Hotel at a Glance: Magnuson Hotel Cool Springs
It's a straight shot to downtown Nashville from Magnuson Hotel Cool Springs, which lies right off I-65 in the southern suburb of Brentwood. Guests can easily spend the day exploring the country-music mecca before retiring to comfortable guest rooms in the evening. All rooms feature microwaves, mini refrigerators, and large TVs with cable.
- Distance to downtown Nashville: 16 miles
- Hotel freebies: continental breakfast, WiFi, and parking
- Fit in a workout at the hotel's fitness center or outdoor pool (seasonal).
- Go shopping at nearby Cool Springs Galleria, a two-story shopping mall.
Brentwood, Tennessee: Country Suburb of Nashville
Despite its proximity to Nashville, Brentwood still manages to feel like a quiet swath of countryside. It has more than a dozen parks and 20 miles of maintained hiking and biking trails. These parks are open all year long, but they're especially fun in the summer, when they serve as host sites for outdoor concerts, festivals, and athletic tournaments. A few miles north of town at Radnor Lake State Park, there are native owls, otters, and hundreds of species of wildflowers.
Brentwood is mainly residential, but there are a few major shopping complexes around town that feature a mix of local and national shops and restaurants serving Southern and locally sourced cuisine. If you want to check out Nashville, it's an easy commute—Brentwood is a short 15- to 20-minute drive from downtown, where you'll find the Country Music Hall of Fame and live concerts along Honky Tonk Row.