Discover the Majesty of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee by Staying in a Luxury Vacation Rental
Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee! GoodNight Stays has expanded to this gorgeous region of Tennessee, where the hills are alive with breathtaking scenery and abundant things to do.
We now offer premium vacation rentals in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. Each of these lovely cities sits right near the Tennessee gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as countless other scenic and adventure-rich spots.
Read on to learn more about the Smoky Mountains and the new Tennessee cities we’re calling home. You’ll soon see why you need to visit this astonishing destination.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Franklin D. Roosevelt established Great Smoky Mountains National Park on September 2, 1940. He dedicated the park “for the permanent enjoyment of the people.” And boy have the people enjoyed it, as Great Smoky Mountains is by far the most-visited national park in the United States. In 2022 alone, 12.94 million people visited this park, beating the Grand Canyon (2nd most-visited national park) by over 8 million visitors.
So, what makes the Smoky Mountains so enticing? One factor is that this mountain range is among the most biodiverse areas in the US. There are approximately 65 mammal species, over 200 types of birds, 67 native fish species, more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians, and over 1,600 flowering plants. Even if you somehow miss all that flora and fauna, you still have the magnificent overlooks and captivating waterfalls to find strewn across the park.
With all that scenery plus the countless activities you can do in the park, it’s easy to understand why millions upon millions of people choose to vacation at the Smoky Mountains.
Sevierville Vacation Rentals
The city of Sevierville is located approximately 20 miles north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Of our new locations in Tennessee near the Smoky Mountains, this is the largest city with a population of over 18,600 people. Within Sevierville, you’ll find plenty of great shopping and dining as well as many exciting attractions to visit.
If you’re looking for outdoorsy things to do, Sevierville has much more to offer than just close access to the Smoky Mountains. You can float or fish at the Little Pigeon River which flows right through town. The immense Douglass Lake also sits just northeast of town, offering more fishing, swimming, and boating opportunities.
GoodNight Stays has an extensive catalog of luxury vacation rentals in and around Sevierville. We have rentals that can accommodate groups big and small, and all our Sevierville rentals will deliver a fantastic Tennessee vacation experience you won’t soon forget.
A little closer to Smoky Mountains National Park are our vacation rentals in Pigeon Forge. This city is just south of Sevierville, and it’s a 13-mile drive to the national park entrance. Although Pigeon Forge hosts a third of the population of Sevierville, you’ll still find it’s home to just as many exciting attractions and things to do during your stay.
Probably the most popular thing to do at Pigeon Forge, especially for families, is to spend a day at the Dollywood. Rated as the #1 theme park in America according to TripAdvisor, Dollywood features a ton of thrilling rides at its Theme and Water Parks. It’s an ideal place to get a little fast-paced action in-between visits to the tranquil smoky mountains.
Although Dollywood is the main attraction here, there’s plenty more to experience nearby GoodNight Stays’ vacation rentals at Pigeon Forge. In addition to the theme park, you’ll find great shopping, fascinating tours, and delicious dining all within a close walk or drive of your Pigeon Forge rental.
For our final new hub of vacation rentals near Smoky Mountain National Park we have the town of Gatlinburg, TN. Located 6.4 miles from the national park, Gatlinburg is renowned for it’s outdoorsy scene. Even beyond the wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains nearby, this Tennessee town holds plenty of gorgeous scenery and natural wonders all its own.
One of the best family-friendly attractions that’s unique to Gatlinburg is the Anakeesta Mountaintop Adventure Park. Here you’ll find an incredible variety of adventure opportunities mixed with breathtaking views. Between mellow scenic chairlifts to thrilling alpine coasters, anyone can have a fun time at Anakeesta.
Additionally, there are plenty of fun hiking trails that lead to breathtaking vistas and gorgeous waterfalls dotted around Gatlinburg. And since this is the smallest town on our list (pop. of 3,700), it’s quite easy and quick to get anywhere around Gatlinburg from your vacation home.
Again, we are thrilled to be offering Tennessee vacation rentals near Smoky Mountains National Park. Whether you stay in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, we know you’ll have a wonderful time at one of our luxury rentals.
Click the links above to browse our Smoky Mountain vacation rentals in each town, or check out GoodNight Stays’ other rental markets.
Here are the Best Pet-Friendly Spots in Scottsdale to Enjoy with Your Dog
Scottsdale is one of the most dog-friendly cities in all of Arizona. We love hanging out with our furry friends here, and you’ll find plenty of fun places to take your dog in Scottsdale. Between joyous hikes across the scenic deserts and mountains to leisurely days of shopping and dining out, there’s virtually no end to the options of pet-friendly things to do here.
Read on to see our favorite Scottsdale dog-friendly spots and activities, and be sure to book your stay in one of our pet-friendly Scottsdale vacation rentals.
Hiking Trails & Recreation Areas
Hiking the trails around Scottsdale is an activity beloved by people and pets alike. We love the thrill of seeing gobsmacking Sonoran Desert scenery, and the dogs love getting out to experience the fresh air and lingering smells from local flora and fauna. Plus, hiking in Scottsdale is great exercise!
One of the best places to hike with your dog is at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. So long as it’s not too hot (over 90°F) and you keep them on a leash, dogs are allowed on pretty much any trail within the preserve. Of the more than 225+ miles of trails, some of the best trails for taking your dog are the Lost Dog Wash, Tom’s Thumb, and Sunrise trails. Find more of the best McDowell Sonoran Preserve dog-friendly trails here.
Another great hiking spot that’s a little closer to town is the Pinnacle Peak Trail. Although all hikes here are at their most scenic in the early morning light, Pinnacle Peak is one of the best trails for Scottsdale sunrise hiking. It’s easy to get to, moderate in length and difficulty to hike, and it gives one of the best dawn views in town for you and your pup.
In addition to recreation areas outside of town, it’s also great fun to visit a nearby dog park when traveling with your dog. Here is a list of good dog parks in Scottsdale.
Markets & Shopping Areas
You don’t have to venture out into the wilderness to enjoy Scottsdale with your dog. In town, Scottsdale has plenty of shopping areas, parks and attractions that are quite pet-friendly.
One of the best shopping areas to explore with your dog is the 5th Avenue Shopping District in Old Town Scottsdale. 5th Ave is a southwestern-themed shopping area that hosts around 60 small businesses and art galleries, many of which are very pet-friendly. You and your dog will love walking down the lively streets and checking out the many welcoming shops here.
If you’re a fan of farmers’ markets, there’s a great dog-friendly one close by in Phoenix called the RoadRunner Park Farmers’ Market. The market is open year-round on Saturdays, and it has a ton of fantastic locally produced and hand-crafted items for sale. It’s perfect for picking up a unique Arizona souvenir.
Restaurants & Bars
After a long desert hike or a full day exploring downtown, it’s nice to head straight to a dog-friendly restaurant with your furry friend. In Scottsdale, there are a ton of restaurants with dog-friendly patios where you can eat with your dog.
If you’re looking for a nice, quaint cafe to enjoy a tasty brunch with your pet, then Arcadia Farms Cafe is the place for you. First opened in 1990, Arcadia Farms provides a welcoming atmosphere and delicious French-inspired brunch and lunch cuisine. Head out on the patio and enjoy a lovely meal with your dog by your side.
For a casual lunch and dinner experience, head on down to OHSO Brewery & Distillery. You and your dog will love hanging out on their shaded patio. They have great-tasting beers and craft cocktails that are oh so refreshing after a day in the Arizona sun. OHSO’s menu is also full of tasty classic pub food, and they have dog treats available for your furry friend to snack on too.
When it comes to Scottsdale, there are too many dog-friendly places and activities to go over in a single post. The city is incredibly welcoming to families with dogs, and you’ll find it’s almost harder to find a place that isn’t pet-friendly.
For your Scottsdale vacation, make sure you and your dog have the best accommodations by booking one of our pet-friendly vacation rentals. After you book your stay, feel free to contact our reservation specialists for more recommendations on places in Scottsdale where you can visit with your dog.
Discover Some of Nashville’s Most Exciting Spring Events and Experiences
If you’re looking for a spring destination with plenty of unique things to do, then Nashville needs to be at the top of your list. Music City is a phenomenal place to visit in the spring, as there are a ton of exciting events and special Nashville hot spots for you to experience.
Below are some of our favorite Nashville spring events and experiences you have to check out during your visit.
1) East Nashville Beer Festival
For over a decade, the East Nashville Beer Festival has brought great times and tons of excellent craft beers to Music City. This year over 40 breweries will be serving up their refreshing craft brews to thirsty event patrons. Buy your ticket today to get a tasting glass and unlimited tastings at the East Nashville Beer Festival on April 15th.
2) Twelve Thirty Club
Inspired by the prohibition era and supper clubs of the 19th century, the Twelve Thirty Club is much more than a classy bar and eatery. This downtown club offers three unique levels with a honky tonk, supper club, and rooftop terrace bar all wrapped into one extravagant building. Each level of the Twelve Thirty Club is lavishly designed and offers a unique dining, bar, and live music experience. Spots here fill up fast, so be sure to make a reservation.
3) Nashville Comedy Festival
Between April 15 – 23, Nashville will host some of the world’s finest and funniest comedians at the Nashville Comedy Festival. It’ll be nonstop laughs all over town at this 8-day festival. Check out the festival lineup, and then book tickets to see your favorite comedy acts.
4) Bad Axe Throwing Nashville
It’s a bar where you can compete at axe-throwing with your friends. Need we say more? This is a favorite Nashville experience, particularly for bachelor and bachelorette parties. In addition to it’s 19-axe-throwing lanes, Bad Axe Throwing has a beautiful panoramic view of the downtown Nashville skyline. It’s also the only axe-throwing venue with curated custom cocktails and a full bar.
5) Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival
A unique event in Nashville, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of Japanese culture as well as the friendship between the US and Japan. The festival began in 2009 when the city of Nashville decided to plan 1,000 cherry trees within 10 years. Stop by Public Square Park on April 15th to experience exhibits of Japanese culture, live music performances, and other Cherry Blossom Festival events.
6) Diskin Cider
A lively craft cider bar with fun and quirky vibes, this place will have you reevaluating this fermented apple treat. Diskin Cider is Nashville’s only craft cidery, and they concoct some truly ravishing refreshments. Stop by in the afternoon or evening on a warm spring day, or reserve a spot at one of their drag show brunches. Just watch your tongue pronouncing the name after having a cider or two.
7) Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair
This weekend fair is a wonderful free event to check out in mid-April. The Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair hosts over 100 curated artisan vendors to showcase and sell incredible homemade goods such as custom decor, clothes, pet products, and more! All that plus you can enjoy fair activities, craft cocktails, and delicious food-truck meals with family and friends.
8) Soul of Music City Trolley Tour
Hosted by Old Town Trolley Tours Nashville, this specialty tour takes place after hours and adds some extra musical spice to the standard tour. On the Soul of Music City Tour, you’ll get a detailed history of Nashville’s rhythm & blues scene, hear stories and original songs from your tour guides, and see plenty of Nashville’s most spectacular attractions in unique night-light fashion.
9) Tin Pan South
Last but not least, we have Tin Pan South, the world’s largest gathering of singers and songwriters. This 5-day festival takes place in late April and early March, and it include over 98 live music shows from more than 400 performers across 10 Nashville venues. In addition to hearing fantastic live performances, visitors will hear captivating stories on how the songwriters were inspired to create their music.
To discover even more fun things to do in Nashville during spring, then head over to our Nashville Activities, Dining and Events pages. If you’re planning a spring bachelorette party, then be sure to read our Nashville Bachelorette Party blog post too.
Once you’re ready to kick your spring trip to Nashville into gear, head over to our catalog of luxury Nashville vacation rentals to book your stay today!
The best place to stay for your Nashville bachelorette party is in one of our spacious GoodNight Premium Stays vacation rentals.
Well, I guess that answers your question pretty definitively. Took a lot less time to say that than we thought it would. Umm…
Since we still have a page to fill here, we suppose we should explain a little about WHY our Nashville vacation rentals are so great for bachelorette parties. Yeah, let’s jump into that space of conversation! Here are four reasons why you should stay in one of our vacation rentals for your Nashville bachelorette party.
1. More Space And Comfort Than A Hotel
When it comes to planning the perfect bachelorette party, near to the top of the planning list should be picking a comfortable place to stay with plenty of room for everyone. While there’s nothing wrong with cramming together in a hotel room or two, a nice vacation rental just elevates the experience with a truly homey vibe. Plus, having a larger home-like space all your own is just plain fun!
Given that a bachelorette party vacation is a pretty big deal, we think it’s more than worth going that extra mile for the bride-to-be in booking a Nashville home or condo to stay at. From the moment you arrive and settle in to your spacious rental, we guarantee you’ll be thrilled you upgraded from the traditional hotel experience!
2. Great Amenities Perfect For Bachelorette Groups
Alongside the bigger and more comfortable spaces, many of our vacation rentals include fantastic amenities your group will love! We’re personally fond of the Nashville rentals which feature private rooftop decks, and we especially LOVE the ones that feature hot tubs on said decks. Your bachelorette group can enjoy those gorgeous cityscape views whilst raising a champagne glass to the bride-to-be all from the comfort of your own private hot tub. A perfect start to a night out in Nashville!
Other fun amenities to find across our range of Nashville rentals include home movie theaters, cozy fire places, and well-equipped modern kitchen and bar setups. Also, although this isn’t technically an amenity, many of our vacation rentals are absolutely perfect for Insta-worthy photo-ops of bachelorette groups. From fun “Nashville” glow-up signs to vibrant murals and aesthetically pleasing modern furnishings, your group will love taking dozens of amazing pictures that are sure to win more than a few double-taps on the gram.
3. Easy Access To Nashville Bachelorette Party Hot Spots
Lastly, a great bachelorette party requires great access to fun activities. All of our rentals are within close proximity to many exciting local hot spots such as Nashville’s main drag, Broadway Street. On Broadway, there are tons of great restaurants, bars and Nashville-famous Honky Tonks to check out! Many of our rentals are within walking distance of this Nashville staple spot, so your group can walk right out the door to immediately join in on the Broadway fun!
There’s of course more to do than just hit up Broadway Street during your Nashville bachelorette party. Head to our Nashville Activities page to discover more fun things to see and do during your stay!
In the descriptions for many of our Nashville rentals, we’ve included walking and driving travel times from the rentals to several popular destinations. So, if you’re looking for specific attractions to check out, you can choose your place to stay based on those travel times. We’ve got you covered!
Looking for a Unique Bachelorette Experience?
The Bach Bar is a first-of-its-kind mobile bartending experience tailored to fit any special occasion. Need professional bartenders for a bachelorette party at your rental? You’ve come to the right place. Looking for a unique way to celebrate the birthday girl? Look no further. The Bach Boys are hand-selected, experienced, (did we mention handsome?) southern gentlemen that will make sure you and your party don’t have to lift a finger while ensuring your Music City experience is unforgettable without even having to leave the house and fight the crowds!
This is perfect for the bride or special girl that would prefer to hang out with all of her besties. They bring southern gentlemen experienced in bartending to you so you don’t have to worry about mixing drinks and you can just enjoy the party! Book now and use GOODNIGHT10 for 10% off your party butler service and come “Bach That Thing Up” with your friendly neighborhood Bach Boys.
And that’s it for our top three reasons why you should book your bachelorette party stay in one of our Nashville vacation rentals. Spacious accommodations with fun amenities and easy access to exciting spots like Broadway Street are sure to make your upcoming bachelorette vacation a great one to remember!
For more great tips on planning the best Nashville bachelorette party, check out Stag and Hen’s Nashville Bachelorette Party Guide. Also, be sure to browse our Nashville blog to stay up-to-date on the best insider’s info for your next trip.
Disclaimer: GoodNight Premium Stays does not permit throwing large parties at your Nashville vacation rental. Your group may celebrate privately in your rental, and you are permitted to set up some light decorations provided that your group takes them down prior to check-out.
Discover GoodNight Stays’ Full Service and Essentials Property Management Options
Managing one or more vacation rentals on your own is hard work. In addition to keeping up with homeowner costs, there are the added responsibilities of managing reservations, keeping up with customer support, marketing your rental(s), and more. It’s overwhelming just thinking of every little detail that goes into managing vacation rentals. And that’s where we come in.
GoodNight Premium Stays is a premier corporate property management company that has over 25 years of experience managing vacation rentals. We believe in the power of consistent quality to maximize revenue for our homeowners. To achieve consistent quality across all the rentals we manage, we utilize the knowledge of passionate travel experts, follow industry best practices, and provide top-notch service to both homeowners and guests.
Now in 2023, we have two exceptional property management options available to our homeowners. Read on to learn about our Essentials and Full Service property management options.
After years of operating solely in Arizona and Nashville, TN, we are thrilled to welcome new homeowners across the country into the GoodNight Stays family. For homeowners in all our areas of operation, we have a fantastic Essentials property management option.
Key Features of Essentials Property Management:
- Marketing – We write detailed descriptions and take professional photos to create effective, highly searchable property pages for every rental. In addition to being featured on our own website, your property will be featured on 300+ highly visible websites as well as 100+ mid-term and long-term booking sites to drive maximum occupancy from quality tenants. These factors add an average 20% higher ADR and occupancy to your home compared to other property managers.
- Revenue Management with Dynamic Pricing – Our data scientists and revenue managers combine proprietary data pricing algorithms with their own industry expertise to create True Dynamic Pricing for your property. This allows your home’s pricing to update up to three times daily, landing you more optimized bookings.
- Accounting – We use high-touch accounting to ensure accuracy and timeliness. From this accounting method we also yield practical analytics that help make predictive moves with your short term rental.
- Reservations – Our expert reservation specialists are exceptional at landing bookings for every property. Their response times and conversion rates exceed all other managers in our markets.
Once again, the Essentials option is available in all our areas of operation. To learn more about this service and the areas where we operate, visit our Essentials Property Management page.
Full Service Management
For prospective homeowners in Arizona and Nashville, TN we have an enhanced Full Service option. Because we have physical offices in Scottsdale and Nashville, we are able to provide more hands-on property managements to homeowners who request it. The Full Service option includes everything that comes with our Essentials plan plus a few more special features.
Added Features of Full Service Property Management:
- Cleaning – We provide professional cleaning services from rigorously trained cleaners. All cleans are then inspected by management level supervisors to ensure your property is spotless before guests arrive.
- Inspections – After each cleaning, supervisors go through a 100-point visual inspection to make sure no detail is missed. We utilize integrated photo capture in our inspections to let cleaners report back to our team on the condition of your listing before and after a guest’s stay.
- Maintenance Deployment – Our highly technologized inspection software allows GoodNight employees, a third-party vendor, homeowners, and guests to quickly build maintenance work orders. Once orders are made, they will be received and deployed to an appropriate vendor within an hour of receiving the request. Automatic updates to the system are then shared with the owner and guest.
- Intelligent Technology Platform – Our technology platform includes intelligent locks, occupant detection, cleaning application, owner portal, noise monitoring, and Nest Smart Home. These devices allow us to better inspect your rental between guest stays, and they give you peace of mind in knowing your rental is safe and secure.
Once again, the Full Service option is available to prospective homeowners in our Arizona and Nashville locations. To learn more, head over to our Full Service Property Management page.
No matter which option you decide on, we can assure you that choosing GoodNight Premium Stays as your property manager will lead to reduced stress, happy guests, and greater earnings from your rental. If you’d like to inquire about either property management option, please visit our main Property Management page. You can also compare each option directly on said page.
See Why Scottsdale is One of the Hottest Travel Destinations to Visit This Year
Scottsdale, AZ is one of the most exciting travel destinations to visit in the American Southwest. Not only is the city of Scottsdale an astonishing place to explore, but the surrounding desert and mountain environments offer great escapes into nature.
From thrilling sporting events to magical desert sunsets, here are all the reasons why you need to visit Scottsdale this year.
1) Sports and Athletic Events
Scottsdale hosts an impressive athletics scene with a wide array of sports to spectate or try for yourself. The city is perhaps most popular for golfing enthusiasts due to the staggering volume of golf courses. There’s also the wildly fun WM Phoenix Open – a PGA tournament that brings in over 700,000 visitors annually – which takes place at TPC Scottsdale in early February.
In addition to golf, Scottsdale famously hosts the Major League Baseball spring training season. Across Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and Phoenix there are 10 stadiums at which you can see 15 Cactus League Spring Training teams. Be sure to check out our Spring Training Guide for more information about what to see and where to stay for MLB Spring Training in Scottsdale.
2023 Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium
Football fans, rejoice! Super Bowl LVII will be held at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ on February 12th. This will be the third time that the Super Bowl is played at State Farm Stadium and the fourth time that the Super Bowl is played at a Phoenix-Metro area football stadium.
2) Upscale City Life Meets the Old West
Often referenced as “The West’s Most Western Town,” Scottsdale beautifully marries the luxuries of modern city living with rustic wild-west influences. It’s this combination of old meets new that gives Scottsdale its signature charm.
You can find Old West influences infused within many of the city’s restaurants and bars, especially in Old Town Scottsdale. Watering holes like the Rusty Spur Saloon are wonderful for grabbing a drink and catching some live country music with friends. You can also visit Scottsdale’s Museum of the West to immerse yourself in the vast Western and Native American culture of the region.
As for the upscale city life, that influence is immediately apparent in Scottsdale’s gorgeous architecture, cultural institutions, and luxurious accommodations. If you’re looking to snag some modern high-fashion items, then you’ll definitely need to check out Scottsdale Fashion Square. At 2 million square feet, it’s the largest shopping mall in Arizona, and it hosts over 200 brand-name stores such as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Rolex.
Local Tip: Check Out Taliesin West for a True Old West Meets Modern Design Experience
Taliesin West is the former desert-escape home of renowned American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s also the current home of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Given those credentials, it’ll come as no surprise that Taliesin West is a jaw-dropping site of architectural splendor that melds beautifully with the desert surrounding it.
3) Astonishing Landscapes to Explore
Scottsdale is so much more than just a pretty city with a few events and attractions to experience. Surrounding Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix area is the magnificent Sonoran Desert, the McDowell Mountain Range, and a few other noteworthy wilderness areas.
All that epic countryside comes with equally grand opportunities to explore the land. Hiking and mountain biking are the most popular means of traversing area trails, but there are plenty more unique tour options as well.
Adrenaline junkies will love the thrills of speeding across the desert on a rugged ATV tour. Those looking for a true wild west experience can head to MacDonald’s Ranch for a day of picturesque horseback riding. Or, if you want to experience the true meaning of a breathtaking view, then hop aboard a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Sonoran Desert.
4) Exceptional Dining and Drinks
Last but certainly not least on the list of reasons to visit Scottsdale this year is the city’s exceptional restaurant and bar scene. Scottsdale offers an incredible range dining options and nightlife hotspots that can appeal to any visitor.
As a city so rich with Old West influences, Scottsdale naturally hosts some of the finest Southwest and Mexican restaurants in all of Arizona. Along with the incredible southwest cuisine also comes some of the most refreshing southwest craft cocktails. Trust us when we say you haven’t lived until you’ve tried a Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila prickly-pear margarita.
However, Scottsdale excels at much more than just Mexican food. There are a ton of delightful restaurants with culinary influences from all over the world. FnB, for example, is a nationally acclaimed restaurant located in the heart of downtown Scottsdale. FnB showcases a constantly evolving menu of transcendent dishes crafted using ingredients locally sourced from Arizona’s top farms and purveyors.
Local Tip: Wine-Lovers Follow Scottsdale’s Wine Trail Map
Whether you’re a casual wine consumer or a certified sommelier, you’ll have a wonderful time exploring Scottsdale’s Wine Trail. There are several outstanding wine tasting rooms spread across downtown Scottsdale, and you can find them all on this wine trail map.
As you can see, there are many answers to the question of why you should visit Scottsdale this year. Scottsdale is a city that offers something for everyone, and it’s southwestern charm extends far beyond the sum of its parts to create memorable experiences you’ll cherish long after heading back home.
Explore Nashville Without Renting a Car with These Transportation Tips
What makes cities like Nashville so fun are the many great attractions and activities they offer. However, more attractions bring in more traffic that can be a pain to navigate. Even when you can fight through the traffic, there’s the ever-present challenge of finding a decent parking space.
Although Nashville doesn’t feature terrible traffic, there’s enough to make you wonder if you really need a car to get around. Fortunately, you don’t! Nashville’s public transportation is very usable, and depending on where you stay, you can even walk or bike to most places with ease.
If you’re visiting Nashville and want to avoid driving in the city, here is what you need to know.
Getting Around Nashville with Taxis and Ride Shares
For easy rides from the airport to your accommodations, a simple taxi or ride share reservation is the way to go. Simply call any one of the local taxi companies listed on the Visit Music City Transportation page, or book a ride on Uber or Lyft.
Taxi services also operate within certain areas of the city under a flat rate currently set at $25 per cab for up to four people. The service area for this flat rate forms a triangle between the Nashville International Airport, downtown, and the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.
Getting Around Nashville with WeGo Public Transport
WeGo (formerly MTA) is Nashville’s public bus and rail system. This public transportation system features over 46 bus routes and other services that can connect you with all major corridors, businesses, and attractions in the city.
To ride WeGo in Nashville, you simply download the QuickTicket app to your phone to pay for whichever pass fits your needs. Adults can pay as little as $2 for a 2-hour pass, or purchase based on the number of rides they need or days they’re staying.
Biking, Scootering, and Walking Around Nashville
Once you’re in the city proper, you’ll find that Nashville is quite easy to explore without internal combustion. Walking and riding bikes and scooters are all great ways to explore the city.
In recent years, there’s been a boom in the bike, e-bike, e-scooter rental scene within Nashville. There are a ton of bike and e-scooter rental shops across town, and there’s a program called B-Cycle that offers on-demand bike rentals at multiple stations. Once you have your bike or scooter rental, you can easily navigate Nashville extensive network of bikeways and trails.
Of course, the old-fashioned transportation method of exploring by foot also works well in Nashville. To set yourself up for success, you’ll first want to book your stay in one of GoodNight Stays’ luxury vacation rentals. Many of our rentals are located in Nashville’s most walkable neighborhoods and near popular spots like Music Row.
As you can see, there are more than enough ways to get around and enjoy Nashville without a car. The ride services, public transportation systems, and bike and scooter rental options all provide excellent alternatives to renting a car during your Nashville vacation. If you still would like to rent a car, you can find local car rental companies at the Visit Music City Transportation page.
Book One of These Luxury Vacation Rentals for Your Trip to the WM Phoenix Open
The Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the most entertaining events to attend in Arizona. This golf tournament – part of the PGA’s FedEx Cup – is also known as The People’s Open and the Greatest Show on Grass, drawing in over 700,000 visitors annually. In addition to spectacular play from the world’s top pro golfers, the WM Phoenix Open brings in an exciting and welcoming party atmosphere that you will have to experience for yourself..
Visiting the WM Phoenix Open brings up the question, where do I stay? For your trip to the open, we recommend booking one of our luxury vacation homes. All the vacation rentals listed here are less than 10 minutes away from TPC Scottsdale, where the tournament is held, and promise an extraordinary stay here in Phoenix.
2 Bed | 2 Bath | 6 Guests
This lovely rental is perfect for families and small friend groups. Scottsdale Bliss is ideally located in a gated community only 6 minutes away from TPC Scottsdale and comes with many additional great features.
Like all of GoodNight Premium Stay’s Phoenix vacation rentals, Scottsdale Bliss is elegantly designed and includes great furnishings for a comfortable stay. This vacation rental also offers access to the large heated community pool and hot tub, perfect for those cool February evenings.
3 Bed | 2 Bath | 8 Guests
Located only 5 minutes from the WM Phoenix Open, Mermazing Manor is perfect for medium sized groups visiting the tournament. This wonderful vacation home comes with all new designer furnishings, a grand open living space, remodeled bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, plus a game room with a pool table and darts!
Outside you’ll find a refreshing private hot tub and heated pool for daytime or evening swims. The backyard also comes equipped with a basketball hoop and corn hole game equipment. If that’s not enough, then you’ll also love this home’s close proximity to some of Phoenix’s best shops, restaurants and other attractions!
3 Bed | 3 Bath | 10 Guests
Another Phoenix rental only 5 minutes away from TPC Scottsdale, Bohemian Resort is perfect for larger friend groups and families. The WM Phoenix Open isn’t the only hot spot you’ll be close to at this luxury home, there are a ton of awesome Scottsdale attractions nearby like Kierland Commons, Desert Ridge, and more!
In addition to the great location, Bohemian Resort comes with entertaining features like corn hole equipment, a private pool, and a spa. To add to the golf tournament spirit, there’s a private putting green in the backyard. Now, that kind of setup is a real hole in one!
5 Bed | 3 Bath | 12 Guests
Larger groups of 7 or more will love a stay at Fling on Green. Not only does this large home near the WM Phoenix Open come equipped with all new designer furnishings and artwork, but it’s now available for extended stay options. Plus, you can discover great weekly or monthly discounts by contacting our Arizona office.
From the moment you walk through the front door of Fling on Green, you’ll see why guests love to stay here for extended stays. In addition to its luxurious furnishings and spacious open layout, this vacation home features a formal dining room, a new kitchen, a game room, and a private pool. Perfect for entertaining guests and/or taking a day to relax on your dream Phoenix vacation.
Check Out These Luxury Vacation Rentals Just Minutes Away from Nashville’s Music Row
When visiting any destination, having accommodations close to staple attractions is a monumental perk. Here in Nashville, some of the best attractions, restaurants and shops can be found at the famous Music Row along 16th and 17th South Avenues. If you’re a first-time visitor to Nashville, or if you’re visiting for a concert, you’ll definitely want to choose a rental that’s close to this downtown hub of entertainment and excitement.
Fortunately, GoodNight Premium Stays hosts a great selection of luxurious vacation rentals in short walking or driving distance to Music Row. Our rental units are all exquisitely designed and include comfortable furnishings for your stay. Plus, each of the vacation rentals featured here include either balcony or rooftop decks that make for perfect hangout spots!
Single Unit Rentals
For smaller groups such as families or bachelor/bachelorette party groups visiting Music Row in Nashville, these are the perfect vacation rentals to book during your stay!
3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1 Half Bath | 8 Guests
This incredible 3-bedroom home features an exquisite blend of upscale farmhouse style and the vibrant energy of Music City. It’s ideally situated in the heart of downtown Nashville, just 3 minutes to Music Row. You’re practically guaranteed to feel awestruck by the combination of beauty and comfort that this rental provides. The open interior and private rooftop deck with stunning city views makes this Nashville vacation home feel truly special.
Tucked away in the covered Edgehill and Music Row neighborhoods, this is the perfect rental to fully immerse yourself in the Nashville experience! Perfect for medium sized groups looking for quick access to Music Row and downtown Nashville.
4 Bed | 4 Bath | 1 Half Bath | 12 Guests
Located in the desirable West End neighborhood, Lavish Cowboy provides excellent immediate access to Broadway and Downtown Nashville as well as an easy drive to Music Row. That said, with only a 1.5-mile distance between the home and Music Row, those determined to walk or bike can certainly do so.
In addition to the great location, Lavish Cowboy features one of the largest private rooftop patios in the area. On said patio you’ll find exceptional outdoor furnishings, a BBQ grill, a double-sided fireplace, and even a private hot tub. Oh, and like the rest of our Nashville vacation rentals, the interior is comfortable and beautifully designed.
We also have several vacation rentals near Music Row that are similar to Lavish Cowboy minus an amenity or two. For a similar experience, check out:
- Music Row Manor – Much closer to Music Row. Similar property details to Lavish Cowboy, but has one fewer bathroom and no hot tub.
- Southern Glam – Same location and similar property details to Lavish Cowboy, but has a smaller covered patio and no hot tub.
Group Stay Rentals
Our group stay options allow you to book multiple rentals at competitive prices for your larger group vacations in Nashville. Those visiting Music Row for company retreats, family reunions, or wedding parties will love these group stay Nashville vacation rentals!
8 Bed | 8 Bath | 2 Half Bath | 24 Guests
As the title suggests, this group stay option combines two luxury midtown homes into one great booking! From these homes you can easily walk to several great Nashville restaurants and attractions, and at just under two miles away, it’s only a short drive to Music Row.
In addition to more space, 2 Luxe Midtown Homes comes with some exciting extra features. You’ll find a huge upstairs entertainment area with a fully furnished outdoor deck that offers great neighborhood views. If you want to workout during your stay, you’ll also have access to a fun Echelon Reflect Fitness Mirror.
13 Bed | 12 Bath | 3 Half Bath | 34 Guests
Triple Fret brings you three townhomes in the West End neighborhood, including the largest unit in the area, at a combined 7,000 sq ft. All units feature spacious layouts, include attached two-car garages (total of 6 spaces), and come with private 4th floor outdoor decks. Plus, one unit comes with a private hot tub for your group.
Just as with other rentals in the West End, Triple Fret offers your group great access to popular Nashville spots like Broadway and Music Row. And, with space for up to 34 guests, there will be plenty of room for your group!
If you to check out more great group stay options that can accommodate 30+ guests, take a look at the following options:
- 4 Luxe Town Homes – Same location and sleeps the same number of guests as Triple Fret, but spread across four townhomes. Includes three more beds, four more bathrooms, and an additional two-car garage (total of 8 spaces)
- 3 Premium Midtown Homes – Similar location as Triple Fret and sleeps up to 36 guests across three luxury townhomes. All units are spacious and include a large, fully furnished outdoor deck on the top floor, but no hot tub.
For more great accommodations, check out the rest of our Nashville vacation rentals. We have a fantastic selection of luxurious rentals spread across many of Nashville’s most desirable neighborhoods. Also, be sure to browse our Nashville Activities page for recommendations on fun things to do during your stay!
If you’re looking for a frost-free vacation destination this winter, Scottsdale, AZ is perfect for you. Winter highs typically stay in the 65°F – 75°F temperature range. Although nights can get chilly, it’s nothing that a couple extra layers won’t fix.
With these ideal conditions, Scottsdale’s desert environment shines as an extraordinary winter destination for those escaping the snow. Read on to learn more about all there is to see and do in Scottsdale during winter.
Explore the Sonoran Desert
Cooler temperatures make winter possibly the best time to explore the landscapes surrounding Scottsdale. Early winter typically sees smaller crowds, leaving more outdoor spaces for you to enjoy on your own. Plus, winter is when rattlesnakes brumate (reptile version of hibernate), so you’re less likely to encounter them on trails.
Of the many Scottsdale outdoor activities to try during winter, hiking is certainly the most popular activity. There are great trails all around, with the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and Pinnacle Peak Park marked as two of the most popular hiking areas. For a complete list of our favorite hikes, head over to our 4 Best Sunrise Hiking Areas blog post.
Another great outdoor activity that allows you to see more Sonoran Desert terrain is mountain biking. Many hiking trails are accessible for bikers, and you can cover much more ground by bike than on foot. Experienced mountain bikers can find great trails on sites like AllTrails and MTB Project. Those new to the sport – or just anyone interested – can also take a guided mountain bike tour from REI Scottsdale Adventure Tours.
BONUS ACTIVITY: You can explore Scottsdale’s desert landscapes from a bird’s eye view on a hot air balloon tour. You won’t break a sweat doing this tour like you would with the other activities, but the views are certainly extraordinary. Just be sure to wear some heavier layers for the brisk air at altitude.
Take a Swing at Scottsdale Golf Courses
Similar to hiking and biking, winter is a great season for taking a golf vacation in Scottsdale. The cool air and breathtaking desert scenery makes for excellent days out on the golf course. Of Scottsdale’s many courses, the most popular can be found at Troon North Golf Club and TPC Scottsdale. Both clubs feature a total of 36 holes that provide fun challenges to golfers of all experience levels.
If you choose to visit in late January through early February, you can also catch the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. This PGA tournament brings in over 700,000 fans every year, making it the most attended golf tournament in the world. It’s exciting to watch the pros play, while the week-long tournaments brings in a fun, party style atmosphere. Be aware, visiting during this time will make booking your own tee time at Scottsdale’s golf courses a bit more challenging with the larger golfing crowds.
Check Out Festive Winter Events
Last but not least on the list of winter activities in Scottsdale are the many festive events in town. After all, just because someone may be looking to escape the snow, that doesn’t mean they want to avoid all winter and holiday activities.
Perhaps the most popular winter event in Scottsdale is Scottsdazzle, which starts on Thanksgiving and ends on New Year’s Eve. This month-long extravaganza encompasses an immense calendar of signature events ranging from holiday experiences to culinary workshops and walking tours. There are dozens of things to do in Scottsdale during Scottsdazzle, so be sure to browse their events calendar.
Another exciting winter event is Enchant, hosted by Hallmark near Old Town in North Scottsdale. Like Scottsdazzle, Enchant runs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s and features a ton of festive attractions. The main attraction is the world’s largest Christmas light maze and village. Within the illuminated village you’ll find ice-skating, live entertainment, dining, holiday shopping, and more! Be sure to book one of our Old Town vacation rentals so you can be close to Enchant.
If you’re looking for more festive winter activities, you can catch impressive light displays with more live entertainment at the McCormick Stillman Railroad Park and at Desert Botanical Garden’s Las Noches de las Luminares. You can also find fun ice skating at the Ice Den Scottsdale as well as at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
For more information on things to do in Scottsdale during the winter, check out our Scottsdale Activities page. There you’ll find even more great information on things like Scottsdale museums, shops, nightlife, and other attractions.
Finally, be sure that your winter vacation in Scottsdale comes with the perfect accommodations by booking a vacation rental with GoodNight Premium Stays. We have a fantastic selection of luxury rentals fit for any group, and you can check them out by clicking the link below!