20 Romantic Dates in Nashville

Because why not pretend it's Valentine's Day all year long?

For all its charm and twang, the southern city of Nashville is an easy place to find romance. Lounge in the atmosphere of local music halls as crooners and songwriters set the tone, stroll in gardens and glens with scenic views, or sample some of this town’s specialties with the man or woman you adore.

Dinner and jazz at Sambuca

This Gulch hot spot hosts nightly live music (but in Nashville, who doesn't?). However, the jazz performers on Sunday evenings (say, Rheal Janelle) provide a more easygoing vibe for diners sharing shrimp ceviche, charcuterie and filet a la Oscar. 

Two-stepping at Wildhorse Saloon

Grab your partner and do-si-do onto the largest dance floor in city. After you break a sweat and burn some calories line dancing, recover over a plate of hickory-smoked barbecue ribs—who says you need only lick your own fingers?

Groove to the blues at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar

This NoLa-inspired bar's glowing neon and winking lights, pretty-much-anytime live blues music and signature Voodoo Wings spice up the juju flowing between you and your date. Plus, the intimate nature of the space encourages dancing close.

Horseback riding at Natchez Trace Stables

Wander through meadow and wood and by tinkling stream for a couple hours on this soothing soft adventure. It is only a 60-minute drive to get to the farm from downtown Nashville.

Lose yourself among art and flowers at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

The 11 themed gardens that make up this manicured oasis welcome nature enthusiasts, relaxation seekers and anyone who cherishes a scenic stroll. Our pick for most romantic falls to the shady Robinson Family Water Garden studded with ponds and colorful perennials. 

Fall in love over Bonuts at Biscuit Love

Dinner with a view at Watermark Restaurant

Lovers with urban sensibilities can bask in the contemporary fine dining aesthetic of this turn-of-the-century print shop turned restaurant. Sip a rosemary negroni while gazing out at the stunning Nashville skyline—that is, if you can tear your eyes away from your date. Reservations are a must.

Dip into fondue at The Melting Pot

For a fun way to take in a four-course meal, dip your way through dinner at this Second Avenue eatery. The fact that it's an up-market chain doesn't change the fact that Nashvillians love cheese and chocolate.

Mingle at First Saturday Art Crawl

A free date night can center on this festive, once-monthly affair that regularly attracts a thousand art buffs. Wine, snacks, mingling: perfect activity for those in love or looking for love.

Foot rubs at Bucca Reflexology Foot Spa

Take the sensuality factor up a level at this refuge of Eastern-inspired therapy. What couple doesn't love a pair of foot massages?

Date Night at Nashville Symphony

Whether you and your honey have a penchant for jazz, classical or popular music, you can have a romantic moment within the hall of Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The Goo Goo Date Night package includes two tickets, two glasses of wine and some seriously chewy Goo Goo chocolate clusters. There's also special room rates with hotel partners if you're not ready to end the evening after curtain call.

Float Across The Sky In A Balloon

You may not get lucky inside the tight confines of Nashville Balloon's Get Lucky sport-sized hot air balloon (capacity maxes out at three passengers), but it's still a place you want to be with your Number 1, taking in astounding aerial views of middle Tennessee. Not to mention the open environment creates the perfect excuse to hold hands.

Cheekwood is one stunning place to explore

Stop for sweets at The Goo Goo Shop & Dessert Bar

Couples can satisfy their cravings at this signature Nashville confectioner and retail boutique by indulging in a thick slab of the 3rd Avenue Heartache cake or an decadent ice cream sundae for two.

Tour the town in style

If a vintage Rolls Royce Silver Cloud sends shivers along your spine, schedule a Grand Avenue custom tour around SoBro, Hendersonville or where ever tickles a fancy. This ride is totally gansta' and absolutely grand. 

Enjoy notes of note in a vineyard

Share a bottle of Kinzley Reserve and settle in for some live bluegrass out in front of the Grand Barn on the gorgeous rural grounds of Arrington Vineyards, as part of the "Music in the Vines" series. 

Attend the Grand Ole Opry

Nashville's sultriest talent (ladies, think Keith Urban, Charles Esten) own the air waves during live tapings of this legendary country music radio program. This must-do experience is easy on the eyes, the ears and the heart. 

Sway to a singer-songwriter sesh at The Bluebird Cafe

Venture out to Love Circle

Nashvillians refer to this street as the local lovers' lane. Pack sustenance for a picnic at Love Park, where outstanding scenic views make this adventure more sophisticated than one might have had in high school.

Sway to love songs at The Bluebird Cafe

This is where Gunnar and Scarlett met and sparked their romance (on the TV show Nashville, for the non-viewers among us), and the authentic, down-home club is just as intimate in real life as it appears onscreen. 

Discover the romantic past of Belle Meade Plantation

Learn about the post-bellum true love match between General William Hicks Jackson and Selene Harding, among other tales of family and heritage, on a tour around the mansion and grounds of this absolutely gorgeous, aristocratic old Southern plantation. The special, and especially lovely, Wine & Food pairing experience matches cheese and chocolates with selections from Belle Meade's own winery.

Sample Olive & Sinclair chocolates on a factory tour

Brunch at Biscuit Love

Scratch-made country cooking from the kitchen of this husband-and-wife run breakfast spot heartily warms the soul—maybe even more than a hug. Diners can feel the TLC poured into such hits as the Bonuts (fried biscuit-dough doughnuts), the East Nasty (boneless fried chicken and biscuits), and the Gertie, named for the owners' daughter, a decadent share of biscuit, chocolate gravy, peanut butter, caramelized banana jam and pretzels. Ah, what's not to love?

Savor things sweet at Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.

Locally made, stone-ground artisan chocolate is the name of the game at this East Nashville sweet shop and factory. On Saturday afternoons, O&S hosts tours to show off its bean roasting and bar-making process, enticing you with samples of the love, sweat and tears put into creating signature duck fat caramels, bourbon nibb brittle, buttermilk white chocolate and so much more.

Leigh Harrington
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Leigh formerly served as the Boston editor for Where and was the br...