TN Tax Free Weekend

Don’t forget this weekend is tax free weekend in Tennessee. For more detail about what’s included visit:

https://www.tn.gov/revenue/article/sales-tax-holiday

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3 Thing To Do in Nashville: July 22-24

TGIF! If you’re looking for something to do this weekend and want to break out of your old routine here’s a three ideas of how to maximize your weekend.

1- Blue Moon Waterfront Grille : 525 Basswood Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209

IMG_4622      I honestly didn’t know a place like this existed in Nashville. Nested near the Nations (hey-oh alliteration!) Blue Moon offers some unprecedented waterfront dining in Nashville.  I suggest going at sunset because I am a sucker for sunsets and the reflection off the water is beautiful. The food is great, not your typical “marina” food and they sometimes have live music to accompany your dinner. It’s only open for the summer season so if you want to try it out don’t wait too long.

2- Music In the Vines- Arrington Vineyards 6211 Patton Rd Arrington, TN 37014

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If you didn’t know that Nashville had it’s own vineyard then you really need to subscribe to my blog! Kix Brooks (formerly of Brooks & Dunn) et al opened Arrington Vineyards in 2007.  Music in the Vines is a monthly FREE event. It’s from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday night and Saturday this weekend.  Even better, you get to bring your own picnic food to accompany your wine.  There are a few tables but you can also bring your own collapsible chairs and blankets to enjoy the night.

3- Nashville Flea Market-TN State Fairgrounds 625 Smith Avenue Nashville, TN 37203

The Nashville Flea Market is rated on of the top 10 Flea Markets in the country and the #1 Flea Market in TN.  It’s a fun activity and there’s always some hidden treasures for those willing to rummage through the less than exciting goods.  This month’s theme is “Vintage Galore”.

Hopefully this gives you a few ideas of how what to do with your family and friends this weekend. I hope you share lots of laughter and love this weekend so you can start fresh Monday.

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Belcourt Theater Reopens July 22

The Belcourt Theater is reopening today after being closed for the last few months for major renovations.  Check out the link below for the Nashville Scenes article detailing the renovation and today’s ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Megan Barry.

I love to see Nashville embrace progress but not lose sight of the history of the city.  Great things are in store for our city!

Nashville Scene- Belcourt Theater Reopens June 22

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Top 10 Things to Do on Your Nashville Bachelorette Party

If you are looking for the perfect place to have your destination bachelorette party look no further than Nashville, Tennessee.  Nashville was recognized in 2016 as the BEST  US city to spend a weekend which means it’s the best place for your destination bachelorette party.  How often do you get to plan a weekend trip with all your best friends?  Don’t waste this opportunity anywhere else than the best city in the US to visit.  Nashville is centrally located for easy travel no matter where your bridesmaid live and I am going to give you the best places to hit to ensure you have the perfect last fling before the ring. So go ahead, get those matching tanks printed up and tell your girls to get ready for a weekend full of memories. Here are the top 10 things you need add to your itinerary for your perfect Nashville Destination Bachelorette Party:

  1. Book your bridal party a spot on The Nashville Pedal Tavern

It’s the best way to do a bar crawl in Nashville. There are four different routes you can take depending on where you want to go.  The best part is it’s BYOB! Pack a cooler of your favorite beverages for the ride!

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http://www.nashvillepedaltavern.com/

2.  Friday night dinner at Cabana midtown

You can make reservations here for your own Cabana.  Each Cabana has an iPhone hook up so you can play your own music.  They have an ample martini menu and it’s the perfect place to catch up with everyone Friday night!

http://www.opentable.com/cabana

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3. Get your 90s throw back on at Crazy Town on Broadway

Who didn’t love the music of the 90s. Crazy Town on Broadway has a floor dedicated to the golden age of Boy Bands.

4. Sing Karaoke and ride the mechanical bull at the Wild Beaver

If you didn’t ride a bull on your own Bachelorette party, then did you really experience it all? Don’t have this regret later in life.

5. Spend the Afternoon at 12th South: Grab some lunch and margaritas at Tacoria del Sol then wander into the boutiques for some shopping (be sure the visit Reese Witherspoon’s store Draper James). Finish the afternoon with some Jeni’s Ice Cream before heading back Downtown.

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6. Visit the Little Harpeth Brewery Tap room

Nashville has some awesome craft breweries but my favorite to visit is Little Harpeth. Not only are their brews amazing, they have an amazing view of the city in their tap room. Sample to local beers and get some great photos while doing it.

http://nashvilleguru.com/45280/little-harpeth-brewing-taproomLittle Harpeth Tap ROom

7. Book a tour of the historic Ryman Auditorium

You can’t visit Nashville and not see where the legends stood.  Take a break from the bar scene to see the iconic Ryman Auditorium.

http://ryman.com/tours

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8. The Nashville Food Scene is booming right now. I’m going to recommend a few places for Saturday night dinner with various ranges of cost. If you pick any of these you will not be disappointed.

Etch http://www.etchrestaurant.com/

Rolf & Daughters www.rolfanddaughters.com

Tavern www.mstreetnashville.com/tavern/

City House www.cityhousenashville.com

The 404 Kitchen www.the404nashville.com/kitchen

Josephine www.josephineon12th.com/

Pinewood Social www.pinewoodsocial.com/

Chauhan Ale & Masala House www.chauhannashville.com/

9. Honky Tonk the night away on Broadway.

Start at Acme Feed and Seed closest to the river because if you’re not there early you will waste too much time standing in line.  Head straight up to the rooftop for some good group photos. Don’t spend too much time at any one bar on Broadway. There are dozens of bars with live music. Grab a cheap pitcher of beer at Paradise Park the head up to Honky Tonk Central for 3 floors of live music. Make sure you don’t miss Robert’s Western World across the street.

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10. Sunday Brunch at The Southern.

I save the Southern for Sunday because they take reservations. There’s nothing worse than trying to recover from the night before but having to wait an hour for your table.  The Southern has an amazing menu and everyone will thank you for getting to sleep a little longer before brunch.

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http://thesouthernnashville.com/reservations/

 

Nashville Loving & Living

Hey Ya’ll! (let me translate that for all the non-Southerns: Hello Everyone!)

Nashville is America’s “it” city right now. For those of us that have called Nashville home since childhood, we really never saw that coming. Of course I have always loved my hometown. I grew up in what is endearingly refer to as L.A. (Lower Antioch), went to high school in downtown, and- after a brief stint living in Alabama- moved home four years ago to Green Hills.  When I moved home I had no idea how much more I would fall in love with Nashville and how much I would love hosting friends so they could experience MY city. Luckily being the “it” city gives me ample opportunity to host friends who want to visit for the weekend. I have the Nashville tour spots down to a ritual now.

Since I have come home to Nashville I have been lucky enough to see artist perform at some of the country’s top music venues. I have seen comics who were new to the industry at Zanies who are now walking red carpets in Hollywood.  I’ve spent Saturdays with friends tasting the local beers at breweries around town before we went Honky Tonking on Broadway.  As an avid sports fan I also enjoy supporting my hometown teams, from the NCAA National Championship Vandy baseball team to the Preds who Nashville fought to keep and yes, I also frequent the Titans games and always enjoy myself.

Probably my favorite aspect of getting to call the current “it” city my hometown is the influx we have had of amazing restaurants.  I’ve been able to eat so many amazing, unique dishes.  There are just SO many fantastic places to eat.  You also never know who you are going to bump into at one of these places.  I met DAVE GROHL waiting for my hot chicken one night! Dave Grohl! Maybe it’s just me but I probably watched the “Learn to Fly” video 100 times in a time before YouTube existed so this moment for me was amazing. I even broke the Nashville Native unspoken rule of not bothering celebrities for photos. He was in Nirvana, I had to.  (Our picture is on the about me page if you want proof!)

I want to share all of this with you and hopefully after each post hopefully you can see Nashville through my eyes and maybe fall in love with it a little more too.  Whether you are coming to visit for a weekend, moving here to start a new chapter of your life, or have lived here your entire life I promise you, Nashville has something to offer you!

Let’s Wander Nashville together!

xo-Nickolette