Monday, December 16, 2019

5 Family Fun Activities for the Holidays

‘Tis the season for family gatherings but don’t let the holidays mean boring dinners and awkward conversations. This year, plan some fun activities that’ll take your family time to the next level!
We rounded up our top five favorite family fun activities in Nashville!
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1. Climb Nashville

Climb Nashville is the perfect place to have some family fun and burn off some holiday calories! It’s the place to rock climb in town and they’ve got something for every experience and fitness level! They even have a kids climbing area! Climb Nashville has more than 16,000 square feet of climbing area! Challenge your most competitive family members to see who can get to the top the fastest or cheer on grandma as she takes on a climb! Make your holidays memorable with a family trip to Climb Nashville!

Climb Nashville | 3600 Charlotte Avenue & 1900 Eastland Avenue | Nashville



2. The Escape Game

Test your family bonds by trapping yourselves into a locked room with only 60 minutes to figure out a way to escape! This is actually so much fun. You’ll get to figure out puzzles, riddles and clues to break the code together – teamwork is a must!

Escape Game Nashville | 162 3rd Avenue North | Nashville

3. Ride Waterslides at Soundwaves

Soundwaves.. the only place in Nashville that’s 84 degrees year round! This is Nashville’s newest water park which is part of Gaylord Opryland Resort. From slides to a lazy river to a surfing machine, Soundwaves has all the water fun. You can even sunbathe indoors thanks to a special roof. We’re thinking this is going to be the perfect place for a little summer fun (and Vitamin D) on a cold winter day.

Soundwaves | 2800 Opryland Drive | Nashville

4. Music City Indoor Karting

Race your family to the finish line! Indoor go-karting is a sure fire way to put a smile on your family’s faces. I dare you to not have fun.

Music City Indoor Karting | 400 Davidson Street #403 | Nashville

5. Topgolf

A PARfect way to celebrate the holidays with your family! Hit some balls just for fun or have a friendly competition with one of Topgolf’s many games!

Topgolf | 500 Cowan Street |Nashville


How to Create an Outdoor Oasis for Fall Entertaining

Looking for a way to vamp up your Thanksgiving (or other fall) festivities? Bring the fun outdoors! Fall brings crisp days and chilly nights, ideal weather for enjoying the outdoors. From outdoor kitchens to fire pits and outdoor living areas, you can enjoy your backyard all year long. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving or you simply want to revamp your backyard so you have the ability to entertain outdoors, here are three ways Peek Pools and Spas can help you create the ultimate outdoor oasis perfect for entertaining.

1. Outdoor Living Space

Photo – Peek Pools

With a space like this, you can entertain guests while cooking and guests can enjoy a football game on TV! This outdoor living space, designed and built by Peek Pools and Spas, can be used year-round. The addition of fans or heaters would keep guests comfortable no matter the season.

2. Lighting

Photo – Peek Pools


Lighting is a great way to take a space from ordinary to extraordinary. If you’re hosting an event, lighting can set the tone of the party. If your party occurs after dark, string lights/fairy lights are a great, easy way to light up your space and create a magical atmosphere.

3. Fireplace

Photo – Peek Pools


With fall comes nice, crisp air but it can be chilly in the evening. You and your guests can keep warm with an outdoor fireplace like the one pictured above, designed and built by Peek Pools and Spas. Just imagine: getting cozy with a blanket or warm sweater and enjoying this fire with family and friends after a big Thanksgiving meal. Add s’mores to your dessert menu and enjoy it outside!

This article is presented by Peek Pools and Spas. They design and build custom swimming pools and spas, renovate and remodel existing pools and even take care of pool maintenance and service. Contact Peek Pools and Spas, tell them about your space and how you’d like it to function. They will turn it into a backyard living masterpiece.

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Just Opened: 5 New Restaurants!

Nashville’s food scene is pretty ridiculous in the best way.. there are always new restaurants opening their doors! The concepts are creative and delicious as ever. Here’s the latest list of new places to eat..
5 Restaurants that Opened in November!


1. E3 Chophouse Nashville

The new E3 Chophouse is owned by country music superstars, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and their partner Adam LaRoche, but this is not another superstar-backed honky tonk. E3 Chophouse Nashville, which opened its’ doors with a star-studded event on November 20th, is a high-end, three-story, ranch to restaurant in Hillsboro Village that will serve up high-quality, all-natural, antibiotic and hormone-free meats. E3 has one other location in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

E3 Chophouse Nashville | 1628 21st Avenue | Hillsboro Village

2. Coneheads

It doesn’t get much more Nashville than this.. It’s chicken and, er, IN waffles. Then you choose from five homemade sauces to top off your creatively delicious dinner. Coneheads, is right smack in the heart of East Nashville, and has all the ice cream parlor vibes except you come here for dinner, not dessert.

Coneheads | 1315 Dickerson Pike | East Nashville


3. Fat Kat Slim’s

Want to take a step back in time? The new restaurant/bar, Fat Kat Slim’s, will take you on a trip to the 1950’s! The nostalgic vibes are strong plus the food and drinks are supposed to be killer! Doors are open.. come on by!

Fat Kat Slim’s | 730 8th Avenue South | The Gulch

4. Nicoletto’s Pasta Company

Nicoletto’s is a Nashville favorite and just opened a new location in Hillsboro Village! They have two other locations in the area and specialize in “bronze cut, fresh and dried pasta”. We love the Build Your Own Pasta Bowl concept as well as.. well, everything, on their menu.

Nicoletto’s Pasta Company | 2123 Belcourt Avenue | Hillsboro Village


5. Lakeside Lounge

Lakeside Lounge is your new favorite Nashville sports bar! They opened their doors on November 13th and they’ve got it all. This spot is backed by the team behind Attaboy Nashville so you know it’s going to be good!

Lakeside Lounge | 921 Woodland Avenue | East Nashville

5 Cruises That Make Amazing Holiday Gifts

By Hollie Birckhead
Our Local Dream Vacations Specialist and Full-Service Travel Agent
(615) 261-8632

Are you looking for a holiday gift that will WOW? What about a cruise? Cruises make amazing holiday gifts. They are the perfect multigenerational vacation gift. Just imagine it – your loved one unwraps their gift to discover that you’ve given them an amazing trip that will create memories to last a lifetime. Taking a cruise during the holidays is truly magical as the ships are beautifully decorated for the holidays. You can even ring in the New Year while cruising.

Plus (and this is MY favorite part), these cruises disembark from Orlando/Port Canaveral so it is very easy to tack on some magical days at Disney World or Universal Studios before or after your cruise!

Check out these five cruises that make amazing holiday gifts.

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Dream Vacations Cruise Giveaway1. 4 Night Bahama Disney Dream Cruise

December 30, 2019 – January 3, 2020

  • Departs from Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
  • Ports of Call: Nassau, Bahamas & Castaway Cay (Disney Private Island)

2. 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Disney Fantasy Cruise

December 28, 2019 – January 4, 2020

  • Departs from Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
  • Ports of Call: Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, U.S.V.I; Castaway Cay (Disney Private Island)

3. 4 Night Bahamas Norwegian Sun Cruise

December 27, 2019 – December 31, 2020

  • Departs from Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
  • Ports of Call: Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island, Bahamas, Nassau Bahamas

4. 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise

December 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020

  • Departs from Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
  • Ports of Call: Philipsburg, St Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Perfect Day at Coco Cay, Bahamas

5. 3 Night Bahamas & Perfect Day Mariner of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise

December 27, 2019 – December 30, 2020

  • Departs from Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
  • Ports of Call: Nassau, Bahamas; Perfect Day at Coco Cay, Bahamas

Cruises are amazing vacation options because they are so versatile and are suitable for all ages. As a certified Special Needs and Accessible Mobility Travel Agent, I can make sure you (and anyone in your group) have all the resources and accommodations needed to have a wonderful vacation.

Let me help you find the ultimate holiday gift this year with one of these amazing cruises.

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About Dream Vacations & Your Local Travel Planner Hollie Birckhead
Travel agents with the top-ranked home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations have the resources to plan and create seamless vacation experiences for their customers while offering the best value. A member of the International Franchise Association, Dream Vacations is part of World Travel Holdings and has received partner of the year, a top-ranking status by all the major cruise lines as well as national recognition for its support of military veterans.

Hollie Birckhead has been traveling all over the world since she was a kid. Hollie can plan a customized trip anywhere in the world for anyone. You name it and she can plan it – family trips, individual trips, destination weddings, honeymoons, reunions, company trips and everything in between – Hollie does all the research to make your dream vacation a reality. She is also a Certified Autism Travel Professional and Special Needs Certified and Accessible Travel Advocate, making travel fun and easy for all families. Learn more at

Warm Up This Fall and Winter With a Hot Tub

What could be better after a long day than a soak in a warm hot tub? Hot tubs not only help you relax and de-stress; hot tubs help with pain relief, minimize inflammation and can even aid in recovery from certain injuries.

With the holidays on the horizon, why not treat yourself with a hot tub? The addition of a hot tub can turn an ordinary backyard into an oasis.

Worried you don’t have the space for a hot tub? Aspen Spas’ Quattro Series, available at Peek Pools & Spas, is the perfect smaller hot tub. Its deep lounger and incredible captain’s chair provide exceptional comfort and therapy.

Because everyone has different needs and what one person may find comfortable might not be comfortable to the next, the Quattro Series offers a variety of seats, seat heights, jet patterns and jet sizes, allowing you to personalize your hot tub. The team at Peek Pools & Spas can help you find the right hot tub for you and your space. Peek Pools is run by father-son team Kyle and Justin Peek. They have over 35 years of experience in the industry and they are passionate about helping everyone create the backyard of their dreams. Whether its the addition of a spa, pool, outdoor kitchen, firepit, etc… they can build the backyard you’ve been dreaming of.

The Quattro Series spas are built to endure harsh environments with a six-layer spa shell construction. They are also incredibly efficient, extra efforts have been made to prevent heat loss and they use Gecko spa pumps, which deliver unsurpassed power and performance.

Stop by the Peek Pools & Spa retail store in Spring Hill, located at 2526 Duplex Road, to see spa options.

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