I have lived in Nashville for only two months now! I came to Nashville to start my freelance interior design business (declare design). I loved the size of the city, the people, and that it is very normal to have a job like mine that isn’t the standard 8am to 5pm. I also noticed that there is a strong sense of community in Nashville which really drew me to the city. Plus, the traffic here is nothing compared to Atlanta! In addition to the community feeling that Nashville gives, it also feels somewhat like a small town. I live off Hillsboro Pike on Lombardy and I love it because I am less then a mile to 12th South and Hillsboro Village. I can walk to Frothy Monkey or Fido and get right on 440. I already have many favorite restaurants in the city. I LOVE all the independent restaurants and delicious food in Nashville! My favorite restaurant so far is a tie between Silly Goose in East Nashville and Taco Mamacita in Edgehill. The community and small town feel are not made by the restaurants and convenience of the city but instead by the people of Nashville. Everyone is so willing to help you out, show you around, and connect you to others. The longer I live here, the smaller the town seems, everyone is very much connected and I love that!
While the city is convenient, fun and friendly, it’s sometimes nice to get out of the city, and in Nashville, it’s easy to do that. Radnor Lake has become one my weekly hangout spots. It is a State wildlife preserve. I love going there with friends for a walk around the lake. It’s amazing how it is only a 10 minute drive from my house but when I am there I feel like I drove 2 hours out into the mountains. The trails are kept up great and it is not too crowded. Another great spot a little ways out of town is Arrington Vineyards. It is actually 25 minutes outside of Nashville in Arrington, TN. It is a beautiful place to go with friends and pack a picnic lunch or dinner. They have wine for sale on the property and free wine tastings. I usually bring a game so that after we wine and dine we can play a few rounds of catch phrase or cards. They also have fire pits on the hill which makes for an awesome time in the Fall. I have had a great time each time I have gone.
Although I’ve lived here only 2 short months, the city of Nashville is quickly becoming like home.