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