By ALLIE MYSZKA
Eating indoors is for winter, right? As the city blooms and blossoms with the warmth of spring, picnics are the perfect activity for some laidback weekend fun. Make your favorite picnic munchies, or pick up some grub from your favorite local restaurant and head to one of our top picks for picnic spots.
For getting out in nature: Percy Warner Park Clubhouse
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Warner Parks are chock-full of gorgeous, serene spots to plop down a picnic blanket and enjoy some time with friends and food. But what if you have a large group? What if you need a table and some nearby restrooms? The beautiful (and huge) pavilion adjacent to the Percy Warner Golf Course clubhouse checks all of those boxes. Enter from Forrest Park Drive (as if you’re going to Cheekwood), and you’ll find plenty of parking near the clubhouse. Stay and enjoy some people-watching with a view of the golf course, or head toward the nearby trailhead for a nature stroll.
For a prime view of the city: Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
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Sometimes you want to escape from the noise and hustle of the city, but other times it can be nice to appreciate the urban landscape we have in Nashville. Bicentennial Mall may not be as huge and sprawling as some of Nashville’s other parks, but it does have one of the best views of downtown! Head to the Farmers Market to pick up some local eats, then make the short walk to the park behind the Market and set up for a perfect picnic.
For a boozy picnic: Arrington Vineyards
Photo via Arrington Vineyards on Facebook
If you’ve lived in Nashville for longer than a few days, you already know about Arrington Vineyards and its gorgeous hillside views. But did you know you can bring your own food to Arrington? Pack up your food basket, round up a few friends, and split a bottle of wine for a guaranteed good time.
For scenic views like no other: Natchez Trace Parkway
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Where else besides Nashville can you drive on a city street and a winding mountain road within an hour? Stop at any one of the scenic overlooks on the Natchez Trace Parkway, and set up a makeshift tailgate with all your picnic food. Don’t forget your camp chairs (or your camera)!
So, what about food?
If you’re not in the mood to prepare picnic food yourself, don’t let that stop you! Head to Publix and pick up a few fresh sub sandwiches, or swipe a hot meal from one of the local restaurants or vendors inside the Nashville Farmers Market (we won’t judge if you eat Jeni’s Ice Cream for lunch). Whole Foods accepts call-ahead orders for whole pizzas, or you could fill up a box of your favorite items from their delicious in-store options. When you keep them wrapped in their foil (preferably inside a cooler), Chick-fil-A sandwiches will stay warm for hours. The possibilities are endless—just create your own picnic adventure, and soak in the beautiful weather.