Beyond the Music: Nashville 9

Tennessee’s Music City has a lot more to offer than the tunes its best known for. The city of lyricists and musicians boasts unique little neighborhoods, a booming culinary scene, historic venues and more. Here’s a sneak peek at some of our favorites from a recent trip to Nashville. Though synonymous with country music, music production and stellar songwriting, you’ll be surprised by what else there is to experience in this beautiful southeastern destination, aside from the honkytonks, live music venues, and country music-related attractions!

Stay: Set up base at The Hermitage Hotel, a historic property and an architectural delight. From the lobby to the luxurious rooms and unique amenities – there’s a reason celebrities make this their home away from home in Nashville.

Dine: Enjoy dinner at Capitol Grille at The Hermitage Hotel – the restaurant opened in 1910! While there, do visit the men’s room – the gorgeous green tile and shoeshine chairs are the perfect holiday souvenir shot.

Henrietta Red is a coastal-inspired Southern diner, which embodies the Carolina low-country hospitality that inspired owners Julia Sullivan and Allie Poindexter to open the restaurant and barroom.

Hattie B’s is a family run restaurant with a few locations in town, offering heat levels ranging from the mild “Southern” to the “Shut the Cluck Up” spicy insanity. Grab some of their famous chicken and spice up your day!

Opt for a Caribbean inspired dinner at Little Octopus – creations here combine influences from Spain, England, India, Portugual, Lebanon, and more in the Caribbean menu. Plates are served family style to share.

Indulge in a Mexican popsicle at 12South’s Las Paletas, brought to Nashville by Irma Paz, who grew up in Mexico eating paletas made with fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts. Las Paletas opened in 2001, and helped to grow the 12South area into a bustling hub.

Drink: Sip some whiskey and spirits at the Corsair Artisan Distillery, which has been creating traditional and modern experimental, small batch whiskeys and spirits, since 2010, to much acclaim. Then taste what happens when scientists meet distilleries at Nashville Craft Distillery. Opened in 2016 by Bruce Boeko, a former DNA lab director, NCD focuses on the chemistry behind distilling. Both located in the Wedgewood Houston (WeHo) neighborhood.

See: Celebrating 15 years in 2016, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a 24,000-square foot visual art exhibition center and educational facility located downtown in Nashville’s art-deco former U.S. Post Office building, and a mainstay of the local arts community.

Once the private estates of the Cheek family (of Maxwell House coffee fame), Cheekwood is now home to 55 acres of charming botanical gardens featuring a sculpture garden and a museum of art boasting contemporary and decorative art, paintings and sculptures.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage – The 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark features sprawling grounds and gardens, and over 30 historic buildings. Rated as one of the best presidential sites in the nation by USA TODAY, The Hermitage is a significant piece of American history.

The Parthenon is the world’s only full-sized reproduction of the Greek Parthenon and houses Athena, the tallest indoor structure in the Western world, and four fine art galleries, including a rotating gallery featuring the museum’s collection of American art. Your first glimpse of Athena will leave you spellbound!

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