Experience Music City at the 2017 Annual Meeting!
Registration now open for PECAA Members!
We are ramping up for our biggest and best Annual Meeting yet, May 18-20, 2017 in Nashville, TN. The Annual Meeting is PECAA’s signature event of the year and offers unparalleled business education and networking opportunities for all PECAA Member doctors and staff – all at no registration fee!
Get the scoop on what’s hot in Nashville
As we move closer to the Annual Meeting date, we will be sharing fun facts, tid-bits of history and hints about the experiences that await you in Nashville. Wondering what the city is known for? Turns out it’s much more than just country music. Below, check out our top five things to experience while you’re there…
Music City USA, Nashville is home to such celebrated locales as The Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman, and The Grand Ole Opry. Street musicians decorate downtown, sending wafts of blues, country rock, and pop into the ears and hearts of passersby. An endless profusion of honky tonk bars and exclusively country venues adorn second avenue, where line dancers are known to enthusiastically kick up their heels. The city that has never met a stranger, Nashvillians are proud of their music scene and a history that includes all genres. All walks of music are celebrated and explored, and everyone is welcome to join in the music.
From Vanderbilt University to Belmont, Nashville’s proud of their wide array and variety of colleges and universities scattered throughout the area. Knowledge is celebrated in the city, earning it the nickname, “Athens of the South.” Tennessee State, David Lipscomb, and the American Baptist College join Belmont and Vanderbilt in settling their campuses into the lush landscape of Music City. Tourists should be sure to head over to TSU to get a full understanding of the college football fervor in the South, bask in the energy and rhythm of Belmont’s gorgeous campus, and stroll the stately grounds of Vanderbilt.
Where there’s music, there’s almost always dancing, and in Nashville that’s for certain. Country music aficionados will find delight in Nashville’s famous honky-tonkin’ (also known as bar hopping). Heading over to a honky-tonk is one of the most popular past-times in Nashville. Word of warning to visitors seeking throbbing bass beats and flashing lights, more often than not, a dance club in Nashville will involve line dancing and sawdust. But there are a few typical dance clubs throughout the downtown area. The Lower Broadway neighborhood offers the most impressive spread of honky tonks and late night music venues in the city. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, Hillsboro Village offers great eats and drinks, just outside of downtown.
Southern Comfort food, there’s nothing like it, and in Nashville southern fares are synonymous with good eats. Time-honored, time-tested institutions like Arnold’s Country Kitchen, with its outstanding fried green tomatoes and to-die-for meatloaf, will have mouths watering and bellies grumbling. Though Tennessee barbecue is more strongly associated with Memphis, it’s certainly a staple of the Nashville dining scene as well, as evidenced by authentic restaurants like Jack’s Barbecue (directly across from Ryman auditorium). Patrons should be sure to track down some genuine Nashville hot chicken (a local specialty) at must-try rivals Princes Hot Chicken and Hattie B’s, and indulge in the unforgettable home cooking of Loveless Cafe and Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant.
Nashville is a family-oriented town, and aims to please children of all ages. Whether families come to visit Universities and gain perspective of the collegiate life, or are interested in exploring a southern perspective of the Civil War, Nashville is a great destination for a family vacation. The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is a sprawling, state-of-the-art facility that encompasses a large plantation replete with a Greek revival mansion. From the giraffes to rhinoceros to Bengal tiger, the zoo offers a captivating walk on the wild side. If you’re looking for history to come to life, the Belle Meade Plantation, Carnton Mansion, Centennial Park and Adventure Science Museum are the perfect excursion for kids and adults alike.
Ready to explore?
Register today! Now is the time to secure your spot in this can’t-miss event – open to all PECAA Member doctors and staff at no registration fee! For complete details and up-to-date information on the 2017 Annual Meeting, visit www.pecaa.com/2017-annual-meeting