A little glam, a little funk – Nashville, Tennessee offers something special for everyone. As the country music capital of the world, Nashville draws top-name entertainers and new artists hoping to catch their big break. However, business travelers passing through town should not deny themselves the chance to get a little two-step in, catch live music, and dive into the local foodie scene. Here’s how to spend your time in this musical, spirited little Southern city.
Take A Tour or Two
Take some time to visit iconic music spots in the town where bluegrass found its start. Pick up a tour from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum which takes you to the Ryman Auditorium. There, in the famous RCA Studio B you can hang out in the same space where legends like Presley, Parton, and Orbison once recorded.
Nashville has its own Broadway, but instead of high-priced musicals like in New York City, it’s littered with honky-tonks playing live music. You can hear good tunes at long-time favorites like Robert’s Western World and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Be sure you don’t miss the new AJ’s Good Time Bar, too!
After you’ve enjoyed the dazzle of the club and music scene, don’t forget to check out some local history. Have a drink or snack at the Hermitage Hotel and enjoy the opulence that has attracted everyone from the likes of Babe Ruth, Greta Garbo, and Al Capone.
President Andrew Jackson hailed from Tennessee, and his plantation, also called the Hermitage, is a short ten miles outside the city. The residence is a National Historic Landmark and one of the most well-restored President’s homes in the nation. You can spend hours exploring the grounds, the main house and buildings, and the museum.
Eat Like the Locals
No trip to Nashville is complete without trying hot chicken. The signature dish was invented here at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, still run by the Prince family. Beware: This stuff is seriously spicy!
And because this is Nashville, you can get both food and music. There’s nowhere better to enjoy this dynamic duo of entertainment than at the Bluebird Cafe. The location has been featured on TV’s “Nashville,” and Taylor Swift was discovered here. Chart-topping songwriters have been known to perform new material all the time at this tasty destination.
If you like to really indulge your taste buds, look no further than John Besh’s Marsh House. It’s located in the new luxury hotel, the Thompson Nashville. Besh is originally from New Orleans but has made his mark in Nashville with Southern-inspired cuisine. Check out his rooftop, L.A. Jackson, for something more casual with a great view.
With all the city has to offer, Nashville really steps up when it comes to business travel. The city offers almost one million square feet of meeting space and thousands of hotel rooms. It’s no wonder businesses across the South, Midwest, and East Coast pick the city for their meetings and conventions.
Perfect locations, like the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown, are a short walk from the Nashville Convention Center. Sheraton Members enjoy a few extra perks added on an already convenient and comfortable stay. Amenities like a fully appointed business center and the private Club Lounge with complimentary breakfast and afternoon appetizers are just a few to enjoy.
With a recent $20 million renovation, the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel now ranks among the top luxury hotels in Nashville. A giant jukebox in the lobby greets guests with tunes from top artists, and bold Music City graphic art adorns the walls. The rooms are bright and contemporary with high-end amenities, while complimentary transport in a Mercedes van will ferry guests around the city.
The Hutton Hotel is nearby Music Row and Vanderbilt University, and clearly knows how to cater to the business traveler. For example, the four-star hotel offers complimentary airline check-in at the lobby. Leave your bags at the kiosk, and the hotel will collect your fees, issue boarding passes, and deliver your luggage to the airport.
After you’ve finished business and touring, the Nashville Airport keeps the entertainment options coming while waiting for your flight. An impressive art collection featuring Tennessee artists is showcased throughout the terminals, as well as rotating exhibits.
If you need that last bit of music to ease your trip home, more than 700 musical performances are featured every year and include the best the South has to offer in country music, bluegrass, R&B, jazz, gospel, and pop. Stages are near the greeting areas of terminals A/B and C/D, as well as Concourse C. For some deep relaxation, though, check out the Massage Bar, with two locations in Concourse B and C.
Nashville isn’t a new hotspot for business travel, and thankfully it isn’t going anywhere. With the increase of new hotels, attractions, and centers, this vibrant city will continue to play host to organizations. The next time you find yourself in Nashville on business, check out all the city has to offer, both for work and play.
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