For music lovers there’s no greater place to live than Music City U.S.A., Nashville, Tennessee, where the venues offer free music on nearly every corner. Nashville boasts a thriving arts scene to inspire people of all ages. Nashville is more than a music haven. The city has a fine offering of historical museums, mansions, and a plantation. If the music is great, the food is even better. Visitors and residents can’t get enough of the Nashville Hot Chicken.
Start a tour of Nashville at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, where seniors will enjoy learning about the natural, cultural, and historical significance of Nashville. A visit to Nashville would not be complete without a trip to the Belle Meade Plantation, where visitors marvel at the 150-year old antebellum home. Costumed tour guides lead guests through the Greek Revival mansion with a historical narrative that takes them from the days of the Old South through the Civil War. Other interesting homes to tour include the Belmont Mansion and the home of Andrew Jackson.
If you are interested in a day of exploring museums, check out the Music City Hall of Fame, where you will learn about the biographies of the rich and famous. You will also come away with the history of the guitars and other instruments that helped make them famous. Johnny Cash fans won’t want to miss the world-class Johnny Cash Museum that takes visitors on a tour of the famous country star’s life.
There’s a lot to see and do in Nashville, but don’t overlook some of the great neighborhoods.
The community of Hillsboro Village is hip enough for the young crowd, fun enough for families, and homey enough for seniors. Every kind of housing is available from single family homes to condos and apartments. There are budget friendly options for seniors. Most of the area is walkable, but Hillsboro Village is far enough away from some amenities that you will need a car. You’ll definitely want to check out the pancake houses and coffee shops in this area. They are the best places to meet the neighbors.
West End Avenue takes you through the heart of downtown to West End on the west side of the city. Visitors and locals enjoy The Parthenon and Centennial Park. This neighborhood is lined with sidewalks that make it easy to walk around the neighborhood, or even downtown. You won’t need to go downtown to get to some great shopping and dining establishments. There are plenty right in the West End.
Community-minded seniors are sure to love Sylvan Park, where residents support their local businesses and love their neighbors. The area has a fine offering of cafés, coffee shops, bagel shops, and romantic restaurants. Stop into one of the fancy boutiques or the natural foods market. There’s no need to worry about filling up on all the goodies, Sylvan Park is an active community where you can walk most anywhere. It’s an active community where joggers and bikers are the norm.
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