When cities have a nickname, sometimes it’s difficult to see beyond what makes the city famous. That’s the case with Nashville, also known as Music City and the indisputable capital of country music. But here’s the thing. You don’t have to have to be a country music fan or dress up in cowboy boots just to feel in tune with the capital of Tennessee. Here are some of the best alternative things to do and suggestions for the best places to stay in Nashville.
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When in Music City …
You have to start with music. I wouldn’t expect you to visit a city with over 130 music venues and not take in that artistic atmosphere. Nashville welcomes fans of alternative rock and indie music, too. Choose from classic venues that have welcomed performances from some of the biggest names in the industry, such as The End and Exit/In, or discover local talent at smaller and more intimate venues like 3rd & Lindsley.
The cherry on top of the cake for those exploring the alternative side of Nashville? A former bank has been transformed into the Hotel Indigo Nashville.
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Get a Quirky Souvenir From a Unique Shop
Collecting mementos from your travels is a great way to add loads of character to your house. They don’t have to be larger than fridge magnets, but they should have a big wow factor. Dodge the overpriced touristy spots, and head to a place with heart and soul like the Hey Rooster General Store.
Most hotels are a short drive away from this quirky shop. For those who favor location, the Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown is close to this store and not that far from the city’s Entertainment District.
Meat Lovers Are in for a Barbecue Treat
Grilling meat is an art in Nashville, as it is in most of the American South. The delicate processes of slow-roasting and braising bring out the best taste, way before the sauces work their magic to complete the dish. To top off your culinary experience, ask for recommendations for locally brewed craft beers.
The Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt is a short drive away from some of the most famous barbecue joints in the city. There’s no better way to have an insider experience than trying out some of the locals’ favorite restaurants.
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Be a Little Country
Even if you’re not a fan of country music, you might be curious to find out what’s so appealing about it. A tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum should give you a taste. After your visit, explore the heart of Nashville’s downtown on foot.
Who knows, maybe the museum will make you curious enough to catch an act at one of the many honky-tonks around. The good news about these bars is that there’s usually no set schedule to catch a live act. Just follow your musical heart and venture inside one for an unforgettable trip to Nashville.
This is a post written in collaboration with IHG.