Georgian-Style Hotel on Well-Manicured Grounds a Few Miles from Downtown Nashville
Acres of well-manicured lawns and shade trees surround the campus of Sheraton Music City Hotel, which is somewhat surprising considering the hotel is located amid business buildings and commercial development just a 10-minute drive from the airport. The hotel walls hide a large outdoor courtyard with a swimming pool and wrought-iron patio furniture encircling a burbling fountain. In the summertime, the courtyard is decorated with verdant hedges, colorful planters, and small trees blooming with pink flowers. It’s a scene more reminiscent of a countryside inn than a large hotel. And downtown Nashville is just 9 miles away.
The Sheraton’s “classic Georgian styling … evokes an antebellum mansion,” according to Frommer’s. The lobby feels especially charming; it features a fountain and a lion’s head sculpted from white marble amid burnished-wood paneling. Guest rooms also display a regal air with sleigh beds and a burgundy or blue color scheme.
In the evening, eat your fill of classic southern cuisine at Old Hickory Grill. You can also check out Veranda Lounge to sip a martini and park in a cushioned easy chair.
Nashville: Country Music Hub with Southern Cuisine and Historic Boulevards
Situated in north-central Tennessee, the state capital Nashville—dubbed “Music City”—has been instrumental to the careers of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and other legendary musicians. You can learn about their rise to the top at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, located just 8 miles from the hotel in downtown Nashville. Check out the Grand Ole Opry to see live shows from current country music stars.
For an authentic taste of Nashville, head east. According to the New York Times, “East Nashville … is the indicator species for this city, which has been climbing the charts as a new food star.” The specialty is in low-cost eats such as Nashville staple hot chicken—pieces of cayenne-coated chicken fried in cast-iron pans and served with white bread and pickles.
While you’re here, take a stroll down Second Avenue, a historical street lined with Victorian buildings that served as Nashville’s commercial center in the late 19th century. Learn more about the history of this charming southern metropolis with a visit to The Hermitage, about 8 miles east of the hotel. President Andrew Jackson lived at this Federal-style mansion and played laser tag with foreign ambassadors on its 1,120-acre grounds.