A thriving music scene, including the renowned Grand Ole Opry, has helped make Nashville, Tennessee, a popular tourist destination. Yet active retirees also flock to this beautiful region for its affordable living, scenic beauty, quality medical care and diverse attractions.
Location and Climate
Nashville is located in Central Tennessee, along the Cumberland River, about 45 minutes south of the Kentucky border. The area offers four distinct seasons, yet its winters are relatively mild with average days in the mid-40s and some occasional snowfall. Summers are hot and humid with daytime temperatures typically in the high 80s and sometimes reaching over 100 degrees.
Nicknamed Music City, Nashville is well known for its concert halls, nightclubs, honky tonks, festivals and other performance venues. The city is probably best known for its world-famous Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, yet that's just the beginning. Beyond country music, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center houses the Nashville Opera and the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, while the Nashville Symphony offers concerts at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Jazz lovers appreciate offerings like the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, and concerts sponsored by the Nashville Jazz Workshop. And Music Row features some of the best gospel music and Christian rock around.
In addition to its music scene, Nashville features many theater and dance companies. The most prominent include the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, the Nashville Ballet, the Nashville Children's Theatre, the Dance Theatre of Tennessee and the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. Throughout the year, tourists and locals alike can enjoy a number of popular festivals and special events. Spring brings exciting events like the Nashville Film Festival, Nashville Fashion Week, the Country Music Marathon, and the Iroquois Steeplechase.
Each Fourth of July, Nashville celebrates with its annual Let Freedom Sing! festival, while summer also offers the CMA Music Festival and the Tomato Art Festival. Autumn in Nashville ushers in the excitement of the Tennessee State Fair, as well as annual events like the African Street Festival, the Live on the Green free concert series, the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival, and the Southern Festival of Books. November also puts Nashville center stage when the Country Music Association Awards are broadcast from the Bridgestone Arena.
Active Adult Living
Active adults who want to retire close to all this action have their choice of several fabulous age-restricted communities. Those who want a larger, resort-style community may find their ideal home at Lake Providence, in Mount Juliet, or at StoneBridge, in Lebanon. There are also many lovely smaller communities, such as Lenox Place, The Cloister at St. Henry, and The Cottages of Providence.
Whether planning a memorable vacation or looking for an exciting retirement destination, the Nashville area offers all the attractions to make your dreams come true.