Artists discovered Brown County’s lush countryside, roughly 60 miles south of Indianapolis, in the 19th century and made the area something of an artists' colony. Impressionist painter Theodore Clement Steele's (1847–1926) home, the House of Singing Winds, is now a state historic site. Later, refugees from urban areas peppered country lanes in what came to be known as Peaceful Valley, with summer cabins in communities like Bean Blossom, Bear Wallow, and Possum Trot. Nashville is just as charming as the day it was founded, with picture-perfect art galleries, shops, and restaurants that lure city slickers for leaf-peeping during fall foliage season.
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Things You Can’t Miss
He put Johnny Cash in black and made Elvis’ gold lamé suit. Buying one of his pieces alone will put your superstar music career back on track.
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I’m no fried chicken connoisseur, but I’m pretty sure this is the best stuff around. And the biscuits! THE BISCUITS!
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It’s hard to argue with the Grand Old Opry's claim of being the show that made country music famous. The weekly event has captivated audiences since 1925.
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Going to Nashville and not seeing the Country Music Hall of Fame is like going to Giza and not seeing the pyramids. Set aside an afternoon for this one.
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Take in an art opening at downtown Nashville’s monthly First Saturday Art Crawl. Galleries stay open late and shops and eateries cater to the crowd.
Andrew Jackson, the only U.S. president to pay off the national debt, retired to his Tennessee home, the Hermitage. It looks just like it did in 1837.
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Nashville’s newest museum displays memorabilia, stage clothes, photographs and videos from the Man in Black’s illustrious career.
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