The Ultimate Guide to Fall in Nashville

The Ultimate Guide to Fall in Nashville

Fall is finally here! Are you looking for fun things to do? We’ve got you covered with the ultimate guide to all things fall in Nashville!

Festivals & Events

This fall, there are so many music festivals and great events to attend in and around Nashville. Here is a list of our favorite ones!

Boo at the Zoo
When: October 15-17, 19-24, 26-30
Where: Nashville Zoo
Price: $18-$20 per Ticket

Enjoy fall-themed scenes and activities around the Zoo, trick or treating for the kids, special animal shows, and more! The kids will love the enchanting giant hay creatures, the talking Pumpkin, 10 trick-or-treat stations, the Monster Mash dance area, and the Scary-Go-Round carousel.

Covid Safety Measures: Masks are required for this event.

Nashville Brew Festival
When: October 1
Where: First Horizon Park
Price: $50-$65 per ticket

The Nashville Brew Festival will take place on the field and throughout the concourse of First Horizon Park on October 1 from 7 pm to 11 pm. Enjoy over 50 breweries and 150 beers and food trucks, music, lawn games, and more.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
When: September 25th and 26th
Where: Franklin, TN
Price: $189 – $239 pet ticket

The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival celebrates the music, culture, and best food in the area. It was inspired by friendship, history, experience and the desire to create an authentic music festival.

Covid Safety Measures: The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival requires all patrons to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48-hours of the first day of the festival order to enter the festival site. Masks are required.

When: October 30
Where: Franklin, TN
Price: Free Admission

The 36th annual Pumpkinfest stretches along Main Street and its side avenues in downtown Franklin and offers tons of festive fun for people of all ages!

Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival
When: October 2
Where: Centennial Park
Price: Free Admission

This festival celebrates the many cultures represented throughout Nashville. There will be over 30 globally inspired food vendors, captivating performances, a world market with handcrafted and imported items, children’s activities, and entertainment.

Covid Safety Measures: Offers a safe in-person experience, including a mobile Vaccine Clinic onsite for Covid-19 vaccines and testing. Masks are recommended for all attendees.

Pumpkin Patches

It’s time to start finding pumpkins! Stop by any of these pumpkin patches for a great experience.

Cheekwood Harvest

When: Tuesday – Sundays from September 18 – October 31.
Where: Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
Price: $20 adult, $13 youth

Celebrate the autumn season at Cheekwood! Enjoy activities and experiences designed to appeal to kids, adults, and families alike during this six-week celebration—pumpkins for carving, painting and are waiting for your to purchase and take home. Don’t forget to visit the two 11 foot tall pumpkin houses while you are there!

Covid Safety Measures: Masks are required in all buildings at Cheekwood.

Lucky Ladd Farms
When: September 18th – October 30th
Where: Franklin, TN
Price: $15- $45 per ticket

Lucky Ladd Farms is an award-winning family attraction that offers a unique farm experience with fun activities for all ages. Enjoy the pumpkin patch, petting zoo, corn maze, adventure park, and more.

Covid Safety Measures: Only a certain number of guests may enter the farm park per hour, so buy your tickets before attending to ensure you have a spot. Masks are recommended in high traffic areas.

Walden Farms
When: Open Thursdays-Sundays through the end of October.
Where: Smyrna, TN
Price: Free Admission, $10 Walden Bucks available for purchase to pay for activities

Aside from just picking out pumpkins here, the farm has so many other fun activities. Hayrides, farm animals, hay and corn mazes, Tennessee Slip n Slide, and delicious food and treats are just some of what the farm offers. The Ole Country store sells a complete selection of fall decorating items, delicious jams, jellies, and honey.

Haunted Houses

Do you enjoy the spooky part of fall? Here are a couple of our favorite haunted houses.

Creepy Hollow
When: September 25th – October 31st
Where: Springhill, TN
Price: $28 per ticket

Creepy Hollow Haunted Woods in Spring Hill TN, is the top indoor/outdoor haunt in the Nashville area. Creepy Hollow Woods is your one-stop haunt with three attractions: storytelling, hayride, bonfire, and queue line entertainment.

Covid Safety Measures: Creepy Hollow will be following local guidelines for covid with social distancing. Masks will be required in the barn and are recommended in the woods.
Pumpkin Patches

Best House
When: September 24th – October 31st (See full calendar HERE)
Where: Nashville, TN
Price: $24 – $46 per ticket

Looking for a scary adventure paired with a challenge? Beast house has been named “hands-down” #1 Scariest haunted house. The best part? If you can make it through all the phases of Beast House, you will get your money back!

Best Places for Fall Drinks

Slow Hand Coffee + Bakeshop

Are you craving a “pumpkin spice” latte? Slow Hand Coffee one-ups the basic latte with a Pumpkin Pie Latte made with real pumpkin, toasty spices, and brown sugar for caramel notes to replicate the classic holiday pie in your cup.

The Loading Dock
Are you not a pumpkin fan but still craving a fall drink? Head to The Loading Dock in Nashville for their seasonal “Campfire at Dusk” latte, which is their take on a s’mores latte! It’s made with toasted marshmallow syrup, dark mocha and finished with a graham cracker rim.

Tailgate Brewery

If you love pumpkin spice, but coffee isn’t your thing, stop by Tailgate Brewery for a Pumpkin Spice Beer. Medium-bodied milk stout brewed with whole bean coffee and pumpkin spice.

Nashville Lakes

Nashville Lakes

Tennessee is home to an incredible 500,000 acres of lakes and 50,000 miles of streams and rivers. There are so many lakes to enjoy that are less than 2 hours from Nashville. We put together this list of the best lakes in the Nashville area for you. So, cool off this summer with a day trip to one or all of the following lakes!

Percy Priest Lake
Distance from Nashville: 15 minutes
Size: 14,000 acres and 42 river miles

Percy Priest Lake offers a wide range of recreation activities for locals and visitors. All types of water vehicles are welcome, and you can also rent from the marina.

Old Hickory Lake
Distance from Nashville: 20 minutes
Size: 22,500 acres and 97.3 river miles.

Old Hickory Lake is one of the most popular recreational lakes in Tennessee. It is just 20 minutes from Nashville, making it a super convenient. It is surrounded by plenty of parks to enjoy. For day use of the shorelines, you can go to Old Hickory Beach. Pack a picnic and enjoy the sandy swimming beach or spend a day fishing on the lake.

Center Hill Lake
Distance from Nashville: 1 hr 15 minutes
Size: 18,220 acres and 415 miles of shoreline

Center Hill Lake is perfect for an all-day adventure. The emerald-like waters are well-known for fishing, and recreational activities include kayaking, wakeboarding & skiing. Tranquil waterways wind to Burgess Falls, Rock Island, and Fancher Falls waterfalls. You can find Other waterfalls, hiking trails, and scenic lookout points near the lake.

Tim Ford Lake
Distance from Nashville: 1 hr and 40 mins
Size: 3,546 acres

Tims Ford Lake is considered one of the most picturesque lakes in Tennessee! Located less than two hours from Nashville, it makes an excellent place for a day trip or a weekend getaway. Our favorite part of this lake is the beautiful golf course!


Things to do This Summer in Nashville (Family Edition)

Things to do This Summer in Nashville (Family Edition)

School is out, summer is in! Here is a list of some of our favorite places to check out this summer in Nashville.

1. Nashville Shores Lake Resort
The Nashville Shores Lake Resort has plenty to offer! You don’t need to stay there to enjoy the benefits either. Their Treetop Adventure Park is an adventure course including suspended bridges, giant zip lines, cargo nets, Tarzan swings, and many other thrilling elements. They have options for adults, kids, families and groups. Cool off at Nashville Shores and enjoy their slides, a wave pool, lazy river, pools, a beautiful beach, lake cruises and more family-friendly attractions. Grab a season pass to save money!

2. Cheekwood Estates
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and estate in Nashville. Cheekwood offers many diverse experiences. This year, enjoy Sean Kenney’s Nature POP featuring 38 sculptures made from more than 800,000 LEGO® Bricks. This exhibit is open until September and is a great experience for all ages.

3. Fannie Mae Dees Park

Better known as the Dragon Park, Fannie Mae Dees is a great park in Nashville. There are many different playgrounds and grassy areas for fun. Within the park is Lily’s Garden, the first Tennessee playscape accessible to people with special needs. There is a unique one-of-a-kind dragon statue at the park as well. It is a lovely park for all ages.

4. Nashville Zoo
Of course, heading to the zoo is always a fun summer activity. The Nashville Zoo has nearly 3,000 animals representing more than 350 different species. They also have several unique experiences, including Critter Encounters, The Grassmere Historic Home, Wilderness Express Train, and the Jungle Gym (over 66,000 square feet!) Tip: Purchase a membership so you can enjoy the zoo all summer!

5. Wax Museum
Madame Tussauds is a fun wax museum in the heart of Nashville. Enjoy seeing 50 of your favorite wax musical icons, from Johnny Cash to Taylor Swift. The Wax Museum is kid-friendly and a lot of fun!

6. Cook Day Use Area
Cook Day Use Area is a lakeside oasis in the hills of Middle Tennessee. Enjoy a day here with a picnic, swimming, and plenty of trees for shade.

7. Radnor Lake
Unplug with your family at Radnor Lake. It makes the perfect day trip. The trails are heavily shaded, making it an ideal place to enjoy during summer. However, to protect the wildlife, picnics and camping are not allowed here. Keep an eye out for river otters, beavers, mink, and white-tailed deer.

8. Wave Country
Cool off this summer and enjoy one of Nashville’s only wave-action swimming pools. It’s a great way to spend the day with your family. There are several food options, or you can bring your own food and drink in a cooler.

9. Gaylord Opryland
Celebrate summer with events for the whole family at Gaylord Opryland! Enjoy summer fun activities such as the SoudWaves Water Park, Shiny Stash Treasure Hunt, Pirate and Princess Academy, Royal Carriage Rides, and more. You can bundle some of the experiences to save money!

10. Adventure Science Center
The Science Center features over 175 hands-on interactive exhibits with themes including biology, physics, visual perception, listening, mind, air and space, energy, and earth science. They offer many special events, including a Red, White & Bloom event on the 4th of July. Tip: Pick up an explorer pack if you plan on going more than once this summer to save money on tickets!

Best Airbnbs: Nashville Staycation Edition

Staycations are such a fun way to enjoy a weekend getaway. Not having to travel far makes them an easy escape. Whether you want to relax and see the stars in the middle of nowhere or immerse yourself in downtown Nashville, there is an Airbnb for everyone!

Price: $319/ a night
Minutes from Downtown: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Sleeps: 2

What is more romantic than a treehouse in the deep woods of Tennessee? Smack dab in the middle between Nashville and Knoxville sits a treehouse 15 feet off the floor. The pretty views and amenities make this the perfect Airbnb for a couple’s getaway. This one books out far in advance, so be sure to plan ahead.

Best Lakefront for Groups: Large River-house Getaway 

Price: $809/ a night
Minutes from Downtown: <10 minutes
Sleeps: 12

Are you looking for a change of scenery close to downtown? This 4-story home is the perfect retreat for you and your friends and/or family. Enjoy river views while still being close to the city.

Most Unique Airbnb: The Hobbit House

Price: $87/ a night
Minutes from Downtown: 40 minutes
Sleeps: 2

If you love The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, you’ll love this hobbit house made from the earth. Enjoy a camping-like experience just 40 minutes from downtown Nashville.

Best Cabin: Whites Creek Cabin

Price: $298/ a night
Minutes from Downtown: <15 minutes
Sleeps: 4

This hillside retreat will have you feeling like you are a hundred miles from the hustle and bustle of city life. Enjoy the gorgeous nature views while being close enough to downtown Nashville.

Cutest Studio Airbnb: Stylish Music Row Studio 13

Price: $164/ a night
Minutes from Downtown: <8 minutes
Sleeps: 2

This adorable studio full of history is within walking distance to all the fantastic bars & restaurants that Nashville has to offer. The modern and vintage style mix make this Nashville studio a fun place to stay.

Best Budget Airbnb for Couples: Eastside Guest House

Price: $85/ a night
Minutes from Downtown: <12 minutes
Sleeps: 3

Enjoy this groovy, private guest house in the Eastwood neighborhood of East Nashville. This cozy and cute guest suite has a private entry and is close to everything you need! 

Best Cottage Close to Downtown: Cowgirl Cottage

Price: $419/ a night
Minutes from Downtown: <5 minutes
Sleeps: 8

If you enjoy great outdoor spaces close to the city, this is the place to go! Located in the heart of Germantown, this renovated 3-bedroom, three-bath home is located less than a mile from downtown Nashville.

Best Countryside Family Getaway:

Gorgeous Modern Barn

Price: $425/ a night
Minutes from Downtown: <40 minutes
Sleeps: 11

80 acres of farmland for your family to roam and rivers to wade in just a few miles from the convenience of charming Downtown Franklin. This is the perfect place to get away with the whole family and enjoy nature. 

(Note: All photos from Airbnb. The Helton Real Estate Group is not affiliated with Airbnb or any of the properties listed above. The prices are from Airbnb’s website and are subject to change.)

Understanding Appraisals, Property Taxes, & Appeals

If you live in Davidson County, you probably just got a letter in the mail with your new property value. The Davidson County Property Assessor’s Office reassesses your property every four years to produce a “Fair Market Value.” 

According to The Tennesseean, “During this reappraisal year – required every four years by state law – property tax rates are adjusted, so revenue is neutral for city government. Typically, the city adjusts the tax rate to capture the growth in property values.” 

The Assessor sets the property value, the Metropolitan Council sets the rate, and the Trustee collects the property taxes due based on the rate and value. Residential property tax is based on the assessed value, which is 25% of the appraised value.

If you think the value of your home is significantly less than your appraised value, you are allowed to appeal. Before filing an appeal, give Alex Helton a call at 615-390-5916 to get his opinion of the market value vs. appraised value.


What does this mean for your taxes? 

Your appraised value may have increased dramatically, but your overall tax bill could fluctuate either up or down depending on what the new lowered tax rate ends up being. 


What can you do if you think your appraisal came in too high? 

Many people’s tax appraisal is well below what their home would actually sell for on the market, but some tax appraisals do come in higher than the home could sell for. If you feel that the appraisal is too high, you can appeal it. 


How to appeal your appraised value

If it makes sense to submit an appeal, you can do that at this link or by calling 615-862-6080. You do not need to hire an attorney to file an appeal, and there is no filing fee associated with the appeal. 

The deadline for a property owner to file an Informal Review is Friday, May 21, 2021, at 4:00 PM.  

Top 9 Nashville Restaurants for Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Whether you are ordering tacos to-go or looking for a great local spot to drink margaritas, here are some of our team’s favorite options for Cinco de Mayo in and around Nashville.

El Agavero 

Are you planning on enjoying a night in for Cinco De Mayo? Order some of El Agavero’s delicious tacos with a pitcher of their famous margaritas to go. If you plan to go out, the ambiance and friendly customer service make El Agavero a top choice. – Alex Helton (Owner/Agent)

Rancho Cantina 

If you are looking for authentic Mexican food for Cinco De Mayo, Rancho Cantina is the place to go! – Sam (Director of Operations)

Nectar Urban Cantina

Nectar is a gathering place for friends and families and includes:

  • Grab-and-go juice and coffee bar.
  • Fast-casual dining.
  • A complete indoor bar.
  • A beer garden with an outdoor margarita bar.
  • An outdoor play area for kids. 

Nectar provides an extensive culinary experience in a fresh and casual environment. – Jack (Client Care Coordinator)

El Paseo 

El Paseo unique scratch kitchen with authentic Mexican cuisine includes a dog park, dog-friendly patio, and Nashville’s Best Sunroom Bar. Enjoy Cinco De Mayo with your pups! – Lauren (Marketing Manager)

Las Americas

Las Americas is a local staple known for pupusas. We also highly recommend their street tacos! – Kevin (Lead Agent)

Bar Taco

Bar Taco serves classic & creative tacos along with a unique drink menu. This stylish spot is great for hanging out and enjoying tacos and margaritas. They are also offering take-home Cinco De Mayo kits which are easy to heat and serve. – Liza (Real Estate Specialist)

Pancho and Lefty’s Cantina

Pancho and Lefty’s is a local favorite and has Nashville’s #1 Margarita! Enjoy to-go Cinco De Mayo fajita kits, or stop in for tacos. – Kellen (Real Estate Specialist)

Red Headed Stranger

Red Headed Stranger is a taco shop in East Nashville makes fresh and delicious tacos, brisket, hatch green chiles, and more Southwestern-inspired foods! Their house-made tortillas are a hit! – Jess (Real Estate Specialist)

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