean lines, such as the cutout handle of her Alys collection. “Leather handbag production ends up with a lot of waste, and it drove me crazy,” Hoover recalls. “My brand is about sustainability so I wanted to find ways to utilize that waste without making keychains. Tassels and keychains are not me.” But shoes are, so Hoover added those to her line (including apparel and accessories), made with leather scraps from the handbags to her line. Production of the products themselves now takes place in Los Angeles, and shoppers can see, touch (and smell, it’s leather) in the 12South showroom. 34

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JAMIE + THE JONES Friends who met in design school (in suburban Franklin, Tennessee), Jamie Frazier and Hannah Jones are known for their clothing made from natural fibers, like raw silks, in easy flowing silhouettes. “Nashville used to be cowboys and fitted clothing,” Frazier remembers. “In school, a lot of what we were learning was costume-y.” The two women, both of whom grew up in Nashville, became noticed for doing the opposite after launching in 2009. Frazier and Jones have a bigger worldview when it comes to fashion trends. “Like food—where people now want to know where their food comes from, and who makes it—we think increasingly people want to know where clothing comes from, who makes it, and what the inspiration is for the fabrics,” Frazier says. Jamie + the Jones also bucks norms by creating looks that work for all women. “We have very different body types,” Jones says. “I am short and curvy. Jamie is tall and thin, so we make silhouettes that fit everyone. I feel lucky that we are so different.”


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“I can’t stand stuffiness. Anybody is welcome to come in and touch and feel and not buy a thing,” Hoover says.

Opposite page: Jamie + The Jones’ handmade apparel; Jewelry designer Judith Bright; This page: Fabric artist Andra Eggleston of Electra Eggleston

ELECTRA EGGLESTON Andra Eggleston is the daughter of famous artist William Eggleston (many call him the father of color photography), and develops her designs in collaboration with him, using his drawings on repeat in some of her collections. When she decided to start a textile business in 2015, she named it the name her dad wanted her to have when she was born: Electra Eggleston (Mom vetoed that). The Electra Eggleston fabrics are primarily for home décor, but also used in collections by dressmaker Agnès B. and in collaboration with local bow-tie and hat-maker Otis James. Electra Eggleston prints are only sold through the trade (meaning you have to work with an interior designer to buy them), but you can see them around town, including on furniture at Rare Bird, the rooftop bar at Noelle Hotel, and on pillows for sale at Germantown’s Wilder shop.

Eggleston hopes that licensing more prints to fashion designers is in her future, but it will always be a smaller part of her business. “I always wanted to stay focus on fabric by the yard so I can stay focused on the art. I am a textile designer, not a fashion designer, “she says. “The part of the process I enjoy the most is seeing how people would use the prints.” The diverse list of female designers worth getting to know doesn’t stop there. Two Son, the brainchild of two couples (each with two sons) have their own line of denim and T-shirts, while Black by Maria Silver creates clothing designed by (and for, in many cases) musicians. There’s Ashley Balding’s bright-colored clothing line, Ona Rex, that transports its wearers to a fantastical world, and Amanda Valentine in East Nashville, whose looks have turned heads on rock bands and on “Project Runway.” These creative powerhouses are charting new courses in the local fashion scene for more up-and-comers to follow in their footsteps, no boots necessary. WHERE GUEST B OOK

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Tucked back in Printer’s Alley, the original checkerboard stage in Skull’s Rainbow Room hosted some of the biggest stars in American music.


IF WALLS COULD TALK While construction cranes continue to rise around them, these iconic restaurants are sheltering American history in style.

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If the walls in Nashville could, they would sing. Take AJ’s Good Time Bar, for instance. The three-story honkytonk with a rooftop bar located on Lower Broadway was voted the No. 1 honkytonk in Nashville by Billboard Magazine. From noon to night, the live music fills the air and the walls pay tribute to Alan Jackson’s career and life with photos, records and instruments. AJ’s Good Time Bar is just a block away from the Country Music Hall of Fame, where its founder and owner was inducted into last year. This exciting venue isn’t the building’s first, however. It is located in a section of the oldest building on Broadway, which was built in 1862 and used as a hospital in the Civil War. Music has played a big part of the history of AJ’s Goodtime Bar building, too. In 1941, decades before Alan Jackson’s smash hit paying homage to traditional country “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” was a chart-topping song, the building was home to a local jukebox company. A chance meeting outside the music store was the start of the South’s first independent record label and the South’s first vinyl record pressing plant. In 1946, standing outside what is now AJ’s Goodtime Bar, Jim Bulleit ran into a local musician who encouraged him to start a record label. 421 Broadway became the headquarters of Bullet Records, which signed a big band leader from the Hermitage Hotel whose nightly shows were popular among guests and locals. Bullet Records artist Francis Craig’s “Near You” became Music City’s first record to sell more than a million records and remain a No. 1 on the Billboard charts for 17 weeks. WHERE GUEST B OOK

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Shall Overcome,” which would later become the anthem of the Civil Right Movement. Because of the actions of the students, Woolworth’s and all other lunch counters in Nashville became open to everyone. Morales proudly recreated this famous spot, with a lunch counter still part of the experience today. Morales also created Acme Feed & Seed in a historic 19th century building overlooking the Cumberland River, The Southern a popular restaurant featuring local and southern fair and Fin & Pearl a seafood restaurant in the Gulch. No tour of Nashville history is complete without a visit to Skull’s Rainbow Room, Printer’s Alley most historic and unique establishment, tucked in the basement of the 19th century Southern Turf Building. When the Turf open in 1895, it was a saloon, brothel and gambling hall during the wild days when the area of Printers Alley was called “The Gentleman’s Quarter.” The Rainbow Room opened in 1944 and became famous when Skull Shulman later moved it to Printers Alley, replaced the orchestra music with live music of the day and brought in burlesque dancers to entertain locals and visitors. Shortly after, The Turf was leased to The Tennessean newspaper. The walls of Skull’s were where the presses once hummed late at night printing thousands of papers covering the lives of leaders, politicians and events of Nashville. Today, Skull’s serves up handcrafted drinks, good food and live jazz music nightly as well as burlesque shows every weekend. If you make a visit to these Music City institutions, listen closely—the walls still hum with hidden history.

Top: The Hermitage is Nashville’s oldest and grandest hotel Right, clockwise from top: The famous counter at Woolworth on 5th; A neon sign on Broadway for AJ’s Good Time; Live music inside AJ’s

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Record plants could not keep up with the huge demand for “Near You,” so Bullet Records started their own record making plant in Nashville—the first in the Southeast. In its brief history from 1946 to 1954, Bullet released the first record from Owen Bradley—also known as the “Father of Music Row”—with B.B. King in 1949. Today, Bullet Records’ plant is now United Record Pressing, and is the largest record pressing plant in North American producing over 60,000 records a day—more than half the number of vinyl records made in America. Craig wasn’t the only hit sensation connected to the Hermitage Hotel, either. Nashville’s oldest and grandest hotel has hosted inside its walls presidents, musicians, professional athletes and visitors from all over the world. The striking Beaux Arts style welcomes visitors to the famous lobby with a painted glass skylight, marble floors and columns. The hidden history doesn’t stop there. On the lower level of the hotel, just past the famed Capitol Grille and Oak Bar, is a door leading to one of the city’s most interesting room. With bright green and black glass tile walls and striking terrazzo floors, the restroom is one of Nashville’s finest Art Deco designs. In fact, women are invited to see the historic bathroom’s original mint green sinks and toilets. Legend has it that John F. Kennedy had his shoes shined in the restroom while a guest of the Hermitage Hotel. Musicians Alan Jackson and Jack White have both done photo shoots in these walls, and last year Kathie Lee and Hoda of the “Today” show visited the restroom for a live, nationwide television segment. Also making recent national headlines is Woolworth’s on 5th, talented restaurateur Tom Morales’ new place where great food is merged with history and Southern culture. Nashville was the second city in America where the non-violent lunch counter sit-ins challenged the oncesegregated eating establishments. The walls of city’s first Woolworth five and dime saw justice due to the actions of brave Nashville college students. On February 27, 1960 students peacefully sat at the lunch counter, were refused service and later beat by an angry mob. Police arrested the protestors, including a young John Lewis—his first arrest in protesting the segregation of the South. While being led out of the drug store, Lewis and the students sang “We


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ON-THE-FRINGE BENEFITS Venture further afield for world-class art and savory eats in a setting that you can only find in the South BY STEPHANIE STEWART-HOWARD

and its neighborhood Leiper’s Fork. Lush, green and full of his-

historic sites like the McLemore House African-American

toric sites, Franklin has grown into a tech hub and home to

Museum, the Lotz House, or the Carter House and Carnton.

some of the area’s most innovative businesses, from Nissan

Or, you can take a bracing hike around the Park at Harlinsdale

North America to a multinational video slot machine producer.

Farm in the sunshine.

The community of Leiper’s Fork maintains the bucolic charac-

Mid-afternoon, enjoy a green-tinted, meandering drive on

ter it’s known for, but also offers art, great food and live music.

Highway 96 to Leiper’s Fork, where you can visit Noble Springs

Start at The Factory at Franklin, where on a Saturday, you

Dairy for fresh goat cheese and a kiss from the kids. Do a little

can enjoy the Franklin Farmers Market with all-local pro-

art buying at the Copper Fox and Leiper’s Creek Gallery, and

duce, flowers, cheeses, crafts and gorgeous plants year-round,

perhaps take in a musical performance at Green’s Grocery.

then splurge on doughnuts from both Ellie’s Old Fashioned

Head back into Franklin—on the Southeast side of town this

Doughnuts at the Market and inside at Five Daughters Bakery.

time—to taste the stouts and sours at Mantra Artisan Ales, the

Buy your bacon at artisan Carnivore Meat Company inside the

decidedly original concept brewery and taproom from Maneet

Factory—and visit original shops and galleries, too.

Chauhan, Derrick Morse and Chad Frost.

Next, venture into downtown and park in 4th Avenue South

At this point, you may want a little dinner. Try Puckett’s for

garage. Wander the broad sidewalks, checking out houses and

live music and Tennessee-style home cooking, or for sophis-

shops dating back 150 years and more. Grab coffee at Merridee’s,

tication, Red Pony does everything well. In all but the worst

pick up a book at Landmark Booksellers and purchase fine new

weather, a nighttime or twilight stroll down Main Street is

threads at JONDIE, Gin-o, Emmaline, or—if you plan on a bit

always enjoyable, and the shops just might still be open. Take in

of hiking or biking—Bink’s Outfitters. Don’t forget a stop in at

a live musical, play, or movie at the Franklin Theatre.

Yarrow Acres for gardening supplies, either. Distinctive and abundant shopping spreads down Main in front of you. If lunch and a cocktail are in order, slide on up to the bar at 55 South and grab a sandwich and such. It will get the energy 40

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Opposite page, clockwise from top: Franklin’s Main Street; Carnton Plantation; Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, held each September at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin; Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork

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MAKING MAGIC With its new House of Cards venue, Bill Miller’s Icon Entertainment Group still has some tricks up its sleeve for Music City BY MARGARET LITTMAN


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Left: Looks are deceiving amid optical illusion mirrors and moving bookcases. Above: Craft cocktails; Watch tricks in a 50-seat showroom or the dining room.

Just a few years ago Bill Miller and his Icon Entertainment Group weren’t a fixture on the Nashville tourism scene. Then, in 2013, Miller, a Johnny Cash mega-fan from way back, announced the opening of the Johnny Cash Museum. Some wondered how popular it might be, as close as it is to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Miller proved that there’s no limit to the public’s appreciation of the Man in Black. By December 2017, his museum had seen more than one million visitors come through its doors and added a café to feed sightseers. Miller and his wife Shannon, Icon co-founder, also proved they have a rare talent—the ability to anticipate new tourism trends while honoring, appreciating and preserving the past. In just 5 years, Icon Entertainment Group has built a collection of destinations that are the best of old and new. Icon’s newest project, which opened in April 2018, is perhaps its most unusual and offbeat. And that says something, given that this is a company that hung a full-size Cadillac from the wall of a honkytonk. House of Cards is a magic venue that is part performance space and part museum, hidden in the basement under both the Johnny Cash Museum and the Patsy Cline Museum, the homage to the “Crazy” singer that opened in 2017. “We were members of the Magic Castle when we lived in California, and we miss it,” Shannon Miller says of Los Angeles’ famous venue, a members-only club for people 21 and older and their guests. House of Cards isn’t a members-only attraction, however; locals and tourists

alike are welcome to come see the shows, slights of hand and eat dinner. But like the California inspiration, they must follow a dress code (sports jackets and cocktail attire required; ties are not) and shows are for adults only. House of Cards is a strictly no-photo space, so none of the surprises are leaked. (To that end, you’ll find no spoilers here, suffice to say, these aren’t kids’ birthday partystyle tricks.) On the walls are framed pieces of art, including some of the rarest playing cards in any collection: one dates from 1490. Artifacts of Harry Blackstone, Sr., a famed 20th-century magician, came from an auction; Miller says he outbid big names such as David Copperfield for the memorabilia, in part because there was a connection to suburban Nashville in their provenance. Blackstone Sr. once headlined at the Ryman and was a member of The Nashville Magic Club. That makes sense as most of Icon’s projects are intrinsically connected to Nashville’s history. Nudie’s Honky Tonk, which opened in 2016 on Broadway, honors Nudie Cohn, the man who dressed country stars in sequins. The live music venue, which boasts a bar embedded with nearly 10,000 silver dollars, has “Nudie Suits” framed and hung on the walls, as well as Cohn’s aforementioned Cadillac. Last year, Icon bought even more of the city’s storied past in hopes of preserving it, including Skull’s Rainbow Room dating back to 1948 and Merle Haggard Museum, which is also scheduled for a 2018 opening. Stay tuned to see what Icon conjures up next for Nashville. WHERE GUEST B OOK

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SHOPPING Modern Meets Southern Music City hits a high note in more ways than one. The recent renaissance of local designers and makers continues to evolve the city's approach to apparel, jewelry and home décor. After all, creativity and artistic expression are some of Nashville's favorite accessories. Whether you're looking for those handcrafted souvenirs, sweet gifts they're craving or where to get glam, we've got your covered.

BILLY REIDCL0052197 This beloved shop offers men’s, women’s and accessories collections amid heirloom photographs, salvaged wood and vintage furniture. 4015 Hillsboro Pike, Green Hills, 615.292.2111. www.billyreid.com. ★ BOUTIQUE BELLA At this chic boutique, denim lovers have a couple dozen designers to choose from to find the right fit. The shop also carries designer tees, lingerie, jewelry and handbags. 2817 West End Ave., West End, 615.467.1472. www.boutiquebella.com. DRAPER JAMES This shop is the flagship for Reese

Witherspoon’s line of quintessentially-Southern womenswear, accessories, home accessories and sweet odds and ends. 2608 12th Ave. S., 12South, 615.997.3601. www.draperjames.com. ★ DUET Duet was born out of a love for and admiration of fashion. Shop their curated selection of elevated, contemporary of womenswear that is both Southern-inspired, mixed with spotlighted designers from all over the world. 2926 West End Ave., 615. 953.7722. www.duetgirl.com. EMIL ERWINCL004572 Designer Emil Congdon cuts, sews and assembles his leather bags and accessories at this showroom. The

sleek collection includes purses, satchels, belts, chairs and more. 904 Buchanan St., Buchanan Arts District, 615.750.2735. www.emilerwin.com. ★ FLIPCL00359 These neighboring shops offer 10,000 square feet of consigned and new-with-tag luxury finds. Women: 1016 8th Ave. S., Edgehill, 615.732.3547. Men: 1100 8th Ave. S., Edgehill, 615.256.3547. www.hip2flip.com. ★ FLY SOUTHCL0053167 This comprehensive outdoors store offers gear for fly-fishing enthusiasts of nearly every kind. Here, you'll find a large assortment of rods, reels, apparel, lines, luggage, wading gear,

sunglasses, footwear, accessories and much more. 115 19th Ave. S., Midtown, 615.341.0420. www.flysouth.net. H. AUDREYCL003601 The clothes, gifts, accessories and books are the main attraction at singer/songwriter Holly Williams’ boutique. The edgy clothes come from a bevy of designers such as Rag & Bone, Sundry, Veronica Beard, Duffy and Helmut Lang. 4027 Hillsboro Pike, Green Hills, 615.760.5701. www.haudrey.com. ★ HATWRKSCL004 sThThis i premier hat shop stocks thousands of both original works made in house as well as leading brands from around the globe, including Akurba

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Hats, Stetson, Bailey and many more. 1027 8th Ave S., Edgehill, 615.491.9009. www.hatwrks.com. H HAYMAKERS & CO.CL004597 Enjoy craft libations and the shop’s signature straight shave, all while shopping exclusive brands like Ring Jacket, Alden, Culturata and more. The custom clothing bar and full-service barbershop make this a must stop for discerning men of all ages. 3307 West End Ave., West End, 615.810.9442. www.haymakersandco.com. IMOGENE + WILLIECL0041376 This modern Americana store specializes in semi-custom, hand-sewn selvage denim. Shop jeans inspired by vintage Levi’s silhouettes as well as other fashionable basics. 2601 12th Ave. S., 615.292.5005. www.imogeneandwillie.com. H J. MICHAELS CLOTHIERSCL0041589 This men’s clothing store will come to your office or hotel to make the shopping experience as convenient as possible, but most customers choose to visit the store so that they can browse the wide selection of top brands. 3305 West End Ave., West End, 615.321.0686. www.jmichaelsclothiers.com. JAMIECL005146 Shop top designers like Brunello Cucinelli, Lela Rose, Calvin Klein, and Vera Wang as well as a large selection of contemporary and ready to wear. The fine jewelry section, cosmetics department specializes in high-end brands, and a hair salon are also onsite. 4317 Harding Pike, Belle Meade, 615.292.4188. www.jamie-nashville.com.

JOHNNIE Q This family-owned and operated shop specializes in boho jewelry, accessories, vintage home decor and avant garde gifts for ladies and gentlemen from a bevy of designers including Jenny Bird, Alexis Bittar, Vanessa Mooney, Gemma Redux, 2 Bandits and many more. 317 Main St., Franklin, 615.794.2763. www.johnnieq.com. MANUEL COUTURECL00367 The Mexican-born fashion designer has outfitted everyone from Johnny Cash to Elvis Presley to Jack White and all three generations of Hank Williamses. Known for his blinged-out, tassels and intricately embroidered creations, Manuel Couture shop is a sight to behold even if you’re not in the market for bejeweled Western Wear. 800 Broadway, 615.321.5444. www.manuelcouture.com. ONWARD RESERVE This place designs men’s clothing to fit your lifestyle and transition from weekday to weekend, course to field. Also fine a unique, curated selection of gifts for the guy you thought had everything. 1708 21st Ave. South, 615.457.2955. www.onwardreserve.com. PARISH This upscale womens clothing boutique in The Thompson Hotel was created by celebrity stylist Claudia Robertson Fowler, known for her 25-year career dressing Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride as well as other boutiques including Haven in Franklin and Hero in 12South. 411 11th Ave. S, The Gulch, 615.928.7770. www.parishnashville.com.

H PLAID RABBIT & PROPERLY PLAID040597 A unique children's boutique just minutes away from Downtown, Plaid Rabbit offers a wide variety of clothing and gifts. Anyone looking for a gift to take home for ages newborn to tween size at Properly Plaid, make this a must. A variety of brands include Kissy Kissy, Beaufort Bonnet, Little English, Bella Bliss, Little Giraffe, jj gown and more. 2164 Bandywood Drive, Green Hills, 615.298.2323.; 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood, 615.371.2333. www.plaidrabbitgifts.com. PROJECT 615 Show your Nashville pride with one of this clever graphic tees. Formed in 2010 to aid the homeless population locally back in Nashville, Project 615 began as a fundraising and awareness effort for the homeless, and new designs and partnerships continue to help change the world and give second chances to those in need. 1006 Fatherland St., East Nashville, 615.835.3588. www.project615.org. H ZELDA With clothing lines and accessories from all over the world, this women’s boutique is for the shopper who is more concerned with what she likes, rather than what’s “in fashion.” 4098 Hillsboro Pike, 615.292.8095. www.zeldanashville.com.

building and former automobile factory. The repurposed space features antiques, vintage items, folk art and Antique Archaeology gear. Marathon Village, 1300 Clinton St., 615.810.9906. www.antiquearchaeology.com. BENNETT GALLERIESCL003647 Open since 1976, this family-owned gallery specializes in contemporary paintings, sculpture, ceramics and works on paper by local artists, as well as regional, national and international names. 2104 Crestmoor Road, Green Hills, 615.297.3201. www.bennettgalleriesnashville.com. THE ARTS COMPANYCL00364 This 6,000-square-foot, two-story gallery features original works by regional, national and international artists in a wide range of media.The Arts Company maintains a series of partnerships with commercial and non-profit businesses, and presents 12 inventive exhibitions a year that premier during First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown every month. 215 Fifth Ave. of the Arts N., Downtown, 615.254.2040. www.theartscompany.com.

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THE RYMER GALLERYCL004326 One of Nashville’s largest contemporary galleries, this 3,000-square-foot space is cutting edge and showcases pieces from steel sculpture to digital-themed paintings. 233 5th Ave. N., Downtown, 615.752.6030. www.therymergallery.com.

ANTIQUE ARCHAEOLOGYCL00513 Mike Wolfe, co-star of The History Channel’s “American Pickers,” shares his rare finds in a turn-of-the-century

T. NESBITT & CO. Discover an eclectic mix of items from the 1800s to the 1940s as well as the present. This shoppe prides itself in

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SHOPPING its striking collection including Turkish kilims, iron gates, garden carts and clothing influenced by retro looks. 145 2nd Ave. N., Franklin, 615.347.6128. www.tnesbittandco.com. WINCHESTER ANTIQUE MALL Search for treasures in this 7700-square-foot shop of quality antiques and furniture. 121 2nd Ave. N, Franklin, 615.791.5846. www.facebook.com/winchesterantiques.

BOOKS & MUSIC CARTER VINTAGE GUITARS From Gibson and Fender to Waterloo and Ludwig, the fine fretter musical instruments—vintage, new and used guitars, basses, mandolins, banjos, amps, and more—carried by owners and field experts Christie and Walter Carter can’t be beat. 625 8th Ave. South, 615.915.1851. www.cartervintage.com. GRUHN GUITARSCL0048501 This store's namesake is a sage expert on vintage guitars, and his store carries hundreds of stringed instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, banjos and basses. Appraisal and repair services are available. 2120 8th Ave. S., 615.256.2033. www.guitars.com. H LANDMARK BOOKSELLERSCL004092 This independent bookstore has an extensive selection of old, out-ofprint, rare and new books. The collection includes more than 30,000 new and rare volumes, from classics to latest releases, plus limited editions, signed copies, fine art, children’s books, rare handwritten documents,

maps and more. 114 E. Main St., Franklin, 615.791.6400. www.landmarkbooksellers.com.

FOOTWEAR H FRENCH’S SHOES & BOOTSCL0041368 More than 100 years ago, French’s got its start as Walker’s Shoe Store in nearby Crossville; it became French’s Shoe Shop in 1972. Today, multiple stores offer affordable boots for men, women and kids, plus, sandals, walking shoes and Western wear. 126 2nd Ave. N., Downtown, 615.736.2934 328 5th Ave. N., Franklin, 615.599.6965. www.frenchsbootsandshoes.com. LUCCHESE BOOTMAKERCL0053149 These luxurious shoes are handcrafted in Italy. The collection includes high heels, loafers, sandals, oxfords and more. Or, create custom boots using fine, exotic leathers, patterns and treatments. 503 12th Ave. S., The Gulch, 615.242.1161. www.lucchese.com. H NASHVILLE BOOT COMPANYCL00362 This locally owned shop offers a vast selection of boots, including Dan Post, Lucchese, Laredo, Dingo, Ariat and more, alongside bags, belts, hats and jewelry. 603 8th Ave. South, The Gulch, 615.353.9838. www.nashvilleboots.com. PETER NAPPICL0052197 Find Peter Nappi’s own line of handcrafted, Italian-made boots, bags, furniture, lighting and accessories designed in old-world styles. Built in a former industrial boiler room, the

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studio features exposed brick, soaring ceilings and a stage for live music. 1308 Adams St., Germantown, 615.248.3310. www.peternappi.com. THE FRYE COMPANY An American icon celebrating 155 years of craftsmanship and quality, Frye offers boots and sneakers in styles for mens, womens and kids plus bags and more. 401 11th Ave. S., The Gulch, 615.238.6170. www.thefryecompany.com.

GIFTS & MORE ANDERSON DESIGN GROUP STUDIO STORE This internationally acclaimed design studio is known for its poster series and coffee-table books that celebrate Nashville with classic style. Peruse the ground-floor store for original art, prints, books, gifts and locally made artisan products. 116 29th Ave N., West End, 615.327.9894. www.adgstore.com. CASA DE MONTECRISTO This premier modern cigar store offers a vast selection of premium cigars from brands such as Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Arturo Fuente. Macanudo, and more, as well as smoking accessories, humidified cedar lockers, a bar and outdoor patio. 600 9th Ave S., The Gulch, 615.800.3397. www.casademontecristo.com. OLIVE & SINCLAIR CHOCOLATE CO. Locally made, stone-ground artisan chocolate is the name of the game at this East Nashville sweet shop and

factory. On Saturday afternoons, O&S hosts tours to show off its bean roasting and bar-making process, enticing you with samples of the signature duck fat caramels, bourbon nibb brittle and buttermilk white chocolate. 1628 Fatherland St., 615.262.3007. www.oliveandsinclair.com. ROCKET FIZZCL0 This vibrant shop focuses on rare and retro products, including the brand’s own line of wildly-flavored sodas. 201 2nd Ave. N., Downtown, 615.730.8085. www.rocketfizz.com. THE DOTTED LINE Find stationary, custom gift baskets, home decor, sweet treats and more. 2141 Bandywood Drive, Green Hills, 615.385.0101. www.the-dotted-line.com. H THE GOO GOO SHOP This iconic brand’s downtown store carries the full line of delicious Goo Goo Clusters, plus branded merchandise and King Leo Peppermints. This is the only place in the world where Premium Goo Goos are made to order before your eyes. The dessert bar churns out cakes, cheesecakes and pies. 116 3rd Ave. S., Downtown, 615.490.6685. www.googoo.com. THE SHOP AT THISTLE FARMS On a mission to heal, empower and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction, these bath and body products are handmade with care. A cafe is also onsite. 5122 Charlotte Pike, West Nashville, 615.690.4767. www.thistlefarms.org. WHERE GUEST B OOK

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SHOPPING HOME DÉCOR H BELLA LINEACL00432 This store specializies in quality linens from around the world. Find luxurious home accessories, pillows, comforters, bath towels, robes and gifts. There’s also a bridal/gift registry, and a team of experts who will design the perfect bed for you. 2133 Bandywood Drive, Green Hills, 615.352.4041. www.bellalinea.com. WHITE'S MERCANTILE 0 A hip general store for the modern era, White's Mercantile is yet another creative outlet for Holly Williams, daughter of Hank Williams Jr. 2908 12th Ave South, 12South, 615.750.5379.; 345 Main Street, Franklin, 615.721.8028. www.whitesmercantile.com. WILDER There’s nothing else quite like this contemporary home decor shop in Nashville. Here, you’ll find artful pillows, throws, ceramics, apparel, furniture, mirrors, artwork and more from designers/artists like Electra Eggleston and more. 1212 4th Ave. N., Germantown, 615.679.0008. www.wilderlife.com.

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H CINDI EARL FINE JEWELRYCL005147 For more than 20 years, this store has offered traditional jewelry with modern touches, including a selection of unique Tahitian-pearl pieces. 5101 Harding Road, Belle Meade, 615.353.1823. www.cindi-earl.myshopify.com.

H ISLAND COWGIRL JEWELRYCL900689 This shop sells its own line of rustic and feminine handcrafted jewelry. The likes of Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff and Jessica Biel have worn the brand’s pieces, which are carved with poetic and inspiring words. You’ll also find several lines of home accessories and goods. Marathon Village, 1200 Clinton St., 714.580.9909. www.islandcowgirl.com. H JUDITH BRIGHTCL0052197 The Nashville-based designer and her team of artistans creates each piece by hand with sterling silver and 14k gold-filled elements, authentic and aromatic sandalwood beads from Nepal, and semi-precious stones. 2307 12th Ave. S., 12South, 615.269.5600. www.judithbright.com. H KING BABYCL00521973 The bold designs at this famous store feature chunky sterling silver with precious stones and leather. The King Baby line has edgy motifs such as skulls and daggers; the Queen Baby line features softer motifs such as roses and crowned hearts. 615 9th Ave. S., The Gulch, 615.248.4318. www.kingbabystudio.com. PANDORA JEWELRYCL004326 This Danish jewelry company is known for its charm bracelets, with more than 800 handcrafted charms available in sterling silver, 14k gold, murano glass, wood and white gold along with semi-precious stones. Open daily. The Mall at Green Hills, 2126 Abbott Martin Road, 615.298.1007 Cool Springs Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin, 615.771.7734. www.pandora.net.

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SHOPPING DESTINATIONS MARATHON VILLAGE This turn-of-the-century auto plantturned-shopping district is now home to shops for artisan goods, studios with creative occupants, restaurants and breweries. 1305 Clinton St., 615.327.1010. www.marathonvillage.com. OPRY MILLSCL0051489 Tennessee’s largest outlet, value retail shopping, dining and entertainment destination boasts 200 stores and counting from big-name brands. Regal Cinema 20 & IMAX and Dave & Buster’s are also onsite. 433 Opry Mills Drive, 615.514.1000. www.oprymills.com. THE FACTORY AT FRANKLINCL0051487 One of the area’s most creative shopping malls is in a renovated 1929 stove factory. Stroll through shops, community spaces and eateries. 230 Franklin Road, Franklin, 615.791.1777. www.factoryatfranklin.com. H THE MALL AT GREEN HILLSCL0051490 This mall offers more than 100 stores, including many of the world’s top luxury designer brands, such as Burberry, David Yurman, Eileen Fisher, Johnny Was, Restorartion Hardware, Tory Burch, Tumi and Tiffany & Co. 2126 Abbott Martin Road, 615.298.5478. www.shopgreenhills.com.

SPAS & SALONS BBC NASHVILLE A Nashville staple since 2006, BBC

Nashville is a full-service beauty destination. After relocating to the bustling 8th Avenue South neighborhood, the salon has also expanded its menu, including express blowouts, lash extensions, full-body waxing and microblading as well as the BBC Nail Bar. 1600 8th Ave. S, Wedgewood-Houston, 615.329.0032. www.whatisbbc.com. BOARDROOM SALON This polished men's salon has a large menu of services including hair care, shave, spa and massage, as well as offers special privileges to members. 2505 West End Ave., West End, 615.610.7333. www.boardroomsalon.com. H N2SKIN SPACL0041587 This Music Row salon offers facial and skincare services, therapeutic massage, permanent hair removal, airbrush tans, eyelash extensions and more. 1506 Demonbreun St., Midtown, 615.322.9697. www.n2-skin.com. STYLE BAR & SPA ON 6THCL0041587 From renowned stylist Rodney Mitchell, StyleBar & Spa on 6th continues his influence on Southern style with a full-service salon and spa. 219 6th Ave. N, Downtown, 615.242.5455. www.stylebarspaon6.com. THE WOODHOUSE DAY SPA This national brand of spas offers a variety of signature body treatments: reflexology, volcanic stone massages, seaweed wraps and espresso-mud scrubs, plus classic treatments. 1175 Meridian Blvd., Franklin, 615.764.0004. www.franklin.woodhousespas.com. WHERE GUEST B OOK

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Locally owned Boutique Bella has been Nashville’s destination for designer denim, contemporary clothing, jewelry and accessories for over 17 years. With designers like Splendid, Michael Stars, Sanctuary, Velvet, Bella Dahl, Tart, Ceri Hoover, Bobi, AGOLDE, Hard Tail, Chaser, Cupcakes & Cashmere and more, we can help you find the perfect pair of jeans, top, dress, or accessory for just about any occasion. We are conveniently located two blocks from Vanderbilt University in the Park Place Shopping Center on West End Avenue (at 29th). Open 10-6 Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday.

A unique children’s boutique just minutes away from downtown. Plaid Rabbit offers a wide variety of clothing and gifts. We are located in the heart of Green Hill’s. Anyone looking for a gift to take home for newborns at Plaid Rabbit to tween sizes at Properly Plaid must stop in and visit! Our boutique offers a wide variety of brands from Kissy Kissy, Beaufort Bonnet, Little English, Bella Bliss, Little giraffe, jj gown and SO much more. We promise you will be welcomed and we will help you take home something perfect for your little ones. Complimentary wrapping included! We can’t wait to see you!

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ZELDA Zelda is a boutique for all ages filled with unique clothing and accessories. Our customer is more concerned with her style rather than what’s “in style”. We believe getting dressed should be fun and love to “play dress up” in our store. Zelda is locally owned and has been in business for over 25 years. We feature many brands including Krista Larson, Rundholz, Alembika, Mieko Mintz, Magnolia Pearl, and much more. Located in the shopping center alongside the Bluebird Cafe, we welcome independent and interesting women who feel comfortable and confident looking unique. 4098 Hillsboro Pike Nashville, TN 37215

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hatWRKS Truth be told...there’s not another hat shop like it! When you stop by, you’ll let us know if we live up to that claim. Starting in 2011 as a custom hat workshop, hatWRKS has grown into a destination store with one of the largest and diverse hat offerings in the world. Fedoras to toboggans, dress hats to westerns, men’s and women’s, old school or new school ~ we have a collection of trusted brands found around the globe, including USA’s Stetson all the way to Australia’s Akubra. You can still find us making our latest originals with the utmost quality and creativity. 5,000 sq. feet and over 5,000 hats to explore with knowledgable staff to assist. We look forward to meeting you, just... DON’T TOUCH THE CROWN. 1027 8th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37203

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ISLAND COWGIRL JEWELRY

N2SKIN SPA & BOUTIQUE

Laying down roots in Nashville, Island Cowgirl specializes in rugged & romantic hand carved jewelry with poetic etchings and words of inspiration. Combining cowgirl cool with a bit of bohemian…every little treasure is handmade right here in our studio at Marathon Village. Island Cowgirl also carries both local and artists around the country... focusing on unique up-cycled Americana & artwork. You can find anything from apothecary made from the local farm, beer soap, candles made from wine and handmade art guitars….and of course our very own line of jewelry. Stop by and say howdy!

N2skin invites you to visit us at the Rhythm at Music Row conveniently located near everywhere you want to be. Offering a large range of spa services designed to relax, rejuvenate and make you look and feel your very best. Think you don’t have time? Express services are designed to deliver “star treatment” and still get you back to the action you came to enjoy. Couples massages, facials, airbrush tanning, waxing, lash extensions and many other services are just a phone call away. Feel free to drop by and visit the boutique which features a variety of affordable take home items, local art and quality skin care items. Ask about the aromatic Nashville candle and mention that you saw us in this publication for a gift with our compliments for stopping by.

1200 Clinton Street Nashville, TN 37203

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HAYMAKERS & CO. Haymakers is Nashville’s one-stop shop for men’s casual & tailored clothing, premium denim and heritage based provisions. Named one of the South’s Best Shops by Garden & Gun and Southern Living, Haymakers has introduced a well curated assortment of brands to Nashville, including Gitman Vintage, LBM 1911, Drake’s, Ring Jacket, Sunspel, Life After Denim, RM Williams, Faherty, Raleigh Denim, Baracuta, Alden Shoes, Moore & Giles, J Brand, Diadora Heritage Shoes & more. Equipped with a full service barber shop & drinks on the house, Haymakers’ custom clothing bar includes options from select American made manufacturers in addition to their own private label maker of custom suits & tailored clothing. 3307 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203

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A unique hybrid of a custom tailor and an upscale men’s specialty shop, J. Michaels is one of the most enjoyable shopping experiences anywhere. Founded in 1989, and occupying a 100 year old home on West End Avenue, the business grew initially by calling on customers in their offices. Today, J. Michaels remains Nashville’s bespoke specialist, while also housing a tasteful array of ready-made merchandise from brands like Peter Millar, Incotex, Hiltl, Barbour, Mercer Blue Stenstroms, Martin Dingman, Luciano Barbera, Alden, Santoni, Nettleton & On Running shoes, Hickey Freeman, Oxxford, Belvest and others, along with our own private label items. You will feel welcome and at home in this sophisticated yet relaxed environment with a fun, professional staff and well stocked bar.

King Baby Studio is Nashville’s coolest jewelry store and custom workshop. Located in the Gulch, you can see the whole jewelry making process on site. Our talented artists are in house creating beautiful pieces on a daily basis. In owner and designer Mitchell Binder’s unique collections, you will find something for everyone with men’s and women’s jewelry and accessories that are hand crafted in sterling silver, 18k gold, precious stones, and genuine leather. From custom silver gun grips to rare turquoise stone, King Baby is for the chosen few. The shop is a favorite of some of Nashville’s biggest stars, including Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, and Brantley Gilbert. With new releases throughout the year, there’s always something fresh and creative to discover at this unique location.

Nashville Nashville Boot Boot Co. Co. is is aa locally locally owned owned & & operated operated cowboy cowboy boot boot store. store. A A real real piece piece of of Nashville Nashville with with top name name brands brands like top like Dan Dan Post, Post, Lucchese, Lucchese, Tony Tony Lama, Laredo, Laredo, Justin, Justin, Dingo, Lama, Dingo, Ariat, Ariat, Frye, Frye, Boulet, Boulet, Abilene & & more. more. Also Also great great selections Abilene selections of of Belts, Belts, Stetson and and Bullhide Bullhide Hats, Hats, Frye Frye Handbags, Handbags, Nashville Stetson Nashville Themed items, items, T-Shirts, T-Shirts, Jewelry, Jewelry, Socks, Socks, Boot Boot Cleaner Cleaner Themed & more. more. No No seconds, seconds, irregulars irregulars or or “knock-off” “knock-off” brands. brands. & No gimmicks gimmicks -- just just the the best best prices. prices. Enjoy Enjoy aa friendly, friendly, No relaxed atmosphere atmosphere and and shop shop where where the the locals locals relaxed shop at at Nashville Nashville Boot Boot Co. Co. Located Located 3 3 blocks blocks from from shop downtown Nashville Nashville in in The The Gulch Gulch with with FREE FREE downtown front door door parking, parking, next next door door to to Arnold’ Arnold’ss Country Country front Kitchen. Kitchen.

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Hot and Getting Hotter Nashville's legendary hot chicken isn't the only thing heating up kitchens and taste buds here. When it comes to diversity, the food scene is bursting with both time-honored institutions and creative newcomers. Whether you're craving Southern comfort food or looking for a plate unlike anything you've tried before, you've come to the right place. Hopefully you packed a big appetite.

5TH & TAYLOR This chic restaurant oozes creativity from its art-clad walls. Chef Daniel Lindley designed not only the stunning space, but also the enticing menu inspired by Sunday dinners from his childhood. The menu features familiar yet refined. D (daily), Br (Su). 1411 5th Ave. N., 615.242.4747. www.5thandtaylor.com. ADELE’SCL004592 Chef Jonathan Waxman brought this eatery to Nashville in 2014. Named after his mother and located in a former auto repair shop, this spot offers a rustic and seasonal menu of local ingredients. D (daily), L (F, Sa), Br (Su). 1210 McGavock St., The Gulch, 615.988.9700. www.adelesnashville.com.

BASTION Small and intimate, this dining room only accommodates 24 patrons. The a la carte menu is constantly changing while the bar offers expertly crafted cocktails, craft brews, boilermakers and nachos for snacking. D (W-Sa). 434 Houston St., 615.490.8434. www.bastionnashville.com. ★ BURGER REPUBLICCL004593 This burger stop offers mouthwatering burgers in four locations. Nothing says Tennessee quite like the Tennessee Burger loaded with maple-glazed bacon, American cheese, crispy BBQ onions and smoked ketchup. Don’t miss: the spiked milkshakes. L and D (daily). 420 11th Ave. S., The Gulch, 615.915.1943. 6900 Lenox Village Drive, 615.499.4428.

1982 Providence Parkway, Mt Juliet, 615.553.2679. 1500 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro 615.962.7762. www.burgerrepublic.com. ★ CAPITOL GRILLECL00519 Located in the historic Hermitage Hotel, this elegant restaurant features innovative American and Southern cuisine with a menu that changes to accommodate each season’s fresh bounty. B, L&D (daily). The Hermitage Hotel, 231 6th Ave. N., 615.345.7116. www.capitolgrillenashville.com. ★ CLAIM JUMPERCL00531 Choose from a menu of certified Angus beef and USDA Choice steaks, fresh fish, rotisserie chicken, freshly baked pot pies, specialty salads, woodfired pizzas, pasta, burgers and more.

The saloon menu features signature cocktails, premium spirits, an extensive wine list, and imported and domestic craft beers. L, D (daily) Opry Mills, 514 Opry Mills Drive, 615.649.0785. www.claimjumper.com. THE FLIPSIDE This restaurant’s retro interior will transport you to days of rabbit-eared TVs and milkshake diner dates. A creative, poultry-centric menu brings you one breaded chicken breast pounded thin and topped one of 18 different ways. L, D (daily). 2403 12th Ave. S., 615.292.9299. www.theflipside12south.com. HENRIETTA RED Think fresh oysters, craft cocktails, wood-fired fare and a convivial atmosphere, and you’ll be envisioning

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Henrietta Red. This bright, contemporary Germantown restaurant from chef-owner Julia Sullivan and partner Allie Poindexter serves up an amazing menu meant to be savored and shared. 1200 Fourth Ave. North, 615.490.8042. www.henriettared.com. JOSEPHINE This restaurant serves up simple, classic recipes and a small, carefully curated wine list in an industrial space. Chef Andrew Little’s dedication to cooking not just by the seasons, but by the day has garnered him praise. D (daily), Br (Sa, Su). 2316 12th Ave. S., 12South, 615.292.7766. www.josephineon12th.com. MAKEREADY04801 Located on the ground floor of the gorgeous new Noelle Hotel next to Printer's Alley, Makeready is a labor of love led by Executive Chef Dan Hegert, who opened Little Octopus in 2015. ern cuisine. Take a load off here with a choice cocktail or beer and a playful dining experience that one won't soon forget. B&D (daily), L (M-F), Br (Sa-Su). 200 4th Ave. N, Downtown, 615.610.7835. www.makereadynash.com. PANCAKE PANTRYCL004801 Opened and run by the same family since 1961, this Hillsboro Village institution is one big room full of people who share one common interest: pancakes. This iconic breakfast stop is also open for lunch, offering a broad range of sandwiches and homemade soups. B&L (daily). 1796 21st Ave. S., Hillsboro Village, 615.383.9333. www.thepancakepantry.com.

PINEWOOD SOCIALCL004598 Located in an old trolley barn on the Cumberland River, this social spot offers a stellar New-American menu, coffee bar, a retro bowling alley and a massive outdoor patio offers a retro Palm Beach vibe complete with a swimming pool. B, L&D (daily). 33 Peabody St., 615.751.8111. www.pinewoodsocial.com. H RAINFOREST CAFECL003491 Explore the jungle at this entertaining, family-friendly restaurant. The rainforest theme is seen everywhere, from the lush, plant-filled atmosphere and animatronic wildlife to the creative menu, which includes pastas, burgers, seafood, steaks and chicken. Enjoy specialty drinks, smoothies and a wild gift shop. L&D (daily). 353 Opry Mills Drive, Opry Mills Mall, 615.514.3000. www.rainforestcafe.com. H SAMBUCACL003576 Enjoy live music (often by Grammy Award-winning performers) in a stunning setting along with entrées such as mozzarella and prosciutto beignets, hickory-smoked pork chop, sea scallops, miso sea bass and lobster ravioli. The restaurant also has a sleek bar, which stays busy late into the night. L (Tu-Su), D (daily). 601 12th Ave. S., The Gulch, 615.248.2888. www.sambucarestaurant.com. SINEMA RESTAURANT & BAR Housed in the historic Melrose Theatre, Sinema draws from its building’s history, with exposed brick and velvet tufted booths adding to the charm. D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 2600 Franklin Pike, Berry Hill, 615.942.7746. www.sinemanashville.com.

H SKULL'S RAINBOW ROOM After an extensive renovation, this gussied-up tribute to David "Skull" Schulman and the former fine dining establishments of Printer's Alley reopened in 2015. World-famous performers have graced the original checkerboard stage, and today, the live entertainment legacy continues alongside craft cocktails and elevated American cuisine. D (daily). 222 Printers Alley, Downtown, 615.810.9631. www.skullsrainbowroom.com. H SUN DINER This 24-hour diner serves breakfast all day. Located a block from Honky Tonk Row, this is the perfect stop to satisfy your hunger after a long night of boot stompin’ to your favorite tunes. Open daily. 105 3rd Ave. S., Downtown, 615.742.9099. www.sundinernashville.com. SLIM & HUSKY’S PIZZA BEERIA In redeveloping North Nashville, this hip pizza joint exceeds expectations with farm-sourced ingredients, artisan-style pies with speciality "drizzles" and more. Don't miss the cinnamon rolls, either. L & D (M-Sa). 911 Buchanan St., 615.647.7017. www.slimandhuskys.com. THE PHARMACY BURGER PARLOR & BEER GARDEN Grab a seat in the sun-soaked patio or inside at the cozy bar for a brew and a sausage piled with creative toppings or one of the city's best burgers. Polish it off with a sweet, housemade soda. L&D (daily). 731 Mcferrin Ave., East Nashville, 615. 712.9517. www.thepharmacynashville.com.

H TEQUILA COWBOY This authentic honkytonk offers Southern dining and reveed up nightlife. Enjoy mouth-watering burgers and other American classics with a beer or cocktail from their expansive drink menu. L&D (daily). 305 Broadway, Downtown, 615.742.9078. www.tequilacowboy.com/nashville. H THE MELTING POTCL00516 Cook up some fondue-style fun at this interactive restaurant. Enjoy a fourcourse evening or pop in for cheese and chocolate fondues. The intimate booths are designed for special occasions, business meetings or a date night. D (daily). 221 5th Ave N, Downtown, 615.742.4970. www.meltingpot.com/nashville-tn. WOOLWORTH ON 5TH1 A registered historic site for its lunch counter sit-ins during the 1960s, TomKats Hospitality has reinvented the former five-and-dime as a restaurant and music venue that honors history and welcomes all. B, L&D (daily). 166 2nd Ave. N., Downtown, 615.891.1361. www.woolworthonfifth.com.

ASIAN H NAMA SUSHI BAR This restaurant is consistently voted “Best Sushi” in Nashville. Enjoy a menu of raw and cooked Japanese and Asian specialties, including a large selection of maki rolls. L&D (daily). 2300 Elliston Pl., Midtown, 615.933.6262. 203 Franklin Road, Suite 100, Brentwood, 615.625.6262. www.namasushibar.com.

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DINING SUNDA The second location of the award-winning Chicago restaurant opened in early 2018 and serves Michelin-rated, modern dishes from Southeast Asia and its surrounding islands. D (daily). 592 12th Ave. S, The Gulch, 615.610.7566. www.sundanewasian.com H SUZY WONG’S HOUSE OF YUMCL0041567 This restaurant and bar is one of the coolest nightlife spots in town. Get trendy Asian fusion meals, like sesame ginger beef or wonton nachos, late into the night. This “brothel of epicurean delight” features a live drag show every Saturday and Sunday for “Drag’n Brunch” and Friday and Saturday for “Drag’n Dinner.” D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 1515 Church St., Midtown, 615.329.2913. www.suzywongsnashville.com. TÁNSUO Meaning ‘to explore’ in Cantonese, this contemporary Chinese eatery wows with both its interiors and its menu. Brought to you by the same team behind Chauhan Ale & Masala House, you know it's going to be good. 121B 12th Ave. N., 615.782.6786. www.tansuonashville.com. TWO TEN JACK This Japanese-inspired izakaya wows hip East Nashvillians with its kodawari ramen, yakitori skewers, sushi and other fusion comfort food. 1900 Eastland Ave., 615.454.2731. www.twotenjack.com.

BRAZILIAN H RODIZIO GRILLCL004326 This churrascaria serves guests an

unlimited amount of appetizers, salads, sides and hot dishes, and endless portions of rotisserie-grilled steaks, lamb, pork, chicken and fish. Meats are carved tableside by servers dressed as gauchos (Brazilian cowboys). Don't miss the cocktails, either. L (Th-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 166 2nd Ave. N., Downtown, 615.730.8358. www.rodiziogrill.com/nashville.

COFFEE SHOPS & BAKERIES BONGO JAVACL0048095 This is the city’s oldest and most celebrated coffeehouse. Enjoy a cup of joe and a quick bite. The organic, free-trade coffee goes well with bagel sandwiches and salads. The spot also serves as a community theater; check the website for details. B,L&D (daily). 2007 Belmont Blvd., 615.385.5282. www.bongojava.com. CAVIAR & BANANASCL00357 This gourmet market is regarded for its gourmet provisions (to-go or eatin), Instagram-worthy interiors and catering options. B,L&D (daily). 2525 West End Ave., 615.292.7323 www.caviarandbananas.com. FIVE DAUGHTERS BAKERY04890 Oozing with cuteness, try the donuts from a third-generation local business owner/baker and yes, there really are five daughters. With more locations popping up across the South, it's a must-stop for any sweet tooth. 230 Franklin Road, Franklin, 615.933.9332.; 1110 Caruthers Ave., 12South, 615.490.6554.; 1900 Eastland Ave., East Nashville, 615.891.1293. www.fivedaughtersbakery.com

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DINING FROTHY MONKEY These welcoming coffeehouses know how to prepare robust and flavorful lattes that are a departure from the norm. The menu includes creative coffee drinks, housemade kombucha and wine alongside food menus. B,L&D (daily). 2509 12th Ave. S., 12South, 615.600.4756.; 235 5th Ave. N., Downtown, 615.600.4756.; 125 5th Ave. S., Franklin, 615.600.4756.; www.frothymonkey.com. LAS PALETAS GOURMET POPSICLESCL00481 Locals flock here for inventive and super-fresh popsicles (“paletas”). The menu’s ever-changing rainbow of flavors include cookies ‘n’ cream, avocado, blueberry cinnamon, rose petal and cucumber chili. Open daily. 2911 12th Ave. South, 615.386.2101. www.laspaletasnashville.com.

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MERRIDEE’S BREADBASKETCL0048017 Locals stop in for a homemade meal. The bakery offers up an impressive variety of goodies, including muffins, cinnamon rolls and sticky buns. For lunch, try the chicken salad sandwich, pimento cheese sandwich or a quiche. Coffee options are abundant. B&L (M-Sa), D (Th-Sa). 110 Fourth Ave. S., Franklin, 615.790.3755. www.merridees.com. MILK & HONEY An on-trend cafe from rapidly rising Monen Family Restaurant Group serves a light menu and sweets like homemade gelato. B, L & D (daily). 214 11th Ave. S, The Gulch, 615.712.7466. wwwmilkandhoneynashville.com.

ECLECTIC BUTCHER & BEE Like its Charleston predecessor, this hip, little transplant is transporting the sandwich (and other food, too) to a whole new level. Menu is locally influenced and may include a fried avocado sandwich with sour mango aioli or a mushroom toad-in-the-hole with spiced labna. 902 Main St., 615.226.3322. www.butcherandbee.com. GEIST This sophisticated bar and restaurant debuted in early 2018 and is housed in a 118-year-old former blacksmith shop. Style scouts will appreciate the chic bar and dining room as well as an outdoor terrace, also known as the Champagne Garden. D (W-Sa), Br (Sa-Su). 311 Jefferson St., Germantown, 615.920.5440. www.geistnashville.com. GRAY AND DUDLEY Located inside the 21c Museum Hotel, the restaurant’s name offers a nod to the building’s past life as the Gray & Dudley Hardware Company. There are lots of great snacks to share, plus entrees from thin-cut pork chops to bayou-style shrimp. 221 2nd Ave. North, 615.610.6460. www.grayanddudley.com. NASHVILLE FARMERS’ MARKETCL005146 Located across from Bicentennial Mall, this market is packed with fresh fruit and produce, specialty shops, including an Asian market, a meat shop and a seafood shop. Restaurants are also on premises. Open daily. 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., 615.880.2001. www.nashvillefarmersmarket.org.

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DINING ROLF & DAUGHTERSCL004328 This beloved restaurant is located in a historic 100-year-old factory building. Inside the stylish, wood-hewn space, diners nosh on the James Beard Award-nominated chef’s version of “modern peasant food.” D (daily). 700 Taylor St., Germantown, 615.866.9897. www.rolfanddaughters.com.

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THE CATBIRD SEATCL00521987 Executive chef Ryan Poli cooks up an ever-changing seven-course menu of seasonally inspired dishes in a U-shaped kitchen surrounded by countertop seating, giving patrons the opportunity to observe and interact with the chefs as their food is prepared. The James Beard-nominated restaurant is located above the Patterson House. D (W-Sa). 1711 Division St., Midtown, 615.810.8200. www.thecatbirdseatrestaurant.com.

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THE 404 KITCHENCL040579 Once housed in a former shipping container, the 404 Kitchen has moved to an expanded location across the street and has taken its menu up a notch, too. Downstairs, Gertie's Bar stocks an impressive whiskey collection. D (daily). 404 12th Ave. S., 615.251.1404. www.the404nashville.com/kitchen.

FRENCH LE SELCL0048079 Another standout on the long list from the masterminds behind Strategic Hospitality, this funky-chic French brasserie is an artful experience from start to finish. D (Tu-Sa), Br (F-Sun). 1922 Adelicia St., Midtown, 615.490.8550. www.leselnashville.com

MARCHÉ ARTISAN FOODSCL0048079 From James Beard Award-nominated Chef Margot McCormack, this essential Nashville eatery serves crepes, croissants, steel-cut oatmeal, deviled-egg croquette, quiche, sandwiches and French-press coffee to devoted weekend crowds. B (M-Th), L (daily), Br (F-Sa) 1000 Main St., East Nashville, 615.262.1111. www.marcheartisanfoods.com. MARGOT CAFE & BARCL005162 Chef Margot McCormack’s cozy restaurant is housed in a renovated 1930s gas station, and specializes in rustic French and Italian cuisine. D (Tu-Sa), Br (Su). 1017 Woodland St., East Nashville, 615.227.4668. www.margotcafe.com.

GERMAN BAVARIAN BIERHAUS Inspired by an authentic Bavarian experience, immerse yourself in the decor, entertainment, food, hospitality and German beers. L&D (daily). 121 Opry Mills Drive, Opry Mills, 615.238.0687. www.bierhausnashville.com.

INDIAN CHAUHAN ALE & MASALA HOUSE Indian cuisine with Southern flair earned this restaurant its stellar reputation. It doesn't hurt that Executive chef and co-owner Maneet Chauhan is a “Chopped” judge and James Beard Award winner, either. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Su). 123 12th Ave N., 615.242.8426. www.chauhannashville.com.

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CITY HOUSECL0043281 Chef Tandy Wilson’s hot spot offers Italian antipasti, house-made charcuterie and pasta and rustic pizzas. Local meat and produce dominates the menu so you know it’s fresh. The wine list is loaded with artisanal Italian bottles. D (W-M). 1222 4th Ave. N., Germantown, 615.736.5838. www.cityhousenashville.com.

MAS TACOS POR FAVORCL0048019 This budget-friendly, no-frills spot has a loyal local following that is worth the wait. Grab a seat inside if you're lucky or take your order to go. L&D (M-Sa). 732 Mcferrin Ave., East Nashville, 615.543.6271. www.facebook.com/mastacos.

H GIOVANNICL005312 This NY-founded restaurant specializes in Northern Italian cuisine including homemade pastas, imported cheeses, salumi, fish, veal and prime beef. Complimentary shuttle service is offered to and from any downtown hotel, show or event. L, D (daily). 909 20th Ave. S., Midtown, 615.760.5932. 106 Harding Place, 615.750.2003. www.giovanninashville.com. PASTARIA Prepare for downright indulgence at this mod trattoria from Chef Gerard Craft, featuring fresh pastas and wood-fired pizzas in a casual, familyand coworker-friendly environment. 8 City Blvd., West End, 615.915.1866. www.eatpastaria.com/nashville.

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H TRATTORIA IL MULINO A descendent of the the iconic New York-based Il Mulino restaurant brand, this outpost, headed by Executive Chef Thomas Cook, serves up Italian fine dining. 144 Fifth Ave. South, 615.620.3700. www.trattoriailmulinonashville. com.

PUEBLO REAL RESTAURANTCL0048019 Everything here is homemade and fresh. The menu’s specialty section is a smorgasbord of tamales, taquitos, chile rellenos and other favorites. The margaritas are popular. L&D (daily). 1340 W Main St., Franklin, 615.794.3232. www.pueblorealrestaurant.com. ROSEPEPPER CANTINA & MEXICAN GRILLCL005167 The menu, based on Sonora-style cuisine, encompasses classic ingredients from Mexico (corn, beans, tomatoes, peppers) with a variety of influences. Homemade salsas and chunky guacamole are good bets. The bar boasts more than 50 kinds of tequila and pours one of the tastiest margaritas around. L&D (daily). 1907 Eastland Ave., East Nashville, 615.227.4777. www.rosepepper.com.

SOUTHERN 417 UNION Enjoy Southern staples, a boozy brunch with Bloody Marys or heaping breakfast plates served all day at this nostalgic, low-key joint. B & L (daily). 417 Union St., Downtown, 615.401.7241. www.417union.com.

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DINING ACME FEED & SEEDCL004598 A 200-year-old building on Nashville’s Historic Registry has become one of the city’s hottest dining and nightlife destinations. The large space features food, cocktails and live music throughout a downstairs “funkytonk,” a bar and a rooftop lounge—one of the largest in the area. Check their website for a schedule of events, including outdoor yoga. L, D (daily). 101 Broadway, Downtown, 615.915.0888. www.theacmenashville.com.

GRAYS ON MAINCL0043270 Set in a three-story building circa 1876 in Downtown Franklin, this hot restaurant features elevated Southern cuisine with big-city flair and a focus on locally sourced ingredients. A second-floor bar and music hall offers live performances and fresh, handcrafted cocktails that celebrate the brandy culture of the late-19th century. L and D (daily). 332 Main St., Franklin, 615.435.3603. www.graysonmain.com.

BISCUIT LOVE Scratch-made country cooking from the kitchen of this husband-and-wife run breakfast spot heartily warms the soul with dishes like the East Nasty (boneless fried chicken and biscuits) and the Gertie, named for the owners’ daughter, a decadent share of biscuit, chocolate gravy, peanut butter, caramelized banana jam and pretzels. Beer and mimosas, too! Does it get any better than this? B&L (daily). 316 11th Ave. South, The Gulch, 615.490.9584; 2001 Belcourt Ave., Hillsboro Village, 615.610.3336; 132 3rd Ave. S, Franklin, 615.905.0386. www.biscuitlove.com.

HATTIE B’S HOT CHICKENCL00457 This restaurant specializes in Nashville’s iconic hot chicken dish. Along with the molten dish, Hattie’s offers many local, craft beers, cole slaw, Southern greens, red-skin potato salad, and a piquant salad of black-eyed peas. L (daily), D (M-Sa). 112 19th Ave. S., Midtown, 615.678.4794. 5209 Charlotte Pike, West Nashville, 615.712.7137. www.hattieb.com.

H FGL HOUSE A world-class kitchen fuses Southern-style cuisine with California flair including gluten-free flatbreads, burgers, sandwiches, salads, steaks and fish. Menu options include organic choices from local farms, and the extensive drink menu includes custom craft cocktails. L&D (daily). 120 3rd. Ave. S, Downtown, 615.961.5460. www.fglhouse.com.

HUSK NASHVILLECL004571 From Chef Sean Brock's James Beard Award-winning Husk Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina comes Husk Nashville, housed in a circa-1895 building that is on the National Registry of Historic Homes. The restaurant celebrates Southern cuisine, heirloom produce and regional specialties as well as incorporates wood-fired and outdoor cooking. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 37 Rutledge St., 615.256.6565. www.husknashville.com. H JASON ALDEN'S KITCHEN + ROOFTOP BAR Jason Alden teamed up with a world-renowned chef to create a mix

of Southern cooking favorites, steaks, pastas, salads and more. Enjoy great food, music and amazing nightlife on four levels with some of the best rooftop views in Nashville. L&D (daily). 311 Broadway, Downtown, www.jasonaldeansnashville.com. PARTY FOWL04573 Can't get enough of that Nashville hot chicken? Try the renditions at this light-hearted eatery known for spicy fried foods and then wash it down with a brew from their selection of local craft beers. L&D (daily). 719 8th Ave. S, The Gulch, 615.829.6023. www.partyfowl.com PEG LEG PORKERCL004573 With deep-seated roots in the West Tennessee BBQ culture, this restaurant offers excellent barbecue sauces and rubs, and delicious foods including BBQ nachos, dry and wet ribs, and Peg Leg wings. L, D (M-Sa). 903 Gleaves St., The Gulch, 615.829.6023. www.peglegporker.com. PRINCE’S HOT CHICKEN SHACK This "shack" started it all: Nashville’s original hot chicken shack, with its iconic chicken comes in mild, medium, hot or extra-hot (and they mean extra-hot) varieties. A diverse clientele steps up to the counter for the blazing-hot poultry and sides of beans, cole slaw and potato salad. Expect to wait in line, or call in your order ahead of time. L, D (M-Sa). 123 Ewing Drive, 615.226.9442.; 5814 Nolensville Road, 615.810.9388. www.princeshotchicken.com.

PUCKETT’S GROCERY & RESTAURANTCL003694 The original Puckett’s is an actual grocery store and restaurant during the day. The downtown and Franklin outposts carry on the small chain’s tradition of serving Southern cuisine and hosting in-the-round evenings with star singer-songwriters. B,L&D (daily). 120 4th Ave. S., Franklin, 615.794.5527 500 Church St., Downtown, 615.770.2772. www.puckettsgrocery.com.

STEAK & SEAFOOD H AQUARIUM RESTAURANTCL0051629 Dive into this underwater dining adventure where you are seated around a 200,000-gallon centerpiece aquarium filled with fish, sharks, stingrays and more (a diver makes feedings twice a day). Behind-the-scenes tours are also available. L, D (daily). 516 Opry Mills Drive, Opry Mills Mall, 615.514.3474. www.aquariumrestaurants.com. H JEFF RUBY'S STEAKHOUSE With a reputation for a luxe dining experience and frequent celebrity sightings, Jeff Ruby's serves critically-acclaimed U.S.D.A. Prime Steaks, seafood & sushi, and pairs each with nightly live entertainment and a high standard for service. D (daily). 300 4th Avenue N Drive, 615.434.4300. www.jeffruby.com/nashville. H JOE'S CRAB SHACK Close to popular Downtown attractions, this laid-back seafood chain serves crab buckets and stuffed shrimp alongside American comfort food. L&D (daily).

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123 2nd Ave. S, Downtown, 615.242.2722. www.joescrabshack.com/nashville. LITTLE OCTOPUS Fresh seafood and vegetables are a huge part of the culinary program at this upscale, Nashville-born, Caribbean-style restaurant. Plates are served family style and designed to be shared—and possibly photographed, too. L and D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 505 12th Ave. South, 615.454.3946. www.littleoctopusnashville.com. H MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSECL00531 This upscale steakhouse serves up some of the best steaks in town alongside seafood, sides and desserts. The popular chain boasts an extensive wine list, three private boardrooms and Bar 12.21, which offers an abundance of wines, cocktails and bar bites. D (daily). 618 Church St., Downtown, 615.259.4558. www.mortons.com. OAK STEAKHOUSE Though there are four Oak Steakhouses around the south, each one could be considered its own local restaurant. The menu is built from locally sourced ingredients, making every steakhouse an experience that is unique to its home city. You'll find this city's adjacent to The Westin Nashville. L (M-F), D (daily). 801 Clark Place, Downtown, 615.902.3111. www.oaksteakhousenashville.com. SALTINE Attention, oyster aficionados: this esteemed Jackson, Mississippi eatery has recently opened its second location in Nashville. In addition to

the top-notch raw bar, diners can chow down on fresh seafood, po’boys, steaks, salads in a whimsical, nautical setting. L& D (daily). 1918 West End Ave., West End, 615.327.4410. www.saltinerestaurant.com. H SPERRY'S RESTAURANTCL004091 The original location in Belle Meade has been around for more than 35 years. Try the house specialty Prince William’s Bleu Cheese Stuffed Filet or jumbo lobster tails. For dessert, the sticky toffee pudding is an Old English classic, topped with crème fraiche and warm toffee sauce. D (daily), Br (Su, Cool Springs location only). 5109 Harding Pike, Belle Meade, 615.353.0809 650 Frazier Drive, Cool Springs, 615.778.9950. www.sperrys.com. H THE PALMCL003578 For more than 15 years and counting, the Nashville location of this classic national chain has served prime-aged steaks, jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters and Italian classics like chicken parmigiana and more. L (M-F), D (daily). 140 5th Ave. S., Downtown, 615.742.7256. www.thepalm.com/nashville. H UNION COMMON This hip restaurant serves up a wide variety of steak, seafood and vegetable plates made for sharing. The retro-modern design creates a warm ambiance with dark hues brightened by gold accents. Enjoy extensive drink options, including wine, beer, “brown water” (otherwise known as bourbon) and cocktails. D (daily). 1929 Broadway, Midtown, 615.329.4565. www.unioncommon.com. WHERE GUEST B OOK

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Award-winning TV Chef Arnold Myint (Top Chef, Food Network Star) crafts a menu of Asian favorites fused with Southern cuisine. Whether you’re sipping a hand crafted cocktail or soaking up the trendy vibe and music, Suzy Wong’s tapas-style menu of made-to-order sushi, shared plates and “yum” bowls keep the conversation-and party-going all night. Locally owned and operated for over 8 years, Suzy Wong’s-House of Yum is the perfect place to start, or end, a night on the town. Nashville’s only Drag Brunch (Saturday & Sunday) and Drag Dinner(Friday & Saturday). Dinner, Sun, Tues-Thurs: 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm. Brunch 10am-3pm. Closed on Monday

Skull’s Rainbow Room is a tribute to David “Skull” Schulman and the former fine dining establishments of Nashville’s historic Printers Alley. Chef Gannon Leary’s critically acclaimed menu showcases a continental twist on American classics. Premium cocktails and an eclectic beer and wine list complement the award winning cuisine. Skull’s pays homage to the entertainment of yesteryear with burlesque and live music nightly. Etta James, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Lee Lewis and comedian Andy Griffith have all graced the original checkerboard stage.

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SAMBUCA Located in the heart of the trendy Gulch warehouse district, Sambuca pairs a casually sophisticated American menu with a side of nightly live music. We’ve got a lot more to offer than just night moves, too. Enjoy brunch starting at 10 am, weekend brunch with live music or wind down during happy hour with cool cocktails and flavor-filled plates on the best patio in the Gulch. Come for the Hickory Prime Pork Chop or Squid Ink Fettuccine with cold water lobster tail, scallops, and a jumbo prawn. Stay for the second story views of the Nashville skyline and nightly live music featuring pop, country, blues, or jazz genres. 601 12th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37203

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Relocated to Nashville in 2008 after 28 years in Midtown Manhattan, this restaurant serves Northern Italian cuisine, specializing in homemade pastas, risotto, veal and the freshest seafood all overseen by chef Giovanni Pinato. Mozzarella caprese, lasagna. veal scaloppine and whole branzino baked in a block of salt are a few of their exquisite specialty dishes. The wine list is award winning, and bar is complete with the world’s finest liquors. A Tuscan villa ambiance with a grand stairway that wraps around a custom Murano chandelier. A heavy timber wine cellar and Hermes upholstered bar accompany a private dining room. Complimentary Shuttle, Monday Saturday 4pm-10pm.

Nashville is all about the classics, and that goes well beyond the music. Before the big show or after the big game, come to The Palm and join a party that’s been going strong since 1926. Steps off Broadway, you’ll find America’s most iconic steakhouse serving Prime Aged Steaks, Jumbo Nova Scotia Lobster, and authentic Italian classics in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Along with your meal, savor a hand-crafted cocktail or have your server suggest something from the award-winning wine list. Adjacent to the Hilton Downtown, just across from Bridgestone Arena and steps from The Country Music Hall of Fame. Open for lunch and dinner on weekdays, and for dinner on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 5 pm. Complimentary Valet Parking

Union Common is “...anything but common!” according to Kay West, a respected local food writer and critic. From the wide selection of Prime, Dry Aged and Wagyu Beef to the Fresh Seafood, this local gem, located in MidTown near Vanderbilt University, is top notch. Casual elegance and genuine “open armed” Hospitality are just part of the experience at Union Common. Their contemporary approach to food presentation and service creates a memorable experience for any corporate dinner or special occasion. Features include some of Nashville’s best bartenders creating amazing Craft Cocktails and an extensive Wine List. And let’s not forget the fun of Table Side Mixology, from our special bar cart. Happy Hour Monday thru Friday 5 - 7 pm at the bar, has become a Nashville tradition.

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If the Boot Fits Explore all day, dance all night. There's something for everyone to enjoy in the cultural hub that embodies Nashville today. From the taste of Tennessee Whiskey in historic distilleries to the sip of a new local brew, or the sights of legendary stages to the city skyline from a river kayak, immerse yourself in a place where past and present meet. It's a place that you'll still be talking about for years to come.

★ ADVENTURE SCIENCE CENTERCL0061724 For over 70 years, this nonprofit institution has inspired the discovery of science. The museum features hands-on exhibits focused on biology, physics, visual perception, listening, space and much more. The Sudekum Planetarium features state-of-the-art digital projection. Open daily. Tickets: $15.95 adult/teen, $11.95 youth/child. 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Fort Negley, 615.862.5160. www.adventuresci.org. ANDREW JACKSON’S HERMITAGECL006172 Guides in period costume welcome guests to the home of our nation’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Built in 1821, the 1,120-acre farm is

alive with historical figures and livestock. A wide variety of tours, including farm, garden and wagon tours, are available. Seasonal hours. 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage, 615.889.2941. www.thehermitage.com. ★ BELLE MEADE PLANTATION This plantation was built in 1807. The bloodlines of many modern thoroughbred champions can be traced back to this former breeding farm. Docents dressed in period costumes lead daily tours. Explore the dairy, horse stable, carriage house, mausoleum, gardens and log cabin. A winery, gift shop and restaurant are also onsite. Open daily. Mansion Tours: $24 adult, $20 senior, $13 youth, ages 5 and under free. 110 Leake Ave., Belle Meade, 615.356.0501. www.bellemeadeplantation.com.

BICENTENNIAL CAPITOL MALL STATE PARKCL006179 This 19-acre greenspace explores Tennessee’s history. It opened in 1996 to commemorate the city’s bicentennial. A 200-foot granite map of the state, 31 fountains representing Tennessee’s major rivers and a Pathway of History are among the highlights. The mall also offers a great view of the Tennessee State Capitol. Open daily. 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Downtown, 615.741.5280. www.tnstateparks.com/parks. CARNTON Built in 1826, this plantation home was the site of the gruesome Battle of Franklin, believed to be the bloodiest five hours of the Civil War. The battle involved a massive frontal assault larger than Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. Open daily. Tickets: adults $18.

Nearby, tours of the historic Carter House are also offered at an additional cost. 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin, 615.786.1864. www.boft.org. ★ CHEEKWOOD ESTATE & GARDENSCL0061725 Once the private estate of the Leslie Cheek family, this magnificent 1929 mansion is eight miles southwest of Downtown Nashville. Built with Tennessee limestone, the house is surrounded by 55 acres of gardens, lawns and fountains. It also houses an art museum with 19th and 20th century American art. Open Tu-Su. Tickets: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 students, $13 youth, ages 2 and under free. 1200 Forrest Park Drive, 615.356.8000. 877.356.8150. www.cheekwood.org.

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FORT NEGLEYCL004592 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Fort Negley was the largest and most important of the Civil War fortifications built by Union forces after Nashville fell in 1862. Built primarily by slaves and free black workers conscripted into service, Fort Negley is the largest inland stone fortification constructed during the Civil War. A visitor center features two short films and exhibits. Seasonal hours. 1100 Fort Negley Blvd., Fort Negley, 615.862.8470. www.nashville.gov/parks. HATCH SHOW PRINTCL006173 Now located within the Country Music Hall of Fame, this is one of the oldest working letterpress shops in the U.S. The famed shop produces reprints and new work daily. The on-site Haley Gallery showcases historic restrikes of original posters from the Hatch collection. Tour tickets: $18 adults, $15 ages 6-12. 224 5th Ave. S., Downtown, 615.577.7710. www.hatchshowprint.com. HISTORIC RCA STUDIO BCL0051 Located on world-famous Music Row, step inside the studio where many legendary artists (including Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Roy Orbison) made music history. Tours depart daily from the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum every hour between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Tickets include admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Tickets: $40.95 adult, $30.95 youth. 222 5th Ave. S., Downtown, 615.416.2001. www.studiob.org.

★ THE MANSION AT FONTANELCL004158 At 33,000 square feet, the one-time home of country-music star Barbara Mandrell is the largest log cabin in the world. The home’s interior includes 20 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, two kitchens, a pool and a shooting range. The 186-acre property boasts an amphitheater, restaurants, a distillery, ziplines, trails and more. Open daily. Tour tickets: $24 adults, $22 seniors, $14 youth, kids 5 and under free. 4125 Whites Creek Pike, Whites Creek, 615.724.1600. www.fontanel.com. THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE A cast and band perform 60 years of Nashville's biggest hits and the stories behind them in this live show at the Texas Troubadour Theater. Call or check website for performance schedule and ticket prices. 2416 Music Valley Drive, Opryland, 615.969.6349. www.themusicofnashville.com. NASHVILLE ZOO AT GRASSMERECL006175 This progressive and dynamic zoo was home to 375 species in 2018 and welcomes more than 960,000 visitors annually, making it one of the top attractions in Middle Tennessee. Seasonal hours. Tickets: adults/teens $17-18, seniors $15-16, children $1213, children under 2 free. 3777 Nolensville Pike, Greater Nashville, 615.833.1534. www.nashvillezoo.org. THE PARTHENONCL00821 A little Greece goes a long way in Nashville, which has bragging rights to the nation’s only full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon. The ornate structure originated as a plaster pavilion in 1897 for the Tennessee Centennial WHERE GUEST B OOK

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BREWERIES & DISTILLERIES ARRINGTON VINEYARDS This stunning hillside winery and tasting room are located about 25 minutes south of Nashville. Bring food for a picnic or pre-order a picnic basket from Simply Living Life to take full advantage of the scenic, 75-acre property. Outdoor bistro and picnic tables are available if a blanket won’t cut it. Open daily. 6211 Patton Road, Arrington, 615.395.0102. www.arringtonvineyards.com.

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BLACK ABBEY BREWING COMPANYCL004574 This Gothic-themed brewery specializes in Belgium-styled craft beers that are creative and approachable. Call or check website for a schedule of events and tour info. Open daily. 2952 Sidco Drive, 615.755.0070. www.blackabbeybrewing.com.

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FAT BOTTOM TAPROOM & BEER GARDENCL0045739 This brewing company opened its doors in 2012 as East Nashville's first brewery, but as the city grew, so has the brewery. They recently expanded and moved location, while the beers remain a local favorite. Open daily. 800 44th Ave. N, The Nations, 615.678.5715. www.fatbottombrewing.com.

GEORGE DICKEL DISTILLERY There's a reason for the traditional Scottish spelling of whisky (as opposed to whiskey): Dickel believed his product to be as smooth as the best Scotch whiskies. This distillery is part of the American Whiskey Trail. Tours offered M-Sa 9 am-4:30 pm (last tour at 3:30 pm) and Su 11:30 am-5 pm (last tour at 4:00). Tickets: $12 and include a complimentary tasting. 1950 Cascade Hollow Road, Tullahoma ,931.857.4110. www.georgedickel.com. GRINDERS SWITCH TASTING ROOM Set inside the historic Marathon Village, sip varieties from the Centerville winery at 22-foot long barn-wood bar and shop a selection of locally made crafts. A general tasting ranges from $4-$8 per person. No reservations needed. Private tastings are available upon request. Open daily. 1310 Clinton Street, Marathon Village, 615.679.0646. www.gswinery.com. JACK DANIEL’S DISTILLERY Located an hour southeast of Nashville, this historic distillery is where the famous Jack Daniel’s “smooth sippin’ Tennessee whiskey” is made. Three tour options are available and vary in times and price. Tours daily 9 am-4:30 pm. 133 Lynchburg Hwy., Lynchburg, 931.759.6357. www.jackdaniels.com. NELSON’S GREEN BRIER DISTILLERY Andy and Charlie Nelson brought a family tradition back to life: their great-great-great-grandfather’s business and turned it into one of the

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best-known distilleries in Nashville. Open daily (hours vary). Tours depart daily every half-hour. Tickets (includes tour and tasting): $11. 1414 Clinton St., Marathon Village, 615.913.8800. www.greenbrierdistillery.com. H SMITH CREEK MOONSHINE Smith Creek Distillery launched its flagship in Branson, Missouri, in 2015, and shortly thereafter opened a second location in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and another outpost at Nashville's Opry Mills. Stop by for a moonshine tasting, a walk through a covered bridge and a spin around the gift shop that stocks moonshine, jams, dry rubs, apparel, bar ware and more. Open daily. 335 Opry Mills Drive, 855.559.2063. www.smithcreekmoonshine.com. TENNESSEE BREW WORKSCL004573 This microbrewery makes "finely tuned craft beer" with headliner beers including the Southern Wit as well as seasonal suds. The industrial taproom and spacious patio offers tastes, snacks and live music. Open daily. 809 Ewing Ave., Downtown, 615.436.0050. www.tnbrew.com. YAZOO BREWING COMPANYCL004571 This local brewer has a strong following since opening in 2003 thanks to its tasty brews including Yazoo Pale Ale, Dos Perros and Yazoo Sue, Tennessee’s first legal high-gravity ale. Closed Su. Forty-five minute tours offered at select times W-Sa for $8 and include a souvenir glass and samples 910 Division St., The Gulch, 615.891.4649. www.yazoobrew.com.

COCKTAIL LOUNGES BLACK RABBIT Cocktail connoisseurs, this one's for you. American jazz and live piano music enhance the dark, den-like vibe, a heart-felt nod to the nightlife of Printer's Alley—just outside its door— during its heyday. At the centerpiece is a wood-fired grill and oven is the centerpiece of the open kitchen that serves up small plates like roasted vegetables, meats, oysters and baked breads. Open late. Closed Su. 218 3rd Ave. N, Downtown, 615.891.2380. www.blackrabbittn.com. H HOUSE OF CARDS Hidden in the basement under the Johnny Cash Museum, this magical venue is part performance space, part museum and wholly unlike anything else in the South. Amid a speakeasy ambiance, classic American cuisine and fine hand-crafted cocktails, guests are encouraged to view the rare collection of art and antiques while enjoying mind-boggling illusions by some of America’s top magicians. Reservations and dress code required; no photography allowed. Open daily. 119 3rd Ave. S, Lower Level, Downtown, 615.730.8326. www.hocnashville.com. NO. 308 Enjoy a laid-back vibe, mod decor and great cocktails at this hot spot in the heart of East Nashville. Check the website or Facebook page to learn about weekly events, like $10 Tiki Tuesdays, themed dance parties and other special goings-on. Open daily. 407 Gallatin Ave., East Nashville, 615.650.7344. www.bar308.com.

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ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT THE FOX BAR & COCKTAIL CLUB Built by 1767 Designs, this chic and sexy spot for a handcrafted cocktail, thanks to the beverage program by Will Benedetto. Open late. Closed Su. 2905B Gallatin Pike, East Nashville, 615.678.6541. www.thefoxnashville.com. THE PATTERSON HOUSE This popular cocktail paradise is known far and wide for its stunning, tasteful and creative drinks. In the style of a modern Southern speakeasy, this late-night spot is an absolute wonder from its décor to its mixed drinks to the menu of bar bites. Open late daily. 1711 Division St., Midtown, 615.636.7724. www.thepattersonnashville.com.

HONKY TONKS H AJ’S GOOD TIME BAR Owned by country music superstar Alan Jackson and recently voted number one honky-tonk in Nashville by Billboard Magazine, this venue features live country music daily, karaoke and a rooftop bar. Open late. 421 Broadway, Downtown, 615.678.4808. www.ajsgoodtimebar.com. H COYOTE UGLY SALOON This worldwide chain of wild saloons gained national fame after a film by the same name hit the silver screen in 2000. Some of the girls dance, some of the girls sing and others just yell, but they all keep the crowd rowdy. Open late daily. 154 2nd Ave N., Downtown, 615.254.8459. www.coyoteuglysaloon.com.

H CRAZYTOWN This massive bar has three levels that feature live music, six custom bars, three stages, two outdoor patios and one of the best views of bustling Broadway. A full menu of sandwiches, melts, burgers, salads and cocktails is available to satisfy your hunger. Open late daily. 308 Broadway, Downtown, 615.254.5460. www.crazytownnashville.com. DIERKS BENTLEY'S WHISKEY ROW An ode to the country music star, this American gastropub and bar stretches across multiple levels (and rooftop) with stimulating nightlife, memorabilia and of course, live music. VIP booths available. Open late daily. 400 Broadway, Downtown, 629.203.7822. www.dierkswhiskeyrow.com. HONKY TONK CENTRAL The location of this three-story bar on Nashville’s legendary honkytonk highway can’t be beat, and neither can the nightly live music and boot-stomping good times 329 Broadway, Downtown, 615.742.9095. www.honkytonkcentral.com. LAYLA’S BLUEGRASS INNCL00510 Listen to live bluegrass seated on red vinyl stools beneath Christmas lights strung along the ceiling at this hillbilly club. Live music plays into the night daily, and the kitchen provides food and drink to fuel the fun. 418 Broadway, Downtown, 615.726.2799. www.laylasnashville.com. H LEGENDS CORNERCL003689 This music venue features some of

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ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT Downtown’s best live sets and one of the friendliest staffs in the city. The only thing you’ll pay to attend a show is what you contribute to a jar that’s passed to help support the musicians. Open late daily. 428 Broadway, Downtown, 615.248.6334. www.legendscorner.com. H NUDIE’S HONKY TONK Named for the founder of rhinestone cowboy couture Nudie Cohn, this new entry onto Broadway features three floors of fun, including Nashville’s longest bar (at 100-plus feet), three live-performance spaces, and Southern-style cuisine. While you’re inside, check out displays showcasing authentic suits worn by crooners like Hank Williams Sr. and Nudie Cohn’s vintage Cadillac El Dorado. Open late every day. 409 Broadway, Downtown, www.nudieshonkytonk.com.

ROBERT’S WESTERN WORLDCL00369 This tried-and-true honky tonk has old, scuffed-up hardwood floors, PBR in the can and autographed pictures on the wall. The big, red boot above the door marks the spot. Expect to hear traditional country music or Brazilbilly that keeps the party going into the night. Open late daily. 416 Broadway, Downtown, 615.244.9552. www.robertswesternworld.com. SWINGIN’ DOORS SALOONCL0053174 This downtown honky-tonk offers world-class country music in an old western saloon setting. When the live music isn’t rocking you can play your favorites on the jukebox or tune in to the big-screen TVs. Open late daily. 111 4th Ave. S., Downtown, 615.736.5050. www.swingindoorssaloon.com.

H OLE RED Inspired by Opry member Blake Shelton’s No. 1 hit, “Ol’ Red,” this restaurant, live music venue and retail space joins the growing list of honky-tonks that are nods to country music superstars. Open late daily. 300 Broadway, Downtown, 615.780.0900. www.olered.com.

H TEQUILA COWBOY Across a massive 25,00 square feet, this honky tonk features five bars and a mechanical bull. There is a variety of theme rooms to please patrons, including a game room, the Rock Bar equipped with a stage for live music, and a Top 40-style dance club. Open late daily. 305 Broadway, Downtown, 615.742.9078. www.tequilacowboy.com.

H REDNECK RIVIERA There is no place like this on Broadway. Yes, it is a honkytonk...But Redneck Riviera is way more than that. Celebrate heroes, engage with their staff, grab some barbeque and see some of the best live music in Nashville from opening to close. 208 Broadway, Downtown, 615.436.4070. www.redneckrivieranashville.com.

THE NASHVILLE PALACECL00501 Once home to the stars of “The Grand Ole Opry” and TV shows like “Hee Haw,” this legendary dinner theater pays tribute to the “Golden Era” of country music, offering live music, dancing, food and spirits daily. Open late daily. 2611 McGavock Pike, Opryland, 615.889.1540. www.nashville-palace.com.

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H THE STAGE ON BROADWAYCL003698 The entrance to this honky-tonk is marked by an enormous neon guitar overhead. This popular stop boasts loud music from one of Honky Tonk Row's largest stages and dance floors, with plenty of seating, too. Catch performances from some of the best musicians in the city. Open late daily. 412 Broadway, Downtown, 615.726.0504. www.thestageonbroadway.com. TOOTSIE’S ORCHID LOUNGECL0036403 Adjacent to Ryman Auditorium, this bright purple, world-famous institution has been a celebrity hangout since its beginning over 50 years ago—first, Patsy and Hank (whose ghost allegedly still haunts the place) and later, U2 and the Clash. Today, hopefuls continue to hit the three stages at this legendary honky-tonk. Open late daily. 422 Broadway, Downtown, 615.299.1585. www.tootsies.net.

LIVE MUSIC VENUES & LISTENING ROOMS ANALOG Leave your phone in your pocket or in your purse: this venue is designed to include communal engagement the old-fashioned way. Located in the hip Hutton Hotel, the beauty is in the details, from the acoustics to the cocktails to the boho-chic seating. Call or

BLUEBIRD CAFECL003685 A genuine place to see honest-to-goodness acoustic singers and songwriters perfecting their craft than in this unassuming, 100-seat club, located in a suburban shopping plaza. It has become one of the nation’s premier venues for up-andcoming, as well as established, songwriters. There are usually two shows a night: Between 6 and 7 p.m, there is frequently music in the round; after 9 pm, more established acts take the stage. Call or check website for show schedule and ticket pricing. 4104 Hillsboro Pike, Green Hills, 615.383.1461. www.bluebirdcafe.com. BELCOURT TAPS Stop here if you love beer, burgers and live music. Try one of five signature stuffed burgers or build your own. The patio is perfect for people watching, and the live music schedule is jam-packed with up to several performances each day. Call or check website for a lineup. Open late daily. 2117 Belcourt Ave., Hillsboro Village, 615.915.3622. www.belcourttaps.com. EXIT/INCL003687 It’s all about rock ’n’ roll at this venerable club. A crowd-the-stage, intimate venue right by the Vanderbilt campus, Exit/In allows you to get up close tothe talented rockers rolling through town. Box office open F 10 am-4 pm. 2208 Elliston Place, West End, 615.891.1781. www.exitin.com.

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check website for an event calendar. Closed Su&M. 1808 West End Ave., West End, 615.712.2279. www.analogathuttonhotel.com.

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H THE SECOND FIDDLECL005601 This country music bar bills itself as a “true honky-tonk.” Grand Ole Opry memorabilia fills the walls of this honky-tonk, which offers live music daily. Open late. 420 Broadway, Downtown, 615.248.4818. www.thesecondfiddle.com.

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ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT H GRAND OLE OPRYCL0061730 What began as a simple radio broadcast from Nashville 90 years ago is now an American entertainment icon and the world’s longest-running live radio show. Each performance of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry showcases the best in country music—from the hottest new superstars to all-time favorites. Shows are every Friday, Saturday, as well as Tuesdays March through December. Daytime, postshow and VIP backstage tours are offered. Check website for show and tour ticket prices and schedule. 2804 Opryland Drive, Opryland/Music Valley, 800.733.6779 www.opry.com. MERCY LOUNGE & THE CANNERY BALLROOMCL003691 When a club can boast both Keith Urban and Frank Black as past performers, you know it’s diverse. The eclectic lounge is a seriously swank spot to kick back and listen to live tunes, as is its secondary space, the Cannery Ballroom. Call or check website for show schedule. One Cannery Row, The Gulch, 615.251.3020. www.mercylounge.com. H RYMAN AUDITORIUMCL008251 Once a house of worship before it was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, the Ryman is one of the best venues in the U.S. today for its near-perfect acoustics. Original pews and stained-glass windows make shows feel divine. Self-guided tours: adults $21.95, children $16.95; Guided backstage tours: adults $31.95, children $26.95. Open daily. 116 5th Ave., Downtown, 615.889.3060. www.ryman.com.

SPRINGWATER SUPPER CLUB & LOUNGECL004378 This funky hideout is the city’s quintessential indie rock dive bar. Featuring local alternative and rock performers nightly, this bar is where to go for a PBR and some good ol’ rock ‘n roll. Open late daily. Check website for event and performance schedule. 115 27th Ave. N., West End, 615.320.0345. www.thespringwater.com. THE 5 SPOTCAL004378F With stark black walls adorned with interesting art and vinyl records (which can be taken down and spun by request), the retro-chic venue is the place to enjoy Southern blues and jazz. The beautiful oak bar illuminated by candlelight and retro-centric furnishings add to the locale’s unique vibe. Open late daily. 1006 Forrest Ave., East Nashville, 615.650.9333. www.the5spotlive.com. THE STATION INNCL0036401 Catch true bluegrass picking and grinning at this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it club. Here, it’s all hillbilly all the time inside—and things go from howdy to hot in just a few plucks of the banjo. It’s a come-as-you-are setting, so wear whatever's comfortable. Open daily; doors open at 7 pm and shows start at 9 pm unless otherwise noted. 402 12th Ave. S., The Gulch, 615.255.3307. www.stationinn.com.

MUSEUMS FRIST ART MUSEUMCL008231 Located in a breathtaking Art Deco-meets-Gothic style building, the Frist is a nonprofit art-exhibition center, with approximately 24,000

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square feet of gallery space, dedicated to presenting the finest visual art from local, state and regional artists, as well as major U.S. and international exhibitions. Open daily. Tickets: $12; ages 18 and younger free. 919 Broadway, Downtown, 615.244.3340. www.fristartmuseum.org. THE GEORGE JONES George “The Possum” Jones is arguably the greatest voice in country music with top-ten hits like “The Grand Tour” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Upon his death in 2013, the country legend’s widow, Nancy Jones, began plans for carrying on the Possum’s legacy while honoring his tumultuous past. What resulted from her vision is this four-level, 44,000 square-foot museum replete with a smokehouse, gift shop, music venue and rooftop bar right on the Cumberland River. Open daily. Tickets: adults $17, seniors/students $10, youth $7, kids 5 and under free. 128 2nd Ave. N., Downtown, 615.818.0128. www.georgejones.com. H JOHNNY CASH MUSEUMCL0053185 This emotional museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of Cash artifacts and memorabilia, including pieces from friends, colleagues and family members. The emotional museum also offers a Bongo Java Cafe onsite and store. Fans of the Man in Black may want to pack tissues. Open daily. Tickets: $19.95 adults, $15.95 youth, kids 5 and under free with adult admission. 119 3rd Ave. S., Downtown, 615.256.1777. www.johnnycashmuseum.com.

MUSICIANS HALL OF FAME & MUSEUMCL006173 With a slogan of “Come see what you’ve heard,” this museum is housed in the Historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium and honors the people behind the music. Memorabilia includes the famed Studio B door, Pete Drake’s steel guitar and the GRAMMY Gallery. Tickets: $24 adult, $14 children. Open daily. 401 Gay St., Downtown, 615.244.3263. www.musicianshalloffame.com. H PATSY CLINE MUSEUM Located above the Johnny Cash Museum, don't miss the chance to also see the largest collection in the world of artifacts, both professional and personal in nature, tied to the Nashville sound singer who died far too young. View handwritten lyrics, costumes and household memorabilia. Open daily. Tickets: $18.95 adults, $14.95 youth, ages 5 and under free. 119 Third Ave. South, Downtown, 615.777.7777. www.patsymuseum.com. TENNESSEE SPORTS HALL OF FAMECL0036421 Located in Bridgestone Arena, this museum pays tribute to Tennessee’s athletes including Wilma Rudolph, Peyton Manning and Tracy Caulkins. Enjoy exhibits on college football and basketball, NASCAR video games and a 30-seat theater. Closed Su&M. Tickets: adults $3, children $2. 501 Broadway, SoBro, 615.242.4750. www.tshf.net.

NEIGHBORHOOD BARS H ALLEY TAPS Come here for a nostalgic alternative

Alley Taps is not the typical bar or saloon you will find in the heart of Music City. No, no. We are the low key place to take your out of town friends to show off the old Nashville, where the drinks are good and the music is better. No wild and crazy crowds like on Broadway, you will no doubt fall in love with our establishment. Join us for a night of good friends and good ol’ fashion drinks. Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 4pm-7pm. 2 for 1 drafts and well liquor drinks

Check www.Alleytaps.com for the daily live music schedule. Private event space to host your next event Call 615.922.2757.

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ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT to Lower Broadway. You’ll find your escape by sipping on the local craft beers offered here in the heart of downtown. Open late daily. 162 Printers Alley, Downtown, 615.922.2757. www.alleytaps.com. THE BEER SELLARCL005013 Enjoy 100 brands of beer in a bottle and 50 more on tap at this cozy dive bar, which is quite proud of its jukebox. Take advantage of the dollar-off drafts special Monday through Friday. A menu of bar bites and massive sandwiches is available to seal the deal. Open late daily. 107 Church St., Downtown, 615.254.9464. www.originalbeersellar.com. THE SUTLER SALOON This bar offers distinct experiences on its two levels. The main-level restaurant and bar features fresh cocktails, craft beer on tap, live music and southern pub food, while the cellar is a sultry speakeasy that harks back to the Prohibition era. Enjoy live music on the saloon level daily, and Bluegrass Brunch on Sa&Su. 2600 Franklin Pike, Berry Hill, 615.840.6124. www.thesutler.com.

NIGHT CLUBS H PLAY DANCE BARCL0050614 This vibrant, gay-friendly hotspot offers the best in female illusion with world-renowned performers. DJs mix it up with Top 40 hits and electronic dance music to make the dance floor come alive. VIP booths and tables for large parties are available. Closed M&Tu. 1519 Church St., Midtown, 615.322.9627. www.playdancebar.com.

THE BIG BANG BARCL004378 The performers at this dueling piano bar sit behind two grand pianos and combine music, comedy and audience participation to create a high-energy show that is unlike any other. The audience is part of the show as they sing, dance and laugh the evening away. Closed Su&M. 411 Broadway, SoBro, 615.747.5851. www.thebigbangbar.com. TRIBE Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and martinis in a casual atmosphere at this hopping gay-friendly bar. The bar features nightly specials, DJ sets every weekend and a comfortable lounge. Belt along to your favorite musical on Showtunes Sundays. Open late daily. 1517 Church St., Midtown, 615.329.2912. www.tribenashville.com. H WANNAB’S KARAOKE BAR Part of the Tequila Cowboy complex, this SoBro hotspot is Nashville’s most interactive karaoke experience. Get up on stage and croon your heart out with the help of a KJ (karaoke deejay, naturally) host. Open late daily. 305 Broadway, Downtown, 615.742.9078. www.wannabs.com.

PERFORMING ARTS NASHVILLE SYMPHONYCL005317 The Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony performs more than 140 classical, pop, jazz and special concert events each season in the 1,872-seat, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, which was named for the symphony’s late conductor, Kenneth Schermerhorn. Free, guided tours are

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also available. One Symphony Place, Downtown, 615.687.6400. www.nashvillesymphony.org. TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER71 A variety of touring Broadway musicals, iconic performers, musicians, comedians, dance companies and more take turns in front of audiences at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre remain in residence. 505 Deaderick St., Downtown, 615.782.4000. www.tpac.org.

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there is always an adventure to be had at Shelby Bottoms. Locals love the area for its miles of walking, running and hiking paths as well as its vast array of flora and fauna. Open daily dawn to dusk. 1900 Davidson St., 615.862.8539. www.nashville.gov. H SOAR ADVENTURE TOWER Try your hand at this four-level ropes course with more than 110 climbing elements that will challenge kids and adults alike in a safe and interactive atmosphere. An 18-hole mini golf course is also onsite. Open daily. 3794 Carothers Pkwy., Franklin, 615.721.5103. www.soaradventure.com.

H HQ BEERCADE This low-maintenance, high-energy arcade bar takes the traditional night out the next level with an innovative concept that caters to character and fun. Enjoy free cover and dozens of vintage arcade games and classic pinball machines. Open late daily. 114 2nd Ave. S, SoBro, 615.965.8273. www.hq-nashville.com.

TOPGOLF Swing by this national entertainment sensation for fun point-scoring golf games, upscale snacks and a full bar in a high-energy atmosphere at this national sensation in sports entertainment. Open daily (and open late on weekends). 500 Cowan St., East Bank, 615.777.3007. www.topgolf.com.

H MUSIC CITY INDOOR KARTING Across 77,000 square feet, visitors can experience fast go-karting and headto-head racing in a safe environment, and/or, tee off at the 18-hole blacklight mini-golf course, ride a mechanical bull, and more. Open daily. 400 Davidson St., 615.242.3275. www.musiccityindoorkarting.com.

RIVER QUEEN VOYAGES See Nashville for a new perspective: on the water. Since launching in 2015 as the original and premier kayak and canoe rental company on the Cumberland River, River Queen Voyages has been a popular, safe and affordable outdoor recreational activity for anyone looking to reconnect with nature. Guided tours begin on the east side of the river, and range in distance and price. 2 Victory Ave., 615.933.9778. www.rqvoyages.com.

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ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT TOURS FRANKLIN ON FOOTCL00 Enjoy a guided walking tour of historic Franklin led by a local who is passionate about the town's past, present and future. Tour topics range from ghost tours or crime tours, history to Civil War tours, food tours to children's tours and more. Downtown Franklin, 615.400.3808. www.franklinonfoot.com. GRAY LINE TOURSCL006173 Gray Line offers a number of sightseeing tours, including Discover Nashville, ABC’s Nashville, the Jack Daniels Distillery, food, and celebrity homes tours on climate-controlled, double-decker buses. Tours include free pickup from most Nashville hotels. Check website for availability. Downtown Train Station, 108 1st Ave. S., 800.251.1864. www.graylinetn.com. H IRIDE SEGWAY OF NASHVILLECL0041369 Rain, shine, cold or hot, see the city's famous and historic landmarks like never before: from a segway! Call or check website for tour times and packages. Tours: $49-$129 plus tax. Must be age 12 or older. 330 Commerce St., Downtown, 615.244.0555. www.iridenashville.com. MUSIC CITY BREW TOURSCL0045923 Offered three times each week, a bus takes riders from Music City Center to three top breweries around town. Enjoy a few samples at each, as well as a behind-the-scenes tours with brewers who love to share their craft. Tickets: $60. Private tours also available. 6th Ave. Northbound, Downtown, 615.485.1816. www.musiccitybrewtours.com.

OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOURSCL0041365 Hop on, hop off these sightseeing trolleys to make the most of your time in Nashville. Packages, night tours, charters and group tours available. Call or check website for map of stops, pricing and trolley schedule. 201 Broadway Ave., 615.375.3166. www.trolleytours.com. SONGBIRD TOURS A working performer acts as your guide on this 2-hour tour that travels a loop through Music Row, Franklin Road, Granny White Pike, and back into downtown Nashville. Tours depart daily at 11 am, 2 pm and 7 pm. Tickets: $45. 615.236.6094. www.songbirdtours.com H SWEET MAGNOLIA TOURS Beeline to Sweet Magnolia for everything from group tours to discounted tickets to attractions, shows, tours and more. The onsite gift shop is a great place to find Music City treasures to take back home to family and friends. 330 Commerce St., Downtown, 615.242.5373. www.sweetmagnoliatours.com.

TRANSPORTATION HUBS H NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTCL0045926 Enjoy Music City from the moment you step off the plane. The airport offers 20-plus eateries and bars (including Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Neely’s Bar-B-Que, Noshville and Tennessee Tavern), plus shops, art, free Wi-Fi and even live music in the terminal. 1 Terminal Drive, Greater Nashville, 615.275.1675. www.flynashville.com.

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Experience a venue like no other in downtown Nashville! Music City Indoor Karting and Entertainment Center revolves around two indoor go-kart tracks (road course and oval) with fast ... very fast electric karts! Book a private competitive event, or just come in and jump in a race. Along with being the “Fastest Fun” in Nashville, experience our mini golf or try your skills on our mechanical bull “Frank”. Whatever you choose, you are sure to make some great memories at Music City Indoor Karting and Entertainment Center!

See Nashville up close and personal on our unique Segway tour experiences! Learn to ride your own Segway then take in the sights and sounds of Music City on a fully guided tour! Choose between several tour options to fit any budget or timeframe. We offer tour experiences that range from 1.5 hours to 4 hours of fun! Visit our website or call for a more information. Recipients of Tripadvisor’s Bravo Award (2015) and Certificate of Excellence for the past 6 years (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). Also named in the top 5 Segway tour in the country by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. Must be 12 years or older.

INDOOR KARTING

SWEET MAGNOLIA GIFTS, TICKETS, AND TOURS

Make Sweet Magnolia Tours, Tickets and Gifts located at 330 Commerce Street (street level in the CMT Building) your first stop when venturing out to see our amazing city. We offer discounted tickets for most area attractions and sightseeing tours. We also offer daily trips to Graceland in Memphis and Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg. Come shop our store for the most unique Nashville gift items known for the best prices in downtown! You’ll be glad you stopped here first! 330 Commerce Street (street level in the CMT building)

400 Davidson Street, Nashville, TN 37213

615.242.3275

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Alley Taps ....................................................77 Arrington Vineyards .................................. 13 Adventure Science Center....................... 71 AJ’s Good Time Bar ..................................75 Belle Meade Plantation ............................. 11 Cheekwood Estate & Gardens ............... 70 Coyote Ugly ................................................79 Crazytown........................................21 Fontanel .......................................................72 Franklin/Williamson Co. ........................... 13 Grand Ole Opry ............................................ 7 Headquarters Beercade .......................... 80 iRide Nashville ............................................ 81 Johnny Cash Museum..................................17 Legends Corner..........................................76 Music City Indoor Karting........................ 8 1 Nashville International Airport ....... 83, C3 Nudie’s Honky Tonk ….................................16

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Ole Red ........................................................ 1 2 Patsy Cline Museum.................................…17 Play Dance Bar ...........................................78 Redneck Riviera .........................................74 Soar Adventure............................................13 Skull’s Rainbow Room ….....................16, 66 Smith Creek Moonshine .......................... 69 Sweet Magnolia Tours................................81 Tequila Cowboy .................................... 21, 61 The Goo Goo Clusters Shop…...................76 The Ryman Auditorium ............................73 The Second Fiddle ....................................76 The Stage on Broadway ...........................76 WannaB’s Karaoke Bar..............................21

DINING Aquarium Restaurant................................25 Burger Republic .........................................58 Capitol Grille .................................................9

Claim Jumper..............................................25 FGL House....................................................57 Giovanni ................................................ 10, 67 House of Cards ...................................66, C4 Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar …59 Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse...............................2 Joe’s Crab Shack....................................... 65 Morton’s Steakhouse................................ 65 Nama Sushi Bar ......................................... 60 Rainforest Cafe ...........................................25 Rodizio Grill ............................................... 60 Sa mbu ca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Skull’s Rainbow Room...............................66 Sperry’s Restaurant.....................................13 Sun Diner......................................................63 Suzy Wong’s House of Yum......................66 The Melting Pot ......................................... 62 The Palm ......................................................67 Trattoria Il Mullino .................................... 62 Union Common ...................................56, 67

SHOPPING & SPAS Bella Linea....................................................46 Boutique Bella.............................................50 Cindi Earl Fine Jewelry ............................47 Duet.............................................................. 48 Flip.................................................................52 Fly South................................................15, 52 French’s Shoes and Boots .........................3 Hatwrks ..................................................... ...51 Haymakers & Co...........................................52 Island Cowgirl Jewelry ......................... ....51 J. Michaels Clothiers .................................53 Judith Bright .......................................... ....46 King Baby Studio ............................... 49, 53 Landmark Booksellers.................................13 Nashville Boot Co.......................................53 N2Skin Spa & Boutique ............................ 51 Plaid Rabbit, Properly Plaid.......................50 The Mall at Green Hills ........................... 4,5 Zelda ............................................................ 50

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Tounge and Cheek IN HONOR OF THE ROLLING STONES’ 2018 EXHIBIT AT THE MUSICIANS HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM, FAMILIAR SCULPTURES, LIKE THIS ONE AT 12SOUTH’S DRAPER JAMES, POPPED UP AROUND TOWN. THIS PIECE MAY BE TEMPORARY, BUT NASHVILLE’S APPRECIATION FOR ART AND MUSIC IS INFINITE.

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