Stay in style
With FWD.Rewards’ Global Hotel Card, you can use your points to book some of the best hotels in Nashville. One such establishment is the Bobby Hotel set in the heart of Downton, combining rustically designed rooms with fantastic facilities including a sumptuous spa that offers everything from full body exfoliation to deep tissue massage. Decked out in sultry wood tones and sleek furnishings, rooms come with studded leather headboards, flat screen TVs alongside colourful artwork that reflects the city’s musical history. Another world-class property is the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, featuring elegant and brightly lit rooms that provide views of the city skyline. Ideal for business travellers, the hotel’s Concierge lounge for Club Level guests is a great place to meet over breakfast or evening drinks. For a breakfast of champions, don’t miss the West End Breakfast Biscuit at Mason’s, the hotel’s in-house restaurant.
Music to your ears
If you’re travelling to Nashville for the music, there’s no better venue than Bluebird Café. Opened in 1982, the café is a stalwart of the local music scene having hosted the likes of Taylor Swift, LeAnn Rimes and Garth Wood alongside plenty of the city’s debut singer songwriters. With just 90 seats, you’ll get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in music but tickets of course, sell like hot cakes. Keep an eye out for tickets one week before a show, but don’t lose hope if they sell out; a few are up for grabs on a first-come first-served basis.
Fried chicken is Nashville’s staple dish, with a number of establishments taking aim at punters keen for the battered and bread crumbed delicacy. Hattie B’s has won a name for itself, offering six grades of heat from Southern (no heat) to Shut the Cluck Up (burn notice) alongside satiating pitchers of local and craft beer or root beer floats for younger diners. For those after a relaxed, sit-down affair, head to Macke’s restaurant for hearty southern fare – don’t miss the deliciously decadent cinnamon raisin french toast.
For shoppers looking for a souvenir to remember, the leafy district of Berry Hill is the perfect pitstop. This walkable neighbourhood is lined with colourful bungalows touting all manner of wares from handcrafted leather bags and jewellery to artisanal coffee. Stop by Ceri Hoover, a local brand known for its high quality leather accessories designed by local artisans, or the Beaded Bungalow for spectacular handmade jewellery. In the historic Gulch district, Two Old Hippies will set you up with quirky clothing for both men and women alongside vintage homeware, coffee table books and a stunning selection of acoustic guitars. Check out the open mic and acoustic nights here which take place five nights a week.
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