During the weekend of May 1, hard-hitting thunderstorms caused Tennessee’s Cumberland River to overflow into the streets of Nashville and surrounding areas. Water levels peaked at 51.8 feet, shuttering downtown businesses and displacing thousands of residents and visitors. While businesses along First and Second avenues have reopened their doors, many residential areas face long-term recovery efforts.
Here is an update on what to expect when visiting Nashville in the upcoming weeks, plus ways to help.
Many popular tourist destinations are up and running, and downtown echoes with the twangs of honky-tonk bars. The Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau has an updated list (visitmusiccity.com/visitors/floodinformation) of attraction and restaurant information, and here are some longtime favorites:
- The Bluebird Café: Check out the nightly performances at this 100-seat songwriters’ venue, which has launched the careers of stars like Garth Brooks and Kathy Mattea. bluebirdcafe.com
- Cheekwood: The historic 55-acre Cheek estate encompasses a botanical garden and art museum. Coming May 25: “Chihuly at Cheekwood,” a bounty of handblown glass sculptures throughout the garden and museum (on display until November). cheekwood.org
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Walk through the new “Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music” exhibit (opening May 14) or take a tour of Historic RCA Studio B, which churned out more than 35,000 songs, including 150 Elvis Presley recordings. countrymusichalloffame.org
- Nashville Farmers Market: The daily market offers the best local produce from area merchants who sell everything from homegrown watermelons to traditional Southern pies. nashvillefarmersmarket.org
- Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge: The legendary honky-tonk celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The walls are lined with photos and memorabilia of the musicians (think Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson) who’ve passed through the doors of this can’t-be-missed purple building. tootsies.net