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Two weekends ago I paid a visit to my good friend who just moved to Nashville, and had such a great time getting to know her new city! I’ve only visited Nashville once before, but this time I got more familiar with this approachable city’s cute neighborhoods. Music City is full of interesting history, friendly people, and incredible nightlife! I stayed in the Noelle, a boutique hotel part of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio, and part of the MakeReady Experience group. This historic hotel was built in the 1930’s and has such amazing historical details. The hotel is completely renovated and I loved how the modern additions blend with the Art Deco architectural influences.

I didn’t have to go far for a local experience – the hotel has a speakeasy-style hidden bar, rooftop bar, lobby bar, full-service restaurant, and the cutest cafe for a quick coffee or bite to eat. I absolutely loved being steps away from historic Printers Alley, and just a few blocks from Broadway (the center of nightlife in Nashville). See more of my favorite neighborhoods and hotspots in my Nashville city guide below!

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Here’s how my weekend went:

Day One

Arrive at the Noelle hotel
Head down the block to Stateside Kitchen for dinner
Stop into Hidden Bar for a drink

Day Two

The Mockingbird for brunch
Visit Boot Barn to find cowboy boots
Tour the Country Music Museum
Head to Rare Bird rooftop to enjoy the sunset
Josephine for dinner
Hit the bars on Broadway

Day Three

Breakfast in bed at the Noelle
Shop in The Gulch
Lunch at Adele’s
Head back to Atlanta

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Cute Neighborhoods

12 South

This cute residential neighborhood is home to some great fine dining and local boutiques like Reese Witherspoon’s flagship Draper James store and Imogene + Willie. It’s also where you can find the iconic “I believe in Nashville” mural.


Downtown includes everything on Broadway, so this is where you’re going to find Honky Tonk Central and all of the flashing neon signs of NashVegas, plus stores like Boot Barn where you can find the perfect pair of cowboy boots to take home with you.

Printers Alley

A subsection of downtown, this historic pocket of old alleyways is home to bars and nightclubs dating back to the 40’s, old jazz clubs, and beautiful boutique hotels nearby like the Noelle with great rooftop bars and restaurants.

The Gulch

The Gulch is an upscale neighborhood where you can find fashion boutiques, great new restaurants, and is home to the Frisk Art Museum and the famous angel wings mural. It’s a large-scale redevelopment project that’s LEED-certified and full of activity.

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Brunch Favorites


seasonal, accessible comfort food sourced from local farms and purveyors

Biscuit Love

Southern biscuits, breakfast and lunch served daily in the heart of Nashville (be prepared for a line)

The Goat

elevated pub fare & creative cocktails, frequent live music & leagues for games


the Pennsylvania Dutch roots of chef Andy Little’s upbringing meets Southern hospitality

The Mockingbird

a chic diner serving classic American comfort food with a global spin

Liberty Common

Southern comfort food meets French classics in this stylish brasserie

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Great for Dinner


a globally-inspired restaurant by award-winning chef Deb Paquette

Butcher & Bee

Hip sequel to the Charleston original with creative New American fare


regional ingredients cooked on an ember-fired grill create inventive meals


industrial spot for seasonal tavern grub & rotisserie fired meats

RH Café

chic, design-forward café and wine bar located in the center courtyard of the RH store

5th & Taylor

refined American fare served in lofty, rustic-industrial surrounds

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Grab a Drink

Mother’s Ruin

a second home for the popular Manhattan watering hole

Earnest Bar

your spot for craft cocktails in a setting inspired by Earnest Hemingway

Skull’s Rainbow Room

circa-1948 speakeasy lounge in Printers Alley with live music and burlesque

Rare Bird

the Noelle’s chic, loungey rooftop bar with views of the downtown skyline

White Limozeen

a fun, over-the-top, rooftop bar inspired by Dolly Parton

Fable Lounge

steampunk-inspired cocktail and cigar bar

Hidden Bar

a secret speak-easy bar located behind a “storage” door in the bottom of the Noelle hotel

L.A. Jackson

swanky rooftop bar on top of a luxury hotel at the center of The Gulch

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I can’t wait to go back to Nashville and get to know the city even more! It’s only about a four-hour drive from Atlanta, so it makes the perfect weekend trip. I hope this Nashville city guide gives you some ideas for your next trip.

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