It has been said that Nashville is a biggest small town, and we agree. Made up of small neighborhoods that are all unique in their own way, Nashville is a place where everyone’s your neighbor. Donelson and Hermitage are two of the neighborhoods that bring local flavor to Nashville’s growing cosmopolitan feel.
Located east and a little south of downtown, Donelson is both homey and hip. It is the home of the reincarnated Uncle Bud’s with its menu of fried catfish fixin’s as familiar to native Nashvillians as the back of their hands, as well as Phat Bites, the trendy, fabulous and popular deli visited by Guy Fieri as part of his perennially popular show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
Phat Bites, along with its sister restaurant Ellendale’s, brings a local support for farmers and growers to Donelson. Ellendale’s is even known for growing a good portion of its produce in on-site garden plots and has been featured in our local PBS gardening television program “Volunteer Gardener.”
While restaurants such as Ellendale’s are bringing efforts to enjoy local produce; residents of both Donelson and Hermitage have always enjoyed the great outdoors. With nearby Percy Priest Lake, Nashville has the enjoyment of water activities year-round. Fishing, boating and camping have long been favorites of Nashvillians.
Many a kid grew up with fun experiences of early-morning trips to make a camp-style breakfast on the banks of the lake and fishing from the side of the lake. Yours truly even learned to toast bread by sticking it to the sides of the coffee pot on the edge of the coals. If you’re looking for fun water activities of classic boating, fishing or camping fun, Percy Priest Lake is the place for you!
For water fun of the chlorinated kind, you can also thank the Hermitage area. Nashville Shores is our biggest and most whitewater park in all of middle Tennessee. With scary-slash-exhilarating water slides, enormous water buckets to douse guests in any of their large pools, a giant wave pool and a peaceful lazy river, Nashville turns to Nashville Shores for its communal summer fun.
Donelson is also an excellent place to enjoy the great outdoors, even when water is not tops of your list. You can find a wonderful vista when you visit the pedestrian bridge that spans the Cumberland River in Two Rivers Park and the Stones River/Two Rivers greenway is the green jewel in Nashville’s greenway crown.
While food and fun abound in Donelson, it doesn’t end there! Found nearby is the historic home of President Andrew Jackson, The Hermitage. It’s a safe bet to say that every Metro schoolchild, if not every schoolchild in all of middle Tennessee, has brought a sack lunch along on a field trip to The Hermitage. Nashville’s history and historic homes are one of the aspects that make Nashville unique, and we certainly wouldn’t be the same without the history that The Hermitage brings.
We hope that you have enjoyed this virtual trip around Donelson and the Hermitage area. Take some time soon and go visit. You won’t be disappointed!