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The Nashville Bucket List 2013

We’ve got 2012 in the rear view and we’re looking forward to all that Nashville has to offer in 2013. So what’s on this year’s Bucket List? Here’s to a year’s worth of fun while checking off the entire list.

Written By:  Nashville Lifestyles

Photographers:  The Tennessean & Various

A Symphony Concert at the Schermerhorn
For music lovers of every genre, this one is a must. Catch either the Classical or Pops series now through June 1.
Overnight stay in the Presidential Suite, Hermitage Hotel
Treat yourself to a total splurge by booking this 2,000 square-foot room overlooking the Tennessee State Capitol. Call in room service from the Capitol Grille, kick back in your formal living room with a 42-inch screen TV, and bring Fluffy with you for a full pet pampering that includes an in-room dining menu and turn down service.
Light: Bruce Monro at Cheekwood
Following up on its outstanding Chihuly exhibit, Cheekwood is bringing Bruce Monro to Nashville for his second-ever North American installment of the breathtaking exhibition, Light.
May 24 - November 10, 2013.
Photo by Alex Wilson
Box Seats at Iroquois Steeplechase
This annual event is a world-class affair but box seats make it that much more memorable. Currently the seats are sold out for this spring but get on the waiting list (info@iroquoissteeplechase.org) or be first in line for next year.
NashTrash Tour
Quit rolling your eyes at that big ol’ pink bus and get on board. It’s a gas and it’s less about the tour (leave those to the tourists) and more about the fun put on by legendary tour guides, the Jugg Sisters.
Behind the Scenes at the Nashville Zoo
Backstage passes at the Nashville Zoo can get you face time with an African elephant or up close and personal with a Masai giraffe. The All Access Expedition takes groups of two or four to areas that are off limits to most visitors and introduces guests to the animals and their keepers. Choose a tour based on which animal you want to see; from Adventure (elephants and giraffes) to King of the Jungle (add a white linen lunch overlooking the Elephant Savannah).
A picnic and tasting at Arrington Vineyards
Top off a visit to one of the area’s premiere vineyards by ordering a picnic basket from Simply Living Life. They’ll pack up an easy lunch like gourmet olives and cheeses or rock the full shebang with an elaborate “celebration basket” that includes beef medallions and a chocolate baby bundt cake for two. The wine, of course, can be purchased right from the vineyard.
Front Row at the Ryman
Even if you’ve been to the Mother Church of Country Music, you’ll discover a whole new sound from the front row seats. Tickets go impossibly fast so our only recommendation is to plan ahead and jump online as soon as they go on sale. Otherwise, you can get close to the action during the theater’s daily backstage tours.
Be an extra or seat filler for one of your favorite shows
We’ve heard countless stories from friends proving that it can be done. Contact a few casting agencies. Make friends with videographers. Prowl Craigslist and Facebook. If you want be an extra on the show Nashville, there’s a Facebook page for that. You could also get in good with Robert Deaton, producer of the CMA awards and the CMA Country Christmas (who was also one of our Top Music Makers of 2012) or try cozying up to one of his event staffers. To get in to a taping of the CMT Crossroads show, try contacting Moore Casting.
Bluegrass Underground
The Volcano Room at the Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville is known as one of the most acoustically perfect music venues in all of Tennessee. Set inside the spectacular, completely natural amphitheater, which sits 300 feet below ground, the monthly performances are now aired on PBS. But why limit it to a small screen when you can see it live?
Bluebird on the Mountain
From May through October, the Bluebird Café produces this monthly, outdoor concert series, which brings an incredible roster of songwriters and artists up to a performance space at Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory. Full season passes ($450) are available online.
May 18 through October 5, 2013.
Dinner at The Catbird Seat
Few dining experiences are as difficult to attain as a reservation at The Catbird Seat. But if you haven’t had the privilege yet, trust us, it’s worth stalking the reservation system for a couple of seats.
Drive the Natchez Trace
The tippy top of this 444-mile parkway, which winds down through a host of historical sites and simple Southern towns toward Natchez, Miss., sits about 17 miles south of Nashville at an intersection with Highway 100. Split the drive into two days to soak in the slow, leisurely trace that touches about 10,000 years of North American history.
Doyle & Debbie
This hysterical musical parody duo has been capturing Nashville audiences since 2008 but they’ve made big waves on the road, too. They’re traveling this spring but catch them before they go, or whenever they get back—especially if they’re performing at The Station Inn, where the show began.
Attend the Swan Ball
If you can score an invite to this swank affair, consider yourself one of the chosen few. The white-tie gala supports Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, where it is also hosted, but only 850 tickets are issued each year.
Field Passes at a Titans game
This is one of those splurges football fanatics should absolutely pull out the checkbook for: Book an LP Field Suite for the season and get exclusive pre-game on-field access. It’ll cost you a whopping $58,000-$130,000 but for true Titans fans, those passes (and all the perks included with the suites) are worth every penny.
”Play Mates” show at PLAY
Visit some of the finest looking “ladies” in all of Nashville. This is one of those unforgettable performance experiences that you can do once or a hundred times.
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, show times vary.
Photo by Heather Byrd
Tour/Record in Studio B
This historic studio has seen the likes of Elvis and Dolly record big hits—and it’s open to the public, too. Take a privately guided tour of the space or, bring your best vocals and schedule time for a group recording session (advance reservations are required).
On The Ice with the Nashville Predators
Despite the shortened season, there are plenty of perks to be had as a Preds’ season ticket holder. When they host them, the team’s “Preds Days” are a great way to get behind the scenes, into the locker room, and even onto the ice. Ticket packages are still available; games start up on January 19.



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