A Local Guide to Nashville
By AHRA Staff
We reached out to Nashville-area AHRA members for some help compiling a guide of things to do if you’re attending the Annual Meeting. In true AHRA fashion, there was an overwhelming response from members wanting to help out! Check out some of their favorite things.
- Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
- Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant for good ol’ Southern eats. It has a great atmosphere, and you can catch dinner and a show!
- Loveless Café (known for their biscuits)
- The Pharmacy for burgers and an outdoor biergarten!
- Cori’s Dog House
- The Patterson House
- Jack’s BBQ. There are a bunch of BBQ places on lower Broadway, if you want to try them all!
- Midtown Cafe for affordable fine dining.
- For the steak lovers: The Old Hickory Steakhouse is located inside the Gaylord Opryland. But if you want to venture out, our locals recommend Kayne Prime or Jimmy Kelly’s.
- Five Daughter’s Bakery. You may have to wait in line for your sweet treat, but it’s worth it!
- Saint Anejo, if you’re in the mood for Mexican fare (they also have a greatSunday brunch)
- The Old Spaghetti Factory or Pomodoro East for family friendly Italian
- The Pancake Pantry for breakfast.
- Pinewood Social for a unique, shared space experience for adults. There is also a bowling alley and a pool.
Best Music Venues
- 3rdand Lindsley
- Grand Ole Opry (The Gaylord Opryland is offering attendees a discount for concert tickets and the museum tour: click here.)
- Bluebird Café
- Ascend Amphitheater
- Ryman Auditorium (The Gaylord Opryland is offering attendees a discount off the museum tour: click here.)
- Station Inn (Bluegrass)
- Mercy Lounge
- You can also download the Downtown Nashville Free Music Guide App for a list of all shows in the area: http://www.visitmusiccity.com/music/livemusic/nashvillemusicapp
Best Activities for Families/Kids
- Centennial Park – Check out the Parthenon!
- Nashville Sounds baseball – they’re on the road during the meeting, but if you’re getting in a couple of days early, you’ll be able to catch a home game.
- Nashville Shores Water Park
- Nashville Shores Tree Top Adventure Park
- Nashville Zoo
- Adventure Science Center
- Laser Quest
Best Outdoor Activities
- Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
- Fort Negley – The fort is no longer standing, but you can come here to learn about history of the fort and get some great views of the city.
- Foggy Bottoms Canoe on the Harpeth River
- If you’re more of an urban outdoor adventurer, walk down Broadway and 2nd avenue to tour downtown Nashville
- Other suggestions: hiking (many trails in the area for all levels – Radnor Lake); rent a bike to explore downtown; go on a Civil War walking tour (there are many indoor and outdoor options); and for runners looking for a challenge, try some trail running at Percy Warner Park.
- The Frist Center for the Visual Arts – Stop in the train station next door for a great bar and some beautiful stained glass windows.
- Country Music Hall of Fame
- Studio B Historic Studio Tour
- Johnny Cash Museum
- George Jones Entertainment Complex
History and More
- Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
- Tennessee State Museum (free admission!)
- To learn more about Civil War history in Nashville: Belle Meade Plantation, Belmont Mansion, Carter House and Carnton Plantation, Lotz House Civil War House Museum
- Fontanel – a huge complex that includes ziplines, a distillery, a winery, and of course a tour of the mansion.
- Opry Mills
- Cool Springs Galleria (Franklin)
- Souvenir shops with the most local flavor: Anderson Design Group (close to Centennial Park, if you’re already checking that out) and Hatch Show Print Shop.
- Antique Archaeology (as seen on the History Channel TV show American Pickers)
We’d like to give a shout out to the members who helped us compile this guide. They’ll all be attending the Annual Meeting if you have any questions about the local area: Melissa Baggett, CRA; Crockett Bone; Paul Claus, CRA; Creighton Cook; Heidi Hordyk; Jennifer Johnson; Kristin Lockhart; Jose Lopez; Billie McKee, CRA; Gina Nieszczur; Lauri Redus, CRA; Sheila Sferrella, CRA, FAHRA; Charles Stamper, CRA; and Pam Williams.