Each February, the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville takes place at the newly built 2.1 million square foot Music City Center in the heart of downtown. The show features antiques, art and horticultural dealers alongside site-specific gardens created by local landscape designers. Programming and events are held throughout the weekend; this year’s panelists included designers Nate Berkus, Mary McDonald, Nathan Turner, and events planner Tara Guerard. Generous media sponsors of the show included Veranda, Traditional Home, Flower and Southern Living. In its 27 years running, the A&G show has raised nearly $7 million for Nashville’s Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and charities supported by the Economic Club of Nashville.
Perhaps the best part of visiting the A&G Show is getting to explore all of the interesting culture and food Nashville has to offer. Beyond the charm of its Southern hospitality and honkytonk roots, there are plenty of new & exciting places to visit in the city. The Thompson Nashville, designed by New York-based firm Parts & Labor, recently opened in the trendy Gulch neighborhood. Marsh House, located in the lobby, features Cajun inspired cuisine by celebrity chef John Besh. Upstairs, the Thompson Rooftop offers delicious cocktails and unbeatable views of Nashville’s sprawling skyline.
Pinewood Social is a “trendy hangout” that combines a restaurant concept with a bowling alley and social gathering area. Perfect for a meal, a coffee, or a round of bowling, the food is good but the vibe is even better.The 12th South neighborhood is a favorite place to walk around, shop and eat. Garden Variety Design is a must-see; by appointment only, the shop offers a beautiful display of art and garden items in a recently renovated historic home. You can shop owner Jeannette Whitson’s 1stdibs shop here. Down the street, White’s Mercantile, owned by Holly Williams (daughter of Hank Williams Jr.), boasts regionally sourced clothing, gifts, and food in a “General Store” theme. Across the street, custom jean purveyor imogene + willie has set up shop in an old service station.
On the other side of town in Green Hills, just down the street from legendary music venue The Bluebird Cafe, bestselling author & local Nashvillian Ann Patchett opened up an independent bookstore called Parnassus Books. If you’re hungry from all of the shopping, Germantown’s buzzy 5th & Taylor offers American food in a warehouse space. The space is complete with a life-size sculpture of General Francis Nash, Nashville’s namesake, by Chattanooga-based artist Cessna Decosimo. And one would be remiss not to mention other Germantown restaurants including City House where James Bard award-winning chef Tandy Wilson serves up Southern-inspired Italian cuisine, and Rolf & Daughters, known for its inventive American dishes and incredible cocktails.
At the end of the day, you can’t visit Nashville without experiencing what it’s most famous for: music. If you check out lower Broadway after dark, you’ll find live music at almost every bar. Robert’s Western World, Tootie’s Orchid Lounge, and The Stage are three of the most famous honky tonks.