Blanketed with tens of thousands of tulips in spring, the city’s elegant longtime home for the arts offers attractions all year round, from the Trees of Christmas in December (a local tradition dating back generations) to a woodland sculpture trail featuring works by James Turrell, Jenny Holzer and other artists. But you can’t go wrong any season: wildflowers and the Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden in spring; roses, herbs and a Japanese garden with enormous koi in summer; and streaks of autumn color and Halloween festivities in fall. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; admission $14 adults, 50 percent off w/current military ID.
Restaurants searching for farm-fresh ingredients often grow some produce of their own — a patch of herbs, or maybe some tomatoes. The folks at the Hermitage Hotel have taken a bigger step. First they cultivated land on the historic Glen Leven estate, where chef Tyler Brown of the hotel’s restaurant, the Capitol Grille, enjoys digging in the dirt to grow heirloom veggies. Then late last year the hotel made a grander move: It bought a 225-acre cattle farm just across the county line in White Bluff, Tenn. Double H Farms, as it’s called, is now up and running — meaning the Capitol Grille’s popular burger, called the Double H Tennessee Stack, is as local as the cow next door.
Located in the emerging Riverside Village in East Nashville, Sip serves Drew's Brews coffee and Mike's homemade ice cream, which is churned downstairs, in a soothing little spot decked in cool blue, with rustic classroom chairs and framed maps on the walls. Sip opens onto a communal courtyard with umbrella tables and a doggie water fountain.
Until Nashville gets retrofitted with buffered bike lanes all the way from Old Hickory to, uh, Old Hickory, we’ll keep two-wheeling it down in Shelby Bottoms. There isn’t a more relaxing bike ride in the city, partly because much of the trail doesn’t feel like a city at all, thanks to abundant greenery. At one end, you can commune with the frogs at the edge of a pond, and at the other, you can pedal where cars can’t go: over the river to East East Nashville (aka Donelson) and beyond.
Whether you approach from the all-American angle of burgers and shakes or look through a beery lens of sausage and suds, Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden is the latest success in a thoroughly modern trend of hyper-focused menus offering very short rosters of extremely good items. At this sister restaurant to Holland House, the short list includes burgers, sodas, shakes and sausages crafted in house, largely from locally sourced products.
Chef-owner David Mitchell and chef Julia Helton are the toast of the crossroads, where they have opened up a long-awaited deli in Riverside Village. Meats and cheeses are available by the pound or in an array of sandwiches that includes lamb with mint raita, muffuletta and ham & brie.