Awesome Things to Do in Nashville

Nashville is a great destination for families and for foodies. Locals James Rotondi and Louisa Shafia represent the best things about the city: cool music and fantastic food. James is bandmate to Rachael’s husband, John, in the Cringe, and Louisa is a chef and a cookbook author. The couple share their favorite sights and sounds—and suppers—with us.
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Stay In Style

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Thompson Nashville

Located in the Gulch, between Music Row and downtown, this luxe boutique hotel is as comfy as it is stylish. Grab a cocktail at L.A. Jackson, the hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant before you tuck in. thompsonhotels.com 

Take A Stroll

Warner Parks

When we need a break from all the honky-tonk and hot chicken, we head to Warner Parks. The 12 miles of primitive trails feel refreshingly far away from the city. nashville.gov  

Fuel Up

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Henrietta Red

Just because Tennessee is landlocked doesn’t mean you can’t find terrific oysters here. Hometown-hero chef Julia Sullivan serves the briny bivalves raw, fried, or wood-roasted— along with dishes like a bright citrus salad (inset)—at her beachy Germantown spot. henriettared.com  

Read Legit Southern Lit

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Parnassus Books

The South has always been about great storytelling. Tap into that literary excellence at this warm and friendly independent bookshop co-owned by acclaimed novelist (and Nashville resident) Ann Patchett. Don’t miss the section of local authors. parnassusbooks.net 

Go All The Way South

Plaza Mariachi

The sparkling, new Latin food hall and shopping center includes vendors serving Mexican ceviche and Argentinean grilled meat, as well as craft boutiques and live entertainment. plazamariachi.com

Catch A Show

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The 5 Spot

With eclectic bills like Motown Mondays and Sunday Night Soul, this cozy but lively joint gives you a true Nashville experience with regional beer, better-than-usual bar food, and fresh local talent. the5spot.club