Some people move to the beat of their own drum. Whether that be the soothing sounds emanating from a jazz saxophonist, the relaxing riffs from a guitarist starting in on a George Harrison cover or steady beats coming from a percussionist’s snare drum. And while you’ve never been picky about music genres—music is the universal language, after all—you appreciate the toe-tapping sounds of a country string band, which is why a getaway to Nashville is in your wheel house. There’s a reason why this place is nicknamed Music City. From legendary venues like the Grand Ole Opry to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, this town is a music lover’s mecca. And there’s much more this city has to offer, but first you need to book a stay at one of the wonderful Nashville hotels.
Things to Do in Nashville
When you’re ready to pay your respects to country music’s most influential artists, make your way to Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. If you think you’ve seen grand musical collections before, you haven’t seen or heard anything like this. Step into the world of this unique music genre with over 200,000 sound recordings, 500,000 photographs, and 30,000 moving film images. Not to mention all the historical artifacts jammed into this amazing space.
In Nashville, the only thing that may be more important than a great country tune is the local National Football Team, the Tennessee Titans. Check out the hotels in Nashville near Nissan Stadium so the walk from your room to your 50-yard line seat will be effortless. Enjoy cold ones with the locals while rooting for the home team. After an afternoon of football, you’ll understand why this is one of the best things to do in Nashville.
When you’re wondering where to stay in Nashville, any of the hotels near the Grand Ole Opry will do. Why? Because this may be one of the most well-known music venues in the country and a getaway to this town should include a live show within these hallowed walls. Just a small list of some of the artists who’ve graced this stage include Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Willie Nelson. Bluegrass and country paired with a warm glass of bourbon, what could be better?
Eating and Drinking
Yes, it’s true this town is traditionally a music city, but the growing food scene sprouting up from Rutledge Hill to downtown is worth taking note of. A self-guided food tour will have your taste buds dancing with joy when you treat them to local delicacies like a hot chicken open-faced sandwich. Round it out with a plate of grilled brisket and a handful of goo goo clusters—a candy bar with marshmallow nougat, caramel, and roasted peanuts smothered in milk chocolate. Depending on the time of day, wash it all down with a tall glass of fruit tea or a Mason jar filled with a tasty frosty libation made with whiskey or bourbon called a bushwacker.
After you’ve filled up on some of the best comfort food you’ll find in the South, explore the city’s budding craft brewery scene. The West Coast may be the king of the castle in terms of craft beer companies, but the capital of the great state of Tennessee is nipping at its heels. Start off in the popular Gulch neighborhood at Yazoo Brewing Company with their award winning Embrace the Funk Cherry Deux Rouges. Still feeling hungry? The West End neighborhood is home to Blackstone Brewing Company where their in-house brew pub whips up hardwood grilled steaks that pair perfectly with their St. Charles Porter.
Music City’s Green Belts
It’s not hard to find a beautiful, open green space to soak up the sun and revel in Mother Nature. The other nickname to this city is the “Athens of the South” and when you first lay eyes on an exact replica of Greece’s Parthenon in Centennial Park, it’ll be easy to understand why. Since the park is located in Midtown, you won’t have a problem finding great Nashville lodging.
South of the Green Hills neighborhood lies a pair of public parks perfect for your wandering spirit. Warner Parks will treat you to hiking trails lined with eye-catching dogwood trees, picnic tables along the Little Harpeth River, and outdoor music shows in the sprawling fields. There’s no better way to greet the sunset than with the relaxing sounds drifting off the strings of a skilled banjo player.
It’ll be hard to not spend time along the banks of the Cumberland River so when you get the urge, head over to the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center and Greenway. Trade your hiking boots for a set of wheels and handlebars because you won’t find better bike paths anywhere else in the city. Let calming waters of the river allow your mind to drift away with the warm breeze.
We understand that some of the best places to stay in Nashville can be hard to leave, but it won’t hurt to get out of town for a few days. The central location of this southern metropolis makes it a perfect home base for a road trip. Make the 176-mile journey north to Louisville and visit the museum dedicated to “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” The twin spires at Churchill Downs is home to the Kentucky Derby Museum and is a must-do.
If a road trip in-state is more appetizing to you, the lovely city of Chattanooga is a quick 133-mile trip to the state’s southeast corner. If you thought creatures of the deep couldn’t exist in the Deep South think again. The Tennessee aquarium will transport you to a world far away from where you’re currently located.
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