Discover Music City with Nashville’s Iconic Union Station Hotel
Nashville has a long and storied history as one of the musical epicenters of the United States. From the very beginning, music was the unique thread that gave Nashville a sense of identity and is still an integral component in the city’s culture and industries. From the fiddle tunes and buck dancing of the 1700s to Fisk Jubilee Singers in the 1800s and the city’s meteoric rise as the country music capital of the world in the 20th century, Nashville has more than earned its nickname as “Music City”.
Nashville’s musical legacy continues to this day, whether it’s the weekly performances at the Grand Ole Opry, the songwriters showcase at the famous Bluebird Café, or Bobby Jones’s gospel music series on BET. As the city’s musical repertoire expanded over the years, so has the array of genres and musicians that can be found in Nashville’s various clubs, amphitheaters, and performing arts centers. On any given night you can find incredible Jazz musicians, Rock and Roll royalty, and even classical symphonies performing and recording throughout the city.
Of course, Nashville is more than just a haven for music lovers and artists. The city’s creativity has spilled over into a dynamic and nationally recognized food scene where culinary adventurers can find everything from soul food to haute cuisine from some of the country’s hottest new chefs. Arnold’s is a local favorite, and well known for their traditional southern meat and three cuisine, while Puckett’s is a great choice for authentic BBQ served with live music. We also suggest trying a few local staples like hot chicken at Hattie Bs or Prince’s, heading to East Nashville for authentic German wurst, and sampling a few of upscale burger joints around the 12South district.
After you’ve caught a few live acts at some of Nashville’s famous music venues and tasted your way around town, you might be wondering what to do next. The short answer is…a lot. History buffs will love touring the city’s numerous historical sites, including the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Belle Meade Plantation, and the landmarks involved in the Battle of Franklin Trust along with forts, mansions, and even distilleries that offer unique ways to experience the city’s colorful past. Located next to the hotel, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a must for any art enthusiast and features a diverse array of classical and contemporary artists – with exhibitions that change every six to eight weeks. From 20th century fashion photography to 15th century Samurai armor, it’s easy to find inspiration at this award-winning art museum.
Visitors seeking to explore even more of Nashville’s thriving art scene will find their fill at Oz Arts, and the incredible galleries along the 5th Avenue of the Arts (just off Broadway), among a host of other galleries, performance venues and festivals. Emerging artists can also enjoy the workshops at Fort Houston, get inspired at Marathon Village, and explore the 60,000 square feet of exhibits at the Tennessee State Museum.
If a little retail therapy is what you’re after, Nashville has got you covered with numerous shopping districts offering everything from handcrafted items and antiques to fashion-forward boutiques. The city has been ranked among the top shopping destinations in the country, thanks to one-of-a-kind shopping districts in SoBro, The Gulch, East Nashville, and Hillsboro Village. Visit Nashville’s only custom demin store (Imogene + Willie), check out the incredible selection of vintage fear at Gruhn Guitars, and check out the designer stores at Green Hills. You’ll also discover a variety of unique shops and locally-owned stores in the vibrant 12South neighborhood. We know you’ll find something you like.
Looking for even more tips and insider info for your next Nashville vacation? Just ask the friendly staff at the Union Station Hotel, we’re happy to be your guide to Music City USA.