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The Weekender: Nashville, Tennessee

BY Natalie DellaMura Blevens

Experience this vibrant southern music mecca that offers the best of the best.

As you begin your research into how to spend a weekend in Nashville, you will undoubtedly run across a myriad of advertisements for party bikes, wild bars for bachelorette celebrations and stores boasting “buy 1, get 2 free” cowboy boot deals. While Music City’s mini Vegas vibe is spilled through a short stretch of blocks on Broadway, the real Nashville is far more exciting, luxurious and down right cool. Below, we have collected the best eateries, cocktail lounges and boutiques to explore during your stay in Tennessee.

Friday Afternoon:

Check into the Bobby Hotel, Nashville’s newest luxury lodging that is the perfect blend of southern hospitality and rockstar edge. The walls are adorned with unique artwork by the legendary lyricist Bernie Taupin that calls to Nashville’s iconic music scene. The best part of the Bobby? Their mascot and constant lovebug, Sasha, the dog who offers the warmest welcome upon arrival.

Friday Evening:

Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail at Bobby’s Garage, the hidden basement bar beneath the Bobby that gives off some major CBGB’s vibes. Afterwards, take in a show at the historic Ryman Auditorium where legends such as Johnny Cash and Neil Young have recorded live performances.

Saturday Morning:

As the bachelorette parties that littered the strip just a few blocks away are recovering from the previous evening out, take advantage of a quiet morning at Bobby’s rooftop pool for some Vitamin D and a poolside cocktail. Don’t be alarmed by the Greyhound bus perched on the side of the rooftop for additional seating–it’s supposed to be there.