Where to Stay
You can easily walk to the honky-tonks and South of Broadway’s (SoBro) cool new restaurants from Bode, but the hotel’s lively atmosphere will make you want to hang out here—play a game of cornhole (sack toss) with your fellow guests or hang out by the firepit while sipping happy hour drinks. The larger units have full kitchens, which you can stock with grocery items from the on-site Hub.
Rates from US$200, bode.co
Where to Eat
The new Elliston Place outpost of this wildly popular Nashville barbecue chain is likely the least busy right now. For US$10.50, the pork sandwich (pulled from a whole hog that was smoked for 24 hours), plus a portion of the addictive potato salad, is among the best dining deals you will come across in the city.
Get a taste for just how much Nashville᾽s food scene is growing at this stylish Japanese spot in SoBro. The velvety “Tamago” egg sandwich sando set (kewpie mayo gives it that umami kick) is not a steal at US$14, but it does come with miso soup, rice, pickles and a daily side.
Every local has a favourite hot chicken purveyor, and Hattie B’s will surely be one of them. At any of its three Nashville locations, pick up a fried dark-meat one-piece (heat level is up to you but be warned that it is spicy) plus two sides for US$8.50.
What to Do
Broadway’s neon-covered honky-tonks are a must. Robert’s is tried-and-true: order a Recession Special—a fried bologna sandwich, chips and a PBR beer for US$6 and soak in the country atmosphere.
During this facility’s Open House Days (the first Tuesday of the month), astronomers lead free tours of the observatory, which allows guests to try out its solar telescope for a closer look at the sun. Reservations are required.
An ideal introduction to Nashville, this free walking tour of downtown is first-come, first-served and runs Wednesdays to Saturdays at 10 a.m. Local guides offer valuable tips on everything from their favourite restaurants to intel on some of the city’s architectural landmarks.
Considered the “Smithsonian of Tennessee,” this free-to-enter museum is dedicated to chronicling the state’s history and culture. Exhibitions include fossils, ancient artifacts that date back to the Ice Age and uniforms from the Revolutionary War.