LOVELESS CAFE: AMERICA'S BEST DINERS
Travel + Leisure has released their list of America's Best Diners and Nashville's beloved Loveless Cafe made the list. "Eating here is akin to stepping into your grandmother's kitchen." Read more from the Loveless Cafe.
THE CATBIRD SEAT: 100 BEST WINE RESTAURANTS
The Catbird Seat has landed on Wine Enthusiast's list of America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2013. "By pairing food with fortified or sparkling wines, the program strives to break the typical red or white pairing mentality." See more from Wine Enthusiast.
CORSAIR DISTILLERY: AMERICA'S COOLEST DISTILLERIES
Travel + Leisure compiled a list of America's Coolest Distilleries and Nashville's Corsair Distillery made the short list of 15. "The team at Corsair barely colors within the lines, following just enough rules to call their product bourbon." Read more from Travel + Leisure.
THE BRIDGE BUILDING: ONE OF THE GREENEST
Nashville's Bridge Building, a renovated early-1900s structure on the east bank of the Cumberland River, has become the first building in Tennessee to earn LEED Platinum status. The building received a 99 out of 110 in the Platinum category; only three other buildings in the world posted a higher score. Read more from The Tennessean.
HOLLAND HOUSE: TOP 100 BARS
Based on 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and DC, Holland House Bar & Refuge made the list of Top 100 Hottest Restaurant Bars. See the full list from OpenTable.
LIVE ON THE GREEN
The lineup for this fall's free concert series, Live on the Green, has been announced. Michael Franti and Spearhead, Local Natives, Matt & Kim, Matt Nathanson, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and Moon Taxi are some of the headliners in this year's series. Read the press release.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Nashville Ballet is celebrating Christmas in July with a special discount on tickets to Nashville's Nutcracker performing at TPAC December 7-22. Tickets to all performances will be discounted by $12 during the month of July, the largest single ticket discount of the year. Read the press release for details.
HOME2 SUITES BY HILTON NASHVILLE-AIRPORT
The new pet-friendly, all-suite hotel is now open (as of today!) at 832 Royal Parkway, 5 minutes from the Nashville International Airport. Learn more about the hotel.
HOPS + CRAFTS
Hops + Crafts is now open in The Gulch next to Apricot Lane. Offering a variety of craft beers from local breweries and national micro-breweries, their taproom offers space to enjoy a pint or purchase a growler to take home. hopscrafts.com
TWO BOOTS PIZZA
Two Boots Pizza, the New York pizza company, will open tomorrow, July 10, at 1927 Broadway in Midtown with a special kickoff 4-10pm. Regular business hours start with lunch on Thursday. Read more from the Nashville Scene.
Dinner Lab is starting a program in Nashville. It's a membership-based dining experience that brings together a group of people from all walks of life to enjoy a meal prepared by up-and-coming chefs from all over the country, set in a non-traditional space for a unique dining experience. The first event is July 18. dinnerlab.com/nashville
Gallery One will move from Belle Meade to downtown. The grand opening for the new space at 213 Third Avenue North is set for September 7. Read more from The Tennessean.
Popular Atlanta-based Fresh to Order, or F2O, is opening at Nashville's upcoming Elliston 23 apartment and retail complex at Elliston Place and 23rd Avenue North this fall. Read more from the Nashville Post.
A major expansion for Fontanel has been approved. Construction on the 140-room resort will begin next year with a grand opening in 2015. Read more from WKRN.
BE A HITMAKER
MUSIC CITY HITMAKERS
The Music City Hitmakers program recognizes Nashville's front line. Visitors are encouraged to nominate the individual that made their stay unforgettable. Details and nomination form can be found at visitmusiccity.com/hitmakers.
4TH OF JULY
MUSIC CITY JULY 4TH
Despite the rain and sloshy conditions, an estimated 100,000 fans came out to the Music City July 4th celebration in downtown Nashville last week! The Band Perry provided a very energetic show that was followed by the 26-minute fireworks show - the longest in Nashville's history. Keb' Mo', Striking Matches, Joey DeGraw, Chris Mulkey and Deluxe, and The Willis Clan also performed through the day's and night's events. Read the press release.
We had a blast at the event. Browse the Music City July 4th 2013 photo album on Facebook and relive all the fun.
SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE
The 2013 Southern Living Idea House is now open for tours at Nashville's very own Fontanel. The Idea House is composed of a series of buildings inspired by a Middle Tennessee farmhouse. Every Sunday night through August 25, the Southern Living Biscuits & Jam Concert Series offers a night out with live music in the courtyard of the Idea House. See pictures and learn about the house at visitmusiccity.com/southernlivingideahouse.
NASHVILLE DANCIN' CONCERT SERIES - Canceled this week
The free family-friendly summer concert series takes place every Thursday evening through August 1 at Riverfront Park. Free parking is available at LP Field. Fans can walk across the Pedestrian Bridge to the Park or take the free shuttle. This week's show has been canceled due to high water level on the Cumberland River. All other shows will go on as scheduled. visitmusiccity.com/nashvilledancin
BLUEGRASS NIGHTS AT THE RYMAN
Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman continues this week with a Thursday performance from Ralph Stanley and Jim Lauderdale. Tickets are still available. The free Pickin' On the Plaza precedes the show. ryman.com/bluegrass
Summer NAMM is in Nashville July 11-13 and the open-to-the-public Music Industry Day is Saturday, July 13. Demos, live music, workshops, and networking make the day well worth the affordable $10 admission price. namm.org/summer/2013
HOT TIME, SUMMER IN THE CITY
Summer is here and Nashville is celebrating. Music City offers an endless array of music, food, arts, family, and outdoor activities throughout the summer months. Check out visitmusiccity.com/summerinthecity for things to do, events, restaurants, summer deals, and more.
TIP OF THE WEEK
MUSIC CITY HITMAKERS
The Music City Hitmakers program recognizes stellar service in Nashville. Guests are encouraged to nominate anyone that offered exceptional customer service during their visit. One winner from those nominations is chosen each month as a Music City Hitmaker. It's a great program to entice Nashville service people to deliver the best to our guests while simultaneously encouraging guests to recognize that service. Learn more about the Music City Hitmakers program.
FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC
THE STORY OF NASHVILLE DOCUMENTARY
"For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville" is a new documentary to share the true and authentic story of how Nashville became Music City. A trailer is currently available to view at thestoryofnashville.com. Visit the site, watch the trailer, and share with the world your #storyofnashville.
@VISITMUSICCITY ON INSTAGRAM!
The Nashville CVC is on Instagram! You can now see pictures of our beautiful city from the convenience of your smartphone by following @visitmusiccity on Instagram. Please start following and share with co-workers, friends, family, and guests! We're using #HotNashville with posts throughout the summer. Join us!
GET THE APP
AVAILABLE FOR iPHONE AND ANDROID
Arm yourself with Nashville's live music scene in the convenience of your smartphone with Nashville's free Live Music Guide app, available for iPhone and Android. It gives you access to all the live music in town with concert and club listings, maps, directions and even a music store. Download the app today and encourage guests to do so as well to have instant access to Nashville's live music scene. Get the details.
FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PINTEREST - AND NOW INSTAGRAM!
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