Nashville is full of eclectic and beautiful neighborhoods, and today we are excited to feature Donelson. Nashvillians all know the heightened appeal of Donelson over the last few years, leading it to become one of the hippest spots in town. Diverse local eateries like Phat Bites, Darfon’s, and Nectar, and unique attractions like Two Rivers Mansion and Percy Priest Lake bring locals and tourists alike flocking to the area. Tourists especially find Donelson very convenient due to the many budget-friendly hotels located only a few miles away from the airport.
Sunflower Bakehouse is a must visit in Donelson. With their DELICIOUS muffins, cupcakes, scones and other baked goods, you’d never guess that everything on the menu is vegan and gluten free! Opened in September of 2019 as a sister restaurant to Sunflower Café in Berry Hill, Sunflower Bakehouse made it their mission to serve food that is allergy friendly, fun, easy and delicious! Try one of their salads too, so tasty!
Darfon’s is another special establishment. Owned by the Darsinos Family for multiple generations, this family has contributed many amazing restaurants to the food scene in Nashville including (but not limited to) Greko, Southside Grille, and Gondola House Pizzeria. At Darfon’s enjoy exquisite meals crafted by Executive Chef Todd Albertson. From the Seared Scallops to the Louisiana Seafood Pasta, you won’t find a more delicious meal. Try the incredible steak selections (oscared of course!) and you may need to be wheeled to your car. Give Libby’s dear friend and Darfon’s owner, Sam, a hug while you are there, but make sure you dress well! No rag tag establishment, Darfon’s strongly encourages a dress code that is smart and respectful. Don’t forget to sip on an amazing craft cocktail (or two) while you relax and unwind!
There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Donelson. Two Rivers Park is a spectacular area to hike on the Stones River Greenway. You can also visit Wave Country and the Two Rivers Mansion! If you want to reserve a picnic shelter for a family reunion or birthday party, visit their website: https://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Parks/Two-Rivers-Park.aspx. Donelson is also home to Percy Priest Lake, which has abundant summertime recreational opportunities for Nashvillians of all ages. Boating, waterskiing, and fishing are all enjoyed here. Redneck yacht clubs abound in Donelson for those looking to have some rowdy fun!
Donelson also has amazing proximity to the Opryland Mall, The Opryland Hotel, and the Grand Ole Opry. These attractions draw a lot of attention to the area for entertainment and shopping. Make sure to enjoy the amazing Christmas lights and displays during the season!
One of the best attractions in the city to visit during the months of May-October is the Hip Donelson Farmers Market. Held on Friday nights from 4pm to 7pm, the corner of Lebanon Road and Old Lebanon Road comes alive with vendors traveling from miles away with locally grown produce and handmade products. The Hip Donelson Farmers Market also has live music and an array of local food trucks to try. It is fun for the whole family so come and check it out!
The majority of Donelson’s modern development occurred shortly after World War II, and its location next to Nashville’s airport led to much of its later growth. Donelson’s oldest neighborhood is known as Bluefields, and this subdivision began undergoing construction in the 1930s. Today, more than 200 homes populate Bluefields, which holds court on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the homes in Donelson are half-century old, red brick, detached ranch-style homes. The current median home price in Donelson is $373,000. Here is what our past clients have to say about living in Donelson:
“Its easy to make Donelson home base. You have everything you need off of Lebanon Pk. including Tennfold Brewery, Homegrown Taproom, bomb tacos at Nectar and amazing coffee at the Caliber. We love going to Two Rivers dog park (arguably the best dog park in the city), and going to the Donelson farmer’s market on Fridays. We have a quiet neighborhood and very friendly neighbors. Donelson is all about locally owned shops and restaurants that make this a great community to live in.”— David & Kim W.
If you want to Live Better in Donelson, don’t hesitate to reach out today to get started!