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Here in Middle Tennessee, the warmer Spring time weather is perfect for planning group outings and day trips in and around the greater Nashville, TN area. For Nashville locals and visitors alike, Music City is a place full of fun events and fabulous sights to see throughout the Spring and Summer.

If you have been looking for an excuse to get out and explore Nashville, you don’t need a tour guide to help you navigate Nashville’s neighborhoods. In fact, there is a great resource at (visitmusiccity.com/neighborhoods) that can help you with interactive maps and videos of Nashville’s most popular areas.

Our favorite neighborhoods of Nashville include SOBRO, WEHO, THE GULCH, GERMANTOWN, HILLSBORO VILLAGE, and 12SOUTH. Each one, you will find, is as unique as its name with genuine warm southern hospitality that is the embodiment of Music City. 

So, without further-adieu, here is your insider’s guide to the popular Nashville neighborhoods that you will want to visit.

Downtown/SOBRO

The centerstage of Music City and Nashville’s very first neighborhood. You will find a variety of restaurants, art galleries, shops, and live music venues in the heart and soul of the Downtown Nashville epicenter.

The main thorough fair, “Broadway”, stretches through the center of Music City and along this famous street, you will find an urban oasis with green spaces, art installations, and outdoor amphitheaters. The first four blocks of Broadway are known as the “Honky Tonk Highway” with all the live music echoing in the sound of Nashville.

At block five, you will see the un-mistakeable Bridgestone Arena, one of the most popular sports and music venues in the world. On the opposite side of Fifth and Broadway, the new mixed development property, that is being built, will be the site for the National Museum of African American Music, large retail shops, restaurants, office space, and apartments.

The downtown Nashville neighborhood is also the central area of the city’s fine arts. You can enjoy visiting the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

SoBro is home to many attractions that you won’t want to miss experiencing while visiting Nashville. For example, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Music City Walk of Fame, and The Johnny Cash Museum.

With all the sights and attractions in downtown Nashville, you will easily be able to find incredible restaurants and live music around every corner. With so many hotels and boutique properties to choose from, you can easily make this neighborhood your home base while on a multiple day visit in Nashville.

8th Avenue/Melrose & Wedgewood/Houston

The hip neighborhood of WeHo is just south of downtown near the 8th avenue corridor. When you explore this area, you will find a mix of antique shops, art galleries, fashion design houses, craft breweries, and even distilleries.

There are also lots of dining options ranging from casual Nashville hot chicken and burger joints to upscale restaurants you can check out after you work up an appetite from shopping and exploring.

Its not all cowboy boots and rhinestones in Nashville. Laugh your head off at Zanies Comedy Club, hear some rock or indie bands perform at The Basement, find some vinyl at Grimey’s Record Store or sing the night away at Santa’s Pub.

With so many unique and fun options, you really need to put the WeHo neighborhood on your list of places to visit in Nashville.

The Gulch

This dynamic neighborhood is located between downtown and Music Row. If you like the idea of visiting a live, work, and play neighborhood, then this is the place to see.



The Gulch is considered one of the hottest neighborhoods in Nashville that offers visitors, modern architecture, incredible restaurants, and gathering spots to enjoy live music and craft cocktails.

Visitors can experience the urban lifestyle of The Gulch by staying at The Thompson Hotel which mingles with residential condominiums, shopping retailers and spa services.

Germantown

The urban suburb located just north of the Tennessee State Capitol, is with in walking distance to downtown Nashville but has the true neighborhood feel. Along the streets are many beautifully crafted row homes that house residence, retail shops, and restaurants.

Neighbors and visitors enjoy the casual coffee houses and cafes with outdoor seating which are popular gathering spots during the warmer seasons.

The Nashville Farmer’s market is a well-known tenant amidst the many bistros that offer locally sourced and fresh cuisine. Additionally, many popular gathering spots offer exquisite craft cocktails and there is a local winery and two distilleries close by.

This family-friendly neighborhood is also the site of First Tennessee Park where the Nashville Sounds play and the 19-acre Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

Hillsboro Village

The charming neighborhood is bordered by both Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities and is anchored by the historic Belmont Theatre.

With in the village’s four block radius, you will find a collection of unique storefronts that offer eyeglasses, jewelry, cookware, and clothing.

Upscale dining and Nashville’s best pancakes can also be found here.

Just around the corner, the Belmont Mansion is a popular historic site that used to house one of America’s wealthiest women.

 12South

The trendy neighborhood is a boutique shopping paradise. In fact, you can find Nashville’s own Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James clothing line here. Many beautifully decorated windows will pull you inside along the six-block section of 12th avenue south.

This area is also known for it’s many restaurants and dessert shops, one of which has a cupcake ATM at Sprinkles.

When visiting the 12South neighborhood, you will find the perfectly walkable side streets are filled with many fabulously restored homes.

 

Hopefully, you will get the opportunity to plan a trip or a quick visit to Music City soon and be able to experience the distinctive vibes and creative ambiance of these unique Nashville neighborhoods.

It has been a pleasure providing our local and visiting clients with suggestions and information about fun and exciting places to visit in Nashville, TN.

If you would like more information about Nashville or the services we provide, feel free to call our office at (615) 280-0735.

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