We've talked all year about the merits of the Digital Book World 2018 program, the incredible expertise that will be at this year's event, the revamped and revitalized DBW Exhibit Hall, the brand new DBW Awards, our first two Publishing Hall of Fame inductees...but you know what we haven't talked about?
Named a top destination by many different publications, Nashville has exploded in popularity not just for tourists and conference-goers, but also for residents. Nashville is growing rapidly.
The city has a wide spectrum of political opinions, a wide spectrum of companies headquartered here, a wide spectrum of races and creeds and nationalities. It also has a rich cultural and artistic heritage, which proudly manifests itself today. It is the perfect location for Digital Book World.
So for you, the Digital Book World 2018 attendee, we want to point your attention to ten attractions that would be worth considering checking out while you're here in town, enjoying the city.
Rascal Flatts plays at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday night, October 2. Or, if you're not a country fan, Florence + The Machine plays at Bridgestone that same evening.
Or, for something completely different, check out Here Come The Mummies at the Ryman. You won't be sorry.
There's great music every night you'll be in town, if you want to catch a show.
2) Hit the honky tonks
Yes, this is still "music." But still. Lower Broadway has exploded and now the phenomenon which is downtown Nashville on any given night - much less a weekend night - has to be experienced.
3) The Hermitage
Andrew Jackson's former home is a national treasure, shining a light into what the life of this former President was like. Not to be missed.
4) Nelson's Green Brier Distillery
I don't drink and even I know this place is phenomenal. One of the true under-the-radar Nashville attractions worth checking out. Incredibly interesting and informative tours, and a fantastic facility.
5) Goo Goo Cluster store
Yes, this exists. It's actually within walking distance of the Music City Center, and we'll be including a coupon they've generously given us in all attendee bags...along with some free product!
6) Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Don't just go and see this, but also check out the slightly less known Johnny Cash museum right down the street, which is much smaller but equally as fascinating. Also, don't miss out on seeing RCA Studio B, which can only be done through the Country Music Hall of Fame.
7) East Nashville food scene
Featured in the New York Times and many other publications, East Nashville has become known for a scorching-hot culinary scene, spanning every type of food imaginable. It's worth grabbing an Uber or Lyft and heading over there to check it out. Spoiler alert: Five Points Pizza is the best pizza in town.
8) Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
Gorgeous 55-acre oasis, rich with art, history, culture, and scenery. You will remember this place long after you leave.
9) Savannah's Candy Kitchen
You will be in the neighborhood of this while you're at Digital Book World, as it's on lower Broadway, right down the street from the Music City Center. Go there. Don't ask questions - just go there.
10) Arrington Vineyards
If you really want to get lost a while and enjoy another of Nashville's hidden secrets, grab a cab and head south of downtown about 25 minutes to Arrington Vineyards. Owned by country star Kix Brooks, this place is well known to Nashville residents as being a fantastic place to spend an afternoon or an evening.
The main thing while you're at Digital Book World 2018?