Expect rain in the summer and cold in the winter!
Anytime you are in Nashville it's a good idea to pack an umbrella.
In the summer, pack light layers of clothes and a waterproof jacket.
In the winter, pack heavier layers and a coat. (Yes, it snows sometimes.)
If you are planning on walking in the downtown area, wear tennis shoes--lots of hills.
tootsie's orchid lounge is located in the broadway entertainment district downtown. tootsie's is a great place to drink and listen to live music. tootsie's is my favorite bar in nashville. see the attached web site for their entertainment schedule. casual.
wild bill's beignets and bikes is a very unique cafe style restaurant located downtown. a great place to have a beignet and coffee. they also serve new orleans style cajun cuisine. the cafe is decorated with custom made motorcycles that are hand made by the owner. a very interesring cafe to visit when in downtown nashville.
Dine Inside a Trolley Car
One of the restaurant chain - the Old Spaghetti Factory has made a name for itself by re-imagining old buildings (the Nashville location was a shipping warehouse from which the boats that would offload from the Cumberland River) and for offering a complete meal at a reasonable price. Elegant, ornate Victorian decor, stained and beveled glass all around, antiques everywhere, and plush seating in the waiting area. Many of the booths have bedroom headboards & footboards as the seating. And they have a trolley car in the middle of the restaurant - be sure to ask to sit inside!
A complete meal -- including a salad, bread, entree, spumoni ice cream, and a beverage -- will cost you around $12.
A great family dining spot,- one of the cheapest places to get a meal in The District. On nights of events, there can be a wait, and also be aware that they close between lunch and dinner. Always, Always, always get the Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter - OMG, SOOO good! You can also get a Managers Favorite, which is any two of the sauces, or the Potpourri which is a sampler of their four most popular sauces - mizithra cheese, clam, marinara, and meat.
In Riverfront Park, on the bluffs high above the Tennessee River, stand a replica of Fort Nashborogh. The original wooden stockade, built around 1779, was about two acres in area and contained some 20 wooden cabins. This fort was essential in protecting these early settlers from attacks from Native Americans, who opposed expansion of the English onto more of their lands. The most significant conflict occurred in 1781 and was known as the Battle of the Bluffs; it is said the settlers were cut off from their fort until the women released the hounds, allowing the soldiers to escape to the fort.
As Tennessee was originally part of North Carolina, the fort and city were named after General Francis Nash, a Revolutionary War General from North Carolina who was killed at Germantown, PA. North Carolina's Governor later described Nash as "one of the most enlightened, liberal, and magnanimous gentlemen that ever sacrificed his life for his country."
The fort was rebuilt in 1930 to the original size, then rebuilt in 1962 to the smaller area, with similar walls and cabins. The reconstructed forts were funded by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The fort is open to visitors for free from 9am to 4pm daily.