Nashville Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond the Grand Ole Opry

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The tulip displays at Cheekwood in Bloom feature more than 100,000 flowers. Photo: Cheekwood
A sure sign of spring in Nashville is the arrival of short skirts and cowboy boots at the honky tonks of Lower Broadway. Pack your appreciation for good tunes and come on down for spring break in the heart of Tennessee.

Get the All-Inclusive Treatment: Kitchen Notes
Pay one price for a bundled food or drink experience

Inside the Omni Nashville Hotel, Kitchen Notes puts out the ultimate Southern table, starting with its biscuit bar, a spread of fluffy white orbs and an array of seasonal jams, jellies, butters and honey. It's part of the breakfast buffet ($17 per person), which is loaded with country ham, sausage patties, pancakes and an omelet station. On weekends, unlimited mimosas go for $5.

See the Green Flash: Love Circle Park
Where to watch the sunset

At the top of a winding residential street, Love Circle Park offers one of the highest (and most quiet and peaceful) views of downtown. Watch as the sunset casts a rosy glow on the skyline and be sure to pack a blanket, since the only place to sit is on a sloping hillside.

It's 5 o'clock Somewhere – Here: Pinewood Social
Where to get a great tropical drink

Pinewood Social is a bar/restaurant/bowling alley with a solid selection of tropical cocktails. Go for the rum-based Act of Contrition ($12), which gets a hit of Fernet Branca and lime, or the War of the Pacific ($12), a Pisco drink with notes of grapefruit and an egg-white finish. Or try non-alcoholic options like the ginger lime tonic ($7).

Closer Than Disney World: Cheekwood
A great activity for kids and families

At the botanical garden and museum, Cheekwood, spring festivities called Cheekwood In Bloom give families an excuse to get outside. On Saturdays, there's a drop-in family art studio, story time and jazz ensembles. Or, explore the numerous gardens where, this year, there are 100,000 tulips on display.

Budget Beach Bites: Puckett's Boat House
An affordable beachy or seafood meal

Puckett's Boat House is beach-y snack shack plunked in the middle of historic downtown Franklin. A 20-minute drive from downtown Nashville, it's worth the trip for roasted Apalachicola oysters, po'boys, peel-and-eat shrimp, fried catfish, crab claws and, of course, hushpuppies, all for under $15.

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Erin Byers Murray lives for spring days when she can take on the trails around Radnor Lake. She's the managing editor of Nashville Lifestyles magazine as well as a food writer and cookbook author.
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