Middle Tennessee Winter Survival Guide

The holidays have passed, and facing the long stretch of winter weather ahead can seem overwhelming and bleak. As the colder temperatures force you to spend more time inside, beat the winter blues by getting out of the house and into a fun indoor activity near you.



Get your heart rate up and try something new! Wall climbing gyms are popping up all over the place, including many locations in middle Tennessee:

·        Nashville is home to two locations of Climb Nashville, where you can wall climb at your leisure as well as participate in organized fitness (for both endurance and strength) and yoga classes.
·        Franklin offers a great climbing space called The Crag, which is purely focused on the thrill of the climb. Anyone and everyone can climb here, including kids, teens and adults. For the more competitive climbers, there are seasonal competitions, too. Brentwood residents are about equidistant from Climb Nashville West and The Crag.
·        Murfreesboro’s The Ascent is “more than climbing.” They prescribe to an empowering mantra that embraces challenge, pushes limits, and helps you grow your abilities and confidence in life – not just on the rock wall.
·        Mt. Juliet and Hendersonville are each just a short drive (approximately 25 minutes) from Climb Nashville East.


Although it’s been around for decades, laser tag remains a great way to break a sweat when the weather outside is less-than-ideal. Check out how laser tag has evolved over the years!

·        Nashville homeowners looking to combine hide-and-seek with a high-tech twist will find what they’re looking for at Laser Quest on 2nd Avenue. Private events as well as open play hours are available.
·        Franklin is home to Hard Knocks, which claims to be the most advanced combat laser tag franchise in the nation. With over 85 mission varieties, players are challenged far beyond traditional laser tag in an urban-style arena and many different laser weapons to choose from.
·        Brentwood residents can enjoy laser tag at either Laser Quest or Hard Knocks (above), as Brentwood is just under 20 minutes from both facilities.
·        Murfreesboro has the family oriented, alcohol free Phazer Kraze, located at 252 River Rock Blvd. Along with laser tag, Phazer Kraze offers birthday packages, lock-ins, group events and an arcade complete with pool table, air hockey and a number of arcade games that will entertain children and adults.

·        Hendersonville’s Holder Family Fun Center boasts a plethora of awesome activities, including: a two-story laser tag arena, 36 bowling lanes, indoor go-kart track, bungee jumping, rock climbing, roller skating and arcade games. Mt. Juliet residents are also within a short drive of the Holder Family Fun Center.



If you’re looking for a thrilling way to pass a chilly afternoon, escape rooms are a new phenomenon that involve team building exercises centered around a story or theme. Players must work together to test their wits to solve clues, puzzles and mysteries in order to “escape.”

·        Nashville is home to two locations of The Escape Game – in both Central and South Nashville. The Escape Room locations offer seven different game themes that involve a combination of strategic thinking, teamwork, bravery, detective skills, tactile interaction, leadership and puzzle-solving skills.
·        Franklin’s Breakout isn’t your average escape room experience, with themes that are all high-adrenaline and intensity.
·        Brentwood is only 15 minutes from The Escape Game’s South Nashville location.

·        Murfreesboro Escape Rooms is all about team-building and creativity. You’ll be immersed in some of the more remarkable rooms in the escape room industry, which are always innovative and completely unique.

·        Hendersonville’s only escape room experience can be found at Exit Tactics, which offers three different themes: Dead and Breakfast, (a scavenger hunt theme), Jail Break, (a challenge for the mind), and Government Secrets.



Whether you’re into the symphony, rock concerts, comedy, plays or musicals, there are a multitude of theater venues and events in middle Tennessee.

·        Nashville’s Symphony is led by music director Giancarlo Guerrero and is one of the largest and longest-running non-profit performing arts organizations in the state. The symphony performs 170 times a year, and their numbers include classical, jazz and pop music. They also put on family programs and are involved in community outreach.

·        Franklin’s creative residents first established The Franklin Theater in 1937. Today, the theater shows movies, live music, live theater, Superbowl showings, comedy shows and their annual Evening of Stories. Another live event space in Franklin is The Factory, which was revitalized in 2012. Here, you can enjoy live music, comedy and live theater.

·        Brentwood is the home of the Towne Centre Theatre, a small live performance theater that’s currently putting on their version of Smokey Joe’s Café: by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

·        Murfreesboro Little Theater is a wonderful community theater in middle Tennessee, where you can see plays like The Crucible, Catfish Moon, Rumors, The Goat, Pocatello, and Arsenic and Old Lace.

·        Hendersonville Performing Arts Company produces live theater that is family oriented. All of their performers are learning, as HPAC is a teaching theater. This year’s productions are Charlotte’s Web, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Everybody Loves Opal.



Take in a professional game of ice hockey at the Ford Ice Center, where the Nashville Predators play. Ice hockey not your thing? Bring the whole family to enjoy indoor ice skating on The Predators’ training rink. Birthday party packages and skating lessons are also available.

2017 Decor Trends

If you are looking for new ways to improve your home this year, take note of what is IN this year. The 2017 home design trends have a lot to do with color, texture, shapes, simplified living spaces, and taking traditional designs and putting a modern spin on them.

Textured Furniture


Textured furniture is different and unique and is making its way into 2017 because of the way designers want their customers to be more in touch with textures. Anything from pleats, foldings, cotton, velvet, and wool will be making it’s way in homes this year. This is coming from a larger macro trend of comfort according to Patti Carpenter, the Global Trend Ambassador and Creative Director from Carpenter Co. She adds “you will continue to see faux fur, mohair, and other luxuriously soft materials in 2017.”


Hanging Pendant Lights



Table lamps are out, and hanging lights are in! This trend is important for small spaces that do not have the space for a nightstand for lamps to still be able to bring light into a room. Recently, geometrical lighting shapes have made their appearance in homes and are here to stay. Hexagonal, cylindrical, and spherical shapes have been common in bedrooms, entryways and living rooms. You will also see large pendant lighting in kitchens making a comeback in 2017.

White and Wood Kitchens



If all of the bright colors and geometric shapes are not your cup of tea, then consider going simple with a modern twist on country chic with a white and wood kitchen. Butcher block countertops are the way to go. They are affordable, durable (if maintained properly), add warmth and natural coloring, and wood has natural antibacterial properties. Paired with white cabinets and accessories, a white and wood kitchen is IN this year.


Tech Nooks



This year, “docking stations” have become all the rage for homeowners. Now that Wi-Fi gives many people to have the luxury to work from anywhere in their home, there is less need for an office space. So now “tech nooks” have become the necessity for quick and easy access. As long as there are charging stations, and small equipment for drop-down or pull out desk surfaces, you can have ability to tackle quick projects.




As grey became the hottest neutral color in 2016, beige is making it’s comeback in 2017. Even though beige has a reputation of being boring, there are ways to incorporate this color to give it the pizazz it deserves. Try pairing it with bold color accessories, or even pastels to see how easily it can compliment other colors. Also try pairing it with textures (Also a 2017 design trend!) such as velvet, metallics and natural linens.


Mixed Patterns


If you love patterns, then this 2017 design trend is the one for you! As spotted in the Fall of 2016 New York Fashion Week, the use of mixed patterns were very common (It has been said that many decor trends stem from New York Fashion Week.) You will find anything from mixed pattern bedding, like the comforter above, to patterned tiles, to wallpaper patterns. “Expect geometric patterns, vintage feel patterns, colours, and random patterns that can be used in a variety of applications. A punch of patterned tile is the perfect way to add interest and depth to any new space or renovation!” said Jennifer Woch from House of J Interior Design.



Look Ahead to February

February is the month of love, so why not spend your time doing activities that you love around Middle Tennessee? This month is all about events that make people happy like the Antique & Garden Show, and Free Hike Day. So go out and find something you love to do this month– here are some ideas:


Wedding Dresses Throughout the Decades @ Oaklands Mansion


Happening now through March 5th, The Oaklands Mansion in Murfreesboro is hosting the Wedding Dresses Throughout the Decades exhibit. Come browse the gowns on display while discovering the lives of women in history. You can see each vintage gown from up to 100 years ago, along with a photo and story of the bride who wore it on her special day. Experience the changes in fashion and culture from decade to decade, leading to the modern day bride. Tickets are $10 each and the hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.


Antiques & Garden Show Nashville


Held at the Music City Center in Downtown Nashville from February 3rd-5th, The Antiques & Garden Show is now the longest-running, most respected and largest event of it’s kind in the US. This volunteer only, annual charity event raises money for Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and The Economic Club of Nashville (ECON) by exhibiting the highest quality landscaped gardens, high-quality antiques, and horticultural items through educational lectures and outreach programs. Tickets are $25, but can be bought in advance for $20 before January 30th.



Free Hike Day


Come out for a free, guided hike through Owl’s Hill near Cool Springs on February 11th. The hike will be approximately 2-3 miles with moderate hill climbs, and will start at 1:00pm. This is the perfect opportunity to get some exercise, spend time with friends and family, or even make new friends!


Nashville Chili Festival


Come out to the Basement East on Sunday, February 12th from 12pm-3pm for the 2017 Nashville Chili Festival! Enjoy an abundance of chili tastings, live music, kid activities, a pepper eating contest and Yazoo beer. You may enter your own chili for $15 as an individual and $50 for businesses and bring 5 gallons full! Tickets are $20 for general admission or $40 for general admission plus Yazoo beer. All proceeds benefit a local non-profit, Community Shares.



Other great events:


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