New Nashville Travel Planning Service

What’s Cookin’ Nashville has launched a new Nashville Travel Planning Service. It’s like having your own personal concierge helping your group maximize your visit to the Nashville TN area. Your vacation time is precious and valuable. Now you can take advantage of our 40 years of Nashville residence. We have also owned and operated Restaurants and the Music Venue The Boardwalk Café.
Not to toot our own horn but with over 8000 local trips we feel we are somewhat experts on the Nashville Experience.
We love our job of guiding visitors to the famous neighborhood restaurants and educating our customers about the history of Nashville. Nashville has a long rich history including being a vital location during the Civil War, Underground Railroad, the entertainment industry and civil rights movement.

Pre-Travel Planning

The Pre-Travel Planning will include a Zoom meeting where your group will be taken through each of the historic Nashville neighborhoods. Your zoom guide will point out attractions and those one of a kind local eateries. The downtown Broadway area is fun but there is so much more to experience in Nashville. Each neighborhood has it’s own story and offers different flavor of Nashville.


Our travel planners will help you design schedules and transportation arrangements. To experience the Nashville area there is a lot of ground to cover and a missed calculation in travel plans can result in unnecessary travel costs and again your limited time.

Travel Concierge

We’ll stay in touch during your visit via phone and text. If you hear about something else to add to your schedule bounce it off your Travel Planner first.

Call us today and let us explain our service and your Travel plans to Nashville.
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Abandon State Prison

State Prison – Nashville

Tennessee State Prison 9-2019 Tours de Nash

This prison’s 120-year history is marked with fame and infamy. The same place that served as the setting of “The Green Mile” also held MLK’s assassin for a time.

Author: Elizabeth Sims – Published: 3:26 PM EST 11 – 16 – 2018

Updated: 3:05 PM EDT July 30, 2019

Nashville, Tenn. — The Tennessee State Prison was opened on Feb. 12, 1898, just outside Nashville.

Built on a little over 1,200 acres for around a half a million dollars, construction took several years because each stone on the structure was handmade. Tool marks are still visible today.

“Each mark in those stones is the swing of an arm,” said Chris Haley, the statewide facility maintenance manager for the Tennessee Department of Correction.


The Tennessee State Prison was opened on Feb. 12, 1898 just outside Nashville. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.


The Tennessee State Prison was forced to close in June 1992 after a federal lawsuit and court ruling found it to be overcrowded and unsanitary. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.

Built on a little over 1,200 acres for around a half a million dollars, construction took several years because each stone on the structure was handmade. Tool marks are still visible…


A look through the bars of cell block three at the Tennessee State Prison, which once housed MLK’s assassin, James Earl Ray. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.


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It was the setting of several movies like “The Green Mile” and “Walk The Line,” and a number of singers, like Eric Church, have filmed music videos at the site. Photo by…

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An inmate painted this mural with permission from officers. It was half-finished when he was paroled. He was able to finish the mural when he returned to the prison after a parole…


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Housing unit six was the death row block. However, it became an honor dorm when the death penalty was banned. Photo by Elizabeth Sims.


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The prison was designed to hold 800 inmates, but the department wasted no time exceeding this limit by incarcerating around 1,200 people on opening day. Photo by…

The first prisoner was a Madison County tailor named W.G. Cook, who made his own uniform, according to an article from TDOC’s Correction Courier.

Inmates were expected to work in the farmlands, mills and factories on site. At one point, a train track ran through the grounds to load up the goods produced by prisoners.

The six foot by eight foot cells, which were designed to house one person, often held at least two inmates. Some even had four crammed inside.

The cell block housing units were five stories tall. TDOC chief interdiction officer Dan Strickland, who started his career at the prison in 1975, remembers climbing all of those stairs day after day in the un-air-conditioned building.

“It was hot in the summer and it was hot in the winter,” Strickland said. “By the end of the day, you were ready to go home, take a shower, eat and go to bed.”

The conditions in the prison were hard on inmates and officer alike.

The Tennessee State Prison was forced to close in June 1992 after a federal lawsuit and court ruling found it to be overcrowded and unsanitary.

Strickland said the closing prompted several changes in TDOC, especially in regards to acknowledging prisoners’ needs. He said Tennessee is now a leader in rehabilitation and work release programs for inmates.

“I guess they think everybody’s locked up all the time. That’s not the case,” Strickland said. “It’s an honor for them to be out of their cells and working.”

The closing also brought about more structure, better population management, better programs and better living conditions.

During its 120-year history, the prison has hosted both the famous and the infamous.

It was the setting of several movies like “The Green Mile” and “Walk The Line,” and a number of singers, like Eric Church, have filmed music videos at the site.

On the other hand, cell block three once housed James Earl Ray, who assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

Despite its impressive architecture and rich history, it is not safe to enter the prison because of asbestos and other health concerns. Haley stresses it is still structurally sound.

Although, visitors are able to see the grounds for the annual Run the Green Mile 5K, which supports the historical fund.

TDOC officials say while the prison no longer houses inmates, the property overall is not abandoned and still used by the department.

Explore the rest of the series, and suggest other places for us to visit. 

Reporter’s note: Though many of these buildings are unused and empty, they sit on private property that is still actively used in some cases. DO NOT attempt to unlawfully enter any of these places without permission. Many of them are structurally unsound and pose potential health hazards, like asbestos and lead paint. 10News contacted all owners prior to visiting.


Dancin' in the district Nashville TN October 2019

OCTOBER 10, 2019 

Dancin’ in the District was Nashville’s premiere concert series that brought music back to Music City. After being held in the alleys of downtown Nashville for two years, the event eventually upgraded to the banks of Riverfront Park. Held in the heart of Nashville for over a decade, this free event helped define this city’s music community. Early acts included Wilco, Cake, Steve Earle, and many more. The beloved music series returned to Riverfront Park as “Nashville Dancin’” during the summers of 2013 & 2014 when original creator, Tom Morales, began work restoring the historic Acme Farm Store Building nearby on Lower Broadway. The event is curated to feature artists that appeal to a wide range of tastes, local retail vendors, and food and drink that highlights the best that Nashville culture.

Before Live On The Green and Musicians Corner, there was another free concert series that absolutely ruled Music City summers: Dancin’ In The District.From 1993 to 2005, it brought thousands of music lovers to Riverfront Park on Thursday nights — at a time when little else was bringing anybody to Lower Broadway.
Today, you’ll often hear “Dancin'” mentioned in the same breath as Opryland and Starwood Amphitheater when longtime locals talk about what they miss most in Nashville.

Well, miss it no more. “Dancin’ In The District” is back — if only for one night.

OCTOBER 10, 2019

Goo Goo Cluster Christie Cookie

Christie Cookie Goo Goos & Goo Goo Christie Cookies

The Goo Goo Christie Cookie Nashville Tennessee

Well…………. you just have to do it! Try Both!!!

The Dynamic Duo –  beloved Nashville brand, Christie Cookie & Goo Goo Clusters teamed up to create not one, but two delicious desserts! We like to share and so do our pals at Christie Cookie who are making a Goo Goo Cluster inspired cookie at their 12 South shop. Here at the Goo Goo Shop you can find a Christie Cookie inspired premium — both treats are available for a limited time from October 10-31, 2018.

The Goo Goo Cluster Christie Cookie — A classic Christie Cookie dough, made with real butter and brown sugar, is stuffed with more than enough pieces of chopped Original Goo Goo Clusters, bringing the classic combination of milk chocolate, marshmallow nougat, caramel & peanuts together in a perfect, chewy bite. Available exclusively in the Christie Cookie shop in 12 South, 2606 12th Ave S. ($3 per 2.5 oz cookie)

The Christie Cookie Goo Goo Cluster — The Christie Cookie Goo Goo Premium is a 4 oz. milk chocolate confection filled with fresh chocolate chip Christie Cookie pieces, brown sugar marshmallow cream, and maple bourbon caramel. Available exclusively in the Goo Goo Shop, 116 3rd Ave S in downtown Nashville and online


About Christie Cookie:
Christie Cookie was founded 35 years ago as a simple storefront in downtown Nashville. Today, Christie Cookie employs more than 100 people and produces more than 75 million cookies annually for restaurants, hotels, bakeries, corporate gifts and cookie fans all over the country. From its Germantown headquarters, Christie Cookie operates a bakery storefront where guests can visit and purchase freshly baked goods and merchandise. A second shop opened in summer 2018 in the 12 South neighborhood. The walk-up window offers a convenient stop for guests to grab their favorite cookies on the go. All Christie Cookie products are made with real butter, premium ingredients, and absolutely no artificial substitutes. Every batch of cookies is hand measured.

About Goo Goo Cluster:
Goo Goo Cluster, America’s first combination candy bar, was invented in 1912 in a copper kettle at the Standard Candy in Nashville, TN. The unique confection is a roundish mound of caramel, marshmallow nougat, fresh roasted peanuts and real milk chocolate. In 2014, Goo Goo Cluster, LLC opened the Goo Goo Shop, its flagship store in downtown Nashville where Premium Goo Goos are made by hand daily in full view of visitors. The 4-ounce Premium confection comes in a variety of flavor combinations that rotate frequently.

Nashville Construction June 2019

June 2019 – There are now 187 major construction projects in the Nashville area. Data shows 70+Active Cranes. What’s Cookin’ Nashville

6-4-19 What's Cookin' Daily Picture Nashville Construction Projects

Crane Watch: The Big Map of Projects

An interactive feature tracking the development frenzy in Davidson County.

View the Nashville Business Journal article 

“Some parts of downtown are zoned for high buildings, and some are zoned for mid-rise or low-rise buildings and that’s just appropriate calibration for each neighborhood and what it needs,” Priest said.

Much of the new development is going South of Broadway. The neighborhood known as “SoBro” will look shockingly different in the coming months. There are at least seven new hotels going up in the area around Music City Center, some of them more than 20 stories tall.

“The amount of stuff that’s happened and how fast it’s happened is head-spinning, even for us here, I’d say,” said Adam Sichko with the Nashville Business Journal, which keeps close tabs on new development with Crane Watch. “People very suddenly noticed traffic is getting worse, cost of living is rising and that building that was there and was torn down … now there’s a five or 10 or 15-story building in its place. People are uncomfortable with the pace of change as much as anything.”

Radnor Lake Nashville

Radnor Lake What's Cookin' Nashville
Nashville isn’t just Honky -Tonks. Plan a hike at Nashville’s in city State Park “Radnor Lake” Located in the center of one of Nashville’s most beautiful neighborhoods.

About the Park

Radnor Lake State Park is a 1,368-acre park and is protected as a Class II Natural Area. It is unique due to the abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking opportunities and its location in an urban area. The park is day-use only and the more than six miles of trail are strictly used for hiking, photography and wildlife observation. Pets, jogging and bicycles are only allowed on the Otter Creek Road trail. The Lake Trail is accessible to people with all-terrain wheelchairs.

The park is perfect for nature enthusiasts to observe owls, herons and water fowl as well as many species of amphibians, reptiles and mammals such as mink and otter. Hundreds of species of wildflowers, mosses, fungi, ferns and other plants as well as trees, shrubs and vines add to the natural ecological diversity of the area. Several ranger-led programs are planned throughout the year including canoe floats, wildflower walks, astronomy night hikes, nature hikes, programs on snakes, off-trail land acquisition hikes and birds of prey.

Park Office / Visitor Center

1160 Otter Creek Road
Nashville, TN 37220

Thursday – Monday 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM Tuesday and Wednesday Closed *Visitor Center is closed from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM for lunch

Nashville Tours

Nashville Tours

Your Vacation…
All Mapped Out For You!

We want you to make the most of your Nashville vacation, so we’ve come up with a tool that’ll help you plan before you go and discover even more once you get there. Our easy-to-use interactive map will help you maximize your Trolley Tour experience, so you won’t miss all the excitement that Nashville has to offer! And since it works great on mobile devices, you’ll have all the information you need during your trip, right in your pocket.
  • Trolley Routes & Stops
  • Helpful information
  • Points of Interest
  • Shopping & Entertainment
  • Restaurants & Bars
  • And much more!
  • How to See Nashville in 1 Day
  • Nashville & Country Music Hall of Fame Tickets

Nashville-hop-on-hop-off-tours Old Town Trolley Tours

As the vibrant capital of Tennessee, Nashville has earned several monikers over the years. Once a sparsely settled trading post founded in 1779, the cosmopolitan city is now a popular tourist destination. A leading center of higher education for more than 100 years, it was dubbed the Athens of the South in the 19th century. Because of its reputation as a mecca for singers and songwriters as well as its music publishing industry, Nashville is also heralded as the Country Music Capital of the World. The area centered on the intersection of Second Avenue and Broadway is a popular destination for locals and tourists with its shopping, dining and entertainment venues.

Trolley departs at 9:00 am daily.
Country Music Hall of Fame: Daily 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
For more information, go to Trolley & Country Music Hall of Fame schedule.

Nashville Night Tours
Sundays through Thursdays: 7pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 7pm and 7:45pm

Whats Cookin Nashville Gold Line

What’s Cookin’ Nashville

Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Hours and Location

The mission of Nashville Zoo is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership.

Nashville Zoo is a progressive and dynamic zoological park serving Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky and hundreds of thousands of tourists that travel to Nashville every year.

Since opening its doors in 1991, the Zoo has grown from a small, private operation in Cheatham County to an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility with international conservation involvement. Over 960,000 visitors come to Nashville Zoo annually, making us one of the top attractions in Middle Tennessee.



  • Animal Species: 375
  • Individual Animals: 2,675
  • Annual Attendance: 964,760
  • 36,510 membership households
  • More than 48,500 school children visiting as part of their education
  • More than 2,500 volunteers contributing more than 41,000 hours



Nashville 4th of July



You know you’re coming. Go ahead and book your Vacation Package which saves you money, so you can do more for less in Nashville.


The main stage will be located at Fifth Avenue and Broadway. After the concerts, the show will shift to Cumberland Riverfront with a fireworks show synchronized to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony who will play from Ascend Amphitheater.


The FREE Nashville July 4th app is all the information you need for the Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th celebration in the palm of your hand. Download it.


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Real Estate Offices Nashville TN

Real Estate Offices Nashville TN
Real Estate Companies in the Nashville Tennessee area.

Belle Meade, TN – Real Estate Offices Belle Meade, TN 37205

Bellevue,  TN – Real Estate Offices Bellevue, TN 37221

Downtown Nashville – Real Estate Offices Downtown Nashville 37201, 37219, 37210

Green Hills Nashville – Real Estate Offices Green Hills Nashville 37215 – 37204