Each season, we like to put together a little travel guide of our favorite things in and around Nashville. There are so many visitors coming into town for a weekend stay, transplants putting down roots (much like we did five years ago), and road-trippers passing through on some type of journey throughout the South.
Nashville is a place that feels very different from season to season, so if you’ve been here in the summer, it might feel like a totally different place than when you come in the fall or winter. Here are a few of our favorite spots to visit when the weather cools down.
Natchez Trace Bridge. One of the most scenic spots in the Nashville area (and the country) is the Natchez Trace bridge, a double-arched bridge over Natchez Trace Parkway in Williamson County. We like to go out there when the leaves are changing colors because it offers some pretty incredible views of the Tennessee wilderness from the bridge’s center — and if you’re interested in design, there’s a lot of inspiration behind the bridge’s construction.
Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival. This is a fairly new music festival, but it draws huge names from Nashville and beyond. This year’s fest takes place September 22 & September 23, with headliners like Jack White, Lionel Richie, Hozier, Counting Crows, Chris Sapleton and Dave Matthews.
Seasonal cocktails at The Fox. Have we mentioned how much we love The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club? All jokes aside, the bar that we designed in East Nashville recently unveiled their list of fall and winter cocktails, and that thing is no joke.
Old Hickory Village. Some people (ahem — investors) are saying that Old Hickory could become the “new East Nashville.” We don’t know about all that, but we do think it’s a pretty special in its own right. This area just outside of the city is the home of the 1767 studio, and if you haven’t explored it yet, we’d recommend getting out there this fall to check out the lake, the historic homes and, of course, our home base.
Nashville Flea Market. We’re always talking about how much we love the flea market at the Nashville Fairgrounds, but anyone who knows the flea will tell you that fall is the best time to go. Nashville gets hot in the summertime, so once the weather cools down, it’s much more comfortable to wander the grounds and shop for treasures.
Chattanooga. Okay, not much of a Nashville activity, but if you’ve lived in Nashville for a while and you’re looking for a seriously easy (and inspiring) fall road trip, we’d suggest hitting the road for Chattanooga. We recently made the trek and stayed with Treetop Hideaways, but we also loved The Dwell Hotel, Collective Clothing and the beautiful Hunter Museum of American Art.