Nashville Staycation Guide
If you’re anything like me, a new year brings an itch for new experiences. By March, I will have planned out about six dozen trips I’ll never take: indulging my inner ice-queen in Sweden’s Ice Hotel, channeling Indiana Jones amidst ancient ruins of Peru or exploring the diverse jungles of Borneo. While there is nothing wrong with a generous bucket list, the difficulty in finding the resources and vacation days often leaves you wiping those dream trips from your browsing history. One of our favorite solutions? A Nashville staycation.
You’ll save your vacation days, avoid the headache of travel and unearth a delight in your hometown. Whether you’re a Nashville native or new in town, there’s no argument that we live in a jewel of a city. Consistently touted as a top destination by publications worldwide, Nashville is a place where you don’t have to stray far to find local gems.
Find new and surprising spots not far from your own backyard, with your guide to an ideal staycation.
Music & Entertainment Enthusiasts
We aren’t nicknamed “Music City” for nothing. Living in a city that has become a popular tourist destination, it’s easy to lose track of the unique qualities the world has fallen in love with here. Catch a show and take a tour of the famous Ryman Auditorium or Grand Ole Opry or pay a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame if you’ve never gotten around to it. Afterwards, catch some late-night acts at any of our 150+ venues.
Wind down for the night and enjoy the convenience and tranquility of Midtown at Loews Vanderbilt. Settle in with an in-room movie with the current Movie Night package, which includes a complimentary movie, popcorn, soda, parking and a late checkout. Not your speed? There’s always something fun and local on offer as part of the rotating packages, so be sure to check the latest specials when you’re planning.
*A little rusty on your music knowledge? Read our tips on exploring Nashville’s music scene.
Drink & Dining Connoisseurs
There is no denying Nashville’s booming culinary scene. With countless restaurants opening up every year, it can be hard to keep up with the city’s hottest new spots. Get out of your normal routine and dine somewhere different. Make your reservations at the new place your friends won’t stop talking about.
Looking for outstanding dining without venturing from the hotel? Enjoy upscale southern cuisine and cocktails in Mason’s glamorous and warm space or sink your teeth into a butter-topped steak at Ruth’s Chris, adjacent to the hotel.
Your staycation doesn’t have to end with dinner. Enjoy some extra shut-eye and enjoy breakfast in bed from the comfort of your plush bathrobe!
*Need some recommendations? Reference some of our favorite new restaurants from Fall 2017.
Shoppers & Spa Lovers
With the proper pampering afterwards, there’s no shame in shopping until you physically drop. Take advantage of your staycation by exploring some of Nashville’s most beloved neighborhoods, where you’ll find a mix of locally owned business and popular retailers. Pack your comfortable shoes and get lost exploring the stores around 12 South, Hillsboro Village and The Gultch.
After a day on your feet, kick back and relax with some well-earned R&R. Enjoy a seaweed marine eye compress treatment at Woodhouse Day Spa (only three blocks from Loews Vanderbilt), or get dirty and detoxed in O.liv’s Body Bar’s DIY mud lounge.
*Not sure where to start shopping? Use our holiday shopping guide to help identify your ideal neighborhood
Whether it’s tasting, listening or shopping your way through, be a tourist in your own town. Experience your stay(cation) and join the multitude in singing Nashville’s praises.
Karen has been with Loews Atlanta since October 2014 and also joined Loews Vanderbilt’s team in October 2016. Born and raised in Atlanta, Karen has loved watching the evolution of her hometown and enjoys exploring her second home in Nashville. It’s the balance of Southern charm and new innovation in these two wonderful cities that she loves the most.