Wanderlust: Nashville, TN

No longer “country-fans-only,” Nashvilles hip, down-home vibe lures in tastemakers from across the Midwest.

 

 

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With only five rooms, THE 404 HOTEL (photos courtesy of establishment) barely makes a blip on the radar of most folks who visit Nashville‰ÛÓwhich is good news for anyone who wants to snag a reservation at this urban oasis. It has a prime location, just a few blocks away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Nashville, and offers upscale dining next door at The 404 Kitchen.

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THE FIRST THING that comes to mind when we think of Nashville is country music (and the Grand Ole Opry’s once-a-week shows are definitely an experience), but the Nashville area is home to every style. East Nashville has an edge when it comes to the indie rock scene, but the downtown clubs offer the most variety. A sure bet is the on-stage action at Robert’s Western World and its next-door neighbor Ryman Auditorium, nicknamed the “mother church of country music.” Equally famous among fans of bluegrass and roots music is The Station Inn, hosting shows since the 1970s; meanwhile, aptly named for its location below Grimey’s New & Preloved Music store, The Basement hosts rock acts. But the must-have experience that crosses musical genres‰ÛÓat a venue so sacrosanct that it kicks out customers for talking too much during sets‰ÛÓis the Bluebird Cafe. Photo courtesy Two Old Hippies store.

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Music might be the heart of Nashville, but the city’s stomach gets plenty of love too. Nashville’s signature dish is hot chicken coated with cayenne batter, fried to order and served with white bread and a pickle. Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and Pepperfire are two of the many eateries that make a tasty version of it, but Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack is the gold standard. For fried chicken without the heat, head to the 64-year-old Loveless Cafe. One of the most amusing dining destinations is Pinewood Social‰ÛÓit’s like having a huge bowling alley in your living room, with a really good bar and restaurant staff at your beck and call. Its owners take a different approach at The Patterson House, an intimate 30-seat speakeasy-style bar. Photo of Burger Republic courtesy South City Public Relations.

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THE FIRST THING that comes to mind when we think of Nashville is country music (and the Grand Ole Opry’s once-a-week shows are definitely an experience), but the Nashville area is home to every style. East Nashville has an edge when it comes to the indie rock scene, but the downtown clubs offer the most variety. A sure bet is the on-stage action at Robert’s Western World and its next-door neighbor Ryman Auditorium, nicknamed the “mother church of country music.” Equally famous among fans of bluegrass and roots music is The Station Inn, hosting shows since the 1970s; meanwhile, aptly named for its location below Grimey’s New & Preloved Music store, The Basement hosts rock acts. But the must-have experience that crosses musical genres‰ÛÓat a venue so sacrosanct that it kicks out customers for talking too much during sets‰ÛÓis the Bluebird Cafe. Photo courtesy Two Old Hippies store.

 

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