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New attractions, expansions, restaurants, hotels and more have arrived in Tennessee to make 2021 a brighter year. Check out the new music museum opening in Nashville, the new restaurants in Chattanooga and the expansions of one of the oldest chess clubs in the U.S. in Memphis.

Here's a sampling of what's new in Tennessee in 2021.

East Tennessee

Director Greg Nicotero and actor Norman Reedus from “The Walking Dead” opened their second restaurant in the Chattanooga Choo Choo complex - Nic & Norman's. The classic, historic architecture of the Choo Choo is given an edgy vibe as the décor tells the stories of both restaurant and train station throughout the space. Laidback entrees like brisket mac and cheese, ribeye steak and chicken pot pie can be ordered as well as an array of burgers.

Explore the eight miles of hiking trails that lead you to scenic vistas at David Crockett State Park, there's the option to pitch a tent at one of the newly renovated campsites or rent an LEED-certified cabins. The seven cabins are near Lindsey Lake and are completely furnished with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, full kitchen and covered patio. The park has two campgrounds with 107 sites some equipped with a table, fire ring and grill and 30 amp electrical and water hookups. Finish your evening with a meal at Crockett’s Mill Restaurant including ribeye, chicken and pasta. 

Songbirds Foundation is creating a new interactive learning experience and performance hall inside the former Songbirds Guitar Museum with an expected opening of Autumn 2021. The guitar-centric educational space will feature hands-on exhibits for all ages, exhibits on Chattanooga music history and rotating exhibits featuring stories from pickers, producers and players. The space will also serve as a music venue, featuring big-name artists in an intimate setting. 

Middle Tennessee

Opening in Spring this year, The Mulehouse will keep Columbia, Tennessee rocking all night long. The new music and event venue will be 55,500 square feet located a few blocks from the downtown square. Established by country radio personality and broadcaster, Blair Garner, The Mulehouse will play host to today’s top artists and upcoming stars.

New this year is the Fifth + Broadway development in downtown Nashville is the National Museum of African American Music. A 56,000-square foot facility dedicated to preserving and celebrating music genres created, influenced and inspired by African Americans. Exihibits will have interactive technology covering more than 50 genres and subgenres including jazz, songs and sounds from the Civil Rights Movement, hip hop, blues and more.

West Tennessee

The Memphis Chess Club, founded in 1877, is one of the oldest chess clubs in the America. It’s recently undergone a reinvention to include a full service café which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Order loaded croissants with bacon, cheddar and egg, acai bowls and pastries, espresso and teas for breakfast, sandwiches, salads and pizza throughout the whole day, then sit back and watch chess games or play chess by taking a class. Learn how you can also participate in casual chess play or enter tournaments. 

The Rosemark-Kerrville Rural Heritage Trail is a 24-mile tour route for cars or bicycles connecting Rosemark, Kerrville, Barretville, Mudville and Stewartville. The tour covers world-famous blues singer Bobby Blue Bland, a Civil War raid, an early rural telephone company with a bicycle-riding repairman and other incredible stories.

For more information on any of the above email tennessee@deep-south-usa.com


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