8 reasons you need to visit Nashville
Nashville is fast becoming one of the hottest destinations to visit in the US, and it definitely offers a whole lot more than country music. To place yourself amid all the action, start by booking your stay at the Millennium Maxwell House Nashville.
1. Go gourmet in the best restaurants
So up-and-coming is Nashville that some of the country's top chefs are opening branches of their restaurants here. Get your chicken skin with Wonder Bread puree at The Catbird Seat (if you can get on the list). The chefs here hail from The Fat Duck and Noma. Likewise, 'celebrity chefs' are cooking up storms at Husk, Adele's and Sinema. Reserve tables at them all before you arrive – they’re worth it.
2. Hunt for treasures at the Nashville Flea Market
If you've never been to a flea market in the south, it's about time you went. Up to 1200 dealers pack out 2000 booths at the monthly Nashville Flea Market at The Fairgrounds. The people-watching here is first class and you'll never see as many grown men in dungarees or deer heads mounted on wall plaques as you will here. And guns. Lots of guns.
3. Drive the Natchez Trace
Just a short drive from the city is this historic forest trail that winds around old homesteads, beautiful churches and even a Native American ceremonial mound. Spend a day checking out the tiny towns close by and being wowed by the scenery – you might even spot a black bear.
4. Get messy at a crawfish boil
Dinner Lab is one of a series of pop-up events featuring food from top US chefs. Think an empty warehouse filled with 100 special guests drinking strawberry beer, posing beside hay bales and feasting on the biggest piles of spicy crawfish.
5. Hit up Pigeon Forge and Dollywood
About three and a half hours by car heading east from Nashville will bring you to the craziest place in the south – the home of Dollywood. Pigeon Forge itself is a bit like a mini Las Vegas, with an alarming array of fast-food restaurants and chapels for those impromptu wedding ceremonies, plus a Titanic museum in a replica ship.
6. Boogie in the Broadway bars
Nashville's dazzling main drag might only have 10 to 15 bars, shops and restaurants, but the country music stays pumping all day and well into the night. There's no better place to kick back with a beer and get your Dolly Parton on than Legends Corner.
7. Try a bacon cocktail
The achingly trendy Patterson House has some of the weirdest – but also some of the most wonderful – cocktails, all in a dark and cosy library-style bar. The tater tots and pork rinds aren't bad either.
8. Shop at Piggly Wiggly
Only in America's south can you get your kicks visiting a supermarket called Piggly Wiggly. Try to contain your giggles as you load your basket with their own-brand sausages. The employees in their bright red uniforms are super friendly, ya'll.
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