Staycation – Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
Nashville has had an influx of tourists over the last several years. Every time I talk to a visitor, they have so many wonderful things to say about our city. They talk about the night life, the pro sports, the celebrities, the convention center, the hotels, the budding development, the cleanliness, and ALWAYS how nice everyone is. My other team members were born and raised in Nashville and I have been here since 1997 so we have seen a lot of changes. We also have taken for granted all that Nashville has to offer and, honestly, have a hard time keeping up with it!
We were inspired to take a day to be tourists in our own city – a staycation of sorts. We walked around downtown Nashville for the afternoon. We wanted to experience our city the way tourists do. We hit some honky tonks, listened to some live music, had lunch with a tourist from Maryland, drinks with an Illinois native, had pralines with folks from New York, stopped in the Johnny Cash Museum, made a souvenir at Hatch Show Print, watched every kind of tour bus go by, waved to bachelorette parties on Pedal Taverns, and cheered for some cyclists who just made a 7 day trek from Joplin, Missouri for a great cause.
There are so many events, many of them free, going on each week in Nashville and surrounding cities. There are charity events, concerts, new restaurants opening, sporting events, festivals, and celebrations of every kind. There are parks for people and parks for pets. Places to hike and places to rest. You can eat everything from biscuits to dim sum, vegan to carnivorous. You can visit a vineyard or a distillery. We have museums and libraries to get lost in and local theaters to lose yourself in while enjoying a play or musical. You would be hard pressed to be bored. I am glad I took the time to stop and realize that. Every day on my way into the office I pass by beautiful farms – even one with two longhorns! On any given day you may have breakfast alongside Tim and Faith, be in an elevator with Taylor,stand in line for coffee with Keith and Nicole, be in the school drop-off line behind Sheryl, sit by Ben at the movies, attend a neighborhood potluck with Jack, get your nails done next to Dolly, or choose your oranges while Steven is picking out avocados. And, as great as that all may be, the ongoing theme is friendliness. I just made Nashville sound pretty great – well, that’s because it is. We welcome you to visit Nashville anytime, but until then, maybe you will be inspired to take a staycation and be a tourist in your own city – you just might find that where you live is pretty great too!
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Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.