Outer Donelson-Hermitage – Nashville, TN

A fast-growing part of metro Nashville, the Donelson-Hermitage area sits just 7 miles from downtown Nashville, making it an ideal location for people who want to live near downtown without downtown prices. East of what's typically considered "East Nashville," local restaurants and shops cropping up all along the main corridor of Lebanon Pike create a great mix of unique local places and needed staples like Walgreens and Kroger. The area's cost of living sits below the average for metro Nashville, and cheap and readily accessible public transportation make the it easy to navigate. Steeped in local and national history, the Donelson-Hermitage area is fast becoming the neighborhood of choice for Nashville’s young professionals.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

The restaurant scene in the Donelson-Hermitage area continues to grow, to the delight of residents, with McNamara's Irish Pub serving as a popular gathering place. Frequented by the ever-growing population of young professionals moving into the area, this establishment's menu features classic Irish pub fare. Standouts include the fish and chips and the shepherds pie. It also has live music on the weekends, with the owner's band often headlining. Decked out with historical photographs, Gaelic sports memorabilia, Irish instruments, music albums, tin pub signs and other Irish decor, this pub proffers a friendly ambiance that brings locals back time and time again. Located in a historic farmhouse off Old Elm Hill Pike, Ellendale's restaurant stands as one of the Donelson-Hermitage area's hidden gems. A farm-to-table restaurant with a creative and hand-crafted menu by chef Julia Buhler, this restaurant features items with names like the James Bond: an appetizer dish with tender pieces of steak sauteed with green olives, garlic and shallots, with splashes of gin and cream garnished with toasted focaccia. Quality organic food at reasonable prices has people from all over metro Nashville coming to Ellendale's. Dear Sushi located on Stewarts Ferry Pike ranks as one of the most popular sushi restaurants in all of Nashville, while the Hermitage Steak House holds the status of a Nashville fine-dining classic. Uncle Bud's Catfish on Old Lebanon Road serves up fried catfish as well as fried oysters, steak and chicken. Your home-style meal includes all you can eat servings of coleslaw, hush puppies, white beans, pickles and onions. Top off you meal with a generous portion of the homemade banana pudding. No matter what your favorite food, you can find it in the Donelson-Hermitage area. Many locals make the trek closer to downtown, midtown or to the Five Points area of East Nashville for nightlife. That said, many laid-back options exist in the Donelson-Hermitage for night-time entertainment. The Rusty Nail, a sports bar off of Andrew Jackson Parkway, features a sand volleyball court behind its extra-large patio. You can catch amateur league action here as well during the summer, and the place has all the top sports action on TV every week. Every Friday and Saturday night since 1974, the Grand Old Opry has broadcast from the Opry House, also located in the Donelson-Hermitage area. The longest running radio show in history, the Grand Old Opry showcases up-and-coming and classic country music recording artists every week.

History & Culture

The Donelson-Hermitage area stands as one of the most historic areas of Nashville, with the exception of downtown. Home to the Two Rivers Mansion and Buchanan Log House, this area also served as the home of Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the U.S. and the face of the twenty-dollar bill. Known as The Hermitage, this famous site ranks as the fifth most-visited presidential home in the country. Located off Lebanon Pike, The Hermitage draws over 200,000 visitors every year. Colonial John Donelson, one the co-founders of Nashville, settled much of the land now known as the Doneslon-Hermitage area. His daughter Rachel married Andrew Jackson, and one of his grandchildren, Andrew Jackson Donelson, became a candidate for vice-president in the 1850’s and another, Daniel Smith Donelson, served as a prominent Confederate General in the Civil War.


Personal vehicles serve as the most widely used type of transportation in the Donelson-Hermitage area, though increasingly popular MTA bus lines and the Music City Star (a train system) run frequently. Lebanon Pike, the main road in the Donelson-Hermitage area, runs directly through the middle of the area, with Stewarts Ferry Pike and Old Hickory Boulevard the other major roads that run perpendicular. Interstate 40 runs along the south border of the area, easily accessible at many points from the main thoroughfares. While the Donelson-Hermitage area doesn't present as a traditionally walkable neighborhood, plentiful sidewalks and bike lanes allow residents to get around by foot in a limited fashion. Cab services and ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft also service the Donelson-Hermitage area. Abundant parking graces the area, with most all retailers having large parking right out front and most apartments and houses having parking lots and driveways.


The Donelson-Hermitage area makes an affordable choice in comparison to much of metro Nashville, with average rent of around $750 for a one-bedroom apartment. Public transportation options get you around town for as low as $3. On average, gas prices sit lower in the area than in many parts of the city, and dip consistently lower than the national average. The price of a beer in Donelson-Hermitage sits on par with the rest of the city, with prices of $3 for domestics and $5 for imports, though many happy hour and daily specials can push that price lower.


The Donelson-Hermitage area contains the mother-of-all Nashville shopping, Opry Mills Mall. Sitting on the banks of the Cumberland River, the massive mall occupies land that was once one of Nashville’s major tourist attractions, the theme park Opryland. Inside the mall, over a hundred stores draw visitors from miles around, including national chains like Gap Outlet, Bass Pro Shop, and Banana Republic. Three full-service restaurants, a food court with a carnival carousel ride, and an IMAX movie theater round out the amenities visitors find here. For high-end boutique shopping, make the trip into other areas of Nashville, such as Hillsboro Village or Green Hills. Across from the mall on one side sits the Grand Ole Opry, and on the other, you'll find the Opryland USA -- a massive Gaylord resort that hosts one of the most spectacular Christmas light displays in the country every year. Residents of the Donelson-Hermitage area have a wide array of choices when it comes to stocking their pantries. A Kroger and Publix on Lebanon Pike making picking up grocery staples convenient, and a Target and Wal-Mart on Old Hickory Boulevard proffer additional choices. Also scattered along the main thoroughfares of the area, you'll find other big-box retailers like Home Depot, Best Buy, Old Navy and more. If you want local fresh produce, hop on Interstate 40 and head to the farmers market in the Germantown neighborhood, north of downtown.


Percy Priest Lake lies within the Donelson-Hermitage area, and many parks around the lake offer fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, biking, boating and even horseback riding. Nashville Shores Water Park sits on the bank of the lake near the Opry Mills Mall and gives locals a place to cool off during the hot summer months. The Stones River Bend Park has a greenway, and Stone Hall Park features a small walking trail and some picnic benches that run beside the banks of the river.
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