If you’re looking for other fall festivities, check out my Annual Fall Guide!
Barnsley Resort has become our go-to family destination! We’ve made it an end of summer tradition the past few years and we always have the best time! It’s so convenient to Nashville, only a little over 3 hours to drive!
Is there anything better than pizza and pjs? Barnsley Resorted hosted a Pies and Pints night with delicious wood-fired pizzas and beer courtesy of From the Earth Brewing.
Barnsley has so many family-friendly activities including golf, archery, horseback riding, outdoor trails, canoeing, bike riding. There’s something for everyone!
While the boys hit the golf course, LC and I took on the Bullseye Challenge! I can’t believe how into archery she is, can you say competitive?
From archery and air rifles straight to bird house painting! Barnsley hosts a variety of art classes and workshops throughout the year.
During the weekend, Barnsley hosted a pop-up including CrewLaLa and Sea Island Forge. I’ve loved CrewLaLa’s doggie gifts for years so it was fun to finally get to see them! And Seth was so excited to purchase a new oyster knife from Sea Island Forge.
Barnsley Resort also hosted a beautiful Oyster Roast in the Manor House Ruins featuring Sea Island Forge.
A rare occasion that everyone ”dresses up”!
We definitely made the most of one last ”summer weekend” as the kids enjoyed the Barnsley pool!
And we couldn’t make a trip to Barnsley without getting our favorite ricotta pancakes from Woodlands Grill!
If you’re looking for a laid-back family getaway, I always recommend Barnsley! It’s the perfect getaway for the whole family! Read about our past visits here.
- Saturday, September 3rd
- This family-friendly event will celebrate the expansion of the original exhibit with over 235 feet being added on plus three new track loops! Guests can expect a train-themed craft and storytime, train talks with Conductor Chuck, popsicles from Kings of Pops, and 50% off all trains merchandise in the Gardens Gift Shop. Admission for this event is included in a general admission pass for Cheekwood.
- Thursday, September 1st through Monday, September 5th
- Public Square Park, Downtown Nashville
- A free musical event with a lineup including Sheryl Crow, Moon Taxi and many others! *Dog-friendly
- Tuesday, September 6th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Five Points Pizza (East Nashville and Charlotte Ave. locations)
- Five Points Pizza is hosting the annual Free Slice Night at both their East Nashville and Charlotte Avenue locations. Stop by for a free slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza from the walk-up window on the east side and the walk-up counter on the west side. They will offer one free slice per person while supplies last.
- Friday, September 16th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Percy Warner Park
- Bring your acoustic instrument to participate in the jam circles around the barn or just sit back and enjoy the bluegrass bands on stage.
- Saturday, September 17th through Sunday, October 30th
- Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
- Celebrate all things fall during Cheekwood Harvest. The changing of the leaves are one of many garden highlights you’ll find as oaks, maples, dogwoods, and other trees greet you with their fall colors. Activities and experiences designed for kids, adults and families alike, make this six-week celebration the perfect time visit Cheekwood.
- Saturday, September 10th through Monday, October 31st
- Gaylord Opryland
- Opryland’s family-friendly Halloween activities and all-ages seasonal entertainment offer fall fun with peace of mind. Jack-o-lantern walk, trick-or-treating, Ghoul School, scavenger hunts, animal encounters, Ghouls Night Out boat cruise and more!
- September 24th through October 30th (check their website for available dates as some are reserved for field trips, etc)
- Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Cooperstown, TN
- Country Music Corn Maze, Pumpkin Train, hillbilly pig races, pumpkin patch, kettle corn, caramel apples, zipline adventure park and much more!
- September 17th through October 30th
- Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Rd. Eagleville, TN
- Pumpkin Patch, Nashville Preds themed corn maze, apple cider, caramel popcorn, farm animals, children’s games and activities
- Friday, September 23rd, 6:30 p.m. through Friday, September 30th, 10 p.m. tour
- The Hermitage
- Explore the haunted side of history during our Hermitage Ghost Tours! After dark this fall, embark on a distinctly spooky voyage at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage as you explore the mansion, grounds and cemetery by lantern light. Along the way, guides present stories of strange encounters such as the ghosts of the Battle of New Orleans and Jackson’s infamous meeting with Tennessee’s Bell Witch. Beware of eerie encounters, possibly even with President Jackson himself.
- Saturday, September 24th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Nashville Shores
- Nashville Shores is partnering with New Leash on Life, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of companion animals in our community through shelter, placement, spay/neuter, education and awareness for the 5th annual Pooch Pool Party. Nashville Shores is opening its gates on Saturday, September 24 from 11 am – 4 pm and allowing owners to bring their dogs to the Wave Pool for a Dog Only Swim Day.* See requirements on their website here!
- September 24th and 25th
- Harlinsdale Park
- Pilgrimage Festival is a two-day music and cultural festival including a variety of bands like Chris Stapleton, The Avett Brothers and many more! Children’s activities, vendors and more during the festival.
I think fall is my favorite time of the year to travel. Last year, we went to the northeast for a road trip and it was one of the most memorable trips! If you’re considering a trip this fall, here are a few places that I love!
Barnsley Resort: Nightly fire pits with free smores kits, outdoor trails, farm animals and more
The Greenbrier: Truly one of my favorite places on Earth! Indoor pools, bowling alley, amazing dining experiences, horses, fly fishing and so many activities
Bar Harbor Maine: Acadia National Park is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been! We were only there for a day but wish we would’ve had longer
NYC: To me, there’s no place as magical as New York City! Fall in the city is perfect with crisp air but still enjoyable to stroll! Frozen hot chocolates at Serendipity 3, playing in Central Park and grabbing coffee at Ralph’s top my NYC bucket list!
Bryson City: Cutest mountain town within driving distance of Nashville! Hiking trails, Smoky Mountain Railroad and adorable downtown are reasons to visit!
RT Lodge: Just outside of Knoxville is the quaint RT Lodge! This place exudes relaxation and we are still talking about the delicious meals!
Woodstock, Vermont: The ultimate town for fall! Billings Farm, cider donuts, historic covered bridges and most picturesque town!
Stowe, Vermont: Ride the Stowe Gondola for the best scenic views, cider slushies from Cold Hollow and visit the Ben and Jerry’s Factory!
- Wednesday, August 24th through Monday, August 29th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Country Music Hall of Fame: Creative Zone
- Recording artist Chris Stapleton owns a 1979 Jeep Cherokee that helped inspire the songs on his album Traveller. Attendees will think about cars that bring memories or inspiration to them and explore the museum’s galleries to see the vehicles on display, including Elvis Presley’s “Solid Gold” Cadillac, then create their own drivable design. Offered in support of the exhibition Chris Stapleton: Since 1978, presented by Ram Trucks. (Recommended for ages 5 and up. All are welcome.)
International Dog Day at Scout’s
- Friday, August 26th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Scout’s Pub (Westhaven Neighborhood in Franklin)
- All are invited to bring their pups and take advantage of extended happy hour food & drink specials on the dog-friendly patio, shop pet products from Animalia Health & Wellness, including the best-selling Fluff & Tuff dog toys, dog beds, collars and leashes, and enjoy tasty treats from 4 Paws Pastries Treat Truck. Additionally, Scout’s Pub has partnered with Williamson County Animal Center (WCAC) for the celebration and will raise proceeds for the neighboring organization through sales of a limited-time Scout’s dog bandana, and 10% of food & drink sales from noon to 6 p.m. will benefit WCAC. Scout’s Pub will also host a WCAC dog adoption event during Scout’s Pup Day and will cover all adoption fees for the available dogs onsite in memory of Scout, the Marshall family’s beloved dog and Scout’s Pub’s namesake who crossed over the rainbow bridge earlier this year.
- August 18th through 27th
- James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon, TN
- Family friendly events including fair rides, 4-H and FFA competitions, livestock shows, live music, and more.
- August 18th through September 18th beginning at 7 p.m.
- oneC1TY Nashville
- The event includes performances of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline and August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean. The event also includes pre-show concerts and food trucks. General admission is free.
- Through September 4th
- Cheekwood’s newest exhibit is COLORSCAPES, a perception of the physical world through color. This immersive experience takes place around Cheekwood, including indoor and outdoor installations.
- Through September 5th
- Gaylord Opryland
- Enjoy all things family-friends with pirates, princesses and loads of fun! Guests can expect activities such as The Captain’s Hidden Treasure Escape Room, The Shiny Stash Scavenger Hunt, Royal Tots Tea & Treats, Delta Riverboat Ride, and more.
Dear Nantucket, you were worth the wait!
I have seriously been dreaming of a trip to Nantucket for years! I finally made it and it was as magical as I imagined!
We stayed in Cape Cod for a few days for our summer vacation. I knew that I couldn’t be that close and not make it over to the island! While the boys played golf, Lily Caroline and I took the ferry across to Nantucket! The ferry was easy to navigate and was a scenic ride over! We first sat outside but decided the wind was a little much so we moved inside. The ferry took about an hour.
When we arrived to DREAMLAND, we grabbed a smoothie from Provisions and then caught the bus down to Sconset. The Bluff Walk in Sconset is like none other with the most beautiful gardens filled with hydrangeas and seaside views. Lily Caroline told me that I wasn’t allowed to take anymore photos of flowers but it was next to impossible in Nantucket!
After our stroll, we took the bus back into ”town” and browsed through the shops (so many adorable shops!) Our favorites were the book stores (Nantucket Bookworks and Mitchell’s Book Corner)!
We worked up an appetite and walked to one of Nantucket’s iconic restaurants, Something Natural! We sat outside on a picnic table with our delicious sandwiches (I had the Avocado, Cheddar and Chutney sandwich!!) I tried to really soak in the moment because it was so special!
After lunch, our tired legs marched over to Jettie’s Beach! LC braved it in the chillier than we are used to waters! We were able to rent chairs from the Jettie’s Beach store. There’s also on onsite restaurant and bathrooms that made our day trip beach day easier!
Luckily, there was a bus stop at Jettie’s Beach that took us directly across from our next stop- The Juice Bar! This famous to the island ice cream is a must! You know it’s good when the line wraps around the building!
We took a cab over to see Brandt Point Lighthouse! Our driver dropped us off in front of the Coast Guard Station unbeknownst to us and we were reprimanded as we tried to find the lighthouse! Luckily, it was just right down the street!
After our run in with the Coast Guard, we grabbed a quick dinner at The Rose and Crown. Our last stop of the day was Children’s Beach! This sweet spot has a playground, sports field, bathrooms and ice cream shop at the beach! It was the perfect way to end our day before heading back to the ferry!
I cannot wait to go bACK (and hopefully stay on the island)! We were so hot, sweaty and tired but made memories of a lifetime!