The home of Country Music, Nashville, Tennessee, has plenty to offer any visitors to the city. From the best in Southern and fine-dining restaurants to amazing hotels, bars and activities, Nashville has something to offer everyone. So if you are headed to Nashville, then check out this list of hot spots to visit when you go.
One of the first stops for many travelers when they arrive in Nashville is for food. Whether you are looking for Southern comfort food or fine dining, Nashville has something to offer you. And when looking for best food Nashville has to offer, then you can’t go past Hattie B’s or Sambuca.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is the place for lovers of the traditional Southern comfort food known as hot chicken. With two Nashville locations, one in Midtown (on 19th Street), and one in West Nashville (on Charlotte Ave), Hattie B’s sets that standard in Hot Chicken restaurants in Nashville. Proof of this is that Hattie B’s frequently has customers queueing out the door. But don’t let that put you off, in fact, the very reason customers are willing to queue is the reason you should too – Hattie B’s is that good. Hattie B’s offers diners with a choice of chicken piece (breast, wing and thigh) and a full complete of sides, including green beans, baked beans, fries and coleslaw. Customers are also given a choice of one of five levels offered by Hattie B’S. For those who like the flavour of hot chicken without the heat, then the Southern spice level offers no spice. But if you like your chicken HOT, then you must try Hattie B’s specialty “shut the cluck up” spice mix.
If you are looking for a fine dining restaurant, with something special to offer, then you cannot miss Sambuca (located on downtown’s 12th street). Offering a combination of amazing food and great live music, Sambuca has gained a reputation among locals and tourists alike, as being the place to celebrate in Nashville. Open for lunch and dinner, Sambuca’s offerings include small sample plates, salads and savoury bowls (taco soup, anyone?) through to pizzas and the more, or less, traditional fish (including dishes like lobster enchiladas, pan roasted sea bass and shrimp and crab scampi) and meat dishes (from beef filet, to pork and chicken). Sambuca’s also offers several vegetarian including from lasagne, to mushrooms to polenta. Sambuca’s also offers a large drinks menu including wines, beers, spirits and cocktails. If you are looking for something extra special from your dining experience, make sure to head to Sambuca’s for their great food and live music.
Once you have had you full of food and drink, then it might be time to head to bed. If you are looking for accommodation with a difference, then check out The Omni Hotel or Union Station Hotel, both in downtown, Nashville.
The Omni Hotel, located on Nashville’s 5th Avenue, offers its guests sophistication in the heart of the city. And if you are a country music lover, you cannot pass up the chance to stay at this hotel, as it is home to a three storey extension of Nashville’s Country and Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The Omni Hotel also offers its guests with a range of onsite amenities, including several dining locations, its shop (selling local wares), a spa and a rooftop pool deck with incredible views over the city. This Hotel has so much to offer right in the heart of downtown Nashville.
Union Station Hotel offers high class accommodation in a fully restored 1900 railway station. Located near downtown Nashville, the Union Station Hotel blends its Romanesque architecture with all modern conveniences. Union station hotel offers guests with a choice of accommodation options from classic or premium rooms through to deluxe suites. Located a quick 10 minutes drive from the airport, and a short walk from downtown attractions including Honky-Tonk Row, Union Station is perfect for those more discerning travelers, who also want to be right in the heart of the city.
Once you’ve settled in, why not head out and enjoy a drink at one of Nashville’s many bars. The bar (and restaurant) at Nashville’s famous Whiskey Kitchen is a favourite of many celebs. Offering up world-class spirits (with an obvious focus on exceptional whiskeys), Whiskey Kitchen also offers patrons an impressive selection of cocktails. And if you find yourself needing a bite to eat with your drink, why not try one of the pub-inspired dishes on offer. So if you want to see and be seen, then you mustn’t miss the opportunity to have a drink at Whiskey Kitchen next time you are in tow.
When in Nashville you cannot ignore its Country Music history, so when in town you cannot miss the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or the Ryman Auditorium.
Nashville’s world famous Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers visitors the chance to step back through the history of Country Music. Unravelling like a story-book on country music, the Country Music Hall of Fame is home to a permanent collection on Country Music. It also offers visitors special temporary exhibits, highlighting the careers of different country music artists. The Country Musical Hall of Fame and Museum provides a wide range of activities from song writing classes to instrument lesson and film screenings as well as a range of dining and shopping options.
Country music fans must also take time to visit the Ryman. Known as “the mother Church of country music”, the Ryman Auditorium (formerly known as the “Union Gospel Tabernacle” and the “Grand Ole Opry House”) was originally designed to be a place of worship. These days, the Ryman Auditorium is now an event space offering concerts by many modern artists, as well as annual Grand Ole Opry events, such as its wintertime shows.
But if you are a nature lover and you’d like to explore the outdoors while you are in Nashville, then Warner Parks offers over more than 3000 acres of park and forest land across its three different parks (Nashville, Edwin and Percy Warner Parks), just 9 miles from downtown. Offering picturesque picnic spots, hiking trails, gold courses, running courses and equestrian center, nature lovers should make sure to take time to visit the parks on their next visit to Nashville.
Next time you are in Nashville be sure to check out some or all of these hot spots – you’ll be guaranteed to have an amazing visit.