Nashville is an interesting place. It’s not the first place you think of when you think of “The South,” but it has all the charm you expect from “The South.” You’ll also find a nightlife scene that could rival Las Vegas. Then there’s the music—arguably the best country music town in America. Add to that plenty of incredible dining, bars, museums, and other cultural attractions and it’s not hard to see why Nashville is one of the hottest vacation destinations on the planet right now. Here’s a look at where to stay, eat, and play while visiting “Music City, USA.”
Where To Stay
The Hermitage Hotel
It’s almost impossible to pick a “best” hotel in Nashville. There are plenty to choose from in every price range. With so many options, our only logical choice is to suggest a classic. The Hermitage has been in Nashville since 1910 and is still one of the top hotel picks in the city. It boasts the kind of fancy décor and old-world charm that you just don’t find in modern hotels. In addition to the lavish digs, you’ll also find that the rooms are a little bigger than you’ll find in most downtown hotels. In short, if you’re looking for the Cadillac of Nashville hotels, you can stop your search with The Hermitage.
Where To Eat
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Our hotel recommendation is definitely on the fancy end of the spectrum. Our restaurant recommendation is not. Sure, you can find plenty of fancy restaurants to dine at during your Nashville vacation, but take our word for it and spend at least one night eating at Hattie B’s. There’s nothing fancy here. You’ll be sitting at a picnic table and eating out of a basket lined with checkered paper. It’s what’s in those baskets that make it so special, though. Hattie B’s is home to the best damn hot chicken and soul food you’ll find anywhere in the world.
What To Do
Grand Ole Opry
When it comes to what to do in Nashville, it’s probably the toughest choice on our list. There are literally hundreds of activities and venues to choose from. In this case, we decided to go with the obvious choice. The Grand Ole Opry is the Mecca of country music and it is the premier music venue in Nashville. An evening at the Opry could bring both legendary acts that your grandparents grew up with and newcomers alike. Everyone from Johnny Cash to The Eagles has graced the stage, and it’s also host to the longest running live broadcast in history. Even if you don’t catch a live performance do yourself a favor and book a tour of the Ryman Auditorium. You won’t regret it.