Nicest Places in the South : July 2014

Nashville, like many Southern cities, is less of a destination and more of an experience. It’s a town where you jump in—boots first, of course. It’s a place where memories are made. And Nashville has plenty of memories to share. We could tell you all about the city’s country music roots, but you probably know all about that already. Instead, we want to tell you some of Nashville’s lesser-known tales.

Let’s start way back and hear why Nashville isn’t called Nashborough anymore, or learn which Nashville patron won a duel over his wife’s honor by rearranging a bit of clothing (hint: he was also a President). Take a walk through Printer’s Alley, and you can learn why Nashville came close to being called the Printing Capital of the World instead of the Music Capital of the World—and learn how many a Nashville citizen spent their after-hours having a good time in this notorious business neighborhood.

Next you’ll want to read about a group of Southerners who are bringing a bit of the luck o’ the Irish to the Music City, and then let us tell you why the city has a full-scale replica of Greece’s Parthenon in Centennial Park. How about a story about the Nashville university that was saved by a group of singers? (Sorry—still not about country music!)

And that’s just a sampling of Nashville’s memories waiting to be shared. So take a load off and let us tell you some of our favorites. You won’t be sorry you did, and you may even get an urge to head to Music City and make some memories of your own. Either way, you’ll definitely learn something new about our pick for July’s Nicest Place in the South.

Wishing You Were Here: Lookout Mountain in Pictures

Chattanooga, Tennessee

While it lasted, this was undoubtedly one of the best—and craziest—places in the South to get your picture made

Chattanooga and Her Choo Choo

Chattanooga, Tennessee

From first north-south train to first gold record to luxury hotel, the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” has a bigger story than it tells at first listen

See Rock City: The Greatest Ad Campaign in the South

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Between God and his wife, they had come up with a fantastic creation—now all he had to do was figure out how to get folks to come see it

By Air, Land, and Bea’s: Discovering Chattanooga Top to Bottom

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Whether you’re on top of Lookout Mountain, deep below in Ruby Falls Cave, or somewhere delightfully in between, there’s always something to love in Chattanooga

Savor the Scenic City: Best Bites in Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

While you’re taking in the sights and having fun on the run, feed body and soul at these hottest of spots in the ’Noog

Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues

Chattanooga, Tennessee

She was the best. And sang with the best. In part, at least, because she sang those blues from the depths of her soul—about heartache and oppression, poverty and desperation.

Chickamauga: The South’s Greatest Victory—and Missed Opportunity (Part One)

Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Battle of Chickamauga could easily have been the turning point of the South’s War for Independence

A Snack Straight Out of the Sky: The Moon Pie

Chattanooga, Tennessee

This iconic Southern snack is crispy, chocolatey, gooey on the inside, and was made just right to fit a miner’s hands and appetite.