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Welcome to Music City, USA

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HISTORY
Nashville is known as Music City, USA, The Athens of the South and The Wall Street of the South. Judging from its colorful past and present success, it is no surprise why these names have stuck.

One of the city’s strengths is its location. From its position near the center of the United States, about 50% of the US population is within a 600-mile radius of the city. Three major interstates converge in the city, I-24, which runs from Illinois to Atlanta, I-65, which runs from Michigan to Alabama, and I-40, which crosses the country from North Carolina to California.

With its strategic location and vibrant economy, it is no wonder that the national media often rank Nashville among the top cities for business and for quality of life.

MUSIC CITY, USA
To understand why Nashville is called Music City, USA, you don’t have to go far.

Venture to Music Row to see the publishing houses, management companies, recording studios and major record labels. The District is a downtown area packed with nightclubs, restaurants and boutiques. The Ryman Auditorium, often referred to as the “Carnegie Hall of the South”, hosts concerts and musical theater productions. After an evening of listening to the best in country music, you can show off your own dance moves or learn some new ones at the Wildhorse Saloon.

Located in the Opryland complex just up the river from downtown Nashville, the Grand Ole Opry has brought the sounds of Nashville to the nation for the past 75 years. You can catch a Friday or Saturday evening performance or visit the Grand Ole Opry Museum. For some shoppertainment, check out Opry Mills. The 1.2 million square foot facility has more than 200 stores including an IMAX theater, theme restaurants and a 150,000 square foot Bass Pro Shop’s Outdoor World.

There is more to the Nashville music scene than country music, however. Christian, classical, R&B, jazz, pop and rock can all be heard in the city’s many clubs and venues.

CULTURE & RECREATION
If an evening of culture is what you desire, Nashville has many ways to soothe your soul. You can enjoy the Nashville Symphony, the ballet, the opera or the Tennessee Repertory Theater. If museums are more to your liking, visit the Tennessee State Museum and the Cumberland Science Museum. Film buffs will find that the industry is on the rise in Nashville. In fact, the 31st Nashville Independent Film Festival drew more than 10,000 attendees and 150 filmmakers from around the world.

For a glimpse of why Nashville is referred to as “The Athens of the South”, stop by the Parthenon. This exact replica of the Greek structure was completed in 1941. It contains art galleries exhibiting works from the original Parthenon, including a 42-foot statue of Athena Parthenos that is the tallest indoor sculpture in the western world. Another attraction for tourists and residents alike is the Greek-style capital building. James K. Polk’s burial site is located on its grounds. Nashville’s “Athens of the South” nickname also came from the city’s dedication to education. In fact, the city is home to 18 four-year or post-graduate institutions, 4 community colleges and several vocational and technical schools.

Whether you enjoy historic sites, local sports or the thriving country music scene, you are certain to find many reasons to call Nashville home.

SPORTS
NFL excitement is bubbling over in Nashville thanks to the NFL team, the Tennessee Titans, which formerly were the Houston Oilers. Baseball fans can catch flys, fly balls that is, while watching the Nashville Sounds, an AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Gaylord Entertainment Center is host to NHL Action when the Nashville Predators take to the ice. The Arena Football League’s Nashville Kats also play at the arena. If you’re looking for a sport with even more of a kick, catch a Tennessee Rhythm soccer game.

NASCAR fans race to the Nashville Speedway USA for the Winston Racing Series held weekly from April to September. The Springhouse Golf Club hosts the Bellsouth Senior Classic from its location on the banks of the Cumberland River.

WEATHER
Spring is very pleasant in the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee. March tends to be cool at the beginning of the month, warming to the mid-to-upper 60s by the end of the month. Evenings may still be a bit brisk.
Summer is warm and humid. Light, easy clothing makes sightseeing more comfortable. For fair skin, sunscreen is advisable for a day outdoors. Fall is a celebrated time throughout Tennessee. Visitors come from all over to see the annual changing of the leaves in mid-October. Days are warm and pleasant. Evenings require a sweater or light jacket. Since the weather is changeable, layered clothing is a good idea to accommodate sunny days and cooler nights.
Fall and Winter are great times to visit the city's many attractions decked out in their holiday finery. Nashville really shines throughout the winter. Although the climate is mild, winter temperatures range from cool to cold. If a snowfall occurs, it is usually in January or February, and is seldom heavy.

Williamson County - located 100 years and a few short miles from Nashville! You'll find the best of both worlds here: small town charm and big city sophistication, stirring Civil War sites and museums plus great shopping, unique dining and entertainment, championship golf, wonderful festivals and outstanding lodging! All just minutes away from Nashville "Music City USA!" Find out why Williamson County is the ideal destination for a weekend getaway, family vacation, group tour conference or meeting.

Rhonda Can Help With Your Move
As a real estate professional, Rhonda has made it her duty to know everything she can about relocating to, from or within Nashville. Indeed, she’s widely considered an expert on the subject. Those who have worked with Rhonda appreciate knowing the purchase of their new home is in the hands of such a capable and trustworthy professional while they’re wrapping up all the last-minute details of packing and moving out of their previous home. Rhonda believes in making the real estate and relocation process as easy as possible for everyone involved. To her that means providing information to anyone who wants to find out more about the area she loves so much and knows so well.

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