It would be easy to go on ad infinitum about Nashville, Tennessee without even mentioning its status as a college town, as Nashville is a big city known for being a major center for various industries, most notably music and music publishing (which earned Nashville its “Music City” moniker. Nashville is considered the most prominent hub in the country for the Country music and songwriting industries in particular. The city is home to many universities, with Vanderbilt being the most prominent, earning Nashville its spot in our college towns category.
Where to stay in Nashville is quite a question considering the city’s considerable size and scope and the plethora of interesting, unique options available. If you want a luxurious hotel experience steeped in old Nashville history, you will not find a better choice than Downtown Nashville’s beautiful Hermitage Hotel, where everyone from John F. Kennedy to Al Capone once stayed. Other great Downtown options right in the middle of the action include the historic and breathtaking Union Station, and the Hotel Indigo Downtown. If you want to stay in the West End section of Nashville right near Vanderbilt, you might consider the prestigious Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville, or for a less expensive option, the GuestHouse Inn and Suites Vanderbilt. For a more relaxing, bed-and-breakfast oriented stay, there are some really special options in Nashville, including the Timothy Demonbreun House, the Moonshine Hill Inn, and the End O The Bend Lodge and Landing.
Nashville has rightfully earned its reputation as a foodie’s city, and you will be sure to find many great options to delight your palate in Music City. For classic Southern cuisine done right you might hit up Monell’s on 6th Avenue North, or if you want to eat at a notorious music industry mover-and-shaker haunt, check out New York-style deli Noshville. Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack is a locals staple serving up some of the best chicken in the city, and Burger Up on 12th Avenue South Is the place to be for what may be the best burgers in town with a focus on locally-sourced ingredients. The Loveless Motel and Café is a Nashville staple serving up Southern classics like fried chicken and biscuits which is well worth checking out if that’s your thing. Other Nashville dining hotspots to consider include the beloved downhome favorite Arnold’s Country Kitchen, the adventurous dining experience that is the Catbird Seat, City House, and the Capitol Grille.
it is likely that you might want to check out some live music at night when visiting Nashville considering its legendary musical reputation. Great options include places like the 5 Spot, Exit/In, the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, the Mercy Lounge, The Station Inn, Tin Roof, and last but not least, the Bluebird Cafe. The Broadway Brewhouse and Mojo is the place to be for beer-lovers, while Play Dance Bar and Tribe are local nightlife hotspots among the gay community. If you want to get your dance on at night, you might hit up Ibiza Nightclub, Seen, and Anthem.
Nashville offers both the youthful excitement of a college town and the vibrant urban culture of the big-city, making it a real best-of-both-worlds travel destination. Whether you want to catch some live music, eat some authentic Southern food, or experience some of the most unique and special hotels you will find in the country, Nashville has got you covered. We definitely recommend you pay Music City a visit next time you get the opportunity and experience all the fun the great college town of Nashville has to offer.