We want to kick January off right by committing to a year of supporting local businesses! The Parks Family is partnering with a wonderful company this year to help us do that. LOLO, Locals Supporting Locals, is an amazing program for your Parks realtor to give to you! Each month, a completely free, new gift comes to your cell phone for you to enjoy. The gifts are selected by county and are only for local businesses, no nationwide chains!
Cheekwood In Bloom
You do not want to miss out on one of the most beautiful places to visit in spring in Nashville. Cheekwood in Bloom takes place every spring from March 19th-April 24th. With 100,000 of colorful tulips covering the majestic grounds of Cheekwood, there is no better way to celebrate the change of the season.
The eruption of color combined with the magical landscape of Cheekwood is something that someone of any age can appreciate. New this year, Cheekwood will have special themed weekends as well as continue to have family activities, entertainment and plenty of options to enjoy nature. Here are some events coming up:
Saturday April 16th
East Side Storytellin’
At 11am and 1pm join Nashville’s local bookstore, East Side Story, for a show that combines music and books to tell a story.
Plant A Story Demonstration
From 10am-2pm write your own story on wildflower seed paper then learn how to plant your story at home and watch it grow!
Saturday April 23rd
From 10am-2pm learn how to climb Cheekwood’s trees from a tree-climbing specialist. It will be first-come first-serve and is open to anyone over 8 years old.
Take Home Tree Seedlings and Planting Demonstration
From 10am-2pm learns how to plant your own trees and even take home your own tree seedling.
Every Saturday & Sunday
Featured Garden Tours: 11:30am
House & History Tour: 12:30pm
Collection & Exhibition Tour: 1:30pm
Cheekwood is open from 9am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $12 for college students, $9 for youth (3-7), and free for children 2 and under. Parking is $5 per car. Stop by and experience what everyone is talking about and to really appreciate all that spring has to offer.
Nashville Fashion Week
This week has kicked off the 6th Annual Nashville Fashion Week. This 5 day, one-of-a-kind unique event showcases Nashville’s thriving fashion and design community. With local designers as well as regional and national designers, they all come together to host a week filled with creativity and talent.
On Tuesday, NFW held the ‘East Meets West: Designer Runway Show’ at Studio 615 featuring regional and international designers; Francesca Marotta, Brooke Atwood, Michael Drummond and Kallmeyer New York.
The Nashville Designer Runway Showcase was held on Wednesday night at Track One featuring local designers; Roxenstone, Sisters of Nature, Any Old Iron, Truly Alvarenga, Ona Rex and Amanda Valentine. Showcasing ready-to-wear collections, musician inspired collections, and adventurous and free collections that appeal to all.
Thursday night was the Accessory Installation Gallery hosted at WELD Nashville. This event featured local accessory artists Mary Mooney, Debe Dohrer and Emil Erwin.
Tonight will be the ‘City Lights: Ready-to-Wear Runway Show’ at the Legislative Plaza from 6:30-10:30pm. Tickets will be $75 and there will be light bites at the Davis City Center provided by Chauhan Ale & Masala House from 6:30-7:30pm before the show starts at 8pm.
All week during the day, all of these artists have been holding trunk shows, special events and deals at local boutiques and shops around Nashville. Today there will be trunk shows and deals at Stacey Rhodes Boutique, SOCA, Margaret Ellis Jewelry and Two Old Hippies all from 10am to 6pm.
Saturday will be the Educational Panels at City Winery from 10am-2:45pm and for $25 you can ask the designers questions and hear their stories and inspirations. (add more later). And from 10am-6pm will be the final day for trunk shows and deals at Levy’s, Stacey Rhodes Boutique, and Two Old Hippies.
Ticket proceeds will be benefiting the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund gives an annual award to advance the career of select local talent with demonstrated experience in a fashion-related field. The Nashville Fashion Forward Fund ensures that Nashville Fashion Week will impact the Nashville fashion community for many years to come,” stated nashvillefashionweek.com.
Check out what Nashville Fashion week has to offer and find out more about the local designer’s here.
Shelbyville, Tennessee — A Hidden Gem
Tucked away in Bedford County lies beautiful Shelbyville, Tennessee. Unbeknownst to many, even those who live in Middle Tennessee, Shelbyville has a rich past and a brighter future.
If you are looking to move in the near future, perhaps your new home is located in Shelbyville!
Shelbyville’s Intriguing History
Shelbyville was incorporated in 1819, nine years after initially being laid out. Several years later, the Civil War began, and Middle Tennessee residents know exactly what that means — battles.
The Battle of Shelbyville took place after the Battle of Hoover’s Gap had ceased. After several fatalities and fights, General Bragg took charge towards Chattanooga, and General Rosecrans followed suit — eventually capturing the area on September 8, 1863.
Middle Tennessee is chock full of intriguing civil war battles, history, and stories. Our region was one of the most pivotal moments in the entire war, and Shelbyville’s participation is no exception.
The Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee
One of the most “must see” events is the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration. Every year, the event takes place for 11 days and ends on the Saturday night before Labor Day.
Shelbyville is home to the 105-acre Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration complex that boasts over 53 barns, 1,500 stalls and a massive outdoor stadium.
If you and your family members enjoy equestrian events, you cannot miss this! As the premier event for the Tennessee Walking Horse, spectators will have the opportunity to watch the World Grand Champion and multiple other World Champions be named, right here in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
Plus, the event has so much more for you, your family and friends to check out. Fans from all over the nation and the world travel from near and far to Shelbyville, Tennessee to enjoy this one-of-a-kind event!
Drinks, Food, Entertainment and So Much More
Just like every other town in Middle Tennessee, Shelbyville is known for great food! From Bar-B-Que to coffee shops, to good old American dining, you can find everything here.
When you’re looking for something to do with friends and family, consider taking a trip to the Fly Arts Center. This unique entertainment option houses a community theater, reception hall, historical museum, and art gallery. This one-stop shop for the arts is not to be missed.
And, of course, who can resist a trip to the winery? Shelbyville is located near two local wineries: Tri-Star Vineyard and Winery, and Beans Creek Winery. Be sure to schedule some time out of your weekend to check out one or both of these delicious hidden gems!
A Growing Economy
Multiple major manufacturers are located in Shelbyville, including:
- Cebal America
- Bemis Custom Products
- Calsonic Kansei
- A Tyson Foods facility
- A Wal-Mart distribution center
Many small and locally owned businesses are also thriving in Shelbyville!
Interested in moving to Shelbyville, Tennessee? Contact your local, trusted PARKS agent today to get the process started!
Spring Hill, Tennessee: Your New Home
With so many towns to choose from in Middle Tennessee, how can you possibly choose where to live? If you’re still looking for your dream home in this region, be sure to check out Spring Hill, Tennessee. This quaint town is growing and is quickly becoming the go-to area for individuals and families at all stages in life.
The History of Spring Hill
According to the City of Spring Hill, Tennessee website, the natural wildlife and state of the soil was ideal for Native Americans, and soon after, Settlers. Not long after the settlers arrived, the community began to grow and expand with the introduction of schools, churches, merchants and so much more.
Fast forward to the Civil War. The Battle of Spring Hill brought the town together as the Confederate and Union troops occupied the town. This November 1864 battle was the precursor to the infamous Battle of Franklin.
Over a hundred years later, Spring Hill continues to thrive thanks to new residents, the introduction of manufacturing plants providing jobs, and so much more. Spring Hill is expected to grow at least another 78% over the next twenty years.
Spring Hill, TN Attractions
This small but mighty town offers a variety of attractions, entertainment, culture and fun for residents. Of course, while either visiting or living in Spring Hill, you have to visit the Rippavilla Plantation. This historical site jam-packs intriguing education, culture, and history into one amazing location.
For those of you interested in the Battle of Spring Hill, be sure to take a self-guided tour of the battlefield. This is a great attraction for the history buffs in your family.
Of course, like any Middle Tennessee town, Spring Hill has quite the selection of restaurants and eateries to choose from. Be sure to try any of these restaurants when you either move to Spring Hill or drive on through:
Don’t forget to get all of your shopping done at the Crossings of Spring Hill. This is the place for shopping! From Ross to Hibbett Sports, you can find something for everyone here.
With plenty of shopping centers, outdoor adventure, and more to offer residents, you just might find that your new home is located in Spring Hill, Tennessee!
When you’re ready to look for your next home in Spring Hill, Tennessee, be sure to contact your local PARKS agent for the best service and best results!
Did You Know Mt. Juliet is One of the Fastest Growing Cities in America?
Since Middle Tennessee is one of the fastest growing regions of the United States, it should come as no surprise that Mt. Juliet, TN is growing as well. In fact, according to the 2010 Census, Mt. Juliet is the 29th fastest growing city in the U.S. This Wilson County city is located east of Nashville and has a lot to offer! Perhaps you’ll find your brand new home from PARKS in Mt. Juliet.
The History of Mt. Juliet
Formed in 1835, the idea for town name has two possible theories.
1) The town was named after Ms. Julia Gleaves, who was known for taking care of others in the community.
2) The town was named after the Mount Juliet Estate located in County Kilkenny, Ireland.
A majority of residents believe the second theory to be true!
Since being incorporated as a city in 1972, Mt. Juliet has continued to grow at a steady rate and has approximately 24,000 residents.
What To Do In Mt. Juliet, TN
No matter if you enjoy exploring the great outdoors or going out to eat and drink with family and friends, Mt. Juliet has something for you.
With easy access to Nashville, either via the interstate or the Music City Star railway system, a fun day in the city is only a few minutes away! For those who have to commute into the city for work, the Music City Star railway is a popular transportation choice.
Love to hike? You’re in the right place! Mt. Juliet is nearby a variety of exciting and captivating trails. These trails encompass a variety of intensities, so whether you’re a hiking pro or looking for a nice outdoor activity to do with your family on a nice day, Mt. Juliet has just what you’re looking for.
For those looking to have a delicious meal, Mt. Juliet has so much to offer! From the top-rated Cheddar’s restaurant offering an American menu, to El Rey Azteca offering a wide assortment of Mexican cuisine, to Big Al’s BBQ, there is something for everyone in Mt. Juliet, TN.
Find Your New Home in Mt. Juliet, TN!
PARKS has a vast selection of beautiful homes for sale in Mt. Juliet, TN. Contact us today to learn more about a specific home.
Find Your New Home in Nashville, Tennessee
In the heart of Middle Tennessee, you’ll find good old’ Nashville, Tennessee, also known as Music City. This historic and captivating city is home to over 1,700,000 residents and continues to grow. There’s so much to see and do in this exciting metro area, and of course, many homes to be purchased!
Consider moving to Nashville, Tennessee with your family and enjoying all that the area has to offer.
Something For the Kids
Whether your kids love outdoor entertainment, learning or sports, Nashville has something for every child in your family.
For the animal lover in your family, be sure to visit the beautiful and lively Nashville Zoo! As their website states, this is the place in Nashville where animals, nature and fun converge. From kangaroos to flamingos and so much more, this is a “do not miss” attraction the whole family will enjoy.
Adventure Science Center has so much for your entire family to enjoy. From the mesmerizing planetarium to the educational programs and exhibits, you’ll have a blast spending the day here with your children and family members.
The fun doesn’t stop there!
For the Sports Enthusiasts
While Nashville is commonly referred to as Music City, it’s also quickly gaining a reputation for sporting events. With the Nashville Predators still ranked 1st in the NHL, you do not want to miss a game this season! Purchase your tickets for an upcoming game here.
Explore the Great Outdoors of Nashville, TN
Even though the heart of Nashville consists of an exciting city, the natural outdoors of this area is absolutely stunning. From the wide-open Centennial Park, which hosts numerous festivals and events year round, to the serene Radnor Lake, the options for outdoor exploration are endless.
While not a state park, you have to check out Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. The festivals, exhibits, and sheer beauty of this attraction is simply jaw-dropping. As a future Nashville resident, you owe it to yourself and your family to have a fun-filled day at Cheekwood.
Treat Yourself at a Notable Nashville Restaurant
When you become a Nashville resident, you have to go out for a bite to eat at the many iconic restaurants in the area. In fact, no matter where you live in Middle Tennessee, you must venture out to the Loveless Café for some amazing food. From breakfast to dinner, there’s nothing better than the food here!
Of course, you have to try out these notable restaurants too! Believe us, there is no shortage of amazing food in Music City.
- Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
- Arnold’s Country Kitchen
- Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden
- Mas Tacos (right next to Pharmacy Burger!)
- Edley’s Bar-B-Que
- And so much more
Of Course, Go See a Show!
When you purchase your new home in Nashville, Tennessee from Parks, you have to go see a show at one of the iconic venues. In fact, Nashville is home to endless music and performance venues including popular choices such as:
- Ryman Auditorium
- Bridgestone Arena
- The Grand Ole Opry
- TPAC (Tennessee Performing Arts Center)
- The Schermerhorn Symphony Center
- Frist Center for the Visual Arts
- And more!
Of course, there’s so much more to do, see and experience in Nashville. If we were to write about every restaurant, attraction and neighborhood, this blog post would be a novel. Contact Parks today to find your new home in Nashville, Tennessee!
Your New Home is in Hendersonville, TN
If you’re looking for a new home in Middle Tennessee, make sure you have Hendersonville, TN on your list of towns to check out. Hendersonville boasts a rich history, a variety of attractions, and many available homes from Parks! Located just a few miles northeast of Music City, your new home is waiting for you in Hendersonville.
A Fascinating Town History
With Nashville right nearby, you might think that Hendersonville would be overlooked in terms of historical relevance. Don’t be so quick to judge a book by its cover! Hendersonville was named after Mr. William Henderson in 1790. However, settlers reached the area a few years earlier in 1784.
Once the town completed the Old Hickory Dam, the population began to grow and soar. A quaint town that was once populated by only 250 is now one of the fastest growing areas of Middle Tennessee!
Fascinated by Hendersonville’s history? If so, be sure to check out the Historic Rock Castle. Once the home of General Daniel Smith, this miraculous home built out of limestone in the late 1700’s is now on the National Register of Historic Places. When considering a new home in Hendersonville, you owe it to yourself to tour Rock Castle. Keep in mind, this is just one of the many historic attractions in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Make time to see them all!
There’s So Much to Do In Hendersonville
Just like any town or city in Middle Tennessee, Hendersonville offers residents a wide selection of activities, restaurants and attractions. You’re sure to find something you like in Hendersonville.
Are you a self-proclaimed foodie? If so, you better find time to check out the wide array of restaurants in Hendersonville! From pizza, to vegetarian options, to classic American dining, there’s a restaurant for even the pickiest of eaters in this Middle Tennessee town.
Love spending time in the great outdoors? Hendersonville boasts Old Hickory Lake, which is the ideal outdoor recreation area for those who love soaking in the sun, hiking, swimming, fishing and so much more.
Hendersonville also offers plenty of modern conveniences, from shopping centers to small businesses to frequent.
Ready to find your home in Hendersonville, TN? Contact Parks today!
Light Up Your Holiday Season in Middle Tennessee
Looking for something exciting to do with family and friends this holiday season? Why not hop in the car and tour the beautiful holiday light displays happening across Middle Tennessee. With so many light events going on throughout the region, you may want to make it a weekend long trip!
Christmas Light Displays in Lebanon, TN
Almost 2 million lights twinkle and shine bright at Chad’s Winter Wonderland in Lebanon, TN. This winter light spectacle is open every night through New Year’s Eve, and even has a drive-through Santa house! You and your children can bring your wish list to Santa and learn if you’ve made the naughty or nice list. Plus, with live animals, dancing snowmen and so much more, Chad’s Winter Wonderland is definitely a sight to see this winter. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for updates and pictures!
Christmas Light Displays in Hendersonville, TN
If you’re in the Hendersonville area this winter, you owe it to yourself and your family to check out the Trinity Christmas City light display. Located at Conway Twitty’s former mansion, you’ll find over one million lights set up and shining throughout the entire property. Trinity Christmas City is only open on Friday and Saturday nights and ends December 20, 2014, so be sure to hurry!
No holiday trip in Middle Tennessee would be complete without stopping by the Opryland hotel to check out A Country Christmas. Every year the resort puts up an insane amount of holiday lights and events for all to enjoy. This year they’ve really out done themselves! In addition to the jaw dropping light displays, you can also go ice skating, snow tubing, meet DreamWorks characters, take in a show at the Grand Ole Opry and so much more! If you’re interested in really treating your family this holiday season, book a room and spend the weekend enjoying all of the holiday festivities at the Opryland Resort and Hotel!
While you’re still in Nashville, swing on over to Jellystone Park to check out the Dancing Lights of Christmas display! This amazing light display is open every night until January 4th, 2015 and is sure to impress everyone in your family, young and old.
What’s your favorite holiday light display in Middle Tennessee? Let us know!
There’s So Much To Do In Smyrna, Tennessee!
With populous cities such as Murfreesboro and Nashville right near by, the quaint town of Smyrna, Tennessee may be overlooked. However, once you find yourself within town limits, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been here before! With so much to do and see, you may consider moving to this vibrant Middle Tennessee town.
A Small Town With a Vast History
Home to the Sam Davis Plantation, Smyrna played an important role in the Civil War. Due to its location between Nashville and Chattanooga, the train depot assisted in transportation. In addition, the fateful events of Sam Davis occurred in Smyrna, TN.
In 1941, the Sewart Air Force Base was established in Smyrna. This base served as the B-52 advanced training facility. The base received it’s name after Major Alan Sewart, and continued to train military personnel until closure in 1971.
A few years after the Sewart Air Force Base closed their doors, Smyrna got word that Nissan would build a plant in town. The plant employed many who had lost their jobs due to the closure of the base, and the first Nissan car was produced in 1983. If you choose to move into a brand new home in Smyrna, TN, make sure you stop by the Nissan plant for a tour!
Due to the economic growth of the town, many businesses and industries are flocking to Smyrna to build their roots.
What Is There To Do In Smyrna, TN?
From historic sites to delicious restaurants and entertainment options, a better question would be “What can’t you do in Smyrna, TN?”
If you’re interesting in learning more about the Civil War and Smyrna’s role in the battles, be sure to head over to the Sam Davis Home. You can take a self-guided tour and go on a tour of the grounds with a site interpreter. This family-friendly attraction is educational and fascinating!
Looking to spend time outdoors in the amazing Middle Tennessee weather? Smyrna boasts multiple parks and outdoor recreation opportunities. If you’re an avid golfer, be sure to check out the Smyrna Golf Course for a round. In addition, don’t forget to check out the jaw dropping J. Piercy Priest Lake for a swim, boat trip, day of fishing or simply relaxing.
Have you ever been to Omni Hut restaurant? This one-of-a-kind restaurant was the idea of Mr. James Walls. While traveling the world as an Air Force pilot, Mr. Walls had the opportunity to taste all different types of food. He especially enjoyed the Poly-Asian style of cooking and decided to bring it to the United States. When you move to Smyrna, you owe it to yourself to stop by Omni Hut and experience their food and culture.
Find Your New Home In Smyrna
Are you ready to move into a new home with your family? Have you looked in Smyrna, TN? Bob Parks Realty has several homes available in Smyrna. Perhaps your new home is located in this welcoming community! Check out the available Bob Parks Realty homes today.