Where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in Nashville
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Nashville, known as the Music City, has become a huge cultural hub because of its musical artists, incredible food, and endless murals. You'll definitely find music on every corner. I promise you that you'll see at least five bachelorette parties on any given day. But don't hate. The vibe in Nashville is just plain fun. Embrace it.
I got just a taste of Nashville, but it certainly was delicious (and glutinous). I really thought I wasn't going to make it towards the end... But I assure you that it was all worth it. You'll find that this guide is fairly food-heavy, but if you know me, you know this is natural.
WHERE TO STAY
The Hermitage Hotel is a cherished landmark hotel located downtown. The hotel mixes classical Italian and French Renaissance art styles to create a distinctive piece of architecture. A favorite feature of the hotel is the beautiful painted glass skylight located in the lobby. Back in the 20s, both pro- and anti-suffrage movements called The Hermitage Hotel headquarters. Also during this time, it wouldn't be unheard of to frequently hear, "Meet me at The Hermitage Hotel"!
I stayed at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, which is located downtown in the business district. If you're okay with a few hills, it's a 5 minute walk to Broadway. The hotel features large and modern rooms with seriously comfy beds and pillows. If you end up on a high floor, you can get some great views of Nashville.
Located in the iconic Printers Alley is the Hotel Indigo Nashville. The hotel was formerly a bank and you'll still see traces of it throughout. A big hit is the speakeasy-inspired lounge which hosts live performers seven nights a week.
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WHAT TO DO
Walk down Printers Alley. Printer's Alley, named for its association and proximity to the printing and publishing industry in Nashville, is now a city center for nightlife and entertainment.
Go mural hunting. There are so many murals in Nashville that you may not see them all in one visit! Popular murals include "I believe in Nashville," the blue and white striped Draper James mural, and the Johnny Cash mural.
Hang out at the Pinewood Social Club. This place is like one big playground. For adults. This place has a very Brooklyn vibe with retro bowling lanes, killer cocktails, and great food. The furniture and décor make it a comfy hang out spot. There's even a pool!
Walk across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. For one of the best views of Nashville's skyline, head over to this bridge. The design of the bridge is stunning too!
Bar crawl down Broadway. Is any trip to Nashville complete without bar crawling your way through the crowd on Broadway? You'll notice the lines are insane to get in. Here's a tip: go in through the back entrance. There's typically no wait at all.
WHERE TO EAT
Breakfast + Brunch
Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant - This place serves both a breakfast buffet and a la carte items, including hot chicken.
Loveless Cafe - Fresh all-you-can-eat biscuits. Need I say more?
417 Union - 417 Union is an awesome breakfast spot in downtown Nashville serving southern cuisine. I promise it's worth the wait.
Hattie B's Hot Chicken - The place for hot chicken. If you go anywhere for hot chicken, let it be Hattie B's.
Edley's East - For a casual lunch spot, head to Edley's East. You won't go wrong with the wings or the catfish tacos.
Acme Feed & Seed - This place has bar food and sushi. I promise it's not weird though. Make sure you check out the rooftop. There's live music too.
Etch - This restaurant is on the fancier side, but don't let that turn you off. The food is so good. Don't forget about the butter tasting.
Merchants - The first floor and second floors have completely different vibes. For a more intimate dinner, opt for the second floor. You can't go wrong with any of the entrees here.
Le Sel - Great modern French cuisine. The ambience was casual, but trendy. Check out the oyster bar in the middle of the restaurant too.