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🚘 Getaway to Gallatin
A view down the sidewalk of Downtown Gallatin showing an awning of a business, two sets of outdoor patio furniture, and a neon sign reading "Swaney-Swift Gifts and Prescriptions."
Whatever to-dos are on your list, make sure exploring the square’s businesses is one of them. | Photo by @gracephotosco
Situated along Old Hickory Lake is the City of Gallatin, Nashville’s northeast neighbor. Just 20 minutes outside of Music City, you’ll uncover an area prided on natural landscapes and community.

Need to know

Having served as Sumner County’s permanent county seat since 1802, even before its incorporation, Gallatin is chock full of history. The city has close ties with presidential figures — it’s actually named after Albert Gallatin, the former Secretary of Treasury to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Plus, Gallatin is home to many firsts, like the recipient of the world’s first airmail delivery and home to Tennessee’s first official horse race.

A pink-colored drink, salad, and two desserts including a chocolate covered strawberry sit on a table.

Just craving a dessert? You’ll find one on the Sweet Endings menu.

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Eat + drink

If you’re a NASHtoday reader, you love local. Lucky for you, Gallatin has no shortage of mom and pop restaurants to fuel your day trip.
  • The only thing better than a traditional meat-and-three is throwback price points — both of which you’ll find at Mable’s Dining Room.
  • Gather on the patio at The Chocolate Covered Strawberry for lunch and order soups, salads, or sandwiches. Bonus: If you always need a post-meal sweet treat, every plate is garnished with a complimentary chocolate covered strawberry.
  • Try this: Sunday brunch with lakefront views at Awedaddys Bar & Grill.
  • If you’re on the go and have a full day booked, don’t sacrifice your taste buds. Grant’s Kitchen & Grill serves “real meals, real fast” with its drive-thru feature.
  • Head into the rest of the day’s adventures with a beer flight from 90s-themed Big Trouble Brewing. Pro tip: You can also snag a free pint by subscribing to the brewery’s email list.

Where to live

If you’re sold + looking to buy a home in the area, here are some housing options currently on the market:
  • 215 Electra St. | 3 BD, 3 BA | $334,900 | Renovated brick home with a basement and fenced-in backyard
  • 233 Saxony Way | 3 BD, 3 BA | $345,000 | Townhome with community amenities
  • 986 Isaac Franklin Dr. | 3 BD, 3 BA | $799,900 | Golf course home with lower level “man cave”
 
Asked
 
Where should we explore next?

A. Berry Hill
B. Murfreesboro
C. Bellevue
D. Donelson
 
 
Events
 
Monday, Feb. 12
  • Orchids at Cheekwood | Monday, Feb. 12-Sunday, March 10 | Times vary | Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Dr. | Cost of admission | View a series of curated orchids in the Mansion Loggia, plus a new display in the Botanic Hall atrium.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
  • Nashville Predators vs. New Jersey Devils | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 7 p.m. | Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway | $33+ | Fans will receive a mystery collectors pin as the team celebrates Nashville Predators captains throughout history.
  • TINA - The Tina Turner Musical | Tuesday, Feb. 13-Sunday, Feb. 18 | Times vary | TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St. | $60+ | Embark on the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Lucky Strike Singles Night | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 5-7 p.m. | Pinewood Social, 33 Peabody St. | $25 | Break the ice and bowl a strike — tickets include bowling, light bites, and an espresso martini.
  • Jackson Dean | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Brooklyn Bowl Nashville, 925 3rd Ave. N. | $25+ | The artist brings his “Head Full of Noise” tour to Nashville with special guests Dee White and Mae Estes.
Thursday, Feb. 15
  • Dinner and Beer with Foodsmith | Thursday, Feb. 15 | Times vary | New Heights Brewing, 928 Rep. John Lewis Way S. | $100 | The dinner by Foodsmith owner and chef David Leathers includes three unique courses, each paired with a hand-selected New Heights beer.
Friday, Feb. 16
  • Natural Glowy Makeovers | Friday, Feb. 16 | 1-6 p.m. | Lemon Laine, 1900 Eastland Ave. Unit 102 | $71 | Each appointment will include a 45-minute personalized holiday makeover with local esthetician and makeup artist, Nicole Diamond.
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5 classes to take at OLLI this spring
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Bonus: Advanced Steel Drum Band students frequently perform in Vanderbilt Steel Bands concerts. | Photo provided by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Hey, 50+ Nashvillians: Here are five courses we’re eyeing for the spring session at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) — Vanderbilt University’s no-credit, no-grades lifelong learning program:

📺 Media Mindfulness: Navigating Information in the Digital Age
  • Master the digital world with practical tools to analyze media, fight misinformation, protect privacy, navigate AI + more.
🥁 OLLI Steel Drum Band (Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced)
  • Whether you’re a newb to this Caribbean instrument or looking to up your steel drum skills, OLLI offers three courses for every level of interest.
🌎 Great Decisions 2024
  • This discussion-based course explores six key foreign policy topics through facilitated conversations + expert insights from the Great Decisions publication.
👑 The Durability of Shakespeare’s Hamlet
  • Discover why Hamlet resonates across the centuries as local Shakespeare experts unpack its meaning + modern relevance.
🐦 Meditative Birding
  • Let your well-being take flight with this combination of mindfulness, birdwatching, and sensory activities to reduce stress + deepen connections.
See more classes + register today-March 8 (classes begin March 18).
 
News Notes
 
Development
  • The owners of Reunion Bar and Never Never have plans for a new concept at Ernest Tubb Record Shop. Few details for the four-story bar and live music venue, like a name and opening date, are available at this time. Final plans will go before the Metro Planning Commission on March 14. (Nashville Post)
Traffic
  • Musicians with gigs downtown can now access discounted parking through a partnership between Metropolis, the city, and musicians’ groups. A QR code for eight lots will offer artists 60% off parking rates. (WZTV)
Festival
  • Organizers revealed venues and midday events for this year’s Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, which takes place from April 2 to April 6. Head to Analog at the Hutton Hotel (April 3) for a Legislative Panel and Songwriter Conversation. On April 6, don’t miss Poets and Prophets at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Concert
  • Justin Timberlake is bringing his “Forget Tomorrow” tour to Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Dec. 12. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m.
Wellness
  • It’s no secret that Nashville can be a little noisy at times. That’s why earth.fm found five places in our city offering some stillness. Pro tip: We’re expecting full sun tomorrow and Wednesday — post up at Radnor Lake State Park, which has a quiet score of 5.54.
Travel
  • A great escape. A perfect getaway. Adventure awaits at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Discover Kentucky’s largest National Historic Landmark with 36 miles of trails, four-legged farm friends, dining at their impossibly fresh seed-to-table restaurant, and unlock history by exploring 34 historic Shaker buildings. Book your weekend escape.*
Finance
  • Discover a brighter financial future with Money Pickle, your gateway to personalized financial advice. Connect with vetted financial advisors, handpicked to provide fiduciary guidance that directly aligns with your goals for investments, retirement, and beyond. Schedule your complimentary video consultation.*
 
 
Try This
 
Houston, we have a new exhibit
An open metal contraption the size of a small SUV sits on a blue placemat on six wheels.
Pro tip: We also heard there will be an opportunity to touch a real piece of Mars. | Photo by NASA via Adventure Science Center
Well, we will soon anyways. Adventure Science Center is welcoming a little piece of NASA to the space currently housing the Infinium Room, which closes on Monday, March 25.

By Saturday, June 1, visitors can examine a model of NASA’s Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in 2012 and is about the size of a compact car. The model will be part of a realistic Mars diorama simulating a space mission.

Bonus: There are more updates on the way to the Wonders of the Universe exhibition in conjunction with this new addition. Expect a life-sized comparison of NASA’s Hubble and James Webb telescopes + a dozen new or renovated interactives.
 
The Buy
 
Beats Studio Buds, because you deserve an earbud upgrade. The Beats buds use active noise canceling technology for an immersive sound experience. Bonus: They’re sweat and water resistant, aka your new best gym buddy.
 
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The Wrap
 
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From the editor
Speaking of Gallatin, the city was even connected to Sunday’s Super Bowl. San Francisco running back Jordan Mason used to showcase his talents on and off the field at Gallatin High School.
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