The Best Haunted Houses in Nashville

Fall: It's one of my favorite times of year in Nashville. The changing leaves, the cooling temps, bonfires, cider, s'mores, Oktoberfest. Oh, and Haunted Houses. For some reason, something about immersing oneself in a terrifying experience is apparently appealing to me - and I look forward to this season every. single. year.

I'm looking to my friends at the Nashville Scene for their stellar reviews of the 2014's best Haunted Houses in Nashville. Justin Stokes ranks the haunts based on scariness, acting, making, costumes, production design, time, price, ingenuity, lighting, sound and novelty factors - a scale which seems highly appropriate. 

Nashville Nightmare

Image courtesy of Nashville Nightmare
Topping their list with an A+ is Nashville Nightmare out in Madison, with "makeup and monsters of a caliber you'd expect at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights." There are two haunts in one locale, Horror High and Night Terrors - the latter offering over 25,000 square feet of nightmarish worlds. Nashville Nightmare was also named among the top 31 Haunts in the nation by Haunted Attraction Magazine. 

Check out the rest of the Scene's Guide to the Best Haunted Houses in Nashville on their site. 

What is your favorite Haunt in town?

Top 5 Music Venues in Nashville

You're in Nashville. Whether you live here or are just visiting, you must take advantage and catch some of the unbelievable musicians while in town - truly, you're among the greatest in the world.

Of course the artist you're seeing will define how the good the show is or is not, but, I'd argue that equally as impactful is the space that you see them in. Luckily, Nashville is filled with plenty of spots that will please even the most discriminatory of musical act and venue palettes.

Here are my choices for the BEST music venues in Nashville (and in my typical fashion, the following are in no particular order):

The Basement
There is just something about this place. Literally in the basement of a business on 8th Avenue near Downtown, I have seen some of the most incredible musicians in my life come in and out its doors. A small, intimate venue that gets you up close and personal with the performing acts.

Attend a Songwriters Show + Support a Great Cause

I love supporting a cause and giving back to our fabulous Nashville community in any way I can. Just a few of the many perks of living in our city are the talented folks and music involved to help raise funds for charity. Creative Nation, a music publishing and management company owned by Luke and Beth Laird, is hosting a benefit for local organization Preston Taylor Ministries on Tuesday, October 21. 

The evening will include performances by Creative Nation’s talented roster songwriters: Luke Laird (hits include Carrie Underwood's "So Small", "Last Name", Little Big Towns "Pontoon", and Sara Evans "A Little Bit Stronger"), Barry Dean ("Pontoon", Jason Aldean's "1994" and Ingrid Michaelson's "Girls Chase Boys"), Natalie Hemby (Miranda Lambert's "White Liar", "Automatic", and Lady A's "Downtown") and Maggie Chapman, as well as some special guests. 

Don't miss your chance to be up close and personal with some of the biggest song writers in the world, all while helping provide hope to children living in the Preston Taylor public housing area, who every day face problems like drug use, gang involvement, teenage pregnancy, illiteracy, poor school performance, and crime.

The event begins at 6:00 PM at 3rd & Lindsley with all proceeds going directly to PTM. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here

Chatting with Keith Urban, and the Latest on Nashville's Fight to Preserve our History

As I'm sure you've witnessed firsthand or have seen in the local news as of late, we have had quite the uproar in our community regarding historic buildings being lost to commercial developers. Being the “it” city has apparently come at a cost, as we are beginning to see more and more of our past being destroyed to make room for a new future- bigger, ‘better’ developments- which unfortunately means losing a lot of Nashville’s character along the way.

I understand the need and benefits of growth. It’s exciting. It creates jobs, it allows for more opportunity, for us to be more culturally diverse. What I don’t understand is our beautiful neighborhoods being destroyed seemingly by greed. Mansions, music studios, shops, and other historic buildings are being razed overnight, with little to no concern about the effect that it is going to have on our community.

Bachelorette Weekend in Nashville

Planning to spending your Bachelorette Weekend in Nashville and need some ideas? I've got you covered with a touristy trek through town celebrating a last bit of 'freedom' before your lifetime of being a M-R-S.

Where to Stay:

You'll want to be near downtown so you can walk around on Broadway - so check out the gorgeous Omni or the newly-renovated Renaissance hotels, both of which offer prime locale. Another great resource to consider, especially for groups, is Airbnb - my new preferred method of travel. There are a ton of listings in Nashville. Be sure to book your space or hotel room sooner than later because there is always something going on in town, and space books up fast.

Now, let's get to the real fun.

Night #1: Go to dinner, Go out on Broadway!

Start your bachelorette weekend in Nashville with a night out on the rooftop of either Rock Bottom Brewery or Acme. Acme is a fabulous new and unique venue but both offer a killer view of downtown Nashville. For dinner there are a few options: You could eat at Rock Bottom or at Acme, or you could make a reservation at Merchants, Farmhouse, or Etch  (my favorite) - all within walking distance from the downtown action.

Chatting 'Favorite Things' in Nashville with Hattie B's Owner, Nick Bishop

In preparation for the upcoming Music City Food + Wine Festival here in Nashville, I wanted to sit down and chat with one of my personal favorites from this year's participants: Nick Bishop of Hattie B's Hot Chicken. As one who loves to chat about Nashville's hidden treasures, I thought it would be fun to learn more about this restaurant owner's go-to spots in town, along with a bit more about what makes Hattie B's so fab.

hattie b's hot chicken nashville
Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Photo by Joseph Woodley
When I mentioned to Nick we would be discussing his favorite spots in the city, his response was that, "It's rare to have only one "favorite" anything in our city - just too many great spots!" 

Nick - I couldn't agree more. But here we go with our most feeble of attempts.

Read on to see Nick's favorites and to purchase passes to this year's fest.

Reese Witherspoon's Nashville Home

Reese Witherspoon's Nashville home
The folks over at Variety mag report that our beloved Reese Witherspoon has purchased a new $1.95 million dollar 'fixer upper' in the Oak Hill neighborhood of Nashville. Hmmm. Something about $1.95 and 'fixer upper' don't really resonate with me. Anyway, the listing notes the 3,855 square foot, 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath manse dates back to the 1930. Does this mean more fabulous Reese sightings in Nashville? Hope so.

Update: Rumor on the street is Reese will be opening up a biz in 12South. Stay tuned for more details.

Check out more pics of Reese's Nashville home courtesy of the listing on Zillow, below.