Nashville's High Notes

January 06, 2014
Meredith Martin, The Eden Alternative

As a native Tennessean, you can imagine my excitement when we named Nashville the host city for the 7th Eden Alternative International Conference. There’s something captivating about Nashville, bursting with culture, history and Southern charm.

You’ll find artisans here rooted in Southern traditions, each tackling his or her thing—be it food, fashion, architecture or music—in a fresh and inspiring way, mixing country and city, high and low.

As Nashvillians, we are proud of our music scene, which makes us well-known as Music City USA.  Home to country music, Nashville is actually a place where all genres of music are celebrated and explored. On every corner, street musicians decorate downtown, with sounds of blues, country, rock, and pop for the hearts and ears of passersby.

Walk in any direction on Broadway, and you’ll find a wide array of live music. The favorite local hot spots take a bit of searching out, but they are definitely worth finding. Nashville is famous for honky-tonkin’ (also known as bar hopping), which is one of the most popular local past-times. Check out this sampling of Nashville music.

While long known for its music scene, Nashville’s culinary scene is garnering attention of its own. Music City is a banner town for “down-home,” old-fashioned Southern cooking, also known as comfort food.  In Nashville, southern fare is synonymous with good eats.  It’s clear that the creative energy and talent behind Music City is also loud and proud in its flourishing culinary scene as well, which could serve as the focus of your visit all on its own. Here’s a sampling of Nashville’s culinary explosion.

There’s a laid back feel to our town. But don’t be fooled, it’s a mini-metropolis that includes a state-of-the-art science center, museums, botanical gardens, and a great zoo. No doubt about it, listening to music should be on the top of your Nashville “to do” list, when you join us for the Eden Alternative International Conference.  It is a beautiful town, offering the potential for growth and meaning.

We’ll see you there

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Can’t wait to experience Nashville this spring, Meredith!

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