The Best Places to Travel in October

BY Natalie DellaMura Blevens

By late summer, many of us are looking forward to October and anticipating that chill in the air that makes us reach for a sweater or stash away our tired summer clothes. It’s a good time for a change of scenery as well as a wardrobe switchover. Many destinations are ideal in October, and it’s a pleasure to travel when nearly everyone else is back to school or work.

Making themselves even more appealing as destinations, cities stage festivals and special events. Some travelers seek those out, always looking for different experiences in new places. Music-based events are frequent in Nashville, and a few are scheduled in October, although any day there is fine for entertainment.

Nashville, Tennessee

This always vibrant city is extra pleasant in autumn when summer crowds have fizzled, bachelorettes have do-si-doed out of town, and temperatures range from comfortable daytime upper 60s to low 50s in the evening. Kick off the month at the Whiskey, Wine and Cider Festival at the Bedford on Oct. 1. With proceeds benefiting the Emergency Access Fund to assist local breast cancer patients, the festival is a charitable good time. Music City lives up to its name this month with headliners such as the Breakaway Music Festival on Oct. 11-12 at Fair Park and a tribute to country music icon Dolly Parton at the Grand Ole Opry on the same date. Nashville’s annual Free Day of Music offers tunes for every taste from jazz to rock and country at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Oct. 20. The Bridgestone Arena presents Sir Elton John’s Farewell Yellowbrick Road Tour on Monday, Oct. 28. Football fans may choose to spend a day cheering on the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. With a multitude of restaurants in town, finding a delectable meal is easy. Southern barbecue is always a good choice, and a true Nashville original is hot chicken served in varying degrees of spice. Located in the center of downtown Nashville near lively bars and restaurants, the pet-friendly Bobby Hotel offers exceptional service and modern eclectic design. An on-site café and restaurant serve up tasty dining options, and the hotel has a choice of bars including the unique rooftop lounge complete with a refurbished 1956 retro bus and views of downtown.