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5 Two-Hour Road Trip Destination Ideas Around Nashville 

5 Two-Hour Road Trip Destination Ideas Around Nashville

It is an undeniable fact that Nashville is one of the best places to be in Tennessee due to its combination of great culture, cuisine, and outdoor activities. It would be a great idea to experience the life around Nashville on a road trip. Check out the following two-hour road trip destination ideas around Nashville.

  1. Huntsville, Alabama

If you are thinking of a perfect escape around Nashville, then Huntsville is a great option. It is only 115 miles to the South of Nashville. It is known as the US Space & Rocket Center. Perhaps, you might have visited this place during your young age but it warrants a trip now that you are all grown up. Huntsville has fun activities for anybody –young and old. It has a large entertainment complex that hosts several bars and restaurants, all which stand in an old high school.

  1. Pinson Mounds, Tennessee

Pinson stands 135 miles to the Southwest of Nashville. Tennessee takes pride in having numerous Native American archeological sites. In spite of this, you will not find any that matches the impression of the Pinson Mounds. It ranks second in the list of the highest mounds in America and houses an information center. Additionally, while here, you will love the cuisine from any of the barbecue restaurants that you will stop by.

  1. Scottsboro, Alabama

Scottsboro is 140 miles southeast of Nashville. It draws a lot of fame from the Unclaimed Baggage Center. The facility houses numerous items lost from airlines from different ends of the country. The collected items if unclaimed, are sorted out, tagged a discounted price, and availed for sale. It is an interesting place where you can find wedding dresses displayed for sale. Just plan to stop by, maybe you can find an item you lost in your flight some time back, or even get the chance to choose a couple of discounted goods.

  1. Paducah, Kentucky

Paducah, originally known as Perkin, came into existence in the 1800s. It will take you only two hours of driving to cover the 136-mile distance between Nashville and the Paducah, northwest side of Nashville. Its fame is attributed to the fact that it was near waterways before it grew economically following the establishment of a railway hub. The area hosts numerous tales of the history of the great town in its William Clark Market House Museum, Tilghman Civil War Museum, River Discovery Center, and the Railroad Museum. However, there is much more to find here than just history –you will love the area’s culture, social and recreation life. Paducah takes pride in a vibrant scene of art and great history. If you love nature, you will find solace and comfort in the walking trails and along the riverfront displaying the elegant view of Ohio River.

  1. Tennessee River Gorge

The Tennessee River Gorge offers a wonderful scenery that weaves nature into an exciting view. The gorge runs 26 miles and winds past the Cumberland Plateau. At the turning point of Tennessee River is the intersection of the gorge and the river. Here there are several outdoor activities for people of all ages. For example, if you love hiking, there is a spot for you at the Tennessee River Gorge. The hiking trail starts from the Signal Point and ends at the Mushroom Rock. You get the chance to engage in a challenging hike for 12 miles with an extraordinary view of the gorge. The access to water and the trails makes it possible for other outdoor activities such as biking, paddling, wildlife viewing, camping, and fishing, among others. The Raccoon Mountain offers a 30-mile section for biking featuring two biking levels; that is beginners and advanced.

Evidently, Nashville and its surroundings offer great ways to spend a day out. Whether you are a lover of outdoor activities or indoor activities, you will not miss a spot or two that interest you on your road trip. You can learn the history of various places, engage in social and club life, or have an overview of Nashville’s nature and wildlife while at the same time having fun. However, as you plan your road trip, factor in accommodation if you are going to stay a night out, and ensure that you get your accommodation early in advance –you do not want to spoil the fun at the end of the day when you find no available rooms.

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Pop Doors: Nashville Open Houses Sunday 12/03/17

Here is a list of top five must see Nashville open houses for Sunday 12/02/17. This weeks Pop Doors edition features open houses in the very desirable Germantown neighborhood and in the hipster neighborhood of East Nashville. These two neighborhoods are a quick shot to Downtown Nashville featuring premium restaurants, walkable neighborhoods, and local events.

Germantown is a very walkable neighborhood featuring many high-end condos and brownstone buildings with a local boutique restaurant on every corner. The farmers market is also a walkable affair for most residence in this neighborhood. In the fall be sure to checkout their Oktoberfest Festival.

East Nashville neighbors like Lockeland Springs and Inglewood are a complete throwback to the historic Nashville with hipsters, musicians and entrepreneur professionals. East Nashville is one of the few neighborhoods that still feels like a “neighborhood” mostly due to the many regulations by the Nashville Historic District. East Nashvillian’s are proud people when it comes to their annual summer event Tomato Fest.


303 Criddle St. #211, Nashville, TN

  • 2 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 1307 SQ Ft
  • Germantown
  • $335,000

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This unit is close to the Nashville Sounds Stadium, the Farmers Market, and downtown Nashville. Includes granite, beautiful hardwood floors, a Jack-N-Jill guest room, walking closets and elevator access. It also comes with 2 parking spaces (a must have for Germantown), large community spaces and hosting areas for your friends.

1400 Rosa L Parks Blvd APT 318, Nashville, TN 37208

  • 2 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 1,445 sqft
  • Germantown
  • $455,000
Awesome corner loft in Germantown with open floor plan (alright, full transparency this is my listing but it is a great one!), exposed brick and beams, tons of natural light, original hardwood floors, updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite. Huge master with walk in closet, tub, and shower. This unit is on 3rd floor w/ no-one above you. Gated community, 2 pools, fitness center, bocce ball, grills.

701 Joseph Ave,Nashville, TN 37207

  • 3 beds
  • 2.5 baths
  • 2,000 sqft
  • East Nashville
  • $386,000
EAST NASHVILLE rehab. All New EVERYTHING!!!!! Must See. Solid Hardwood Floors everywhere, granite Counters, Huge Kitchen with loads of cabinets, eat in counter, digital fireplaces (2), wet bar in master bedroom, ceiling fans, deck, fenced yard, off street parking, GREAT LOCATION, close to downtown, Nissan stadium and more! The proximity and view to downtown Nashville, quaint and quiet neighborhood and access to 65/24 interstates and East Nashville fun and restaurants.


2115 Yeaman Pl APT 320,Nashville, TN 37206

  • 1 bed
  • 1 bath
  • 904 sqft
  • $280,000
This is a great contemporary condo on the edge of East Nashville and Downtown Nashville. Featuring stunning views of the Nashville skyline, 1 level open concept home, floor to ceiling windows, conceirge service, secured parking, and onsite park for the fur balls, rooftop terrace with views of skyline and walking distance to Five Points, restaurants, Titans Stadium, and Shelby Park.

950 Russell St.Nashville, TN 37206 

  • 3 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 2,691 sqft
  • New Construction
  • East Nashville
  • Price cut: -$60,900 (11/7)
  • $739,000
This 2691 square foot single family home has 3 bedrooms and 4.0 bathrooms. It is located at 950 Russell St Nashville, Tennessee. Brand new construction in East Nashville.


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If you’re thinking about buying a home in one of Nashville’s classic neighborhoods, it helps to know the neighbors and the neighborhood association, no? Don’t wait until the moving van pulls up in front of your East Nashville bungalow… get to know the local neighborhood association before you buy. They can be a great help to buyers like you.


#1. They Really Mean “Good Neighbor”

Many of Nashville’s historic neighborhoods have associations—Lockeland Springs, The Nations, Sylvan Park, and Germantown are just a few—and they all have something in common: they’re made up of people who love the neighborhood they’re living in. Their loyalty doesn’t stop at the property line, and their commitment boosts the value of homes in the area.


#2. They’re Always Looking For New Members

Neighborhood Associations are not the same as Home Owners Associations (HOAs), which are typically responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their communal areas, charge accordingly, and are in a position to enforce rules and covenants. By contrast, a neighborhood association is a voluntary organization that depends on new people willing to get involved. They’re grateful for all the support you can give.


#3. They’re Often the First to Know

Neighborhood associations are made up of the most involved members of the community. Chances are they’ll get an early tip-off about houses that are about to come on the market, and can tell you a lot about the people currently living there.


#4. They Can Lead You to Cool Stuff

When you live in a neighborhood long enough, you know everything about living there: the tastiest item on the menu, the quietest corner of the park, the names of great schoolteachers.


#5. They’re Thinking Ahead

Neighborhood associations are dedicated to creating and maintaining a sense of community identity over the long term. That means they’re highly attuned to changes that can affect your home’s future value: changes in adjacent land use, potential locations for new schools, shops and restaurants moving into the area, public safety, and the condition (and stories) behind classic homes.


#6. They’ll Help You Get Settled

The core group of a neighborhood association is made up of community leaders—restauranteurs, shop owners, religious leaders, law enforcement. These are people who can steer you straight on all the nine thousand things that you’ll have to deal with while you’re getting ready for your move-in, from finding your trash collection day to finding a last-minute babysitter.


#7. They Throw Parties

Several of Nashville’s historic neighborhoods (including Germantown and Lockeland Springs) have holiday tours, an amazing opportunity to see local homes at their finest. Local restaurants will offer free food, and it’s a great opportunity to meet people who just may be your next neighbors.

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There are people—very lucky people—who wake up every morning in East Nashville. They might grab coffee at Barista Parlor or the Sky Blue Café before heading out to buy groceries at Bill Martin Food Store on Fatherland or Haulin’ Oats on Woodland. If it’s the weekend, they’ll go hunting for vintage clothes at The Trunk, or seek out something hip and fresh at The Shoppes on Fatherland. As night falls, it’s time for more food, great beverages, and live music. There’s a reason why so many Nashville folks are trying to move east of the Cumberland River. It’s where Nashville never stops happening.


#1. The Nashville Biscuit House

Ask anybody where to find the East End’s best breakfast and they’ll tell the same tale: The Nashville Biscuit House isn’t too fancy on the outside (or on the inside, for that matter)… but it’s the food that counts, and does it ever. Most folks order the Nashvillian (eggs, bacon, and grits), but you can have your biscuits pretty much any way you want.


#2. Barista Parlor

Assuming you haven’t already met your caffeine quota at the Nashville Biscuit House, we proudly present Barista Parlor. The interior is total Nashville cool: a converted auto shop with clean industrial lines. Lots of fresh air (you enter through garage doors), big high ceilings, and delicious coffee. Insider tip: try to grab a spot on the bench out back, and prepare to settle in. Nobody’s going anywhere.


#3. Marché Artisan Foods

Marché Artisan Foods is a Euro-style restaurant that other restaurant people like to sneak over to. It’s a marketplace, too, offering delicious wines, desserts, and all the best of Nashville’s local producers. Don’t expect to get in on the weekends on a whim—still, we promise you, the gruyère cheese grits are worth waiting a lifetime for.


#4. Found Object Records

East Nashville food keeps you going, but East Nashville music keeps you alive. A self-described art-collective, Fond Object Records sells new and used vinyl, offers a line of custom-made clothing, and features East Nashville’s only petting zoo. There’s plenty of live performances, and—weather permitting—they screen movies outside.


#5. The East Nashville Running Club

You’re going to have to work off all that food, and the infamous East Nasty will not let you down. This running club meets at 11th and Holly every Wednesday night, and runs through East Nashville no matter the weather. You’ve got your choice of runs, from three miles to six. A lot of them rehydrate afterwards at the 3 Crow Bar. Don’t forget your reflectors!


#6. Treehouse

No, it’s not an actual treehouse—just an amazing restaurant bar with fantastic appetizers, stylish cocktails, and a relaxed, wood-paneled design that manages to feel funky and modern all at the same time. And, oh yeah, about that treehouse? We lied. There totally is a real one in the backyard.


#7. Mas Tacos Por Favor

Long before it was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, Mas Tacos Por Favor started life as a food truck, serving authentic Mexico City-style tacos to the late-night bar crowd. Every East Nashvillian knows the procedure: you join the line outside (like as not wrapping around the building), shuffle in, and order through a hatch, straight into the kitchen. Yes, the tacos are that freaking good: try the cactus 7 chorizo, elote (grilled Mexican street corn), fried plantains, and… well, everything. This is East Nashville. If you’re lucky enough to waddle home, the last thing you want to do is rush things.