By Kelly Magyarics

The afternoon of August 21, 2017 will mark the first time since 1918 that a total solar eclipse will be visible across the entire contiguous United States. (And another one like it won’t occur again until 2024.) To celebrate the occasion, restaurants and bars are adding a bit of starry magic to their menus with items inspired by this rare celestial event. It’s a great excuse for a gathering, so cross your fingers for clear skies and don’t forget your eclipse glasses!

By Chris Chamberlain

Nashvillians will tell just about anyone who asks that Music City is a great place to be from. But in moments of honesty (or after a few pints at a Downtown bar filled with the cacophony of multiple bachelorette parties), they may also admit that sometimes it’s also a great place to get away from. Here are some quick escapes from town when the urge to travel strikes.