New Year/New Nashville Playlist
Here in Music City we like to play, whether it be play music or just get out and play around town. But what do you get when you put both forms of play together? A Music City Playlist where you can listen to a 'playlist' of Nashville artists while putting together your 'play' list of what to do when you’re here. For this inaugural Music City Playlist we’ve put together a fun playlist of Nashville artists that will kick off your New Year on an upbeat note, as well as a three day play list of things to do on your New Year/New Nashville getaway.
Day 1 – New Year, New Nashville
First things first, settle into one of Nashville’s new or recently renovated hotels. Downtown options include the beautiful 800-room Omni Nashville Hotel, as well as Hyatt Place. Close by is the new Homewood Suites by Hilton on West End, and for a more boutique experience, check in at the unique five-room 404 Hotel in The Gulch. Several hotels have recently received million-dollar renovations including Hilton Nashville Downtown, Loews Vanderbilt, Hotel Indigo Downtown, Midtown's Aloft, and Renaissance Nashville Hotel.
Next, take in the historic and music-filled downtown scene on the Music City Trolley Hop. Hop off at your leisure at historic spots such as the Tennessee State Capitol, The Parthenon, and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. This state-of-the-art facility features more than 40,000 square feet of country music artifacts, and recently received a 220,000-square-foot, $75 million expansion that more than doubles the size. Experience the new Taylor Swift Education Center, along with the museum’s current exhibits, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country, and Reba McEntire: All the Women I Am.
For lunch, walk to one of SoBro's (South of Broadway) hottest new restaurants, Pub5, The Farm House, or Husk. Pub5 is a 3-story bar and restaurant across from Bridgestone Arena that has a casual pub vibe and a great rooftop patio. The Farm House has a cozy feel with its repurposed barn wood and local microbrews, while Husk features award-winning Southern cuisine.
Take the afternoon to visit two of Nashville’s hottest new attractions, the Johnny Cash Museum and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. The Johnny Cash Museum houses the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts in the world – it’s no wonder that National Geographic included them on their “Pitch-Perfect Museums” list! See never-before-seen historical documents, letters, awards, costumes and instruments that take you on a three-dimensional journey through Johnny Cash’s life. The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, located in the Municipal Auditorium, honors musicians from stars to studio players that represent all genres of music and features the very instruments used to record some of music’s greatest hits.
Enjoy dinner at the recently opened 404 Kitchen in The Gulch. The kitchen is located in front of the 404 Hotel, with a menu that’s determined by available produce at local farms, including herbs grown on the hotel’s roof. End the night by hitting Nashville’s world famous honky tonks on Lower Broadway such as Robert’s Western World and the newly-expanded Tootsie’s, where artists such as Dierks Bentley, Gretchen Wilson, and Rascal Flatts got their start.
Day 2 - Only in Music City
Begin your day at the fabulous biscuit bar in Kitchen Notes, located inside the Music City Center’s new headquarter hotel, the Omni Nashville Hotel. You don’t want to miss these homemade jams and honey! The 21-story hotel’s design and décor, culinary, lifestyle, and retail venues are reflective of Nashville. In other words, music is woven throughout the entire building.
Before leaving the Omni, visit Hatch Show Print, one of America’s oldest letterpress poster print shops and has created unique posters for artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Kings of Leon, and Taylor Swift. Across the street from the Omni Hotel is the Music City Center, Nashville’s newest convention center that opened in May 2013. Built out at 1.2 million square feet, the MCC stretches six city blocks and 19 acres. Along with meeting space, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame is located inside the MCC and teaches about the history of songwriting and the members of the Hall of Fame.
For lunch, give your taste buds a thrill with a Nashville staple, hot chicken. Hattie B’s is located in Midtown and is the newest hot chicken joint that serves up various levels of spiciness. If you’re not a fan of the heat, try Edley’s East in East Nashville. Uniting the meat-and-three with a traditional barbecue restaurant, this fast-casual eatery serves up smoked pork, chicken, turkey, brisket, ribs, wings, and much more. Wash it down with a cold local brew at Fat Bottom Brewery, located next door to Edley’s.
Take the afternoon to discover why USA Today ranked Nashville No. 4 “Best U.S. City for Shopping”. Nashville’s unique neighborhoods, such as East Nashville, offers incredible shopping options including Fanny’s House of Music, Goodbuy Girls - named “One of South’s Top 10 Boot-iques” by Southern Living, and the neighborhood’s newest addition, The Shoppes on Fatherland.
Next, explore 12South neighborhood as it is one of the up-and-coming places to live and socialize. As Travel + Leisure named Nashville one of “America’s Best Cities for Ice Cream” and “Best Cities for Coffee,” pop into Frothy Monkey and enjoy a Monkey Mocha. Have ice cream on your mind? Enjoy a sweet treat at Jeni’s Ice Cream, which recently opened its second location in 12South. Try Brambleberry Crisp, Wildberry Lavender, or Pistachio & Honey and you’ll be singing a sweet tune! Also new to 12South is Leona by Lauren Leonard, a women’s high-end contemporary clothing line that is co-based in Nashville and New York City. Leona is becoming one of the fastest growing contemporary labels in fashion today and has celebrity fans like Taylor Swift and Giuliana Rancic.
Grab a glass of wine on the outdoor patio at 12South’s newest restaurant Josephine, and head over to Pinewood Social for dinner. Pinewood Social is Nashville’s newest social gathering space that is located inside of an old trolley barn. Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night options, a six-lane bowling alley, and a private karaoke room, you may never leave!
Be sure to check out one of Nashville’s 120 live music venues. MSN Lifestyle named Nashville one of the “12 Best Cities for a Night on the Town”, so entertainment is around every corner. With options ranging from the rockin’ Exit/In, newly renovated 12th & Porter, 3rd & Lindsley, and The Basement, to authentic bluegrass venue Station Inn, and local favorite Mercy Lounge - make it easy on yourself and download the Nashville Live Music Guide app so you know who is playing where.
Day 3 - The Perfect Ending
Start off the morning in Germantown with a hot cup of Road Rage at Garage Coffee Company.
If you are in town at the beginning of February, spend the afternoon taking advantage of the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville or the Nashville Antique Week. For a more family-friendly afternoon, check out the Nashville Zoo, or experience the Adventure Science Center and interactively explore the Adventure Tower, BlueMax or the Sudekum Planetarium. The Tinkering Garage exhibit will open at the Adventure Science Center on Feb. 1 and is Nashville’s first DIY maker-space for families and science enthusiasts of all ages!
Enjoy appetizers and pre-dinner drinks at Music City Tippler, an industrial chic cocktail bar that has recently opened its first location outside of New York City. Head to Germantown and try Nashville’s newest neighborhood joint, Rolf & Daughters, a new restaurant that has been named one of Esquire’s and Bon Appetit’s “Best New Restaurants in America”. The amazing hand-made pasta, 18-foot ceilings, exposed brick, and beautiful iron windows all combine for an unforgettable experience.
End your trip with a songwriters’ night at the legendary Bluebird Cafe, or take your friends and family to a Nashville Predators game (Nashville’s NHL ice hockey team). The Predators play through April at Bridgestone Arena. For a full list of their schedule, visit: http://predators.nhl.com/club/schedule.htm.