If you need a break from your everyday life but can’t make an actual vacation happen, a Nashville staycation might do the trick. Music City is full of amazing cultural landmarks, outdoor spaces and culinary treats that make it easy to get away without leaving town. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or craving a rare kid-free night, here are our top tips for planning the ultimate staycation in Nashville.

The first step in planning your Nashville staycation is making sure that your home is a place where you can relax. You may not be staying at a fancy hotel, but you can make home feel as special and welcoming as one. Tidy up the living room, change your bedroom sheets, put out some candles, splurge on new throw pillows… whatever it takes to make home seem a little extra-special.

Nashville is home to a wide variety of wonderful restaurants, and you can help support local businesses during your Nashville staycation by dining out. Try an eatery that’s new to you, or head to your favorite spot. Or, if you’d prefer to stay in, order an indulgent pie from the best pizza joints in Nashville, a feel-good dish from True Food Kitchen, or hot chicken from the legendary Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. Cooking at home can be fun, too. If you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, pick up some local produce and whip up a feast. Take your time preparing the meal as you listen to your favorite music and perhaps even sip a glass of wine.

Drive a few hours outside of the city and you can take a mini vacation without fighting crowds or struggling through airport security. Nashville is located close to several fun day trip destinations, from Cummins Falls’ 75-foot waterfall and swimming hole to the historic city of Franklin. Take a two-hour trip to Lookout Mountain, where the stunning views of Ruby Falls will leave you breathless.

Nashville has built a reputation as one of the more bike-friendly cities in the South, so exploring the city on two wheels has never been easier. Richland Creek Greenway has a trail that winds around a golf course, crosses a beautiful creek and is the perfect trail to ride before grabbing a beer at the outside bar at Edley’s BBQ. Belle Meade Boulevard’s bike path is lined with beautiful houses full of southern charm. The path ends at the entrance of Percy Warner Park, where you can cycle up to eleven more miles.

We all could use a little time to relax and unwind. Book an appointment at a local spa such as La Bella Famosa Spa, which offers massages, facials, body scrubs and body wraps. If you’d prefer to stay at home, draw yourself a bath, light some candles, grab your favorite book and settle in for a long soak. Splurge on a plush bath robe from Nordstrom to wrap yourself in luxury. Apply a face mask, paint your nails, and treat yourself to the pampering that you deserve.

We hope you enjoy a wonderful Nashville staycation! We’d love to hear how you became a temporary tourist in your own town. We’d be happy to meet you and show you around our luxury apartment homes. You can request more information about our community or schedule a tour online, or just give us a call at (615) 208-5609.

Hope to see you soon!