Nashville, or Music City as it’s known, offers visitors a range of entertainment and nightlife most cities only dream about. The country stars of the future work smaller clubs and bars while the Hall of Famers perform at the Grand Ole Opry, the major hotels and restaurants, and the famous Ryman Auditorium. And unlike many big entertainment cities, live music venues, bars and clubs lie close together near the city center and are surprisingly reasonable and sometimes even free for the price of a cocktail or beer. You can find live music in almost every one of the city’s 20-some neighborhoods.
Visitors can cruise the business district downtown, which doubles as an entertainment area as well. Begin with a stop at a famous hotel bar that will awe your group, such as the luxurious Lounge at Prime 108 or Mason’s in the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Or sample Drusie & Darr, The Hermitage Hotel’s new restaurant and bar (formerly The Oak Bar) from celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Board the famous Nashville Tractor, which plows the bars with frequent stops, or stay aboard for drinks and dancing. For a great city view at sunset, take a walk to the Cumberland River near downtown.
Live entertainment pops up everywhere in Nashville, from famous country performers to honky tonks along their own highway, hard rock, folk and the blues (see listings on visitmusiccity.com). You may see top-rated talent or the next up-and- comers. Check out who’s on at the Grand Ole Opry, which usually presents a little of everything.
For late-night partiers, try the new multilevel hot spot Acme Feed and Seed. Head to the rooftop for the view and a nightcap.
LGBTQ+ visitors will be pleased to learn Nashville welcomes all with hospitality, bars and restaurants that cater to them. Play Dance Bar on Church Street rates as the best dance venue. Canvas, also on Church, serves cocktails, karaoke and some bar food. For a more informal atmosphere, check out The Lipstick Lounge.
West Palm Beach, Florida, recently welcomed AKA West Palm, a hotel residence offering long-stay accommodations. As AKA’s second South Florida property, AKA West Palm features 215 hotel residences comprised of studios, one- and two-bedroom spaces, and Penthouse suites. The five-story hotel blends modern luxuries with comfort and simplicity, with sleek kitchens, washers and dryers, and private terraces. Room furnishings contrast with a backdrop of stone, metal and wood to create simple, clean lines with minimal contrast.
Considering an autumnal adventure or Thanksgiving trip this year? Well, with walkable cities, cozy pubs and lots of seasonal festivals, the island of Ireland is calling. And if you need more reasons to Press the Green Button and go, take a look and see what awaits you on the Emerald Isle …
Birmingham, Alabama, was named for the city in the English Midlands that kept the fires burning, warmed the homes and made much of the steel for the United Kingdom’s industrial revolution. Decades later, the American city also made steel, so much of it, in fact, it became known as the “Magic City” for steel production, and the moniker stuck. But today’s Magic City makes more than steel, taking the raw product a few more steps to become a major center for automobile parts manufacturing and more, including Honda, Mercedes-Benz and U.S. Steel. Thanks to local leadership and long-term planning, the magic still works for Birmingham, as evidenced by its role hosting The World Games 2022 last summer.
As New York City’s leading Latino cultural institution, El Museo del Barrio welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean and Latin American cultures. El Museo’s wide-ranging collections and exhibitions represent these cultures’ richness, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations and educational programs. Ranging from pre-Columbian to modern and contemporary art, the permanent collection totals more than 8,000 objects.
ISN’T IT TIME? It's time to treat yourself to the vacation you deserve, and Celebrity Cruises® offers the perfect escapes. With an award-winning fleet of ships that sail to more than 300 destinations around the world, Celebrity will take you almost anywhere you want to go in style. Enjoy stunning staterooms and suites, culinary experiences imagined by Michelin-starred chefs and intuitive service. Celebrity makes sure your vacation is effortless from the start, which is why drinks, WiFi and tips are Always IncludedSM on every sailing.
Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown recently reopened its Fairmont Gold, introducing amenities, a contemporary new style in the Fairmont Gold Lounge and dedicated concierges. The 48-room, three-suite Fairmont Gold, positioned as an urban oasis, takes over the entire ninth floor of the hotel and delivers exceptional service to meet guests’ needs.
The results are in! For the 19th consecutive year, Global Traveler conducted its GT Tested Reader Survey, asking frequent luxury travelers to name the best in a variety of travel-related categories. More than 22,000 people responded. Global Traveler’s inaugural awards were celebrated in 2004.
Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.
Originally a thriving Colonial seaport, Newport became the summer playground for the Gilded Age’s elite in the late 1880s. Today their mansions dot the coast of Aquidneck Island, and their favorite pastimes — sailing and tennis — still dominate the city’s recreational offerings. In fact, Newport hosted the first U.S. Open tennis championship in 1881 and golf tourna- ment in 1895 and hosted the America’s Cup from 1930 to 1983. You can experience most of Newport on your own, including the mansions, but don’t rule out a guided tour or two when you visit.