Nashville, Tennessee, USA

3/25/16
WRITTEN BY: Victoria Cumbow
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While the booming city of Nashville is known for its musical roots, the growing metropolis offers so much more.

Any afternoon throughout the summer months, neighborhoods across the Music City play host to local farmer’s markets, with the city’s government investing in a central market near the heart of downtown. At every market, visitors enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Many restaurants in town feature band stages and host local performances nightly. If you’re looking for good ole’ honky tonkin’ and country music, downtown’s Broadway features famous iconic stops like Tootsie’s and Legend’s Corner. While Nashville boasts a rich tradition in music, it offers additional noteworthy experiences for all to love! As a native Tennessean, I knew I wanted Nashville to be my forever home after a few years of living away from this vibrant city. I keep an active lifestyle with Type 1, and Nashville offers all of the amenities and resources I need to stay fit and healthy and to keep moving. Here are just some of the activities that make Nashville great!

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Nashville boasts a booming bike share program through Nashville B-cycles. The red bikes are located throughout the city, and there’s a rack at most of the local greenways. Shelby Bottoms Greenway features 13 miles of pavement—completely free of vehicles—for the visiting adventurer. Walk, hike, bike, or even roll through the connected greenway system all the way to Percy Priest Dam near Hermitage. Complete with several pedestrian bridges overlooking the Cumberland and Stones rivers, it features quiet and picturesque views of the rolling hills for which Middle Tennessee is known.

For the more accomplished adventurer, Percy Warner and Edwin Warner Parks feature skilled running trails and paved bike trails with significant elevation increases. With spectacular views and shaded trails, it’s a popular spot for runners, hikers, and cyclists in Nashville. Both Shelby Bottoms and the Warner parks are home to a Nature Center, which offers year-round activities for visitors with an emphasis on activities for families and children.

The Cumberland River divides Nashville’s East side from the downtown landscape and is perfect for taking in the best views of the Nashville skyline. Book a kayak and see the city’s famous “Batman” building without the downtown traffic. River Queen Voyages offers river routes from Shelby Bottoms Greenway through the heart of downtown, floating between the city and Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans

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The Wild Cow is a popular spot nestled in the East Nashville walking community along Eastland Avenue. A vegetarian and vegan restaurant, the Wild Cow offers a huge variety of dishes, most with a low glycemic index and easy-to-calculate carbs. Even the most carnivorous of Nashvillians enjoy the spread at the Wild Cow. From buffalo beans and greens to chipotle seitan tacos, there’s a taste for everyone. My favorite dish at The Wild Cow is the chickpea salad. Served in a wrap or as a side, it’s the perfect afternoon filler for exploring the local shops and boutiques nearby.

Two other favorite restaurants are Tootsie’s and Legends Corner. Nashville also has great Farmers Markets- some of the best include Main Farmers Market, East Nashville Farmers Market, and 12 South Farmers Market.

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The First Saturday Art Crawl each month is a fantastic and social way to see some of the city’s best galleries and artists. Locals and visitors can peruse shops enjoying food and drink while experiencing the joys of downtown life. 

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, located only a few blocks away from the Arts District, is home to the Grammy award-winning Nashville Symphony and hosts concerts from a variety of artists from Willie Nelson to Idina Menzel. For further music selections, you can also check out NowPlayingNashville.com.

Nashville’s newest musical venue is the outdoor Ascend Amphitheater in the heart of downtown. Sitting on the grass with friends one evening enjoying Hall and Oates, I looked up and saw the lights of the city and bridges shimmering brightly. The new amphitheater has just the best backdrop of the Nashville skyline. While we enjoyed the iconic band before us, there was a concert at Bridgestone Arena, a free outdoor concert on Music Row and numerous other live events at smaller venues across town. It was one of those perfect Nashville moments full of opportunities to enjoy the city.

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Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial Pediatric Emergencies is located at 2300 Patterson St. Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 342-1000.

Nashville General Hospital is located at 1818 Albion Street Nashville, TN 37208 (615) 341-4000.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, located at 1211 Medical Center Dr, Nashville, TN (615) 322-5000. They also have a specific Diabetes clinic located at 1215 21st Ave. So., Suite 8410 Medical Center East, Nashville, TN 37232 (615) 322-7842.

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is located at 2200 Children’s Way, Nashville, TN 37232 (615) 936-1000.

Saint Thomas Midtown is located at 2000 Church Street Nashville, Tennessee 37236 (615) 284-5555.

TriStar Skyline Medical Center  is located at 3441 Dickerson Pike
Nashville, TN 37207 (615) 769-2000.

24-HOUR PHARMACY

Walgreens 518 Donelson Pike (615) 883-5128 

APP-100-height-pxDIABETES HELPERS by HelpAround is a smart phone app (download HERE) that connects you with other users who either have diabetes or are a parent of a child with diabetes.  Working with your location on your phone’s GPS, you will be instantly connected to someone in the trusted diabetes community, who can help when you are short on supplies or if you need recommendations, advice or have an emergency.



Victoria Cumbow

Victoria grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee, giving her an honest love of the great outdoors. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11, but her family embraced the new lifestyle and helped her to view it as an opportunity for growth rather than a negative setback. Always one for adventure, she's an avid cyclist and runner and uses her diabetes as motivation to break barriers, squash stereotypes and live life beyond Type 1. A few of her favorite things include riding a bike, spontaneous dance parties and eating anything with bacon.