Known as both the “Athens of the South” and “Music City,” Nashville offers incredible culture, shopping, restaurants, and, of course, there’s the music. Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, add these hot spots to your itinerary.
Southern hospitality meets Southern sophistication at the four-star Hutton Hotel, one of Nashville’s hottest addresses. The eco-friendly hotel (there is even a hybrid courtesy car available) is just minutes from the downtown music scene, famed Music Row, local art galleries, universities, and cultural attractions. Upon arrival, sculptor Malcolm Susman’s life-size, 6-foot-high horse statue named Hut greets you in the lobby of the pet-loving hotel (no need to leave Fido at home) and sets the stage for a wonderful experience. Book one of their contemporary-style rooms for the Country Music Awards or the CMA Music Festival and expect to see a celebrity or two in the sleek and inviting lobby.
If formal and grand is more to your liking, check out the Hermitage Hotel, a Nashville five-star luxury property located in the heart of the city’s business district and just a short walk to the city’s state capitol and the famed Ryman Auditorium. Travelers from six American presidents to Al Capone and Greta Garbo have enjoyed the hotel’s Old-World Southern charm since 1910. Be sure to experience the Southern-fusion cuisine downstairs at the Capitol Grille.
Housed in a former 1900s railway station, Union Station Hotel in downtown Nashville is one of the most majestic buildings of the Nashville skyline. Blending history with contemporary surroundings, the National Historic Landmark and hotel is an architectural wonder, boasting a 65-foot, barrel-vaulted lobby ceiling with gold-leaf medallions and 100-year-old prism stained glass. Guests can dine on organic vegetables and hormone-free meats at the hotel’s Prime 108 restaurant.
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