As the hub of honky tonk, and home to the Grand Ole Opry (basically the Vatican of country music) it’s no surprise Nashville got the nickname ‘music city’. As of late, new creative types have been arriving in droves as fashion and tech companies relocate from more expensive cities. Now the city draws music lovers and aesthetes alike with independent boutiques, impressive restaurants, and of course live music venues. Don’t just take our word for it, go see for yourself.
Nashville’s buzziest boutique hotel, Urban Cowboy, is a victorian mansion with 8 suites. Each room features a unique design but boasts features like bold southwestern patterns, vintage furniture, and deep claw-foot tubs. Located in the trendy East Nashville neighborhood, you’ll be within walking distance of some of the city’s hottest haunts.
Planning a girls trip? Rent a spacious Air BnB like this, located minutes from downtown. There is a wide range of rental options with features like roof decks with stunning city views or outdoor yards ideal for relaxing after a long day of running around the music city.
We could live in this 1886 blacksmith shop-turned-restaurant. Geist’s exposed brick walls and moody chandelier lighting make for an inviting space. The menu offers an abundance of delicious vegetable-centric options and Instagram-worthy cocktails. They also have an outdoor patio they call the ‘champagne garden’. Consider us fans.
We’ve always lived by the rule that no trip to the south is complete without eating barbecue and at least one biscuit. We’re now adding bonuts to that list of can’t-miss treats. For those unfamiliar with the bonut, we suggest heading to Biscuit Love where they deep fry the biscuit dough then top it with lemon mascarpone and blueberry compote. They offer a wide array of biscuit plates so make sure to bring a crew and share everything.
The Frist Museum hosts revolving exhibitions from both regional and global artists. We’re particularly excited about the upcoming exhibit Paris 1900: City of Entertainment which will feature over 250 pieces of art and fashion celebrating the exuberance of Paris at the turn of the 20th century.
While you’re in Nashville you have to see at least one live band, which shouldn’t be hard since it’s the song-writing capital of the world. Plan ahead and buy tickets or simply head to Robert’s Western World where they feature live music all day, every day.
Run by Nashville natives, Peter Nappi sells high quality, handmade leather goods fabricated in Italy. Skip the tourist trap cowboy boot shops and instead get a locals-approved pair you may actually wear again.
White’s Mercantile is a one-stop-shop for everything from milk and eggs to cashmere sweaters. Yes, you read that correctly. It is owned by Nashville retail maven Holly Williams–she also owns the popular boutique H. Audrey–who counts celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Sheryl Crow, and Taylor Swift as clients.