one of my husband's favorite bands made a stop at the ryman, and he was able to get tickets. we decided to make a weekend getaway out of it. there are a ton of cool things to do around town that can be kid friendly or date night worthy. if you get creative, you can have both! we love to stay in fun hotels with great amenities and after doing some research, we found that the hutton has awesome suites and sitter services. we got a great girl, who was a grad student at vanderbilt, to watch the kids! they ordered room service and had a blast and we were able to have a great meal and enjoy the show!
hutton hotel / 1808 west end avenue / www.huttonhotel.com / sitter service / an espresso bar on each floor/molton brown amenities / comfy slippers and robes / kohler rain showers with programmable temperatures / car service within a 3 mile radius / we loved this hotel. the suite was great and had a nice view of nashville, the robes were plush and the shower was downright amazing. the sitter service was great, and the car service took us right to dinner. all in a super cool environment!
1808 grille / happy hour / ’10 king estate pinot noir / goat brie with port wine stone fruit chutney and panini pressed whole wheat baguette / a great way to start out the evening!
merchants up / 401 broadway / www.merchantsrestaurant.com / corsair reviver - corsair gin, lillet blonde, orange liqueur, lemon, herbsaint / green salad with pecan butter, radish, apple and buttermilk dressing / vegetable plates with creamed greens, poached asparagus with meyer lemon, baby carrots with pistou/ an edgy and elegant romantic meal upstairs in a historic broadway setting.
merchants down / i cannot wait to go back and eat here / this is the hipster downstairs setting, serving awesome southern classics with a twist / i am dying to try the fried green tomatoes with spicy pepper jam and house pimento cheese or the vegetable burger with grilled portabella, balsamic glaze, lettuce, tomato, kosher dill pickle, and a choice of cheese / yum!
ernest tubb record shop / www.etrecordshop.com / this record shop is legendary for their mid-nite jamboree every saturday. check out an awesome bluegrass section while you are there. they have a great selection of hard to find bill monroe cds.
gruhn guitars / 400 broadway / www.gruhn.com / an amazing collection of vintage guitars and banjos / the staff here is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful.
hatch show print / 316 broadway / www.hatchshowprint.com / i love hatch show print! the posters here are so insane. they have made them for every act under the sun. there are vintage ones here for sale and they even do custom work.
the stage / 412 broadway / www.thestageonbroadway.com / you cannot go to broadway without going to a honky tonk. that would be sacrilege. catch some country at this classic.
the ryman auditorium / www.ryman.com / 116 fifth avenue north / built in 1892, the ryman was the original home of the grand ole opry, and continues be a venue for national acts / it is seriously one of the best place to see a show that i have ever been to / while you are there check out the displays cases which have some interesting country music memorabilia / hatch show print usually makes posters for each show and they are for sale the night of / i bought one and had it framed for my husband's office.
a cool example of a hatch show print
other areas to explore
whiskey kitchen / 118 12th avenue south / www.mstreetnashville.com / iced tea / brick oven veggie wrap - fire-roasted veggies, brie cheese, baby spinach, artichokes, mushrooms, onions, peppers, roma tomatoes, basil, with citrus vinaigrette for dipping / cool interior and great lunch fare.
lucchese / 503 12th avenue south / www.lucchese.com / the coolest boots ever, hands down.
two old hippies / 401 12th avenue south / www.twooldhippies.com / look for cool t shirts and great leather wristbands in a funky, fun setting.
noshville / 1918 broadway / www.noshville.com / coffee / avocado, tomato and cheese omelet with silver dollar potatoes and a bagel / this is some serious brunch!! the food is awesome and more than you could ever dream of eating, so come hungry!
posh / 1801 21st avenue south / www.poshonline / look for rebecca minkoff and house of harlow.
festivity / 1814 21st avenue / www.festivityonline.com / one of my favorite shops in virginia highlands has a nashville location / look for fun dresses, cute hostess gifts and great jewelry.
the mall at green hills / 2126 abbott martin road / www.themallatgreenhills.com / 7 for all mankind / burberry / louis vuitton / nordstrom / restoration hardware / tory burch / tiffany / wolford / some great luxury retailers that a larger city offers.
calypso st barth / 4031 hillsboro road, suite 904-building a / www.calypsostbarth.com / romantic and free spirited clothes and accessories / the lulu tunics, surprisingly, are under $100 and so cute for summer!
billy reid / 4015 hillsboro pike, suite 104 / www.billyreid.com / my husband is daydreaming of a sports coat from this cool designer men's (and women's) boutique.
hemline / www.hemlinetn.com / my french quarter favorite has a nashville location / look for dolce vita, trina turk, and tulle.
snap kids / www.snapkids.net / my daughter's favorite kid’s shop in seaside is also in nashville / at the nashville location, you will find super cute accessories, clothes from splendid and ella moss / this is a perfect place to find clothes that your kids will feel cool in and you feel great about too! win – win!
h. audrey / 4027 hillsboro pike, suite 703 / www.haudrey.com / hank williams jr.'s daughter, holly, stocks this cool boutique with rocker chic fashions for her. look for skaist taylor, lem lem and helmut lang.
haven / 343 main street / http://www.sanctuaryofstyle.com / look for elizabeth and james, haute hippie, and scotch and soda.
emmaline / 400 main street / www.emmalineboutique.com / look for diane von furstenburg, splendid, and gorjana.
puckett's / 120 fourth avenue south / www.puckettsgrocery.com / veggie burger - a homemade black bean and brown rice patty with peppers, onions, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese, seasoned with a blend of selected spices. served on wheat toast with lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion / super cool market, live music and great food.