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Places to Love On and Off the Beaten Path

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There is so much to see and do in Nashville and the surrounding area.  Between concert venues, incredible restaurants, scenic views, parks and recreation, historic sites, and sports arenas, the options are endless.  We’ve scoured over social media, online help sites, and asked locals to give us a personal insight to some of Nashville’s greatest sites—some known to many, others off the beaten path.  Not that you need another reason to live in this great city, but below you’ll find fifteen more places that make Nashville the place to be. (And Turfmates, can help you find your home nearby!)

1. Acme Feed & Seed

This rooftop view is an optimal setting for some great live music, a sampling of great craft beer, and some ultra great food! It’s awesome to be able to overlook the river from the top floor and see the night scape of downtown! More than one person suggested the biscuits and gravy, so maybe give that a whirl while you’re checking Acme Feed & Seed out!

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2. George Jones Rooftop Bar

 Another outstanding rooftop to check out is the George Jones Rooftop Bar.  The view of the river and stadium is killer.  The setting is excellent.  The music is always great. The atmosphere is on point.  You can see why one customer raved that this bar was “the total package” when wanting to step out for a night on the town. There’s always a steady flow of people so you can enjoy the rooftop and still get to a table for food.

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3. Ascend Amphitheater

While still considered fairly new in Nashville, you have to see a show at the Ascend Amphitheater. The background of downtown Nashville while your favorite band is lighting up the stage is unbeatable.  One regular concert goer said, “This place is just the right size for great acoustics and you can’t pass up the amazing skyline view on the lawn as dusk!” Several sites mentioned the friendly staff and clean spaces offered to visitors, too!

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@theryman instagram

4. Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman is so quaintly majestic with all of its history and splendor. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, but many visitors said there’s nothing like sitting in the first few church pews!  If you find yourself with some extra time, we highly recommend taking the guided tours they offer. This unique experience will make you fall in love with the “Mother Church” even more!

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5. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Nashville is full of killer rooftop bar options, and while we were searching these best places, Rock Bottom was mentioned many times.  Not just for the awesome 4th floor rooftop patio, but also for the mojitos and guacamole! (Is there a better combo?) One comment that stood out to us the most was from a customer who visited during CMA (one of the busiest weekends of the year) and said, “The service was impeccable!”

6. Papa Turney's BBQ

Nashville’s hot chicken is popular, but you don’t want to miss a seat at Papa Turney’s BBQ either! Several frequent flyers said the staff is as awesome as they are kind and you can’t go wrong with a pick off the menu.  From the BBQ to the brisket, we can attest, it’s delicious. The added bonus of live blues music is also really hard to beat.

7. Love Circle

Looking for a great view of the whole city, head up to the hill on Love Circle.  The landscape complements the cityscape and it’s amazing!  If you’re in town around July 4th, this is a top notch place to catch the fireworks, but get there early and plan to stay a while!

8. Renaissance Hotel

One of Nashville’s nicest hotels with an incredible view is without a doubt the Renaissance Hotel.  You can ride up to the 22nd floor and the hospitality can’t be beat.  Another added bonus is the convenience of location.  You can walk to all of the hot spots on Broadway without having to go very far!

“With room views like this, you'll always have the chance to wish Nashville a good night.” @omninashville instagram

“With room views like this, you'll always have the chance to wish Nashville a good night.” @omninashville instagram

9. Omni Nashville Hotel Another hard to beat hotel with superb views is the Omni!  This first class establishment runs can provide great rooms, a great location, great conference facilities, and great food! A recent guest said to spring for the executive suites because “It is totally worth it!” There are several restaurants, shops, that are connected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Hatch Show Print Company.

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10. General Jackson Showboat

You’re going to want to keep your camera or camera phone handy while you’re cruising on the General Jackson Showboat. The night cruise gives you a view of the city skyline, a delectable dinner, and an enjoyable show. We asked a cruiser about her souiree, and she commented that the house band was incredibly talented and she really enjoyed the whole experience from start to finish.

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11. First Tennessee Park

 Still relatively new to Nashville, this new stadium showcases Nashville’s downtown skyline.  We’d  even dare to say there isn’t a bad seat in the house.  Although the game will be fun in itself, grab a bite at The Band Box.  Between the excitement The Sounds will provide, the spin on traditional baseball food, you’re trip will be a home run!

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12. Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

There is so much to say about the Opryland Hotel.  It is grand in size and in experience.  The views from many of the rooms (especially from the balcony in the Delta) are astounding and relaxing.  Waterfalls, beautiful gardens, large rooms, shops and restaurants for all tastes, you’re likely to notice something new each time you arrive.  Southern in nature, the experience is one of a kind and the hospitality is hard to beat. Recently, Old Hickory Steakhouse has been named one of the top 10 most romantic restaurants in Nashville according to Trip Advisor. AND…that is just one of the amazing restaurants to add to the list inside the Opryland Resort.

13. 3rd & Lindsley Bar and Grill

If you’re looking for a perfectly sized venue with seats all around that give you a view of the stage, check out this local hot spot. If you can get there early, grab a booth and enjoy great food with stellar music lineups.  Even if you can’t snag an early seat, the balcony gives a great look as well.

14. Stones River Greenway

While Nashville’s downtown party and skyline views are a fantastic way to experience the Music City, Stone’s River Greenway is an equally fantastic way to see the nature side of Nashville.  Get some exercise on the wide and winding paths.  We read several times about what a great location this is to spend time with friends and family. The scenery is calm and serene, making it ideal for a walk, jog, run, or bike ride. And as a first time go-ers tip the closest bathroom is at the Percy Priest Dam trailhead.  You’ll thank us later for that one!

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15. Greenway At The Harpeth

Convinient to the Bellevue to bike or walk, the Greenway at Harpeth is another location to get out of the city and into the wild. It’s a beautiful place to relax and/or get some exercise. This wonderful oasis is tucked right in the west Nashville/Davidson side of town.