The capital of Tennessee, Nashville is best known as the country music capital of the United States. As the most populous city in the state, Nashville sits on the Cumberland River and boasts a wide array of dining, entertainment and cultural institutions. Vanderbilt University and Tennessee State University comprise just a few of the many colleges located in the city.
GETTING THERE & AROUND
Served by 20 airlines, with flights available to 75 non-stop markets, Nashville International Airport lies in southeast Nashville, connected by I-40 with an eastbound exit and westbound entrance to the terminal road. By car, reach the airport via I-40 or the Donelson Pike exit. Travelers can reach city center by taxi or rideshare; operators pick up on Level 1 of Terminal Garage 2. The WeGo Public Transit provides hourly service between downtown and the airport. With Nashville centrally located among three interstate highways, cars offer the easiest way to move about the city. WeGo also provides bus service in and out of downtown and throughout the city.
At this contemporary hotel, an industrial-chic restaurant and bar provide the perfect setting for late-night meals and hangouts. Rooms feature original artwork and vintage furniture, while upgraded rooms and suites include terraces with sweeping views. 222
Third Ave. N., Nashville, Tennessee, tel 615 610 6400
Retreat into luxury while staying in the middle of all the action, within walking distance of Gulch and Midtown. Boasting one of the highest outdoor rooftops in Nashville, the hotel also includes a spa. Each of its 591 rooms, including 53 suites, features upscale details and amenities.
1000 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee, tel 615 622 1234
This 5-star hotel sits in an early 20th-century Beaux-Arts building, across from Tennessee State Museum. In addition to rooms featuring Italian linens and suites with a wet bar, guests enjoy fine-dining Druise & Darr, highlighting local Tennessee produce; a library bar; and spa.
231 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville, Tennessee, tel 615 244 3121
Accompanied by an award-winning wine program of 800 selections from around the world, Bourbon Steak’s high-quality cuts of beef and wide variety of seasonal shellfish make for the ultimate fine-dining experi- ence, complete with 360-degree views of the Nashville skyline.
JW Marriott Nashville, 201 Eighth Ave. S., 34th Floor, Nashville, Tennessee, tel 629 208 8440
Incorporating flavors and ingredients inspired by her favorite world regions, Chef Deb Paquette transforms ordinary dishes into innovative meals. Try the venison with smoked potato purée, roasted winter squash and pistachio dukkah.
303 Demonbreun St., Nashville, Tennessee, tel 615 522 0685
Boasting award-winning steaks, seafood and sushi, Jeff Ruby’s enjoys a reputation as one of the best fine-dining establishments not only in Nashville but also the state. It offers an extensive wine, beer and cocktail menu as well as nightly entertainment and impeccable service.
300 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville, Tennessee, tel 615 434 4300
With a mission to collect, preserve and interpret the evolving history and traditions of country music, the venue features one of the world’s most extensive music collections. Through exhibits and multimedia experiences, visitors engage with music and the artists behind each song.
222 Rep. John Lewis Way S., Nashville, Tennessee, tel 615 416 2001
In a city famed for country music, Grand Ole Opry offers weekly American country music con- certs. Presenting the longest-running radio show in the United States, broadcasting since 1925, Grand Ole Opry has hosted musicians such as Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Charley Pride.
2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, Tennessee, tel 615 871 6779
Head to Lynchburg, Tennessee, a little more than an hour outside of Nashville, via Signature Transportation Services to visit Jack Daniel Distillery. Learn about the popular brand’s whiskey-making process and sip some of its finest whiskeys.
133 Lynchburg Highway, Lynchburg, Tennessee, tel 931 759 6357
More than 22 million visitors pour into Bangkok each year, adding to the roughly 11 million residents of the Thai capital famous for its bustling streets. Packed with food carts, markets and cultural spectacles, life in Bangkok is unusually defined by its vibrant street scene, both day and night. That means you don’t necessarily need a solid plan when heading out on any given evening.
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As first-time restaurateurs, but with plenty of hospitality-related experience, Ria and Kevol (Kev) Graham were not entirely comfortable opening their first restaurant in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, where several upscale restaurants and 5-star hotel dining is just a block away. And to make matters worse, they opened in July 2020, when New York City was in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.
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