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13 Reasons to Visit Nashville (Besides the Music)

Nashville is known as Music City. And for good reason. The city’s recording studios and honky tonks have made their mark upon music history forever. But there’s much, much more to Nashville than its music scene. It’s one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with about 100 people packing up and moving there every single day.


Stay

1. The Thompson Hotel: If you’re looking for a hotel with certified cool vibes, The Thompson in the newly certified must-see neighborhood, The Gulch, is the place to book a stay. The hotel is a study in cozy cool, with friendly staff and plenty of homey touches, including a record player in the lobby where anybody can put on their favorite LPs and get the whole hotel dancing. (Because, you know, after the party, it’s the hotel lobby…)

2. East Nashville Cottage: Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t score a unique place to stay while in Nashville. We love the vibes of this Airbnb (and the price tag — it’s only $80 per night) with its patio and large backyard where four chickens roam. Plus, it’s a super quick stroll over to all the hip new spots popping up in East Nashville. (Photo via Airbnb)

Drink

3. L.A. Jackson: It’s a running joke in Nashville that the city’s mascot bird is the crane. But not the actual bird — more like a construction crane. For those looking for ultra cosmopolitan vibes while down in Nashville, check out the rooftop bar and restaurant at the top of the Thompson Hotel for beautifully conjured cocktails and a shot of the city that puts any crane’s eye view to shame. (Although you’ll be able to see all the cranes peeking out of the skyline.)

4. Duke’s: If you love to travel a bit off the beaten path, we highly recommend making a trip out to East Nashville, where the cool kids hang. This divey bar hosts a perfect mix of creative types from around the city. AND to top it all off, there’s a deli counter in the back that churns out some of the best bar sandwiches in the world. Plus, like any good Nashville bar, there is live music.

5. The Back Corner: When you’re more in the mood to go dancing, head to this chic lounge that turns into a dance party as the clock approaches midnight. There’s live music, DJs, and so many yummy bar snacks to fuel your night.

Eat

6. Arnold’s: For those looking for no-fuss quality Southern cooking, Arnold’s is the place to be. If you’re looking for a classic, dive into the “meat and three.” It’s been a Nashville staple for over 30 years, and after you’ve loaded your bounty onto one of the red serving trays, you’ll know exactly why.

7. Biscuit Love: This restaurant is regularly cited as the most Instagrammed place in Nashville, and after one meal in the joint, it’s easy to see why. But a word of warning: If you go, you’re going to have to brave an hours-long line. You’ve got a few options: Either go super early in the morning right when they open, late in the afternoon before they close, or come armed with refreshments. We recommend waiting in line with a friend and picking up something at Killebrew, the coffee shop right across the street, once you’ve made it about halfway through the line.

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Getting the finer points on oysters.

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8. Henrietta Red: On the opposite end of the spectrum, step outside of Nashville for a seafood dinner. The newly opened restaurant features a must-try oyster bar and a beautiful selection of cocktails. However — because no Southern menu is truly complete without it — the restaurant also features a mouthwatering cooked chicken.

Shop

9. Imogene + Willie: We are absolute suckers for classic Americana. This Nashville brand pays homage to one true American classic, denim. Go peep a look at the cool space (inside a former gas station), and get ready to find your perfect pair of jeans that you’ll (no doubt) want to pass onto your kids.

10. Hero: High fashion in Nashville can be found here. The boutique has a cozy feel, but beneath its ceiling are some of the hottest and most chic brands on the circuit today. The shop specializes in a sort of ’70s southern bohemian glam, perfect for bulking up your wardrobe with multi-purpose, comfy, and luxurious pieces.

11. Savant: If you’re looking to take a piece of Southern history back home with you, make a point to stop by this expertly curated vintage shop in 12 South. There’s an incredible selection of blankets, denim, jackets, cowboy shirts, hats, and other perfectly selected Southern pieces available on the shelves.

See

12. The Frist: Not surprisingly, Nashville has also got a pretty cool up-and-coming art scene. We love the city’s art museum, housed in this beautiful Art Deco former post office. The museum specializes in special exhibits, so there’s a constantly changing program of art coming through the city.

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Lunch break spot 👌🏻

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13. The Nashville Parthenon: Although Nashville’s Parthenon was built in 1897, it feels like you can step back centuries earlier than that. The structure is part of the city’s Centennial Park and was created to be a near-replica of the parthenon in Athens, Greece. Be sure to check inside for a collection of paintings from the 19th and 20th century before spending the afternoon lounging on the lawn.

Are you planning a trip to Nashville? Let us know @BritandCo!

(Featured photo via Biscuit Love)

Cailey Rizzo
Cailey is a junkie for all things pop culture. She studied journalism and English literature at SUNY Purchase, then continued studying French cinema and literature at Paris IV Sorbonne. She currently lives in New York where she can often be found singing '70s music at karaoke bars.

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*