From the Grand Ole Opry and nouvelle Southern cuisine to one-of-a-kind boutiques, Nashville has it all. Country fans, rock stars, artists, and families—this city plays host to all with a rhythm of its own.
Hang your hat at any of these Nashville hotels for a warm welcome. From sleek glass towers with floor-to-ceiling windows, to updated classics, to smaller more bohemian spots—there is no shortage of luxurious accommodations.
Omni Nashville Hotel : A guitar pick’s throw from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, this ultra-modern hotel features a rooftop pool for guests to ring in the New Year.
Union Station Hotel: This landmark hotel is a stunning renovation of Nashville’s historic railway station, featuring the original terminal’s stained-glass ceiling.
Hutton Hotel: The always-happening Hutton boasts local art, hybrid shuttles, and great people watching. The restaurant draws Music-Row players closing deals over delicious haute Southern cooking.
When you think of Nashville cuisine, pulled pork and hot chicken might spring to mind. But, like the rest of town, it’s having a renaissance. From five-star innovations to signature libations, the city’s culinary scene is an extraordinary mix of local celebration and elevated re-imaginings.
Husk: The restaurant that pushed Nashville cuisine onto the national stage, this gem with a sister restaurant in Charleston cooks up complex flavors that glorify the region. In fact, it’s so authentic that James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock applies special rules for everything he plates. According to Brock, “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door.” Dining on shrimp and grits in a Victorian-era mansion…what’s more Southern than that?
Marché Artisan Foods: This European-style bistro is a must for the sophisticated menu and down-home setting in East Nashville’s historic Five Points neighborhood. For locals and tourists alike the weekend brunch is a go-to destination, as you’ll probably notice from the wait—which is well worth it! Menus change according to local and seasonal products, but be sure not to miss the Gruyère grits.
Rumours East: A short walk from Five Points, this neighborhood hotspot serves impeccable Southern fare and cocktails with an international twist. Channel the pre-Prohibition era while sipping an Ol’ Saz-hattan in the 1900’s Victorian house, or sit outside on the popular pergola-covered patio. After enjoying crawfish gyoza or a braised pulled pork shoulder, be sure to savor your cocktail by the fire.
As a home base for wanderers, browsers and a beacon for newcomers, Nashville has the kind of unique shopping that’s worth a plane trip. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone special, the city is teeming with diverse options that range from artsy to luxurious to quirky to sublime.
Abode: This adorable boutique offers locally made home and gourmet items. Located in the dynamic Fatherland District, the area bills itself as an “eclectic community of shopping, artistry, and entertainment.” Polish off your shopping list, then hop next door and polish off a slice of pie at BAKERY by Frothy Monkey.
White’s Mercantile: This updated version of a general store showcases handcrafted gifts that represent the owner’s favorite finds while on the road as a musician. True to her roots, owner Holly Williams creates musical playlists to “tickle your fancy” as you peruse everything from blankets to boot wax.
Garden Park Antiques: Nashville designer Keith Merry’s showroom is filled with hundreds of unique architectural creations and custom-made furniture. Minutes from downtown, the 4,000 square-foot gallery has become a frequent stop for architects, designers and those with an artistic eye.
Nashville sure knows how to throw a party, so it’s not surprising that the holidays there are especially festive. You’ll find countless things to do, see and celebrate, so we’ve narrowed it down to these two epic events.
Deck the Hall at the Country Music Hall of Fame: Celebrate with star-studded holiday programs from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum between now and December 23rd. You can take photos with Santa and decorate cookies before catching the Keith Urban exhibit. Whether your musical taste favors Lonestar or The Oak Ridge Boys, be sure to catch a live show while you’re in town.
Bash on Broadway, New Year’s Eve in Music City: Nashville’s answer to the ball drop in Times Square, is of course, a musical note. This monumental annual street party features show-stopping fireworks, local vendors, and of course, tons of bands. Kings of Leon, one of the most successful groups that hail from Nashville, will headline the event and celebrate 2016 with some homegrown rock.