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A Nashville newcomer’s first year in Music City

The end of the year marks a time for reminiscing as we reflect on the past 365 days and all that came with them. This particular blog comes from the perspective of a newcomer to Nashville, who moved to Music City this past January.

Visiting Nashville for the first time about four years ago, I fell in love with the city during a 3-day vacation with my parents and best friend. I felt a special connection to the city and knew I would eventually move here, a dream that thankfully became a reality. Here are a few reflections gathered during my first year in this incredible city.

The Red Bicycle in Germantown makes a fabulous brew. PHOTO COURTESY THE RED BICYCLE

The Red Bicycle in Germantown makes a fabulous brew. PHOTO COURTESY THE RED BICYCLE

Moving to a new city in a different part of the country where you don’t know anybody is both nerve-wracking and thrilling, all while creating ample opportunity for solo exploration. One activity I started soon after moved here I dubbed “Coffee Shop Sundays” where I’d check out a new coffee shop at the end of every week.

While the tradition has waned over time, it did bring me to a plethora of fabulous coffee shops throughout the city like the Red Bicycle in Germantown and the Well Coffeehouse in Green Hills. It was a small step in beginning to explore my new home while delighting in the vibrant caffeine scene this city has to offer.

In addition to the myriad of amazing coffee shops we have at our fingertips, it’s hard to ignore the impeccable food scene that has taken shape here as well. With new restaurants popping up what seems like every week, there is an endless list of places to try. Coming from a town where we cycled through the same handful of restaurants every time we went out to eat, the ever-growing list of incredible eateries to try is refreshing. Every palette is catered to here, from hot chicken at Hattie B’s, to any of the amazing burger spots, and even a place like the Patterson House where you can indulge in craft cocktails and delectable bites that makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time with 1800s-inspired atmosphere.

Venturing outside of Nashville

As wonderful as Nashville is, Tennessee as a whole has so much to offer both locals and tourists alike. I’m constantly in awe of the beautiful landscape that surrounds us and the sweet little towns that not too far from Music City, like Leiper’s Fork and Lynchburg.

Serenite Maison brings items from around the world to this antique village. PHOTO BY CILLEA HOUGHTON

Leiper’s Fork provides a welcomed step back in time to a simpler and more serene way of life, just outside of Nashville. PHOTO BY CILLEA HOUGHTON

I came across Leiper’s Fork when I stumbled across a picture of an adorable antique shop and was curious where it was. After discovering it was in a little town just 30 minutes away from Nashville, I took a trip out to this lovely village that I instantly fell in love with. From its authentic southern charm to the unique shops and friendly people, Leiper’s Fork has become one of my favorite spots in the Nashville area.

Along with Leiper’s Fork, I was introduced to the town of Lynchburg when Sports & Entertainment Nashville spent a day in this picturesque community where we were charmed by places like Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House, Nina’s Taste of Tennessee, Moon Pie General Store, and more. It’s the type of place that makes you feel immediately at home and a perfect example of southern hospitality.

But perhaps one of the best elements of Nashville is the creative people that inhabit it. While that may be true of any city or town, Nashville is in a league of its own. I have met multifaceted people who have turned passion projects into careers and individuals who utilize their multiple talents in their daily life.

Only in Nashville can you spend a summer working for a singer/songwriter/macaron connoisseur, a woman running for city council, and a sports and entertainment magazine/PR company, all at the same time. If someone has a dream, they go for it and make it happen – a theme that runs deep in this city. This is a very special place we live in and I am so grateful to call Nashville my new home.

With the Christmas season upon us, here are a few upcoming events to help celebrate the holiday season in Music City:

-The 62nd Annual Christmas Parade

-Nashville Ballet’s “Nashville Nutcracker”

-A Country Christmas

-Holiday at Cheekwood

-Dancing Lights of Christmas at Jellystone Park

-Nashville Christmas Cruise

-Christmas at Belmont