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nashville nights: our guide to music city

September 12, 2013

Dolly Parton and dive bars: Music City can convert any city girl into a bona fide honky tonk woman.


If youve been watching ABCs Nashville then you might recognize the Hutton Hotel. Frequently featured on the show, this boutique hotel is a luxurious place to rest your head after a busy day breaking in your new cowboy boots. Both eco and dog friendly, the Hutton Hotel is packed with country glam; practice your best Carrie Underwood impression under the rain shower and then dash the 10 minutes down to Broadway for some good time honky-tonk. 1808 West End Ave., Nashville,


Live life like a country song with a trip out to The Loveless Cafe. It has the down home, Southern cooking youve been looking for, complete with a plate full of biscuits and homemade jams to start. Breakfast is served all day in case you were out all night boot stompin, or gather your friends for a family style meal anytime. While you wait for your table, pop into the Hams & Jams Country Market for a delicious cup of coffee on the house. Now, thats Southern hospitality. 8400 Tennesse Hwy, Nashville,


No trip to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Go beyond the exhibits and buy a museum membership to gain access to the Poets and Prophets and Nashville Cats series, honouring the songwriters and session musicians who have helped create todays country superstars. These behind-the-scenes looks will give you the inside scoop (and gossip!) on country royalty. But dont forget to add on a side trip to the RCA Studio B where Dolly Parton first recorded I Will Always Love You. Because when it comes to country music, Dolly knows best. 222 Fifth Ave. S, Nashville,


While major acts roll through Nashville on a daily basis, its the up and comers that truly make Nashville a music city. Cause A Scene Music is the place to catch a glimpse of stars on the rise. Check their schedule for house concerts featuring hot new bands and singers. Mingle with them afterward and find out what their song really meant. As a bonus, youll get to see some stellar music venues a little off the tourist radar.

Laura Lushington


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