Volume II of Seven Southern Cities for Affluent Millennials to Live, Visit and Thrive!

It’s the magnificent epicenter of America’s music industry. So much so, it’s called Music City. The home of country music, celebrities, stars, and VIPs flock to the city annually for the Country Music Awards (CMA) and CMA Fest. The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville Symphony, Nashville Opera, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and the contemporary Christian music genre aptly round out the melodious sounds reverberating throughout this wonderful town. But Nashville is so much more. While home to iconic country music venues and legendary recording studios, the capital of Tennessee has a diverse vibe of superb craft beer breweries, restaurants and cafes, unique cultural offerings, and incredible architecture. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, this sensational southern city, with colorful tulips, azaleas, magnolias, and dogwoods as a beautiful backdrop, intrigues all who visit.

Ascend (Credit aLive Coverage)
Ascend. Courtesy of Credit aLive Coverage

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, Echo Boomers, Net Generation, and Digital Natives, are innovative, poised, independent-minded, expressive, tolerant, buoyant, and imaginative. According to the Pew Research Center, millennials were born between 1981 and 1996 and are presently ages 23 to 38. Well… this group is on the move literally and figuratively. Using U. S. Census data,  a SmartAsset survey called “Where Are Millennials Moving?”, reveals that of the top 25 cities listed, 11 are in the South.  

Bicentennial Nashville
Bicentennial Nashville

Not too surprisingly, scores of wealthy, famous, and affluent individuals of all ages and stages are choosing to move to or vacay in these quite delightful, picturesque cities. Millennials, becoming the largest living generation in the U.S.  2019, are no different. In this special, seven-part luxury series, Upscale Living magazine is spotlighting some of the most beautiful cities in the South that would make for beautiful places to live. Ranked by Forbes magazine as #3 of the Best Cities for Jobs in 2018, the second installment of our series spotlights captivating Nashville.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN
Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN

Home to Top Companies of Influence

Affluent millennials are migrating, and they’re heading South. C-Suite positions and other high paying careers may not be the sole means to lure affluent millennials to the city, but it’s undoubtedly the best place to start. Nashville’s strong tech growth,  explosive healthcare sector, and 56,000 jobs alone attributed to the music industry are melodious to any millennial’s ears.  Nashville is home to several Fortune 500 companies. HCA Healthcare tops the list having hospitals and surgery centers with over 10,000 employees. It is ranked No. 67 on the Fortune 500 list of the largest U.S. corporations by revenue. Other prominent employers include Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt with over 23,000 employees, Saint Thomas Health has more than 6,000 workers, Nissan North America having 10,7500 employees, and Asurion with more than 3,000 workers.

Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Source eco
Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Source ec.co

Stellar Co-Op Offices and Shared Spaces in the City

Shared workspaces, made popular by millennials, are in great abundance in Nashville. If you’re looking for an engaging and imaginative space for your next startup or innovation, Nashville is the place for you to find your inspiration. Co-ops, allowing you to work alongside like-minded, creative individuals, include Center615, Deavor, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Industrious, and We work.

Grand Ole Opry House Stage Performance. Photo credit Chris Hollo
Grand Ole Opry House Stage Performance. Photo credit Chris Hollo

Eat. Play. Work. Stay.  Living an Urban Millennial Experience

Calling all millennials who want and believe you can have it all. Mixed-use communities have always been millennial-friendly as they readily accommodate the group’s desire for high walkability, lots of amenities, and proximity to employment opportunities. Who wouldn’t like the idea of having local parks, restaurants, markets, shopping, and entertainment just mere steps from their front door? Nashville is home to several such charming, affluent neighborhoods – each with its distinctive vibe and experiences. They include 12 South, Belmont/Hillsboro Village East Nashville, Germantown, Green Hills, and The Gulch, to name a few.

Nashville Hall of Fame
Nashville Hall of Fame.

Outstanding Cultural Events, Venues, Parks, and Recreation

Nashville is the place to be for culture lovers and adventure seekers. A city with an enchanting cocktail of exciting events, appealing activities, marvelous museums, and fun festivals, it offers millennials the ultimate experience. Discover your inner mad scientist with the hands-on science exhibits at the Adventure Science Center. Turn back the hands of time with a tour of the Belmont Mansion. Marvel at the breathtaking blooming bulbs at the Cheekwood Estate and Gardens. Visit the heart of Music City and treat yourself to a tour of the extensive music collection of The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Madame Tussauds wax museum in Opry Mills gives you a chance to strike a pose with some of your favorite musical artists. And of course, a tour of the Grand Ole Opry House, where many of the biggest country music stars graced the stage, is simply a must. Click on this link to purchase tickets to electrifying performances by traditional and contemporary recording artists at this legendary venue:  https://www.opry.com/.  The choices of entertaining pastimes in Nashville are endless.

Old Hickory Steakhouse Fine Dining Restaurant in Gaylord Nashville
Old Hickory Steakhouse Fine Dining Restaurant in Gaylord.

World-Class Restaurants and Night Spots

For sure, millennials have a great appreciation for exquisite cuisine. Nashville is home to a vast collection of restaurants that will be pleasing to the palate of the most selective of foodies. Enjoy Geist’s (https://www.geistnashville.com/) expertly crafted cocktails and internationally inspired dishes. Served in a chic bar, the dining room is furnished with handcrafted pieces created by local artisans.  Stroll out onto the stunningly beautiful outdoor Champagne Garden. Stop into Stateside Kitchen for seasonal delights made from fresh locally sourced ingredients. Delightful dishes include The Chop, a 22- ounce, bone-in, flavorful Kurobuta pork chop, and Bucatini Jumbo Prawn Pasta.

Biscuit Love Restaurant French Toast in Nashville
Biscuit Love Restaurant French Toast in Nashville

Husk Nashville celebrates the flavor and unique ingredients of the South. Set in a historic atmosphere, delicious dishes include crispy chicken skins, sunburst farms trout, and hearth cornbread.  For breakfast and brunch, try Biscuit Love. It was named one of America’s Top 50 Best New Restaurants by Bon Appetit, and one of their biscuits was named the best sandwich a few years back. Josephine features American dishes accompanied by a Sommelier-selected list of wines.

Geist Restaurant, Nashville
Geist Restaurant.

Presenting fine dining in an antebellum house at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, allow the Old Hickory Steakhouse Maître d’ Fromager to commence by creating a tableside selection of several artisan kinds of cheese. Try “The Old Hickory” – a Prime Dry-Aged Tomahawk with Bone Marrow Butter or other cuts from the Hermitage Selection. Since its inception in 1910, Capitol Grille, offering fine dining, has been a prominent and treasured restaurant in the city.  Further, millennials can wind down or perk up at popular, trendy restaurants like Folk, Café Roze, Martins, Henrietta Red, Bourbon Steak Nashville, Tavern at Bobby, Henley,  and Butcher & Bee.

Nashville Opryland Hotel Resort & Convention Center
Nashville Opryland Hotel Resort & Convention Center

Superb Luxury Hotels, Inns and B&Bs

Nashville is a delightful city to explore and a key contender if you’re a millennial on the move and in search of a new city of residence. But where do you stay while you’re discovering and determining if you should make the big move? The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, one of the largest hotels in the world, is striking and magnificent.  With all of its splendor, it has over 15 onsite restaurants such as Cascades American Café, The Treehouse Restaurant, Wasabi’s Sushi, and Solario Cantina as well as onsite shopping, an 18-hole golf course, a relaxing spa, fitness center, three pools, and brand new four-acre, three-level luxury indoor/outdoor waterpark called Soundwaves. (https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnago-gaylord-opryland-resort-and-convention-center )

Additionally, several prominent, ultra-luxury properties for the millennial with selective tastes – whether traditional or contemporary – include Dream Nashville Hotel, The Hermitage Hotel, Thompson Nashville, JW Marriott Nashville, Noelle Nashville, Fairlane Hotel, and Bobby Hotel.

photo courtesy of Brentwood Country Club
photo courtesy of Brentwood Country Club

Hit the Links at 10 of the World’s Finest Golf Courses

  1. Belle Meade Country Club – Private
  2. The Governers Club –  Private
  3. Vanderbilt Legends Club – Private
  4. Richland Country Club –  Private
  5. Westhaven Gold Club – Private
  6. Brentwood Country Club – Private
  7. Two Rivers Golf Course – Public
  8. Gaylord Springs Golf Links – Public
  9. Ted Rhodes Golf Course – Public
  10. McCabe Golf Course – Public
Music City Center in Nashville
Music City Center.

Frequent High-Class Venues Hosting Chic Events

Iroquois Steeplechase
CMT Awards
The Catbird Seat
House of Cards
Music City Food + Wine Festival
CMA Music Awards
Nashville City Club
The Standard Private Club

Nashville breweries

Breweries in the City

Bearded Iris Brewing – https://beardedirisbrewing.com/
Tennessee Brew Works – https://www.tnbrew.com/home
TailGate Brewing – https://www.tailgatebeer.com/
Jackalope Brewing Company – https://jackalopebrew.com/

For a Nashville Breweries Guide.

For information on the city, go to  www.visitmusiccity.com.  Feel free to follow the hashtag #NashvilleLove as well as social media handles @VisitMusicCity (Twitter) and @VisitMusicCity (Instagram) for up-to-date details on the city’s lifestyle and cultural offerings for millennials and their families.

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A former flight attendant residing in Atlanta, reluctant millennial Antasha J. Royal is a global travel journalist and graduate of The University of Georgia. She is the creator of the Nomadic Flight Attendant Blog and organizer of the Nomadic Chicks Travel Meetup Group. Luxury locales, fantastic food, and exotic explorations are her passion, but she also enjoys a good binge session curled up on her couch with lots of chocolate. Follow her on Instagram @TheNomadicFlightAttendant and on Twitter @TheNomadicFA.