5 Best Fall Activities in Nashville
Fall is by far my favorite season -- and, as always, there is so much to do with so little time. I put together a checklist of my musts this season and wanted to share them with YOU! So, in no particular order, I present to you my 5 Favorite Fall Activities in Nashville.
1. Eat well.
Music City Food + Wine
Quite possibly the best event I've ever attended, this year's Music City Food + Wine will be held September 19 + 20. All weekend long, your ticket allows you to indulge in unlimited artisanal food, wine, beer, and spirits from the country's top chefs and purveyors. Plus, you can hang with me all weekend. Win Win.
2. Soak up the fall colors in our Botanical Gardens.
Because, Cheekwood y'all. One of the most beautiful sites in all of Nashville, 2015 kicks off their 4th annual Harvest: a six-week fall festival featuring activities for folks of all ages. You can pick a pumpkin from Cheekwood's patch of over 3,000 pumpkins, check out the 5,000 stunning chrysanthemums planted across the grounds, and even experience an authentic Japanese Moon Viewing on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 27th. Check out the full calendar of events at the link above.
3. Get really, really scared.
Nashville Nightmare Haunted House
I love love love a good scare -- and do my best to attend a few haunted houses every Halloween season. Last year, I checked out Nashville Nightmare for the first time, and it was FABULOUS. One of the most intense haunted house experiences I've ever had - and definitely my new #1 in Nashville. This year they return with two new attractions, Night Terrors (25,000 square feet of awesome), and Horror High. I can't wait.
4. Go for a Scenic Drive
A few of my favorite, most serene spots just outside the city are even more gorgeous as the leaves begin to turn in Nashville:
Natchez Trace | Leiper's Fork | Gentry Farm
Make a day of it! Start out at the Nachez Trace Bridge, head to Liepers fork for some shopping, lunch, and homemade cobbler at the original Puckett's Grocery, and swing by Gentry Farms to pick up a pumpkin and explore the corn maze.
Just an hour and a half drive from Nashville brings you to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state. A 1.5-mile round-trip trail offers a moderately strenuous hike, which will take you past four waterfalls and into the gorge.
5. Drink / Be Merry.
40 min south of downtown through gorgeous countryside lies Arrington Vineyards, a perfect evening getaway from the city. Every weekend through November you can catch live music and sip a local vino under the stars. Pack a picnic for a perfect date night or outing with your friends.