Nashville Travel: A Guide To Music City

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Nashville's Top 10 Places to Stay

  • Hermitage Hotel

    231 Sixth Avenue North
    Nashville, TN 37219
    888-888-9414
    (615) 244-3121
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    Rate: $249-$439 suite

    One of Nashville's premiere hotels for over a century, the Hermitage Hotel is steeped in history. Six presidents have stayed there, including John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as luminaries like Bette Davis, Greta Garbo and gangster Al Capone. The lobby oozes old school luxury with its exquisite Italian marble, stained glass ceiling and Russian walnut paneling, yet the guest rooms have been upgraded to meet 21st century desires for the finer things. One of the top restaurants in Nashville, the Capitol Grille, is in the lower level. Believe it or not, one of the big draws to the building is a men's bathroom, a restored Art Deco masterpiece so impressive, it compels women to sneak in and take a peek.

  • Hutton Hotel

    1808 West End Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37203
    (615) 340-9333
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    Rate: $189-$199 double; $249 suite

    This is a place for the Nashville visitor who wouldn't mind dialing back a bit on the whole "Music City" vibe. One of the newest hotels in town, the Hutton brings an element of style that truly represents the cosmopolitan nature of the city. The contemporary design utilizes décor that is environmentally friendly, including bamboo flooring and furnishings, as well as a hybrid car that shuttles guests to various attractions around town.

    The hotel's 1808 Grille, serving New American cuisine, has already established itself as one of the new hot spots. One note: If you want to have a few extra calories at dinner, several of the suites are equipped with in-room cardio equipment.

  • Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

    2800 Opryland Drive
    Nashville, TN 37214
    Individual Reservations:
    1-866-972-OPRY (6779)
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    Rate: $199-$274 double;
    $319-$3500 suite

    With over 2,800 rooms and 600,000 square feet of meeting space, this sprawling resort has been a must-see Music City landmark and premiere destination for over 35 years. Almost a city in and of itself, there are dozens and dozens of places and activities to keep you entertained, including a 27,000-foot European-inspired spa, a tour of the Cumberland River on the 300-foot riverboat the General Jackson, and the Grand Ole Opry right next door. Even though the complex is located five miles outside of Nashville, the resort provides plenty of transportation options to allow you to see the sites in the city.

    Take note: One of Opryland's most impressive sites is indoors: the nine-acre botanical gardens with a four-story waterfall and 1/4 mile-long river.

    NIGHT AT THE OPRY PACKAGES FROM $106
    See the show and stay the night! Experience the world-famous Grand Ole Opry® - the show that made country music famous - with Gaylord Opryland's Resort's popular "Night at the Opry" package. Your getaway will include a preferred seat ticket to the Opry and room accommodations at this landmark resort featuring 9 acres of lush atriums, uniquely themed restaurants and a luxurious spa. For a limited time, packages start at $106 per person based on double occupancy for select dates through May. Additional dates are available from only $132 per person based on double occupancy. For reservations and a schedule of upcoming performers, call 1-888-677-9872 or visit www.GaylordOpryland.com

  • Union Station

    1001 Broadway
    Nashville, TN 37203
    (615) 726-1001
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    Rate:$169-$239 double;
    $349-$499 suite

    A visit to Union Station allows a guest to take trip back in time to an era where the horse and carriage ruled the roads and the finest way to travel was by train. Built in 1900, this gloriously gothic railroad terminal once held two alligator ponds and helped send Al Capone on his way to the prison. The depot since been turned into a first-class hotel that's conveniently located right in the thick of some of Nashville's most popular attractions.

    Be warned: the meticulously restored lobby, with its stunning 65-foot ceilings and 100-year-old stained glass windows has a tendency to have first-time guests looking up in sheer wonder for several minutes upon arrival. So watch your step!

  • Hotel Indigo - Downtown

    301 Union Street
    Nashville, TN 37201
    Hotel Front Desk:
    (615) 891-6000
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    Rate:Standard room ranges $179 to $204

    Another option for visitors looking to experience the hustle and bustle in the heart of Music City is the newly opened Hotel Indigo–Downtown. It opened in 2010 when two buildings built before the Great Depression were combined to create a mixed-use space of 97 hotel rooms, 18 apartments as well as six floors of office space. But while the outside of the hotel is a nod to the city's early history, the interior is a glimpse into Nashville's future, with a recent remodel of the rooms that give it a hip, contemporary feel.

    Convenience is a big plus, as all the downtown Nashville attractions are within walking distance. It's also right around the corner from Printer's Alley, an historic entertainment district where Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams and Dottie West once performed.

  • Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

    2100 West End Ave.
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Phone: (615) 320-1700
    Reservations: (800) 336-3335
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    Rate:$199-$349 double;
    $800-$1600 suite

    Year in and year out for more than 25 years, this branch of the Loews Hotels chain has been ranked as one Nashville's finest hotels. One big reason is location; it's home in the city's West End district, which makes it a short distance from downtown tourist spots while maintaining easy access to the interstates. It's also located right across the street from Vanderbilt's 300-plus acre campus, make it a popular spot for parents visiting kids on campus.

    The décor is elegant without overwhelming. And there are a few subtle reminders to visitors of the city they're staying in: a jukebox in the lobby stocked with hits recorded by famous musical guests and a wake-up call with the voice of Vince Gill and Amy Grant.

  • End O The Bend Lodge & Landing

    2523 Miami Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37214
    (615) 883-0997
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    Rate:$210-$250/ night.

    For the travelers who prefer to truly "get away" when on a getaway, the End O' The Bend Lodge & Landing offers the chance to spend a little time out in the country while visiting the country music capital. The private cabin in the woods is a frequent haven for songwriters and musicians, but you don't have to know how to play a lick to be blown away by spectacular views of the Cumberland River. While the place might seem a ways out in the wild, you're actually just one mile from the Opryland hotel and minutes from the Ryman, LP Field, and the Nashville International Airport.

    "The place has such a sense a history," says owner Betty Blackwell about the cabin. "The logs were floated down the river 150-years ago by a riverboat captain. And overlooking that river, it's just so peaceful."

  • The Timothy Demonbreun House

    746 Benton Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37204
    (615) 383-0426
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    Rate:Sun. thru Thurs. $175
    Fri. & Sat. - $200.00

    Built in 1906, this exquisitely restored historic bed & breakfast has been a popular spot for industry parties over the years, including album release parties for Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Womack, and more. The owner, Nashville attorney Richard A. Demonbreun, bought the property in the mid-90s and after extensive renovations, decided to open his home up for guests. Demonbreun named the establishment after the French-Canadian known as "The First Citizen of Nashville" – and who just happens to be his great, great, great, great grandfather.

    "It's the only world-class bed and breakfast in Nashville," says Richard. "It's a beautiful mansion and I think it really sets the standard for the industry."

  • Moonshine Hill Inn

    5456 Old Highway 96
    Franklin, TN 37064
    (615) 500-1234
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    Rate:Mon-Tues-Wed - $275 per night
    Thu-Fri-Sat - $335 per night
    (note: excludes cabin cleaning fee)

    If you're looking for an exit ramp off the tourist fast track for your Nashville stay, the Moonshine Hill Inn offers up a charmingly slower change of pace. And unlike other B&Bs, you don't just rent a room in a house – the whole place is yours. That's 1500 square feet on 22 private acres that has its very own stocked fishing pond. The property is a little less than two miles from two communities rich in history: Leiper's Fork Village, where Puckett's Grocery is a popular place to spot a star, and historic downtown Franklin. "We are total country charm and absolutely 180 proof!" says owner Ann Johnson.

    If you're worried about being too far away from all the action in Music City, Ann is quick to remind visitors they are only two left turns and 29 minutes from downtown Nashville.

  • Blue Moon Farm

    4441 North Chapel Road
    Franklin, TN 37067
    (800) 493-4518
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    Rate:$350 per night Sundays-Thursdays
    $425 per night Fri/Sat/Holidays
    Reduced weekly rate of $1650
    Further reduced monthly rate of $3600

    The secret to this B&B located just outside of Franklin, TN is its dedication to first-class hospitality. And since there is only one cottage, you'll have innkeepers Susan and Rob Eidam's full attention. "We try to find out why folks are coming," reveals Susan. "Whether it's a romantic or a creative getaway. That way we can create any environment the guest needs for the best experience possible."

    The interior of the cottage has been upgraded to include a spa-level bathroom, state-of-the-art kitschy kitchen and comfortable furniture that you won't be scared to kick back with the boots you bought on. But chances are you won't be spending too much time indoors once you see the view of Tennessee's rolling hills from the wrap-around porch. And if someone in a passing truck looks awfully familiar, there's a good reason. One of the B&B's neighbors is none other than George Jones.

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