Featured image via @nashvilletn on Instagram

By ALLIE MYSZKA

No exciting travel plans for Labor Day weekend?

No worries!

Nashville may not give you a beach to catch those last few summer waves, but it does give you plenty to enjoy in the late summer. When your destination is your hometown, you won’t have to pack, spend hours in the car, or stress about how much time you’re losing in transit. The best part? You get to sleep in your own bed.

staycationFind some Nashville Labor Day weekend inspiration with some of our favorite “staycation” ideas in Music City.

1. Spend a day on the water. (photo via @lesliemosier on Instagram)

Just because Nashville doesn’t have rolling sand and crashing waves, you can still get a little wet and wild. Take advantage of the lingering days of summer with a day spent on Center Hill Lake or find friends who have a membership to the Nashville Boat Club. Rent a canoe and paddle down the Cumberland for a few hours, or for a less rugged option, take your family on a relaxing riverboat cruise from downtown Nashville. There’s something about being on a lake or river that seems like the perfect send-off to summer.

staycation2. Enjoy a walk through history. (photo via Carnton on Facebook)
Nashville has no shortage of history, and fortunately, many of our city’s historical sites have
been preserved and maintained for hundreds of years.

If you’re a history junkie, take this Labor Day weekend to learn something new and explore the roots of your hometown. Take a tour of Belmont Mansion, Belle Meade Plantation, Carnton Plantation, The Hermitage, or any of the historic homes and buildings around the city, or head to the Patsy Cline Museum, the Johnny Cash Museum, or the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to learn how Music City truly got its name. Most museums will be open for Labor Day weekend, but check holiday hours to be sure the site you want to visit is giving tours before you go.

staycation3. Have a drink. (photo via @thehopyardtn on Instagram)
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon at any one of Nashville’s breweries, distilleries, or wineries.

Arrington Vineyards is always a wonderful option for getting out of the city, but in the downtown area alone, you have your choice of Yazoo brewing, Fat Bottom Brewing, Corsair Distilleries and countless others.

4. Stay at home!

If you’ve found yourself wishing you could stay in your pajamas all day and lounge, now’s your chance! You don’t even have to leave your home to enjoy a relaxing weekend. Take advantage of the extra day off from work to start reading that novel you’ve had on your bedside table for months.

Invite a few friends over and have a laid back barbecue. Take a nap. Play outside with your kids. Use the long holiday weekend to slow down and enjoy your life, exactly where you are!

Allie Myszka was born and raised in Georgia and moved to Nashville after graduating from the
University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, Pilates instructor, old soul, and
chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie at alliemyszka.com.