By Jeff Game
Wine tasting on a plantation, a legendary jazz cave and a burgeoning restaurant scene on the East Coast – Nashville is becoming one of the coolest cities in America. Spend a music-filled, bourbon soaked and biscuit loving weekend and experience how deep the cool runs in the Music City.
Start your stay at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, one of the newer and hipper sides to Nashville, away from the honky-tonks and sugar-shakers of Broadway.
Friday: Music lovers and local flavors
What started out as one of the cities best food trucks, Mas Tacos has grown into cult classic and may just be the most sublime tacos you will likely have anywhere. The Musicians Hall of Fame is a cool, interactive way of submerging into the culture of American music. Pinewood Social is an innovative space where beers, bowling, great Americana food and a couple of swimming pools all assimilate into one kaleidoscope of a social gathering. Local Nashville bands such as Stella James to hot stars as Ed Sheeran have graced the legendary stage at 3rdand Lindsley. End the night at a Nashville institution, Dino’s, for ice cold beer, homemade pie, and great music
Saturday: Day Drinking, night jazz in Nashville
Relax in a charming setting, with the wafting aroma of magnolia trees for wine tasting at the historic Belle Meade Plantation. Tennessee Brew Works is a new rising, contemporary, scientific wonder of craft beer. A resurrection of an American dream of producing a family recipe of small-batch bourbon is underway at Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery. The rustic Italian style kitchen of chef Tandy Wilson’s City House has revitalized the hip Germantown neighborhood. End the night at a hidden gem of Nashville, also located in Germantown; the Jazz Workshop, where you can catch such jazz luminaries as the Beegie Adair Trio in the ultracool Jazz Cave.
Get in a great morning workout at the Loews Vanderbilt with an exercise program designed by the famed personal trainer to the stars, Erin Oprea, with all workout equipment delivered straight to your room. Step up to the ham bar at family-run-southern-born Biscuit Love, located in posh Gulch neighborhood of town. Take a stroll down hipster-haven in the 12th/South area and grab a pair of some of the finest custom-made jeans at Imogen + Willy’s. A couple shops down is a singer-songwriter Holly Williams (Granddaughter of Hank Williams) former gas station turned modern-day country store White’s Mercantile, with a wide range of niche foodie items, him and her fashion lines, bundle of joy gifts and so much more. Become pleasantly surprised with the artistry and elegance a neighborhood Lebanese bistro at the savory and seductive Epice, located right next door to White’s Mercantile.
Nashville is so much more than the behemoth beast that is Country Music. Imaginative, interesting and friendly people inhabit this rapidly-rising and creative Southern metropolis jewel – establishing Nashville as one of the coolest cities in America.